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Monday, June 9, 1997

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  • "I didn't see a demon that I had so many times seen. I saw a human being, and unfortunately it's a human being who did a very inhumane thing."

    -- Oklahoma City bombing victim's son Todd McCarthy of Timothy McVeigh

    Today's events

  • The Bank for International Settlements, central bank to the world's central banks, holds its annual meeting, attended by the world's senior central bankers, in Basle, Switzerland.

  • EU economic and finance ministers meet in Luxembourg.

  • Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrive in Argentina after a visit to Brazil to meet leaders of the two countries and Japanese immigrants and their descendants.

  • The international conference of Convention on Trade In Endangered Species (CITES) begins in Harare, where elephant-rich southern African states are hoping to persuade the world to lift a blanket ban on trade in ivory.

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    On the horizon

  • On Tuesday, June 10, British violinist Nigel Kennedy and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber perform in Hong Kong.

  • On Wednesday, June 11, Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the U.S. with a stop in Los Angeles.

  • On Thursday, June 12, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attend a special performance in London to mark the opening of the Globe Theater, a copy of its Shakespearean namesake.

  • On Friday, June 13, Aerospace America '97, one of the world's top acrobatic and military air shows, opens at Will Rodgers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

  • On Saturday, June 14, England celebrates the Trooping of the Colour, an annual military ceremony marking the birthday of Queen Elizabeth.

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    On this day

  • In 1549, the Church of England adopted The Book of Common Prayer, compiled by Thomas Cranmer.

  • In 1672, Peter I of Russia, known as Peter the Great, was born. He introduced western influence into Russia and founded St. Petersburg, which he made the new capital.

  • In 1800, in Napoleon's Italian campaign, the first Battle of Montebello was fought and French forces defeated the Austrians.

  • In 1815, the Congress of Vienna closed with the signing of the Final Act. Among its provisions, Belgium and Luxembourg united with Holland to form the Netherlands, Switzerland was neutral, East Poland ceded to Russia and its western provinces to Prussia. Changes also affected Italy, Spain and Portugal.

  • In 1836, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, British physician and the first woman to qualify as a doctor in England, was born.

  • In 1870, Charles Dickens, English novelist whose work includes "Great Expectations" and "David Copperfield," died.

  • In 1874, Cochise, the Chiricahua Apache Indian chief, died. He was one of the leaders of Indian resistance to white settlers in the U.S. southwest.

  • In 1898, an agreement was signed under which Hong Kong was leased to Britain from China for a period of 99 years.

  • In 1904, the London Symphony Orchestra presented its inaugural concert.

  • In 1908, King Edward VII of Britain met Tsar Nicholas II of Russia on board the Royal Yacht anchored in the Baltic. It was the first meeting between a tsar and a British monarch.

  • In 1916, Robert McNamara, American industrialist, defense secretary during the war in Vietnam, and president of the World Bank from 1968-81, was born.

  • In 1918, the Noyon-Montidier offensive, a drive by the German army in northern France to threaten Paris, began.

  • In 1928, Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm became the first to fly across the Pacific when they ended their flight from California to Brisbane.

  • In 1958, Robert Donat, British actor of stage and screen and Oscar winner for his part in the film "Goodbye Mr Chips," died.

  • In 1959, the first submarine with Polaris missiles, the USS George Washington, was launched by the U.S.

  • In 1991, Mount Pinatubo, a Philippines volcano that had been dormant for 600 years, erupted, causing the evacuation of U.S. troops from their air base.

  • In 1992, more than 700 known Mafiosi were arrested in a new crackdown in southern Italy.

  • In 1993, U.S. officials admitted veterans of the Gulf War were suffering from a mystery illness.

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    The Dragon Boat Festival, held annually in China, is held today. The festival commemorates Chinese hero Qu Yuan, who drowned himself in protest against injustice and corruption. For more information, visit this Dragon Boat Festival site.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Malvinas Islands Memorial in Argentina.

  • Today is the Queen's Birthday in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

  • Colombia celebrates the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

  • Uganda celebrates Heroes Day.

  • It is the Dragon Boat Festival in China.

  • Actor Johnny Depp is 34.

  • Actor Michael J. Fox is 36.

  • Comedian Jackie Mason is 63.

  • Musician Les Paul is 81.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

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