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Friday, June 13, 1997

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  • "These are not minor issues. These are not political games. Keeping open the American government and insuring that every citizen is counted are important to the people of this country."

    -- House Speaker Newt Gingrich

    Today's events

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

  • German Chancellor Helmut Kohl meets France's new Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin and conservative President Jacques Chirac at a regular Franco-German summit.

  • Defense ministers from NATO and East European countries involved in the Partnership for Peace agreement meet in Brussels.

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee, opens the nine-day Riverbend Festival 1997; the festival, offering a wide range of attractions, is expected to draw 500,000 people.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, June 18, defense ministers from the Commonwealth of Independent States meet in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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    On this day

  • In 323 BC, Alexander III the Great, king of Macedonia and one of history's greatest military leaders, died in Babylon, now Iraq.

  • In 1893, the first women's golf tournament was held at Royal Lytham, England.

  • In 1898, the Yukon was separated from the Northwest Territories in Canada and given separate territorial status.

  • In 1900, the Boxer Rebellion began in China. The secret society was dedicated to ending the domination and exploitation of the country by foreigners.

  • In 1944, the first of Germany's V-1 flying-bombs was unleashed on southern England.

  • In 1956, the last British troops left the Suez Canal Zone.

  • In 1967, U.S. Attorney General Thurgood Marshall was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, becoming the first black to sit on the Supreme Court bench.

  • In 1982, the French government announced a prices and incomes freeze as part of an economic package following devaluation of the franc.

  • In 1983, the U.S. spacecraft Pioneer 10 crossed the orbit of Neptune and became the first manmade object to leave the solar system.

  • In 1990, East Germany began the final demolition of the Berlin Wall, knocking out concrete slabs all over the city to re-open streets sealed off since the Cold War barrier was built in 1961.

  • In 1993, Rockets fired by Serb forces killed more than 50 people in a makeshift hospital in the besieged Muslim enclave of Gorazde in eastern Bosnia.

  • In 1994, North Korea announced it was withdrawing from the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency and would no longer permit its inspectors into the country.

  • In 1996, the longest siege in U.S. federal history ended when 16 anti-government Freemen surrendered in Montana after 81 days.

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    The folks in Chattanooga are hosting a party on the banks of the Tennessee River and cordially invite everyone who can't make it in person to drop by on the Web at the 1997 Riverbend Festival home page.


    Holidays and more

  • The Solomon Islands hold their Queen's Birthday observance.

  • Today is Friday the 13th, a day seen by many as either lucky or unlucky.

  • Tennis player Bettina Bunge is 34.

  • Conceptual artist Christo is 62.

  • Actor Malcolm McDowell is 54.

  • Actress Ally Sheedy is 35.

  • Actor Richard Thomas is 46.

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

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