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Wednesday, July 2, 1997

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  • "I've been working in this city for 29 years. I've never seen anything like this."

    -- -- Mexico City street sweeper Rogelio Pacheco

    Today's events

  • Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori begins a state visit to Japan.

  • Today is the fifth and last day of public holiday to mark China's resumption of sovereignty over Hong Kong.

  • Romanian President Emil Constantinescu is scheduled to visit Germany to promote Romania's search for early NATO admission.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Monday, July 7, Kim Hyun-chul, South Korean President Kim Young-sam's second son, is scheduled to go on trial on bribery and tax evasion charges in Seoul.

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    On this day

  • In 1644, the Battle of Marston Moor near York brought the first major Royalist defeat in the English Civil War.

  • In 1819, the Factory Act was passed in Britain, prohibiting employment of children under nine in textile factories, and children under 16 could only work for 12 hours a day.

  • In 1850, Sir Robert Peel, British prime minister (1834-46) and founder of the police force, died as a result of a riding accident.

  • In 1853, the Russian army crossed the Pruth River, invading Turkey and beginning the Crimean War.

  • In 1900, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin flew his first airship in Germany.

  • In 1937, Amelia Earhart and co-pilot Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific while trying to fly around the world.

  • In 1940, the liner Arandora Star was torpedoed by a German submarine while transporting German and Italian prisoners to Canada; over 750 prisoners and crew died.

  • In 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered plans to be drawn up for a possible invasion of England.

  • In 1961, Ernest Hemingway, U.S. novelist best known for "A Farewell to Arms" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," shot himself.

  • In 1964, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, prohibiting racial discrimination.

  • In 1976, North and South Vietnam were reunited as one country with Hanoi as the capital following Vietnam War. It had been divided since 1954.

  • In 1985, Andrei Gromyko became president of the Soviet Union, with Eduard Shevardnadze replacing him as foreign minister. Gromyko died on the same day four years later.

  • In 1990, over 1,000 Moslem pilgrims died in a stampede in a tunnel at the annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

  • In 1994, an Albanian court sentenced former Communist president Ramiz Alia to nine years jail for abuse of power and violation of citizens' rights.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is State Independence Day in Brazil.

  • It's a Bank Holiday in Macau.

  • Today is Flag Day in the Netherlands Antilles.

  • Baseball player Jose Canseco Jr. is 33.

  • Actress Polly Holliday is 60.

  • Actress Cheryl Ladd is 45.

  • Actor Jimmy McNichol is 36.

  • Actor Ron Silver is 51.

  • Wendy's founder Dave Thomas is 65.

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

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