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Wednesday, July 30, 1997

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  • "Unfortunately we just don't have the resources to deal with all the problems."

    -- Fort Collins Emergency Management Coordinator Glenn Levy

    Today's events

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

  • The 6th annual Beijing International Beer Festival is scheduled to begin.

  • Paraguayan President Juan Carlos Wasmosy is scheduled to begin a visit to Colombia.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, August 4, Los Angeles is scheduled to play San Diego in the annual Baseball Hall of Fame game in Cooperstown, New York.

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    On this day

  • In 1178, Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor known as Barbarossa, was crowned King of Burgundy.

  • In 1419, anti-Catholic Hussites, followers of executed reformer Jan Hus, stormed the town hall in Prague and threw Catholic councilors out of the windows.

  • In 1619, the first legislative assembly in America, known as the House of Burgesses, was convened in Jamestown, Virginia.

  • In 1656, Charles X of Sweden defeated the Poles at the Battle of Warsaw, two days after invading the country.

  • In 1934, Kurt von Schuschnigg was named Austrian chancellor following the assassination of Engelbert Dollfuss.

  • In 1935, the first Penguin book was published, starting the paperback revolution. The idea came from Sir Allen Lane, who wanted to provide "a whole book for the price of 10 cigarettes." The first one to be issued was "Ariel" by Andre Maurois.

  • In 1945, the U.S. cruiser Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine killing over 800. It was returning to the U.S. after delivering nuclear material for the atomic bomb.

  • In 1948, the advance of Communist domination in Hungary forced the resignation of President Zoltan Tildy.

  • In 1949, British warship HMS Amethyst made its escape down the Yangtze River, having been refused a safe passage by Chinese Communists after a three-month standoff.

  • In 1963, the Soviet newspaper Izvestia reported that Kim Philby, recently revealed as the "third man" in Britain's Burgess and Maclean spy affair, had been given asylum in Moscow.

  • In 1966, England beat Germany 4-2 at Wembley to win the football World Cup.

  • In 1971, during the Apollo 15 mission, David Scott and James Irwin landed on the moon.

  • In 1971, a Japanese Boeing 727 collided with a jet fighter over Shizukuishi, killing 162 people.

  • In 1973, the 11-year battle for the victims of the drug Thalidomide ended with compensation payments of 20 million pounds sterling.

  • In 1974, a joint declaration on Cyprus was signed in Geneva between Greece, Turkey and Britain.

  • In 1975, a summit conference on European security opened in Helsinki attended by leaders of 35 nations including U.S. President Ford and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.

  • In 1980, the Republic of Vanuatu (formerly the Franco-British condominium of New Hebrides) achieved its independence.

  • In 1989, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski stepped down after eight years as Polish Communist Party leader. He was succeeded by his friend and protégé, Mieczyslaw Rakowski.

  • In 1989, radical members of the Soviet parliament set up a group to press for faster reform. Boris Yeltsin and Andrei Sakharov were among those elected to run it.

  • In 1990, British Conservative member of parliament Ian Gow, close aide of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was killed by a car bomb planted by Irish republicans.

  • In 1991, President Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev began a two-day summit meeting in Moscow, Bush's first summit on Soviet soil.

  • In 1993, in Geneva peace talks, Bosnia's Muslims, Serbs and Croats agreed to create a new "union" of three ethnic republics.

  • In 1994, Zaire declared its eastern region, swamped by 1.7 million Rwandan refugees, a disaster region.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Revolutionary Martyrs Day in Cuba.

  • It's Independence Day in Vanuatu.

  • Actress Geraldine Chaplin is 53.

  • Actor Don Murray is 68.

  • Actor Wesley Snipes is 35.

  • Former Governor of Massachusetts William F. Weld is 52.

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

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