Wednsday, June 11, 1997
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the United
States after a visit to Brazil/Argentina to
meet with the leaders of the two countries as well as
immigrants and their descendants.
Spanish prime minister and
the leaders of the other parties meet in parliament to
situation in the country.
On the horizon
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
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
On Sunday, June 15, Croatia holds presidential elections.
On Monday, June 16, a European Union summit is held at Dutch
On this day
In 1488, James III of Scotland was murdered after his defeat
at the Battle of Sauchieburn, Stirling, and was succeeded by
his son, James IV.
In 1509, King Henry VIII of England married the first of his
six wives, Catherine of Aragon.
In 1727, King George I, first Hanoverian king of Great
Britain (1714-27), died and was succeeded by his son George
In 1776, John Constable, English landscape painter, was born.
His most important works include "The Hay-Wain" and "Dedham
In 1847, Sir John Franklin, English naval officer and Arctic
explorer, died in Canada attempting to discover the Northwest
In 1880, Jeanette Rankin, first woman member of the U.S.
Congress, was born. A lifetime pacifist, she was the only
legislator to vote against the declaration of war against
Japan after the raid on Pearl Harbour.
In 1895, Nikolai Bulganin, Soviet prime minister from 1955-
58, was born.
In 1903, King Alexander I and Queen Draga of Serbia were
murdered in a coup.
In 1910, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French underwater explorer
and inventor of the aqualung diving apparatus, was born.
In 1955, 80 people were killed and more than 100 injured when
three cars crashed on the Le Mans racetrack in France and
ploughed into the spectators' grandstand.
In 1963, Gov. George Wallace allowed the enrolment of two
black students at the University of Alabama after he had
first blocked their entry by standing in front of the door.
In 1963, Greek Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis
In 1970, Alexander Feodorovich Kerensky, Russian politician
and prime minister, died. Deposed by the Bolsheviks in 1917,
he fled to France and then to the United States.
In 1977, Dutch marines stormed a train at Assen in which
South Mouluccan terrorists had been holding more than 50
hostages for 19 days. Six terrorists and two hostages were
In 1979, John Wayne (Marion Michael Morrison), U.S. film
star, died. Despite being the biggest box office draw in
cinema history, he won only one Oscar for best actor ("True
In 1981, in Iran, over 1,000 people were killed in an
earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale. The town of
Golbaf in Kerman province was destroyed.
In 1984, Enrico Berlinguer, leader of the Italian Communist
Party, died. For 12 years he led the largest Communist party
in Western Europe and led it away from Soviet influence but
failed to bring it to power in Italy.
In 1993, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani won a second four-year term
as president of Iran.
In 1994, Seoul, Washington and Tokyo agreed to push for
measured sanctions against North Korea for its refusal to
international inspection of its nuclear programme.
Today is the birthday of French underwater explorer Jacques-
Yves Cousteau. Check out the Cousteau
Society site for more information about the pioneer's
Holidays and more
Today is Pentecost in Israel.
Today is Evacuation Day in Libya.
Hawaii celebrates King Kamehameha I Day.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan