Tuesday, July 1, 1997
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.
It's the first full day of Chinese sovereignty over Hong Kong after 156 years of British rule.
An Earth, Ocean, Atmosphere scientific conference is scheduled to be held in Melbourne, Australia, for 1,500 meteorologists, climatologists, oceanographers and
geologists from around the world.
On the horizon
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.
On Sunday, July 6, the autumn-winter fashion shows begin in Paris.
On this day
In 1097, the Crusaders defeated the Turks at Dorylaeum in the
In 1543, England and Scotland signed the Peace of Greenwich,
providing for the marriage of Prince Edward Tudor and Mary,
Queen of Scots.
In 1569, the Union of Lublin merged Poland and Lithuania.
In 1810, Louis, king of Holland, abdicated after pressure from Napoleon.
In 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee launched an attack, beginning the battle of Gettysburg in the U.S. Civil War.
In 1867, the Dominion of Canada was established under the
British North America Act.
In 1907, the world's first air force was established with the
formation of the Aeronautical Division of the Office of the
Chief Signal Officer of the U.S. Army.
In 1916, a week into the first battle of the Somme, British
forces launched a massive infantry attack during which they lost 20,000 men -- the heaviest one-day loss in British warfare.
In 1937, the world's first telephone emergency service came
into operation in Britain.
In 1940, German troops landed on the Channel Island of Jersey.
In 1942, Sevastopol in Crimea fell to German forces after an
In 1944, the Bretton Woods Conference began under the auspices of the U.N. to formulate post-war international monetary policy.
In 1946, the U.S. tested an atomic bomb over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
In 1960, Ghana became a republic, with Kwame Nkrumah as its
In 1960, British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland were united to form the Somali Democratic Republic.
In 1962, the Kingdom of Burundi and the republic of Rwanda
both became independent.
In 1969, the investiture of the Prince of Wales was held at
In 1974, in West Germany, Walther Scheel succeeded Gustav
Heinemann as president.
In 1977, in Argentina, Maria Estela (Isabel) Peron, widow of
the late president Juan Peron, was charged with a $ 1 million charity fraud.
In 1980, "O Canada" was proclaimed Canada's national anthem.
In 1991, East European leaders met in Prague and announced the end of the Warsaw Pact.
In 1993, new limits on political asylum rights came into
effect in Germany, a move aimed at stemming the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country.
In 1996, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
said it was suspending its membership in the PLO and urged other groups to work to cancel the PLO-Israeli peace deals.
Today marks the start of week-long festival "Roswell UFO Encounter '97: The UFO Crash 50th Anniversary" in Roswell, New Mexico. The festivities mark the alleged UFO crash outside of town back in 1947. To find out all the latest happenings, click here.
Holidays and more
Today is a Bank Holiday in Bangladesh, Egypt, Guatemala, Macau, Pakistan and Taiwan.
It's Sir Seretse Khama Day in Botswana.
Today is Territory Day in the British Virgin Islands.
It's Independence Day in Burundi, Rwanda and the Somali Democratic Republic.
Today is Canada Day in Canada.
It's Republic Day in Ghana.
Today is a Day of Freedom in Suriname.
Actor Dan Aykroyd is 45.
Actress Karen Black is 55.
Actress Genevieve Bujold is 55.
Actress Leslie Caron is 66.
Actress Olivia DeHavilland is 81.
Princess Diana if 36.
Actor Jamie Farr is 61.
Cosmetics Executive Estee Lauder is 89.
Writer Jean Marsh is 63.
Filmmaker Sydney Pollack is 63.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan