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Thursday, July 3, 1997

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  • "Hollywood dishes out too much praise for small things. I won't let it get me, but too much praise can turn a fellow's head if he doesn't watch his step."

    -- -- Jimmy Stewart

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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 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.

  • 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.

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    On this day

  • In 1608, Quebec was founded by French explorer Samuel de Champlain.

  • In 1775, Gen. George Washington took formal command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the American Revolution.

  • 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. state.

  • In 1898, Captain Joshua Slocum arrived at Newport, Rhode Island, after completing the first solo circumnavigation of the world.

  • 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 Algeria independent.

  • In 1969, Brian Jones, a founding member of the British rock group Rolling Stones, drowned in his swimming pool from a drug overdose.

  • In 1987, in France, Klaus Barbie, the Nazi "butcher of Lyon," was jailed for life for wartime crimes against humanity.

  • 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 presidency.

  • 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.

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    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.

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

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