Monday, June 16, 1997
A European Union summit will be held at Dutch
In Bosnia, the trial begins of two French citizens, Carlo
Mazzoni and Lionel Dumon, arrested in January this year on
charges of killing Bosnian policeman.
In South Korea, trial begins of eight politicians indicted
for allegedly taking bribes from Hanbo Group founder.
In London, senior UNHCR official Dennis McNamara gives
a background briefing on latest fact-finding mission to
On the horizon
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.
On Thursday, June 19, new French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin
is expected to deliver his keynote policy speech to
On Friday, June 20, the Group of Seven, or G7, summit of
leading industrialized countries opens in Denver.
On Saturday, June 21, dragon boat competition is held in
On this day
In 1883, the New York Giants baseball team admitted all
ladies free to the ballpark on this, the first "Ladies Day".
In 1922, Henry Berliner accomplished the first helicopter
flight at College Park, Maryland.
In 1946, Lloyd Mangrum won the U.S. Open golf title after a
strange twist of events. Tourney leader, Byron Nelson, was
assessed a penalty stroke when his caddie accidentally kicked
his ball ... costing the golfing legend the Open title.
In 1956, "Be-Bop-A-Lula" by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
was released on Capitol Records.
In 1963, 26-year-old Valentina Tereshkova broke the gender
barrier as she blasted off in the Vostok 6 spacecraft for
three days in orbit.
In 1967, the Monterey Pop Festival got under way at the
Monterey Fairgrounds in Northern California. Fifty thousand
spectators migrated to the site that
featured Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Mamas and the Papas
and The Who.
In 1968, Lee Trevino became the first golfer in 68 years to
play all four rounds of the U.S. Open golf tournament with
sub-par totals of 69, 68, 69 and 67,
In 1970, football player, Brian Piccolo, of the Chicago
Bears, died this day -- with his best friend, Gayle Sayers,
at his side. An incredibly well-received,
yet poignant made-for-TV picture, "Brian's Song", with music
by Michel Legrand, told Brian's tragic story.
In 1978, the film adaptation of "Grease", a huge success on
the Broadway stage, premiered in New York City this day. John
Travolta and Olivia
Newton-John starred. Several hit songs came out of the motion
picture: "Grease", by Frankie Valli, "You're The One That I
Want" and "Summer Nights"
(both sung by Travolta and Newton-John). The first two songs
were platinum 2,000,000+ sellers, while the third was a
In 1980, the movie, "The Blues Brothers", opened in Chicago,
IL. The movie starred John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd, formerly
of NBC's "Saturday Night
In 1981, the Chicago Tribune purchased the Chicago Cubs
baseball team from the P.K. Wrigley Chewing Gum Company for
$20.5 million. The Wrigley
family had controlled the team for over 60 years. The sale
ended the longest, continuous ownership of a team that stayed
put in its original city.
In 1985, Willie Banks broke the world record for the triple
jump with a leap of 58 feet, 11-1/2 inches in the USA
championships in Indianapolis, IN. Banks
broke the record that had been set by Brazil's Joao Oliveria
In 1987, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed a two-year contract with
the Los Angeles Lakers for $5,000,000. The 18-year veteran of
the NBA became the highest
paid player in any sport.
On this day in 1967, the Montery Pop Festival opened in
Monterey, California, and landed a place in music history. To
relive the sights and sounds, check out the
Monterey Pop Festival site.
Holidays and more
Former boxer Roberto Duran is 46.
Actress Laurie Metcalf is 42.
Writer Joyce Carol Oates is 59.
Author Erich Segal is 60.
Actress Joan Van Ark is 54.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan