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Thursday, July 10, 1997

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  • "You've got 70 investigators here who are like kids in a candy store. They're at the end of a fire hose of data. The thrill is not gone."

    -- NASA scientist Matthew Golombek

    Today's events

  • The International Congress on Environmental Law opens at the University of Chile in Santiago.

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton begins a goodwill visit to Denmark.

  • As many as 100,000 field sports enthusiasts rally in London's Hyde Park to protest plans by the ruling Labour Party to ban fox-hunting.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 the victory of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

  • On Sunday, July 13, the Great Circus Parade is scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • On Monday, July 14, a U.N. war crimes tribunal sentences Bosnian Serb Dusan Tadic; he was convicted of war crimes in May.

  • On Tuesday, July 15, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh are scheduled to host a Golden wedding anniversary garden party at Buckingham Palace for 4,000 couples who were also married in 1947.

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    On this day

  • In 1460, in the Wars of the Roses, Richard of York defeated King Henry VI at the battle of Northampton.

  • In 1553, Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England after the death of Edward VI; she ruled for only 10 days before being imprisoned and replaced by Mary I.

  • In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state of the Union.

  • In 1940, World War II's Battle of Britain began when at least 70 German bombers attacked the docks in south Wales.

  • In 1940, the French National Assembly gave plenary powers to the government of Marshal Petain.

  • In 1943, U.S. 7th and British 8th armies began the invasion of Sicily.

  • In 1962, Telstar, the first television telecommunications satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, making possible the first relaying of television programs across the Atlantic.

  • In 1973, the Bahamas attained full independence within the Commonwealth, having been a British colony since 1783.

  • In 1985, one Greenpeace crew member died when the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was blown up and sunk by French secret agents in Auckland harbor in New Zealand.

  • In 1991, Boris Yeltsin was sworn in as the first elected President of Russia, sealing communism's fate.

  • In 1992, former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in jail in the United States on drug-trafficking charges.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Independence Day in the Bahamas .

  • It's a National Holiday in Mongolia.

  • Journalist David Brinkley is 77.

  • Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins is 70.

  • Singer Arlo Guthrie is 50.

  • Actress Sue Lyon is 51.

  • Actor Lawrence Pressman is 58.

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

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