Tuesday, July 29, 1997
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
The 1997 International Peace Symposium is scheduled to begin
in Hiroshima, Japan.
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is scheduled to
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan