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Saturday, July 26, 1997

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  • "You know I'm crazy, right?"

    -- Vincent "The Chin" Gigante

    Today's events

  • Pakistan's National Assembly (lower house) standing committee on foreign affairs meets at the parliament house to discuss issues of trade with India, situation in Afghanistan, relations with Iran and other priorities on external fronts.

  • Paraguayan President Juan Wasmosy begins an official tour of Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Venezuela.

  • Syrian Prime Minister Mahmoud Zu'bi is visits Jakarta.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, July 30, the Baalbek Festival, once Lebanon's leading cultural event, resumes with a performance by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich; the festival was last held in 1974.

  • On Thursday, July 31, a Beirut court issues a verdict in the case of five Japanese Red Army guerrillas charged with forgery and other offenses carrying maximum sentences of 10 years in prison.

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    On this day

  • In 1788, New York State ratified the new constitution and became the 11th state of the Union.

  • In 1847, Liberia became the first independent republic in Africa.

  • In 1858, Lionel Rothschild became the first Jewish member to take his seat in the British House of Commons.

  • In 1882, Wagner's opera "Parsifal" was first performed, at Bayreuth, western Germany.

  • In 1908, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was created and referred to as Office of the Chief Examiner. It became the FBI in 1935.

  • In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt appointed General Douglas MacArthur as Commander of U.S. Forces in the Far East.

  • In 1952, King Farouk of Egypt abdicated and was ordered to leave the country, three days after a coup led by General Neguib.

  • In 1953, Fidel Castro led a failed assault on the Moncada military barracks near Santiago de Cuba in the fight against dictator Fulgencio Batista.

  • In 1956, under President Nasser, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal.

  • In 1965, the Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean became independent, having been a British protectorate since 1887.

  • In 1993, a draft of South Africa's first post-apartheid constitution was presented to democracy negotiators.

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    Pakistan's National Assembly goes into consultation today over various strategic external issues facing the Islamic nation. To get a feel for Pakistan's outlook on the world, and itself, visit the country's official Web page: The Official Pakistan Page.


    Holidays and more

  • Liberia celebrates Independence Day.

  • The Maldives celebrate Independence Day.

  • Movie director Blake Edwards is 75.

  • Actress Susan George is 47.

  • Rolling Stone Mick Jagger is 54.

  • Actor Jason Robards is 75.

  • Actor Kevin Spacey is 38.

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

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