Wednesday, July 23, 1997
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.
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
On Monday, July 28, the Pan African Women's Organization is scheduled
to discuss improving the status of women in Africa.
On this day
In 1759, Russians under Saltikov defeated the Prussians at
Kay, eastern Germany, in the Seven Years' War; 6,000 Prussians were
In 1785, King Frederick II of Prussia formed Die Furstenbund
(League of Princes) to curb the ambitions in Germany of Emperor Joseph
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
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan