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Thursday, June 19, 1997

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  • "Do you think the speaker (Newt Gingrich) is doing an effective job?"

    -- House Majority Leader Dick Armey

    Today's events

  • Over 400 priests and shamen from across the Americas open a two-week conference in Araracuara, Colombia, on the problems facing indigenous groups in Latin America

  • New French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin is expected to deliver his keynote policy speech to parliament.

  • Presidents of countries participating in South America's Mercosur free trade zone hold a summit in Asuncion, Paraguay.

  • European Union ministers for the environment gather in Luxembourg.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Sunday, June 22, the Nome River Raft Race takes place on a 1-2 mile stretch of Alaska's Nome River; the winner earns a one-year stewardship of the race's fur-lined Honey Bucket.

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

  • On Tuesday, June 24, the three-day World Food Conference opens in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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    On this day

  • In 1623, the French philosopher, physicist and mathematician Blaise Pascal was born in Clermont-Ferrand.

  • In 1865, emancipation of slaves was proclaimed in Texas.

  • In 1867, horse racing's Belmont Stakes was run for the first time in New York.

  • In 1897, Charles Cunningham Boycott, whose name lives on in the English language as a term for a type of economic protest, was born in Norfok, England.

  • In 1903, baseball great Lou Gehrig, who hit .341 for his career, was born in New York, New York; he died of a degenerative muscle disease that came to be known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

  • In 1906, rodeo showman and pioneer Earl W. Bascom was born in Vernal, Utah.

  • In 1910, Abe Fortas, the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice to be forced to resign because of financial scandal, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • In 1944, the battle of the Philippine Sea took place between the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese fleet; the U.S. won a decisive victory.

  • In 1952, the celebrity game show "I've Got a Secret" premiered with Gary Moore as its first host.

  • In 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing Prison for atomic espionage.

  • In 1978, the popular comic strip "Garfield" first appeared in print.

  • In 1981, the European Space Agency's Ariane rocket carried two satellites into orbit from Kourou, French Guyana.

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    It was on this fateful day in 1978 that Garfield the cat first appeared in the funny pages of a newspaper. Today, like just about any major commercial enterprise, Garfield is online. Visit the official Garfield page to find out what the big fat hairy deal has been for the last 19 years.


    Holidays and more

  • Algeria celebrates Righting Day.

  • Trinidad and Tobago celebrates Labor Day.

  • Uruguay celebrates Artigas Day.

  • Singer Paula Abdul is 35.

  • Architect Charles Gwathmey is 59.

  • U.S. Senator Howell Heflin (D-Alabama) is 76.

  • Film critic Pauline Kael is 78.

  • Actress Nancy Marchand is 69.

  • Actress Marisa Pavan is 65.

  • Actress Phylicia Rashad is 49.

  • Actress Gena Rowlands is 61.

  • Author Salman Rushdie is 50.

  • Actress Kathleen Turner is 43.

  • Singer Ann Wilson is 46.

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

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