Saturday, July 5, 1997
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.
On the horizon
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 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.
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.
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan