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Thursday, July 24, 1997

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  • "That's the Mariner way. It's the same stuff every year. Instead of becoming a first-class organization, which we could be, we're stuck in the '70s seeing how many things we can do for other people."

    -- Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr.

    Today's events

  • The ASEAN foreign ministers' annual ministerial meeting takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • The Pan American Sports Organization meets in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to discuss the XIII Pan American Games.

  • The Labor Department releases unemployment claim numbers.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, July 29, the biennial meeting of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is scheduled in Seattle. The group is dedicated to the advocacy and education of gifted and talented kids.

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    On this day

  • In 1567, Mary Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate and James VI became King of Scotland at the age of one.

  • In 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded a trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later became the city of Detroit.

  • In 1704, Gibraltar was captured from Spain by Admiral Sir George Rooke.

  • In 1712, the French defeated the Allied British-Dutch forces at Denain, France, in the War of the Spanish Succession.

  • In 1799, Napoleon gained his last victory during his occupation of Egypt, defeating the Turks at the Battle of Aboukir.

  • In 1824, the results of the world's first public opinion poll were published in Delaware, on voting intentions for the next U.S. presidential election.

  • In 1847, the Convention of Gramido ended the civil war in Portugal.

  • In 1866, Tennessee became the first seceding state to be re-admitted to the Union.

  • In 1883, Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel (in 1875) drowned while attempting to swim the rapids above Niagara Falls

  • In 1923, the Treaty of Lausanne was signed between Turkey and the allied powers. Turkey gave up all claims to non-Turkish territories lost in the First World War.

  • In 1943, Operation Gomorrah, the concentrated heavy bombing of Hamburg by the allies, began.

  • In 1969, Gerald Brook was released to Britain by the Soviet Union in exchange for spies Peter and Helen Kroger.

  • In 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered President Nixon to surrender 64 White House tape recordings to the Washington District Court conducting the Watergate proceedings.

  • In 1981, floods killed over 700 people in China's Szechwan province; 1.5 million were left homeless.

  • In 1990, U.S. warships in the Gulf were placed on alert after Iraq massed nearly 30,000 troops near its border with Kuwait.

  • In 1993, Russia's central bank announced a drastic reform of the monetary system, saying all banknotes issued up to the end of 1992 would be withdrawn from circulation.

  • In 1995, a suicide bomber from the militant Muslim group Hamas blew up an Israeli bus in Tel-Aviv, killing six people and wounding 32.

  • In 1996, 57 people were killed and more than 500 were injured when a bomb ripped through a packed commuter train in a Colombo, Sri Lanka, suburb.

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    The International Gay Rodeo Association is opening its 13th annual convention in Salt Lake City today. Visit the association's home page for a look at the evolving world of the West's most distinctive sport.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Children's Day in Vanuatu.

  • Bolivar's Birthday is celebrated today in Venezuela.

  • Lawyer Bella Abzug is 77.

  • Comedienne Ruth Buzzi is 61.

  • Actress Lynda Carter is 46.

  • Actor Robert Hays is 50.

  • Jockey Julie Krone is 34.

  • Basketball player Karl Malone is 34.

  • Actor Chris Sarandon is 55.

  • Musician Peter Serkin is 50.

  • Musician Billy Taylor is 76.

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

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