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Sunday, June 29, 1997

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  • "After leaving colonial rule, we are going to enjoy even less democracy and freedom. We should rise. We should strive for freedom and democracy."

    -- --former Hong Kong legislator Huang Chen-ya

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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 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.

  • On Friday, July 4, towns and cities across the U.S. hold fireworks displays in honor of America's independence.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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