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Monday, July 7, 1997

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  • "That's all he's ever done -- just looked at her. Never touched her or pushed her around or anything like that."

    -- "Beetle Bailey" comic strip creator Mort Walker

    Today's events

  • 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.

  • The Asia-Pacific seminar on global warming is scheduled to begin in Yamanashi, Japan.

  • EU economic and finance ministers are scheduled to meet in Brussels to hold talks with Central and East European countries.

  • Funeral services are scheduled to be held in Los Angeles for the late actor Jimmy Stewart.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Friday, July 11, President Bill Clinton is scheduled to make the first U.S. presidential visit to Romania in 20 years.

  • On Saturday, July 12, the Orange Order is scheduled to march across Northern Ireland to commemorate victory in Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

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    On this day

  • In 1307, King Edward I of England died on his way north to subdue a rebellion in Scotland; he was succeeded by Edward II.

  • In 1807, the first of the Treaties of Tilsit was signed, under which France and Russia became allies and divided Europe between them.

  • In 1846, Commander J.D. Sloat of the U.S. Navy raised the American flag in Monterey, proclaiming U.S. citizenship for California.

  • In 1937, following the setting up of a commission to investigate the mandate in Palestine, the Peel Report was published in Britain. It recommended that there should be separate Arab and Jewish states.

  • In 1941, President Roosevelt announced that U.S. forces had landed in Iceland to prevent a Nazi invasion.

  • In 1952, the liner United States made the fastest-ever crossing of the Atlantic, on her maiden voyage.

  • In 1978, the Solomon Islands gained independence from Britain.

  • In 1981, President Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor to become a Supreme Court justice; she became the first woman member of the Supreme Court in September.

  • In 1991, a republic movement backed by more than 100 prominent Australians was formally launched.

  • In 1994, Northern Yemeni forces gained total control of their southern foe's last bastion, Aden, crushing a bid to recreate an independent state; fleeing southern leaders vowed to continue the war.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Orangemen's Day in Canada.

  • It's Constitution Day in the Cayman Islands.

  • Today is Caribbean Day in Guyana.

  • It's Independence Day in the Solomon Islands.

  • It's Caricom Day in St. Vincent and the Grenadine.

  • Today is the Saba Saba observance in Tanzania.

  • It's Unity Factory Day in Yemen.

  • Today is the People's Uprising Day in Yugoslavia.

  • It's Heroes Day in Zambia.

  • Fashion Designer Pierre Cardin is 75.

  • Actress Shelley Duvall is 48.

  • Composer Doc Severinsen is 70.

  • Drummer Ringo Starr is 57.

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

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