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Thursday, June 12, 1997

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  • "I am pleading for my son's life. He is a human being, as we all are."

    -- Timothy McVeigh's mother

    Today's events

  • 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.

  • Russian President Boris Yeltsin delivers a television address to mark his country's Independence Day holiday.

  • The Napa Valley Wine Auction, the largest charity wine auction in the U.S., opens at Meadwood Resort in Napa Valley, California.

  • The U.S. Open Golf Championship begins at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Color, an annual military ceremony marking the birthday of Queen Elizabeth.

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

  • On Monday, June 16, a European Union summit is held at Dutch central bank.

  • On Tuesday, June 17, Aum Shinri Kyo (Supreme Truth Sect) religious sect leader Shoko Asahara appears at the Tokyo trial of cult official Ikuo Hayashi.

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    On this day

  • In 1667, the first successful blood transfusion was carried out by Jean-Baptiste Denys, personal physician to King Louis XIV of France, on a 15-year-old-boy using blood from a sheep.

  • In 1839, Cooperstown, New York, was chosen as the site of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum after Abner Doubleday had formulated the rules of baseball there.

  • In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, the independence of the Philippines was declared by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, leader of the revolutionary movement, with the support of the U.S.

  • In 1935, a truce ended the Chaco War, a conflict fought between Bolivia and Paraguay during 1932-35.

  • In 1944, Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong announced that he would support Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in the war against Japan.

  • In 1975, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was found guilty of corrupt election practices in 1971, but refused to resign.

  • In 1978, multiple killer David Berkowitz, known popularly as "Son of Sam," received the maximum penalty -- 25 years to life in prison -- with a recommendation that he spend the rest of his days in prison.

  • In 1981, Polish Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski sacked five cabinet ministers and proposed a major reconstruction of the government to tackle a severe economic crisis.

  • In 1990, the parliament of the Russian Federation formally declared its sovereignty.

  • In 1991, radical Boris Yeltsin defeated orthodox Communist rivals in the first direct elections to the presidency of the powerful Russian republic.

  • In 1994, Haiti's military-backed provisional president declared a state of emergency, saying the country faced "extreme danger" and possible "invasion and occupation."

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    The British have just opened a faithful replica of the Globe Theater that performed William Shakespeare's plays while the master poet was in his heyday. One of America's most impressive tributes to Will is the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington. Visit their Web site for information on their holdings, productions and publications.


    Holidays and more

  • Paraguay celebrates Peace with Bolivia day.

  • The Philippines celebrate Independence Day.

  • Russian Federation celebrates Declaration of Independence day.

  • Sportscaster Marv Albert is 54.

  • George Bush, America's 41st president, is 73.

  • Musician Chick Corea is 56.

  • Singer Vic Damone is 69.

  • Author James Houston 76.

  • Actor Jim Nabors is 65.

  • Banker David Rockefeller is 82.

  • Actress Sherry Stringfield is 30.

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

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