Thursday, July 3, 1997
A march in Caracas, Venezuela, organized by non-government
organizations, protests plans for mining projects in the
Imataca region of southeastern Bolivar state.
The U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships is scheduled to
begin in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Christie's in London is scheduled to auctions the most
valuable pair of Chippendale chairs ever put on sale. The
chairs are expected to raise 800,000 to 1.2 million pounds.
Britain's Prince Charles is scheduled to visit Manila on the
Royal Yacht Britannia.
On the horizon
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
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 Tuesday, July 8, the Nevada State Athletic Commission is
scheduled to meet to decide how to punish Mike Tyson for
biting a chunk out of Evander Holyfield's ear during the June
28 heavyweight championship match.
On this day
In 1608, Quebec was founded by French explorer Samuel de
In 1775, Gen. George Washington took formal command of the
Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the American
In 1819, the first savings bank in America, the Bank for
Savings in the City of New York, opened for business.
In 1890, Idaho was admitted to the Union as the 43rd U.S.
In 1898, Captain Joshua Slocum arrived at Newport, Rhode
Island, after completing the first solo circumnavigation of
In 1898, the U.S. Navy defeated the Spanish fleet in the
harbor of Santiago, Cuba, in the Spanish-American War.
In 1928, John Logie Baird transmitted the world's first color
television transmission in London.
In 1940, British ships destroyed the French fleet at Oran and
Mers-el-Kebir in Algeria to prevent them falling into enemy
hands. Over 1,000 French sailors died.
In 1962, President Charles de Gaulle of France declared
In 1969, Brian Jones, a founding member of the British rock
group Rolling Stones, drowned in his swimming pool from a
In 1987, in France, Klaus Barbie, the Nazi "butcher of
Lyon," was jailed for life for wartime crimes against
In 1988, the American warship Vincennes shot down an Iran
Airbus A300 over the Gulf in the last weeks of the Iran-Iraq
war, killing all 290 aboard.
In 1993, military leader General Raoul Cedras signed a U.N.
plan to restore democracy to Haiti.
In 1996, Russian President Boris Yeltsin won the runoff vote
against Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov to retain the
In 1996, British Prime Minister John Major announces that the
historic Stone of Scone, the ancient symbol of Scottish
kings, is to be removed from London's Westminster Abbey after
700 years and returned to Scotland.
OK, so maybe you're sick of all the hype on Hong Kong's
handover to China. But what about what real people are
saying? Check out Hong Kong '97: Lives in Transition and read the diaries of
residents as they live through this historic event.
Holidays and more
Today is Emancipation Day in the Virgin Islands.
Actress Betty Buckley is 50.
Actor Tom Cruise is 35.
Actor Kurtwood Smith is 55.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan