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Tuesday, July 29, 1997

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  • "Why aren't they here yet? My God, we're only a minute or two away."

    -- Gianni Versace's chef, Charles Podesta

    Today's events

  • 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.

  • The 1997 International Peace Symposium is scheduled to begin in Hiroshima, Japan.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is scheduled to visit Singapore.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Saturday, August 2, the World Gold Council holds a seminar on Gold Banking in New Delhi.

  • On Sunday, August 3, the annual induction ceremony at Baseball's Hall of Fame is scheduled to take place in Cooperstown, New York.

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    On this day

  • In 1030, Olaf II was killed at the battle of Stiklestad attempting to recover his Norwegian throne from the Danes.

  • In 1565, Mary Queen of Scots married her cousin, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley.

  • In 1588, the Spanish Armada of about 125 ships sent by Philip II to try to invade England was defeated by an English fleet under Lord Howard and Sir Francis Drake. Over the next month what was left of the armada was pursued along the North Sea and out into the Atlantic.

  • In 1848, hopes of a nationalist uprising in Ireland were dashed when an insurrection at Tipperary led by William Smith O'Brien failed.

  • In 1900, Umberto I, king of Italy, was assassinated at Monza by the anarchist Gaetano Bresci.

  • In 1930, the airship R100 set out on its first passenger-carrying flight from England to Canada.

  • In 1937, in the continuing conflict between Japan and China, Japanese forces took Tientsin.

  • In 1948, the first Olympic Games after World War II opened in London at Wembley Stadium.

  • In 1967, during the Vietnam War, the U.S. aircraft carrier Forrestal was damaged by fire, killing 130.

  • In 1968, senior leaders of Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union met at Cierna to try and resolve their differences over Czech reforms.

  • In 1968, Pope Paul VI, in an encyclical entitled "Humanae Vitae" (Of Human Life), declared that any artificial forms of birth control are prohibited by the Roman Catholic Church.

  • In 1975, a bloodless coup in Nigeria ousted Gen. Yakubu Gowon while he was at an OAU summit.

  • In 1979, Nigeria announced the nationalization of British Petroleum's remaining oil interests in the country.

  • In 1981, Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, married Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

  • In 1992, former East German leader Erich Honecker arrived in Berlin to face manslaughter charges for deaths along the Berlin Wall. Honecker had spent eight months in Chile's embassy in Moscow.

  • In 1993, the Israeli Supreme Court cleared John Demjanjuk of war crimes after hearing evidence that he was known as "Ivan the Terrible" at prison camps.

  • In 1994, former Italian prime minister Bettino Craxi was sentenced to 81/2 years in jail after being found guilty of fraud.

  • In 1994, two people, including a doctor wearing a bulletproof vest, were shot and killed outside an abortion clinic by an anti-abortion protester in Florida.

  • In 1996, China carried out a nuclear explosion at its Lop Nor nuclear testing ground measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale.

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    Holidays and more

  • It's Independence Day in Peru.

  • Journalist Peter Jennings is 59.

  • Actress Alexandra Paul is 34.

  • Former Second Lady Marilyn Tucker Quayle is 48.

  • Singer Patty Scialfa is 41.

  • Actor David Warner is 56.

  • Actor Wil Wheaton is 25.

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

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