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Tuesday, June 10, 1997

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  • "There is a part of me that still remembers him from a little kid. And then there's a part that sees what everybody else sees on TV and gets angry. And I can't put the two together."

    -- Longtime neighbor Richard Drzyzga of Timothy McVeigh

    Today's events

  • Virginia holds a primary election for state governor.

  • British violinist Nigel Kennedy and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber hold concerts in Hong Kong.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Sunday, June 15, Croatia holds presidential elections.

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    On this day

  • In 1190, Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, Holy Roman emperor (1155-90), drowned trying to cross the Saleph River in Cilicia (now in Turkey) while on the Third Crusade to free Jerusalem.

  • In 1376, Wenceslas, eldest son of Holy Roman emperor Charles IV, was elected king of the Romans.

  • In 1793, the first public zoo, the Jardin des Plantes, opened in Paris.

  • In 1836, Andre-Marie Ampere, French physicist known for his work on electrodynamics, died. He was the first man to develop measuring techniques for electricity.

  • In 1865, the first performance of Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde" took place in Munich, Germany.

  • In 1868, Prince Michael of Serbia was assassinated in Belgrade and was replaced by Milan IV.

  • In 1906, Richard John Seddon, prime minister of New Zealand (1893-1906), died.

  • In 1909, the SOS distress signal was used for the first time by the Cunard liner SS Slavonia, wrecked off the Azores.

  • In 1921, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth of England, born as Philippos Schleswig- Holstein Soenderburg-Glucksburg on the Greek island of Corfu.

  • In 1922, Judy Garland, U.S. singer and actress, was born as Frances Gumm. She starred in "The Wizard of Oz" in which she sang "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"; she won an Academy Award for her performance.

  • In 1924, Giacomo Matteotti, Italian Socialist leader, was kidnapped and murdered by Fascists.

  • In 1934, Frederick Delius, English composer, died.

  • In 1937, Sir Robert Laird Borden, eighth Canadian prime minister (1911-20), died.

  • In 1940, Italy declared itself at war with France and Britain, effective June 11.

  • In 1942, the Germans destroyed the Czech village of Lidice in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, protector of Bohemia and Moravia, by Czech resistance fighters.

  • In 1943, Hungarian journalist Laszlo Biro patented his ball-point pen.

  • In 1946, U.S. boxer Jack Johnson, the first black to hold the heavyweight boxing championship of the world, died.

  • In 1967, Spencer Tracy, U.S. actor and Oscar winner for his roles in "Captains Courageous" and "Boys' Town," died.

  • In 1967, the Six-Day War ended with Israel capturing Syrian, Jordanian and Egyptian territories, including East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Sinai peninsula; the Soviet Union broke off diplomatic relations with Israel and threatened sanctions unless Israeli forces stopped their advance towards Damascus.

  • In 1971, the U.S. formally ended its 20-year-old embargo on trade with China.

  • In 1990, Alberto Fujimori, of Japanese ancestry, won Peru's presidential election, defeating Mario Vargas Llosa.

  • In 1990, the Civic Forum movement founded by President Vaclav Havel won Czechoslovakia's first free elections since 1946.

  • In 1990, Bulgaria's former communist party won the country's first free elections in more than four decades.

  • In 1996, Britain and Ireland opened Northern Ireland peace talks; the IRA's political arm Sinn Fein was excluded.

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    More than 200 years ago, the first public zoo, the Jardin des Plantes, opened in Paris. Today, there's an at-your- fingertips way to get a glimpse at the animal kingdom. Check out the Virtual Zoo.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is a National Holiday in the Republic of Congo.

  • French Guyana celebrates Esclavage Abolition Day.

  • It is Arab Revolution and Army Day in Jordan.

  • It is Camoes Day in Macau.

  • Portugal celebrates Portugal Day.

  • Lawyer F. Lee Bailey is 64.

  • Actor Doug McKeon is 31.

  • Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is 76.

  • Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak is 69.

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

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