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Monday, June 30, 1997

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  • "I got children to raise. And this guy keeps butting me, trying to cut me and get (the fight) stopped on cuts. I got to retaliate."

    -- -- Mike Tyson

    Today's events

  • Hong Kong officially returns to Chinese sovereignty at midnight.

  • The Netherlands ends a rotating six-month presidency of the European Union, handing it over to Luxembourg.

  • Czech President Vaclav Havel is scheduled to visit Ukraine.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 United States hold fireworks displays in honor of America's independence.

  • On Saturday, July 5, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are scheduled to attend the Royal Pageant of the Horse to celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary in Windsor Great Park.

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    On this day

  • In 1520, Montezuma II, the last Aztec emperor, was killed during the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

  • In 1643, the Battle of Adwalton Moor (also called Atherton Moor) in the English Civil War took place. The Royalists under the Earl of Newcastle defeated the Parliamentarians.

  • In 1690, in the War of the Grand Alliance, a combined British and Dutch fleet was defeated by the French at the Battle of Beachy Head.

  • In 1815, U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur stopped the continued attacks by Algerian pirates by threatening to bomb Algiers.

  • In 1859, watched by 25,000 people, Charles Blondin walked across Niagara Falls from the United States to Canada on a tightrope.

  • In 1894, London's Tower Bridge across the River Thames was officially opened.

  • In 1908, a huge explosion rocked eastern Siberia. Believed to be an exploding meteorite, the resulting earth tremor was felt as far away as central Europe.

  • In 1913, the Second Balkan War began when Bulgaria attacked Serbian and Greek positions.

  • In 1934, during "the night of the long knives" in Germany, Hitler purged his political critics including.

  • In 1936, Margaret Mitchell's novel "Gone with the Wind" was first published.

  • In 1936, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia appeared before the League of Nations to appeal for help following Italy's invasion of Ethiopia and his exile.

  • In 1940, German troops occupied the Channel Island of Guernsey.

  • In 1960, the Republic of Congo achieved independence from Belgium.

  • In 1963, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was enthroned as Pope Paul VI.

  • In 1971, the three crew members of the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz II died on re-entry due to a drop in air pressure. They had just set a space endurance record of 570 hours, 22 minutes.

  • In 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the "Pentagon Papers," documents on American involvement in the Vietnam War, could be published; the Nixon government had tried to suppress them.

  • In 1974, Mrs. Alberta King, mother of the late Martin Luther King, was assassinated during a church service.

  • In 1974, Soviet ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defected to the west while touring Canada with the Bolshoi Ballet.

  • In 1977, the South East Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO) was formally dissolved after 23 years.

  • In 1983, the high court in Melbourne ruled against the building of the controversial Gordon-below-Franklin dam in Tasmania.

  • In 1985, 39 American hostages who had been held on a TWA plane for 17 days were released in Beirut.

  • In 1989, Sudanese military leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir toppled the civilian administration of Sadeq al-Mahdi.

  • In 1989, Argentinian president Raul Alfonsin presented his letter of resignation. He had already announced his decision to go following poor election results in May.

  • In 1990, East and West Germany merged their economies, with the East adopting the Deutschemark as its currency.

  • In 1993, the parliament of Azerbaijan elected rebel leader Suret Guseinov as prime minister.

  • In 1996, Bosnian Serb "President" Radovan Karadzic relinquished all power to his deputy Biljana Plavsic, but kept the title of head of state.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Memorial Day in Canada.

  • It's Sts. Peter and Paul Day in Colombia.

  • Today is Army Day in Guatemala.

  • It's a Bank Holiday in Macau.

  • Today is Independence Day in Seychelles and Zaire.

  • It's the Salvation Revolution in Sudan.

  • Actor William Atherton is 50.

  • Actress Nancy Dussault is 61.

  • Actor Rupert Graves is 36.

  • Actor David Alan Grier is 42.

  • Singer Lena Horne is 80.

  • Boxer Mike Tyson is 31.

  • Actor David Wayne is 81.

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

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