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Wednesday, June 18, 1997

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  • "The press no longer gives public officials the benefit of the doubt. They think it's all talk to protect their own ego and re-election chances, and they assume if not a person is lying, he's not telling the whole truth."

    -- Stephen Wayne of Georgetown University on the legacy of Watergate

    Today's events

  • Defense ministers from the Commonwealth of Independent States meet in Tbilisi, Georgia.

  • Azeri President Haydar Aliyev expected to visit Uzbekistan.

  • Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral's Janata Dal party holds elections to choose party president.

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    On the horizon

  • On Thursday, June 19, new French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin is expected to deliver his keynote policy speech to parliament.

  • 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 Beijing.

  • On Monday, June 23, EU economic and finance ministers meet in Luxembourg.

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    On this day

  • In 1155, Frederick I Barbarossa was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Adrian IV.

  • In 1429, the English, retreating after the siege of Orleans, were attacked and defeated by French forces under Joan of Arc and Duc D'Alencon at the battle of Patay.

  • In 1769, Viscount Castlereagh, notable British statesman, born in Ireland as Robert Stewart. Foreign secretary from 1812, he negotiated the Treaty of Paris and participated strongly at the Congress of Vienna following the end of Napoleon.

  • In 1812, the American Congress approved a declaration of war on Great Britain over trade restrictions.

  • In 1815, Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by a joint British, German and Dutch force under the command of the Duke of Wellington and General Gebhard von Bluecher. Napoleon abdicated on June 22.

  • In 1817, London's Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames opened; it was designed by John Rennie.

  • In 1821, "Der Freischutz," an opera by Carl Maria von Weber was first performed in Berlin.

  • In 1884, Edouard Daladier, French politician, was born. Three times premier and minister of war, he signed the Munich pact with British prime minister Chamberlain which gave Hitler posession of the Sudetenland.

  • In 1915, the second battle of Artois ended in World War One; little gain was made by either the French under Joffre or by the Germans under Falkenhayn and there were huge losses on both sides.

  • In 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman passenger to fly across the Atlantic. She landed near Llanelli in Wales from Newfoundland.

  • In 1942, Paul McCartney of the Beatles was born.

  • In 1953, Egypt was proclaimed a Republic with General Neguib as its first President.

  • In 1959, Ethel Barrymore, U.S. actress of stage and screen, died; she was the sister of screen stars Lionel and John Barrymore and appeared with them in the film "Rasputin and the Empress."

  • In 1972, a BEA Trident crashed minutes after takeoff from London Airport, killing all 118 on board.

  • In 1975, Prince Feisal Musaid was publicly beheaded in Riyadh for the assassination of Saudi King Feisal on March 25.

  • In 1979, U.S. President Carter and Soviet President Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) 2 Treaty in Vienna.

  • In 1991, a new Algerian government took office, replacing one sacked on June 5 after fundamentalist unrest.

  • In 1993, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa lost a crucial no-confidence vote and dissolved parliament to trigger snap elections in July.

  • In 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as Israel's youngest prime minister at the head of a right-wing coalition government.

  • In 1996, the U.S. Senate's Whitewater Committee issued a scathing final report accusing President and Mrs. Clinton of a wide range of questionable conduct.

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    Can you believe it? It's been 61 years since the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was born. For a look at the wheeling weenie's history, check out An Interactive History of the Wienermobile.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is a National Day in Seychelles.

  • Actor Hume Cronyn is 86.

  • Singer Dion Di Mucci is 58.

  • U.S. Senator and former astronaut John Glenn is 76.

  • Basketball player Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway is 25.

  • Actress Elizabeth McGovern is 36.

  • Golfer Calvin Peete is 54.

  • Singer Martha Reeves is 56.

  • Musician Ricky Scaggs is 43.

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

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