Sunday, June 29, 1997
Albania holds its first round of general elections.
Rome's 17th-century Villa Borghese museum, renowned for its ancient sculpture, is scheduled to reopen to the public after 13 years of renovations.
Chinese nationalist groups rally in Taiwan to celebrate Hong Kong's handover and advocate end to Taiwan's split from China.
The annual kite festival is held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
On the horizon
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 Friday, July 4, towns and cities across the U.S. hold fireworks displays in honor of America's independence.
On this day
In 1613, the original Globe Theater in London burned down during the first performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII.
In 1855, the Daily Telegraph was first published in London.
In 1868, the British news agency the Press Association was founded.
In 1880, the Pacific island of Otaheite, now better known as Tahiti, was formally annexed by France, having been a French protectorate since 1842.
In 1916, Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement was found guilty of treason and sentenced to death for conspiracy with Germany.
In 1943, Germany began to withdraw its U-Boats from the North Atlantic in anticipation of the Allied invasion of Europe; U.S. forces landed at Nassau Bay, near Salamaua, New Guinea.
In 1966, U.S. planes bombed Hanoi and Haiphong for the first time in the Vietnam war.
In 1967, Jayne Mansfield (Vera Jayne Palmer), the U.S. film actress, was decapitated in a car crash near New Orleans.
In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was contrary to the constitution.
In 1974, Isabel Peron was sworn in as president of Argentina, taking over from her husband Juan Peron who became ill.
In 1978, Vietnam became the 10th member of COMECON.
In 1980, Vigdis Finnbogadotir was elected Iceland's president, Europe's first democratically elected woman Head of State.
In 1981, Hu Yaobang succeeded Hua Guofeng as Chinese Communist Party chairman.
In 1990, Lithuania suspended its declaration of independence for 100 days, pending sovereignty talks with Moscow.
In 1992, Algerian head of state Mohamed Boudiaf was assassinated as he opened a cultural center in the eastern Algerian town of Annaba.
In 1994, Japan's parliament chose Socialist Tomiichi Murayama as prime minister at the head of a three-party alliance dominated by conservatives.
In 1995, a department store in Seoul collapsed killing 502 people in South Korea's worst peacetime disaster.
In 1996, the Bosnian Serb ruling Democratic Party re-elected Radovan Karadzic as leader.
After a wait that only the Romans could justify, the world-renowned Villa Borghese museum reopens in the Eternal City. Visit Roma 2000 for a tourist's taste of La Dolce Vita.
Holidays and more
Chile, Italy, Malta, Peru, Switzerland and the Vatican celebrate the Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul.
The Seychelles celebrate Independence Day.
Musician and actor Gary Busey is 53.
American Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole is 61.
Baseball Hall of Famer is Harmon Killebrew is 61.
Actor Slim Pickens is 78.
Civil rights leader Kwame Toure is 56.
Actress Ruth Warrick is 82.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan