Saturday, August 2, 1997
Liberia's president-elect, Charles Taylor, takes
office at formal inauguration after winning a landslide victory in July 19 elections that ended a civil war launched in December 1989.
The Muslim-Croat federation parliament's House of
representatives convenes in Sarajevo.
The Bosnian Serb government convenes in Banja Luka.
The annual day of remembrance to mourn the mass
killing of Gypsy prisoners in concentration camps in World War II takes place at Auschwitz, Poland.
The World Gold Council holds a seminar on Gold Banking in New Delhi.
On the horizon
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.
On Tuesday, August 5, Franjo Tudjman is scheduled to be sworn in as Croatian President for another five-year term.
On Wednesday, August 6, the Solomon Islands hold national elections.
On Thursday, August 7, "Achievements and perspectives of the
Venezuelan Agenda," a conference, opens in Caracas.
On this day
In 1100, King William II of England, son of William the
Conqueror, was killed by an arrow while hunting in the New
In 1552, the Treaty of Passau revoked the Augsburg Interim of
1548 and gave religious freedom to Lutherans in Germany.
In 1589, Henry III of France was assassinated at St. Cloud by
In 1718, the Quadruple Alliance was formed by Britain, the
Netherlands, France and the Holy Roman Empire against an
aggressive policy pursued by Spain.
In 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte of France was declared "Consul for life," giving him the power to name his successor.
In 1830, after three days of an uprising in Paris, Charles X
In 1858, the British Parliament passed the India Bill,
transferring the government of India to the Crown from the East India Company.
In 1876, Wild Bill Hickok, a U.S. marshal and one of the most
colorful figures of the Wild West, was killed in a saloon.
In 1914, Germany occupied Luxembourg and sent an ultimatum to
Belgium to allow passage of its troops across its territory.
In 1923, Warren G. Harding, the 29th U.S. President from 1921, died in San Francisco on his return from a trip to Alaska. Calvin Coolidge took over the presidency.
In 1934, Adolf Hitler declared himself Fuehrer on the death of President Hindenberg.
In 1935, Britain passed the Government of India Act,
separating Burma and Aden from India effective April 1937.
In 1939, Albert Einstein, concerned that German scientists
were working on powerful bombs using uranium, wrote to President Roosevelt urging him to start an atomic project.
In 1944, Joseph P. Kennedy, a Navy pilot and brother of John F. Kennedy, was killed when his plane exploded over the Belgian coast.
In 1945, the Potsdam conference ended with Truman, Stalin and
Attlee in agreement on the demilitarization and division of
In 1970, the British army used rubber bullets for the first
time to quell a riot in Northern Ireland.
In 1989, trade restrictions between Britain and Argentina were lifted for the first time since the 1982 Falklands war.
In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. The Emir fled to Saudi Arabia;
the U.N. Security Council unanimously condemned the Iraqi
occupation and demanded Baghdad withdraw.
In 1996, Mohamed Farah Aideed, Somali warlord and scourge of
the U.S. in 1993, died from his wounds following factional
Holidays and more
Costa Rica celebrates Our Lady of the Angels.
Actress Joanna Cassidy is 53.
Figure skater Linda Sue Fratianne is 37.
Actress Kathryn Harrold is 47.
Actor Carroll O'Connor is 73.
Actor Peter O'Toole is 64.
Actress Beatrice Straight is 79.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan