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Saturday, June 28, 1997

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  • "Everything was against us, but we got great pictures right off the bat. I can't believe it. We can expect great things from this now."

    -- --Astronomer Robert W. Farquhar

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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 humanity.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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