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Friday, June 27, 1997

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  • "The (Communications Decency Act) is a content-based regulation of speech. The vagueness of such a regulation raises special First Amendment concerns because of its obvious chilling effect on free speech."

    -- Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

    Today's events

  • UNAIDS, the U.N. agency coordinating a campaign against AIDS, launches its 1997 World AIDS Campaign.

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

  • The organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) meets in Sarajevo to mobilize financial support for Bosnia's war-recovery effort.

  • Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam holds "proximity talks" in Belfast with Protestants and Catholics in an attempt to take the heat out of the summer sectarian marching season.

  • The Danish High Court rules on a challenge to the legality of Denmark's European Union treaties.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 1693, the first women's magazine, The Ladies' Mercury, was published by John Dunton in London. It contained a question-and-answer column which became known as a "problem page."

  • In 1743, George II of Britain defeated the French at Dettingen in the War of the Austrian Succession. He was the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle.

  • In 1787, Edward Gibbon wrote the last lines of his classic "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," which was published the following May.

  • In 1801, British forces defeated the French and took control of Cairo, Egypt.

  • In 1844, Joseph Smith, the American religious leader and founder of the Mormon Church, was killed by a mob in an Illinois jail.

  • In 1893, a major stock market plunge began in the U.S., leading to an economic depression in which 600 banks and 74 railroads went out of business by the end of the year.

  • In 1905, Mutinous Russian soldiers seized the battleship Potemkin in the Black Sea, throwing the commander and several other officers overboard.

  • In 1944, Allied forces captured Cherbourg, their biggest prize to date in World War II's Normandy Campaign.

  • In 1950, President Harry S. Truman ordered American forces into battle in aid of South Korea; the U.N. urged all member nations to assist the South following the invasion by the North.

  • In 1954, the World's first atomic power station opened at Obninsk, near Moscow.

  • In 1961, Arthur Michael Ramsey was enthroned as the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • In 1976, Palestinian extremists hijacked an Air France plane in Greece with 246 passengers and 12 crew. They eventually took it to Entebbe, Uganda, where a daring raid by Israeli commandos stormed it on July 4.

  • In 1986, the World Court ruled that the U.S. had broken international law by aiding Nicaraguan rebels.

  • In 1991, Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall resigned from the U.S. Supreme Court; Marshall was appointed to the court in 1967 by President Lyndon Johnson.

  • In 1995, Qatar's Crown Prince Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani ousted his father in a bloodless palace coup. But the deposed emir declared defiantly that he remained the legitimate ruler of the Gulf state.

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    Today, the British are encouraged to take their dog's to work. National Take Your Dog to Work Day is just one of the fluffier signs of the Brit's love affair with the animal kingdom. While animal lovers in the U.S. are rarely allowed to take Fido to work, Americans do show their concern for all living creatures through organizations like the Humane Society of the United States. Visit the HSUS Web site for the latest word in animal love and protection.


    Holidays and more

  • Djibouti celebrates Independence Day.

  • Britain observes National Take Your Dog To Work Day.

  • Actress Isabelle Adjani is 42.

  • Actress Julia Duffy is 46.

  • Actress Shirley-Anne Field is 59.

  • Fashion designer Norma Kamali is 52.

  • Opera singer Anna Moffo is 63.

  • Billionaire businessman and presidential hopeful H. Ross Perot is 67.

  • Basketball player Chuck Person is 33.

  • Former basketball player Rico Petrocelli is 54.

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

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