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Monday, July 21, 1997

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  • "We can't go through into the next century with these people holding guns at the backs of our heads,"

    -- Ulster Unionist lawmaker Ken Maginnis

    Today's events

  • The 34th World Father Christmas Congress is scheduled to open in Copenhagen.

  • An African-American summit is scheduled in Harare. The summit is to be attended by 25 African heads of state and government, leading American business executives, lawyers and politicians to discuss relations and drum up economic aid for Africa.

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    On the horizon

  • On Tuesday, July 22, the annual UNICEF report is scheduled to be issued in London.

  • On Wednesday, July 23, Laos and Burma are admitted to ASEAN during a special ceremony held by the Asian trade group in Kuala Lumpur.

  • On Thursday, July 24, the ASEAN foreign ministers annual ministerial meeting takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • On Friday, July 25, the Gilroy Garlic Festival opens in Gilroy, California, the "Garlic Capital of the World.

  • On Saturday, July 26, Syrian Prime Minister Mahmoud Zu'bi is scheduled to visit Jakarta.

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    On this day

  • In 230, St. Pontianus begins his reign as Catholic Pope

  • In 1588, the English fleet defeats the Spanish armada.

  • In 1831, Belgium gains independence from Netherlands.

  • In 1880, a compressed air accident kills 20 workers on the Hudson River tunnel in New York City.

  • In 1896, the National Federation of Afro-American Women & Colored Women's League merge to form the National Association of Colored Woman.

  • In 1898, Spain cedes Guam to the U.S.

  • In 1930, the United States Veterans Administration is established.

  • In 1940, the Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

  • In 1949, the U.S. Senate ratifies the North Atlantic Treaty by a vote of 82-13.

  • In 1954, at Geneva, France agrees to independence of North and South Vietnam.

  • In 1960, the country of Katanga forms in Africa.

  • In 1969, Neil Armstrong steps on the Moon at 2:56:15 a.m. (GMT).

  • In 1972, in New York City, 57 murders occur in 24 hours.

  • In 1990, Pink Floyds' "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood.

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    It's U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno's birthday today. If you haven't heard enough about her during these last few chaotic years, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is a National Holiday in Belgium.

  • It's President's Day in Botswana.

  • Today is Liberation Day in Guam.

  • It's Marine Day in Japan

  • Actor Lance Guest is 37.

  • Actor Don Knotts is 73.

  • Actor Jon Lovitz is 40.

  • Actor Matt Mulhern is 37.

  • U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno is 59.

  • Violinist Isaac Stern is 77.

  • Singer Cat Stevens is 49.

  • Actor Robin Williams is 45.

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

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