Saturday, June 28, 1997
Taiwan independence supporters stage a "Say No to China" march in Taipei, opposing Beijing's call for unification.
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright travels to Cambodia from Vietnam.
On the horizon
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
On Wednesday, July 2, Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori begins a state visit to Japan.
On Thursday, July 3, a march in Caracas, Venezuela, organized by non-government organizations, protests plans for mining projects in the Imataca region of southeastern Bolivar state.
On this day
In 1519, Charles I of Spain became Holy Roman Emperor and ruled until 1556 as Charles V.
In 1629, the Peace of Alais ended the Huguenot revolt in France.
In 1776, during the American Revolution, the British were
defeated at the first Battle of Charleston; on the same day in 1778, the British thwarted an American attack at the Battle of Monmouth.
In 1838, the coronation of Queen Victoria took place in Westminster Abbey, a year after she had ascended the throne.
In 1861, Robert (O'Hara) Burke, the Irish-born Australian explorer who crossed Australia from south to north, died on the return journey.
In 1862, the siege of the Confederate city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, began when Union naval forces took up position off of the city.
In 1902, the U.S. bought the concession to build a Panama canal from a French company for $40 million.
In 1914, a Serbian nationalist assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife in Sarajevo; the incident was widely held to have sparked World War I.
In 1919, the end of World War I was marked by the signing of
the Treaty of Versailles between Germany and the allies.
In 1935, President Roosevelt ordered a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
In 1940, Soviet troops occupied the Romanian regions of Bessarabia and Bucovina.
In 1948, the Yugoslav Communist Party was expelled from
COMINFORM at a meeting in Bucharest. It marked the formal breach in relations between Yugoslavia and the rest of the Communist bloc.
In 1950, North Korean troops captured Seoul.
In 1951, the TV show "Amos and Andy" premiered.
In 1970, U.S. troops began their withdrawal from Cambodia.
In 1976, the Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles became an independent republic within the Commonwealth after 160 years of British rule.
In 1981, seventy-four people, including Chief Justice Ayatollah Beheshti, were killed in Iran by a bomb attack on the headquarters of the Islamic Republican Party.
In 1992, two earthquakes, including the third strongest in the U.S. this century at 7.4 on the Richter scale, rocked southern California.
In 1996, President Suleyman Demirel approved Welfare Party leader Necmettin Erbakan as Turkey's first Islamist prime
minister in a coalition with conservative Tansu Ciller.
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright drops in on Cambodia today for yet another series of high-level government meetings very few people ever get a chance to attend. Indeed, few Americans even bother to visit countries like war-torn Cambodia. But the Web surfer is free to take a peek at the country by visiting the Cambodia Times on the Net.
Holidays and more
Djibouti celebrates Independence Day.
Hong Kong celebrates the Queen's Birthday.
Actress Kathy Bates is 49.
Baseball manager Don Baylor is 48.
Actress Danielle Brisebois is 28.
Actor Mel Brooks is 69.
Actor John Cusack is 31.
Actor Bruce Davison is 51.
Football player John Elway is 37.
Baseball player Mark Grace is 33.
Actress Alice Krige is 43.
Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is 31.
Actor Pat Morita is 65.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan