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Wednesday, July 1, 1998
- The family of Princess Diana is scheduled to open
to the public her childhood home and burial site in England.
- 'Titanic - The Exhibition,' the first major Northeast showing of the largest collection of artifacts recovered from the ship's wreckage, is scheduled to open in Boston.
- On Thursday, July 2, University of Pittsburgh physics professor David Willey will try to set new distance record for walking on hot coals.
- On Friday, July 3, U.S. President Bill Clinton is to address business and local leaders of Hong Kong and hold a news conference before returning to Washington.
- On Saturday, July 4, fireworks throughout much of the United States light up the skies to mark American Independence.
- On Sunday, July 5, Northern Ireland's Orange Order has vowed to parade through the Catholic Portadown neighborhood in Belfast for its annual march, held since 1807 on the first Sunday of July. The Parades Commission has banned the march from Portadown.
- On Monday, July 6, jury selection for former Air
Force Academy cadet David Graham accused of killing his 16-year-old ex-lover is scheduled to start in Fort Worth, Texas.
Princess Diana Spencer was born on this day in 1961. To learn more about the princess on this first birthday since her death, click here.
- Today is a Bank Holiday in Bangladesh, Egypt, Guatemala, Macau, Pakistan and Taiwan.
- It's Sir Seretse Khama Day in Botswana.
- Today is Territory Day in the British Virgin Islands.
- It's Independence Day in Burundi, Rwanda and the Somali Democratic Republic.
- Today is Canada Day in Canada.
- It's Republic Day in Ghana.
- Today is a Day of Freedom in Suriname.
- Filmmaker Sydney Pollack ("Tootsie") is 64.
- Actor Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H") is 64.
- Singer-actress Deborah Harry is 53.
- Singer Fred Schneider (B-52's) is 47.
- Actor-comedian Dan Aykroyd ("The Blues Brothers") is 46.
- Actor Alan Ruck ("Spin City") is 42.
- Olympic gold medal track star Carl Lewis is 37.
- Country singer Michelle Wright is 37.
- Actor Andre Braugher ("Homicide: Life on the Streets") is 36.
- Actress Pamela Lee ("Baywatch") is 31.
- Actress Liv Tyler is 21.
- Actors Stephen and Andrew Cavarno ("Party of Five") are 6.
- In 1097, the Crusaders defeated the Turks at Dorylaeum in the First Crusade.
- In 1543, England and Scotland signed the Peace of Greenwich, providing for the marriage of Prince Edward Tudor and Mary, Queen of Scots.
- In 1569, the Union of Lublin merged Poland and Lithuania.
- In 1810, Louis, king of Holland, abdicated after pressure from Napoleon.
- In 1863, General Robert E. Lee launched the Confederate attack beginning the battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War.
- In 1867, the Dominion of Canada was established under the British North America Act.
- In 1907, the world's first air force was established with the formation of the Aeronautical Division of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer of the U.S. army.
- In 1916, after a week of preliminary bombing, British and French forces launched the Somme Offensive. British casualties were nearly 60,000, one-third of them killed, in the worst one-day loss in British warfare.
- In 1937, the world's first telephone emergency service came into operation in Britain.
- In 1940, German troops landed on the Channel Island of Jersey.
- In 1942, Sevastopol in Crimea fell to German forces after an eight-month siege.
- In 1944, the Bretton Woods Conference began under the auspices of the United Nations to formulate post-war international monetary policy.
- In 1946, the U.S. tested its atomic bomb over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
- In 1960, Ghana became a republic, with Kwame Nkrumah as its first president.
- In 1960, British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland united to form the Somali Democratic Republic.
- In 1962, the kingdom of Burundi and the republic of Rwanda both became independent.
- In 1969, the investiture of the Prince of Wales was held at Caernarvon Castle.
- In 1974, Walther Scheel succeeded Gustav Heinemann as president of West Germany.
- In 1977, In Argentina, Maria Estela (Isabel) Peron, widow of the late president Juan Peron, was charged with a $1 million charity fraud.
- In 1980, "O Canada" was proclaimed Canada's national anthem.
- In 1991, East European leaders met in Prague and announced the end of the Warsaw Pact.
- In 1993, new limits on political asylum rights came into effect in Germany, a move aimed at stemming the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country.
- In 1996, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said it was suspending its membership in the PLO and urged other groups to work to cancel the PLO-Israeli peace deals.
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