Thursday, August 7, 1997
"Achievements and perspectives of the Venezuelan Agenda," a conference, opens in Caracas.
The Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Vice President Al Gore addresses the Vietnam Veterans of America's national convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
On the horizon
On Friday, August 8, Prime Minister Goh Chok
Tong delivers his National Day address to the people of
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
On Tuesday, August 12, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is scheduled to visit Finland to meet President Martti Ahtisaari, Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen and Foreign Minister Tarja Halonen.
On this day
In 768, Stephen III began his reign as Pope.
In 1498, Christopher Columbus arrived in the Caribbean.
In 1782, George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart.
In 1789, the U.S. War Department was established.
In 1941, 551 Jews were shot in the Kishnev ghetto in Romania.
In 1953, Eastern Airlines entered the jet age, using the Electra prop-jet.
In 1959, the Explorer 6 satellite transmitted the first TV photo of Earth from space.
In 1960, the Ivory Coast gained independence from France.
In 1978, thousands of mourners filed past the body of Pope Paul VI.
In 1987, five Central American presidents signed a peace accord in Guatemala.
In 1990, Operation Desert Shield began with the U.S. deploying troops to Saudi Arabia.
Garth Brooks gives free concert in Central Park tonight. The concert, called "Garth Live from Central Park," will air on HBO beginning at 8 p.m. EDT. To learn more about this King of Country, click here.
Holidays and more
It's Independence Day in the Ivory Coast Republic.
Singer Lana Cantrell is 54.
Actor John Glover is 53.
Humorist Garrison Keillor is 55.
Actress DeLane Matthews is 36.
Singer B.J. Thomas is 55.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan