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Saturday, July 5, 1997

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  • "The little engine that could, did."

    -- Mars Pathfinder engineer Rob Manning

    Today's events

  • Hong Kong continues to celebrate its return to Chinese rule with a rock concert featuring the likes of Wet Wet Wet, Lisa Stansfield, All-4-One and Zhou Feng.

  • The annual session of the OSCE parliamentary assembly takes place in Warsaw.

  • Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attend the Royal Pageant of the Horse to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in Windsor Great Park.

  • Sonkajarvi, Finland, holds its international wife-carrying competition.

  • The Daytona International Speedway hosts NASCAR's Pepsi 400 race.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, July 9, Ecuadorian president Fabian Alarcon meets Colombian president Ernesto Samper on their border to discuss strained bilateral relations.

  • On Thursday, July 10, the International Congress on Environmental Law opens at the University of Chile in Santiago.

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    On this day

  • In 1791, George Hammond was appointed Britain's first ambassador to the United States.

  • In 1811, Venezuela declared independence from Spain.

  • In 1830, France began an invasion of Algeria and took Algiers.

  • In 1865, William Booth founded the Christian Mission, later renamed the Salvation Army, in London.

  • In 1932, Antonio de Oliveira Salazar became premier of Portugal and drafted a new constitution that established the country as an authoritarian state.

  • In 1945, Gen. MacArthur announced the liberation of the whole of the Philippines.

  • In 1948m the National Health Service came into being in Britain.

  • In 1959, Indonesian President Sukarno dissolved parliament and assumed dictatorial powers for himself.

  • In 1965, Maria Callas gave her last stage performance, singing Tosca at London's Covent Garden.

  • In 1969, the Rolling Stones gave a free concert in Hyde Park, London, in memory of Brian Jones, who had died two days before.

  • In 1969, the Kenyan statesman Thomas Mboya was assassinated.

  • In 1975, American Arthur Ashe beat countryman Jimmy Connors to become the first black tennis player to win the Wimbledon men's singles title.

  • In 1977, Gen. Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq overthrew the Pakistani government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in a bloodless coup.

  • In 1980, Bjorn Borg of Sweden won the Wimbledon men's singles title for the fifth consecutive year.

  • In 1989, former White House aide Oliver North was fined $150,000 for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal that rocked the Reagan administration.

  • In 1991, the Bank of England said the operations of Bank of Credit and Commerce International SA (BCCI) had been suspended immediately following allegations of massive fraud.

  • In 1994, Yasser Arafat traveled to the West Bank after 27 years in exile, determined to turn the self-rule areas of Gaza and Jericho into a Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

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    America's favorite motorsport division, NASCAR, sends its cars to the Daytona International Speedway today for the Pepsi 400. Being a major cultural force in the U.S., NASCAR is out here in cyberspace. Visit NASCAR Online to feel the thunder that will rattle Daytona.


    Holidays and more

  • Algeria celebrates Independence Day.

  • Armenia celebrates Constitution Day.

  • The Czech Republic celebrates National Day.

  • The Slovak Republic celebrates Saints Cyril & Methodius.

  • Venezuela celebrates Independence Day.

  • Dancer Eliot Feld is 55.

  • Former baseball player Goose Gossage is 46.

  • Actress Katherine Helmond is 63.

  • Actress Shirley Knight is 61.

  • Singer Huey Lewis is 46.

  • Musician Robbie Robertson is 53.

  • Musician Janos Starker is 73.

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

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