Monday, June 23, 1997
The United Nations Earth Summit 2 opens in New York.
European Union economic and finance ministers meet in Luxembourg.
Greenpeace and key oil industry spokesmen hold a public debate on climate change and oil exploration in London.
The trial of Kim Hyun-chul, South Korean President Kim Young-sam's second son, on charges of taking bribes and evading
taxes begins in Seoul.
On the horizon
On Tuesday, June 24, the three-day World Food Conference is scheduled to open 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 is scheduled to visit Vietnam.
On Friday, June 27, Tajikistan's government and opposition leaders are due to sign a peace accord ending five years of civil war.
On Saturday, June 28, Taiwan independence supporters are scheduled to stage a "Say No to China" march in Taipei, opposing Beijing's call for unification.
On this day
In 1775, the first regatta was held in Thames, England.
In 1848, there was a bloody insurrection of workers in Paris.
In 1860, Congress established the Government Printing Office.
In 1860, the U.S. Secret Service was created.
In 1938, the Civil Aeronautics Authority was established.
In 1939, France turned over Sanjak of Alexandretta to Turkey.
In 1956, Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.
In 1985, an Air India jet crashed near Ireland, killing 329 people.
Today is a birthday of sorts for the U.S. Secret Service. The government agency formed to protect the president, among other things, is 137-years-old. Want to learn more? The agency's mission statement is available for browsing by clicking here.
Holidays and more
Today is Victory Day in Estonia.
It's Midsummer Eve in Latvia and Denmark.
Today is a National Holiday in Luxembourg.
It's Independence Day in Switzerland.
Actor Bryan Brown is 50.
Singer June Cash is 68.
Actor Ted Schackelford is 51.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 49.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan