Wednesday, July 2, 1997
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 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
In 1964, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, prohibiting racial
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan