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Sunday, June 22, 1997

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  • "None of our nations can meet these challenges alone. As barriers fall, problems that start in one country can spread quickly to another, whether they are currency crises, organized crime or outbreaks of deadly diseases."

    -- President Bill Clinton at the Summit of the Eight

    Today's events

  • South Korean President Kim Young-sam visits New York ahead of the U.N. Earth Summit.

  • Northern Irelands annual Protestant Orange Order parade in Bellaghy, Londonderry, takes place.

  • 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.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, June 25, ballgowns and evening dresses belonging to Britain's Princess Diana are to be auctioned in New York for the benefit of selected cancer and AIDS charities; the 80 gowns are expected to raise more than $6 million.

  • On Thursday, June 26, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visits Vietnam.

  • On Friday, June 27, Tajikistan's government and opposition leaders are due to sign a peace accord ending five years of civil war.

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    On this day

  • In 1535, a month after the Pope had made him a cardinal, John Fisher was executed at Tower Hill in London after refusing to recognize King Henry VIII as supreme head of the English Church.

  • In 1679, the rebellion of Coventanters, a Scottish Presbyterian sect, was put down by the Duke of Monmouth at the battle of Bothwell Bridge near Glasgow.

  • In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second and last time after his defeat at the battle of Waterloo.

  • In 1870, the U.S. Department of Justice was established.

  • In 1897, Queen Victoria celebrated her diamond jubilee with a procession through London to a thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral; she had become queen in 1837 at the age of 18.

  • In 1940, General Charles Huntziger of France signed the terms of surrender with Germany at Compiegne; the signing took place in the same railway carriage in which General Foch had received the German surrender in 1918.

  • In 1941, operation Barbarossa began when over 150 German army divisions invaded Russia across an 1,800-mile front between the Baltic and the Black Sea.

  • In 1981, Iranian President Bani-Sadr was dismissed by Ayatollah Khomeini.

  • In 1984, NATO Secretary-General Joseph Luns retired after 13 years; he was succeeded by Lord Carrington of Britain.

  • In 1995, British Prime Minister John Major resigned as head of the ruling British Conservatives to conduct a party leadership election.

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    The United Nations Earth Summit of 1992 garnered boat loads of attention from media around the world. Today, few will notice as South Korean President Kim Young-sam slips into New York as a participant in the five-year follow-up conference. But the U.N., being the primary sponsor, is on the case. Visit the United Nations Earth Summit+5 Web page to find out more about the world's evolving environmental policy.


    Holidays and more

  • Croatia observes Insurrection Day.

  • Fashion designer Bill Blass is 75.

  • Broadcast journalist Ed Bradley is 56.

  • Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer is 53.

  • Basketball player Clyde Drexler is 35.

  • U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein is 64.

  • Singer, actor Kris Kristofferson is 61.

  • Actor Michael Lerner is 56.

  • Actress Tracy Pollan is 37.

  • Singer Todd Rundgren is 49.

  • Actress Meryl Streep is 48.

  • Actress Lindsay Wagner is 48.

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

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