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Wednesday, July 23, 1997

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  • "He was the most talented, and we all knew it."

    -- Designer Gianfranco Ferre about the late Gianni Versace

    Today's events

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

  • Delegations from Georgia and its rebel province Abkhazia are scheduled to open talks under United Nations auspices in the search for a settlement of their sovereignty dispute.

  • The European Commission is scheduled to decide on the Boeing-McDonnell Douglas merger.

  • Scheduled start of meetings between Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov and South Korean President Kim Young-sam and Foreign Minister Yoo Chong-ha in Seoul, South Korea.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Sunday, July 27, Japan's Democratic Party, led by Yukio Hatomana and Naoto Kan, is scheduled to visit the U.S. for talks with U.S. government officials and legislators on defense issues.

  • On Monday, July 28, the Pan African Women's Organization is scheduled to discuss improving the status of women in Africa.

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    On this day

  • In 1759, Russians under Saltikov defeated the Prussians at Kay, eastern Germany, in the Seven Years' War; 6,000 Prussians were killed.

  • In 1785, King Frederick II of Prussia formed Die Furstenbund (League of Princes) to curb the ambitions in Germany of Emperor Joseph II.

  • In 1840, the Union Act was passed by the British Parliament, uniting Upper and Lower Canada with equal representation for both of the former provinces.

  • In 1952, an army coup led by General Neguib overthrew and banished King Farouk in Egypt.

  • In 1974, the Greek armed forces chiefs invited Constantine Karamanlis to return from exile in Paris and form a government.

  • In 1974, Nicos Sampson resigned as president of Cyprus and was replaced by Glafkos Clerides.

  • In 1982, the International Whaling Commission voted for a total ban on commercial whaling to take effect in 1985.

  • In 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson; they became the Duke and Duchess of York.

  • In 1989, Italy's 49th post-war coalition government was sworn in, with Giulio Andreotti as prime minister.

  • In 1993, John Major won a vote of confidence debate in Parliament, clearing the way for British ratification of the Maastricht treaty.

  • In 1994, soldiers seized power in Gambia after rampaging through Banjul in a dispute over pay. President Sir Dawda Jawara took refuge on a U.S. Navy ship.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is the Revolution Anniversary in Egypt.

  • It's the Birth of the Prophet and Birth of Iman Jaffar Sadeq in Iran.

  • Today is National Day in Libya.

  • It's Remembrance Day in Papua New Guinea.

  • Actor Ronny Cox is 59.

  • Actor Woody Harrelson is 36.

  • Radio talk show host Don Imus is 49.

  • Actress Edie McClurg is 46.

  • Actress Belinda Montgomery is 47.

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

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