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Monday, August 4, 1997

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  • "I have nothing but deep regret and sorrow for all that has happened and for all the bad things I have done. If I could go back in time to change things and stop them, I would. However, I cannot go back and undo the damage."

    -- Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowitz

    Today's events

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

  • The Queen Mother, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, celebrates her 97th birthday.

  • Opening statements are expected in the trial of Ramzi Yousef, the man prosecutors say was the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York City.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Friday, August 8, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong delivers his National Day address to the people of Singapore.

  • On Saturday, August 9, the annual parade of the Apprentice Boys in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, is scheduled to take place. The parade celebrate the victory over Roman Catholics who besieged the city after 13 apprentice boys shut the gates on the advancing army of King James II.

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    On this day

  • In 1060, Henry I of France died and was succeeded by Philip 1.

  • In 1265, in the Second Barons' War in England, the Royalists under Prince Edward defeated the Barons under Simon de Montfort at the Battle of Evesham.

  • In 1578, a Portuguese attempt at an invasion of Morocco was thwarted at the Battle of Alcazarquivir. King Sebastian of Portugal, the King of Fez and the Moorish pretender to the throne of Fez were all killed.

  • In 1704, during the War of the Spanish Succession, a joint Anglo-dutch force attacked and captured the Spanish city of Gibraltar.

  • In 1789, during the French Revolution, the Constituent Assembly abolished all feudal privileges and rights.

  • In 1914, Germany invaded Belgium and when London's ultimatum to Berlin to withdraw expired at midnight, Britain declared war on Germany. The United States declared neutrality.

  • In 1916, Denmark ceded the Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the United States for $25 million.

  • In 1940, Italy invaded British Somaliland and occupied some towns in Sudan and Kenya.

  • In 1944, after two years hiding in an Amsterdam back room, Anne Frank, her sister, her parents and four other Jews were discovered by the Gestapo. The diary she kept was found after the war, published in over 30 languages and turned into a play and film.

  • In 1954, Britain's first supersonic fighter plane, the English Electric Lightning P-1, made its maiden flight.

  • In 1972, Arthur Bremer was jailed for 63 years for shooting George Wallace, governor of Alabama.

  • In 1972, President Idi Amin declared that Uganda was to expel 50,000 Asians with British passports to Britain within three months.

  • In 1980, Hurricane Allen swept through the eastern Caribbean for several days causing widespread damage and loss of life, especially in St. Lucia and Haiti.

  • In 1981, a U.S. court ordered striking air traffic controllers back to work and fined their union $2.4 million a day for the duration of the strike.

  • In 1983, Bettino Craxi was sworn in as Italy's first Socialist prime minister.

  • In 1983, a military coup in Upper Volta led by Thomas Sankara overthrew Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo.

  • In 1992, millions of blacks ended a two-day general strike against white rule in South Africa, during which over 30 people died.

  • In 1993, Japan formally apologized for the first time to women forced to serve its soldiers as sex slaves during World War II.

  • In 1995, Croatia launched an offensive to regain the enclave of Krajina, held by its Serb minority for four years.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is a Bank Holiday in Australia and Iceland.

  • It's Emancipation Day in the Bahamas, Grenada and St. Lucia.

  • Today is Kadooment Day in Barbados.

  • It's a Festival Holiday in the British Virgin Islands

  • Today is Revolution Day in Burkina Faso.

  • It's Civic Day in Canada.

  • Today is Constitution Day in the Cook Islands.

  • It's Independence Day in Jamaica.

  • Today is Carnival in the Netherlands Antilles.

  • It's August Monday in the Dominica, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadine.

  • Today is Labor Day in Western Samoa.

  • It's Farmers Day in Zambia.

  • Actor Wesley Addy is 84.

  • Baseball player Roger Clemens is 35.

  • Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, is 97.

  • Actor Kristofer Tabori is 45.

  • Journalist Helen Thomas is 77.

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

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