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Thursday, June 26, 1997

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  • "We have to make a determination if the science we are doing up there is worth the American lives we are risking."

    -- Rep. James Sensenbrenner on the Mir accident

    Today's events

  • U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is scheduled to visit Vietnam.

  • Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin is scheduled to visit China.

  • The National Assembly in Taipei holds its third and final reading of constitutional amendments.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Sunday, June 29, Rome's 17th-century Villa Borghese museum, renowned for its ancient sculpture, is scheduled to reopen to the public after 13 years of renovations.

  • On Monday, June 30, Hong Kong officially returns to Chinese sovereignty at midnight.

  • On Tuesday, July 1, a sentencing hearing is scheduled in The Hague, Netherlands, for Dusan Tadic, a Bosnian Serb convicted May 7 of 11 war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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    On this day

  • In 1284, the Pied Piper lured 130 children of Hamelin away and they were never seen again.

  • In 1483, Richard III of England began his rule, after deposing his nephew Edward V. Edward and his brother Richard were later murdered.

  • In 1541, Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conqueror of Peru, was assassinated in his palace in Lima.

  • In 1794, the Austrians were defeated by the French at Fleurus, halting their conquest of Belgium.

  • In 1843, Hong Kong was proclaimed a British Crown Colony with Sir Henry Pottinger as its first governor.

  • In 1858, the Treaty of Tientsin was signed, ending hostilities between China and Great Britain and granting the latter trade rights.

  • In 1906, the first grand prix motor race was held, over two days at Le Mans, France.

  • In 1945, The United Nations Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, succeeding the League of Nations.

  • In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic, was opened by Queen Elizabeth II and President Eisenhower.

  • In 1960, the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar became independent from France as the Malagasy Republic.

  • In 1960, British Somaliland became independent and five days later merged with Italian Somaliland to become the Somali Republic.

  • In 1975, in India, Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency and arrested hundreds of political opponents.

  • In 1976, a devastating earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale struck Indonesia's Irian Jaya province; estimates of the death toll varied from 400 to 9,000.

  • In 1977, after 117 years of French rule, the East African state of Djibouti became independent.

  • In 1978, South Yemeni President Salim Rubai Ali was overthrown and executed.

  • In 1988, an Airbus A320 crashed after making a low pass over an air show in eastern France, killing three.

  • In 1989, a Soviet nuclear submarine carrying atomic weapons was crippled off the coast of Norway when a pipe burst in its reactor.

  • In 1991, British appeal court judges cleared the Maguire Seven, jailed in 1976, of IRA bomb charges.

  • In 1995, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak survived an assassination bid unscathed when gunmen sprayed bullets at his armored limousine in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

  • In 1996, Afghan guerrilla leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to Kabul and took over as prime minister.

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    Russian and American astronauts were at half-power in the space station Mir on Wednesday after one of the more serious accidents in space history. To learn more about the mission, click here to check out NASA's Shuttle-Mir Web site.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Independence Day in Madagascar.

  • It's Constitution Day in the Ukraine.

  • Today is Independence Day in the Somali Democratic Republic.

  • Cyclist Greg LeMond is 36.

  • Actress Eleanor Parker is 75.

  • Author Charlotte Zolotow is 82.

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

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