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Sunday, July 27, 1997

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  • "I think in our lifetime there is a probability that one of these weapons is going to go off in New York or Washington or some big city like that."

    -- Evan Thomas, author of "The Very Best Men"

    Today's events

  • The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional forum takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • Members of Japan's Democratic Party, led by Yukio Hatomana and Naoto Kan, visits the U.S. for talks with U.S. government officials and legislators on defense issues.

  • The International Conference on Science Fiction opens in Beijing.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, August 1, Lima, Peru's, Latin American film festival opens.

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    On this day

  • In 1054, Siward of Northumbria and Malcolm defeated Macbeth at Dunsinane.

  • In 1214, Philip II of France beat an allied English, Flemish and German army under Otto IV, the Holy Roman Emperor, at the Battle of Bouvines. This broke up the coalition and secured Philip's position.

  • In 1540, Thomas Cromwell, principal adviser to King Henry VIII of England, was executed for treason.

  • In 1742, the Peace of Berlin between Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and Prussia ended the first Silesian War.

  • In 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs, forerunner of the State Department, was established by an act of Congress.

  • In 1866, a trans-Atlantic cable laid by the steamer Great Eastern established reliable communication by telegraph between the United States and England.

  • In 1921, Canadians Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolated insulin for the first time. It proved an effective treatment for diabetes.

  • In 1949, the British De Havilland Comet, the first jet-propelled airliner, made its maiden flight.

  • In 1953, the Korean armistice was signed at Panmunjom, ending the three-year Korean War in which 1.6 million North Koreans and Chinese and over 118,000 United Nations troops died.

  • In 1954, Britain and Egypt initialed an agreement to end British occupation of the Suez Canal Zone.

  • In 1955, Austria regained its sovereignty after 17 years of occupation by international troops.

  • In 1976, after four years of intermittent tension, Britain broke off diplomatic relations with Uganda, the first time in 30 years that a British government had taken such a drastic step against another country.

  • In 1980, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi died of cancer while in exile in Egypt. Former Shah of Iran from 1941, he lost control of his country and fled in 1979. Ayatollah Khomeini succeeded him.

  • In 1989, Christer Pettersson, a Swede with 63 previous criminal convictions, was found guilty and jailed for the 1986 murder of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme.

  • In 1990, Belarus declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

  • In 1992, voters in the Seychelles gave Socialist President Albert Rene an overwhelming victory in the island's first multi-party poll in 16 years.

  • In 1996, during the Olympic Games in Atlanta, a bomb exploded in an entertainment park killing two and wounding 110.

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    Football legend Don Shula was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame today. Most of us were not invited to the ceremony, but the Hall's Web sit is open to the public. Go take a look!


    Holidays and more

  • Belarus celebrates Independence Day.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrate People's Uprising Day.

  • The Maldives celebrate Independence Day.

  • Olympic gold medal figure skater Peggy Fleming is 49.

  • Singer Bobbie Gentry is 55.

  • Television producer Norman Lear is 75.

  • Singer Maureen McGovern is 48.

  • Actress Betty Thomas is 49.

  • Actor James Victor is 58.

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

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