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Wednesday, August 6, 1997

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  • "There was a big ball of fire just before the crash. The plane plowed through the jungle for a minute or so before it came to a rest."

    -- reporter Rudy Delos-Santos on the Guam plane crash

    Today's events

  • The Solomon Islands hold national elections.

  • A memorial service for 1945 atomic bombing victims is scheduled to be held in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

  • The 1997 Horse Show is scheduled to take place at the Royal Dublin Society in Dublin, Ireland.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 celebrates the victory over Roman Catholics who besieged the city after 13 apprentice boys shut the gates on the advancing army of King James II.

  • On Sunday, August 10, hundreds of Rastas from around the world are expected at the 3rd annual Rastafari Gathering in Christiansted, St. Croix.

  • On Monday, August 11, Elvis Week is scheduled to begin in Memphis, Tennessee.

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    On this day

  • In 1600, Henry IV of France invaded Savoy after negotiations broke down over Saluzzo, controlled by Savoy since 1588.

  • In 1726, Russia became part of the Treaty of Vienna and put 30,000 troops at the disposal of her allies in return for support against a possible war with the Ottoman Empire.

  • In 1806, the Holy Roman Empire ended when Francis II renounced the crown and became Francis I Emperor of Austria.

  • In 1824, in the Peruvian War of Independence Colombian patriots with Simon Bolivar defeated the Spanish at the battle of Junin north west of Lima.

  • In 1825, Bolivia was proclaimed an independent republic after nearly 300 years of Spanish rule.

  • In 1890, convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first human to die in an electric chair at Auburn Prison, New York.

  • In 1896, French parliament voted for the annexation of Madagascar.

  • In 1914, in World War I, Austria-Hungary declared war on Russia and Serbia declared war on Germany.

  • In 1915, fresh allied landings of 25,000 men on Suvla Bay on the Gallipoli Peninsula failed; 252,000 allied troops were casualties of the Gallipoli campaign between 1915-1916.

  • In 1918, in World War I, the second battle of the Marne ended. In what was the last German attack on the Western Front they suffered at least 100,000 casualties.

  • In 1926, U.S. swimmer Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel. The swim took just over 14 hours.

  • In 1940, Estonia formally absorbed into the Soviet Union as the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic.

  • In 1945, the U.S. air force dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was carried by the B-29 bomber "Enola Gay." Five square miles were reduced to ashes and at least 117,000 people were killed.

  • In 1962, Jamaica became independent after 300 years of British rule.

  • In 1981, a coup bid against President Jarawa of Gambia ended when British SAS troops helped Senegalese troops to free some 30 hostages still held by rebels.

  • In 1990, the U.N. Security Council voted 13-0 to ban trade with Iraq except for medicine and some food for humanitarian relief after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

  • In 1996, U.S. scientists revealed they had found evidence of ancient life on Mars in remnants of a meteorite discovered in Antarctica.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Independence Day in Bolivia.

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

  • Today is San Salvador Feast in El Salvador.

  • Director Paul Bartel is 59.

  • Actor Peter Bonerz is 59.

  • Actress Soleil Moon Frye is 21.

  • Actress Catherine Hicks is 46.

  • Basketball player David Robinson is 32.

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

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