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1997 HAPPENINGS

MUSIC

64th Annual Bach Festival.  Dr. Thomas Somerville conducting
Robert Simpson, noted composer, dies

POLITICS

The 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act is passed.  U S Mint begins minting commemorative quarter dollar coins.  The reverse side of each quarter commemorates the date each state was admitted to the union.
China's reformist Deng Xiaoping dies
Rebels in Peru storm the Japanese embassy 
The world is saddened by the untimely death of Britain's Princess Diana
Nobel Peace Prize winning Mother Theresa dies

POINTS OF INTEREST

Amidst a great deal of controversy and scientific interest, Dolly, the sheep, is cloned
New space shuttle launch is cancelled after problem is discovered with US Space Shuttle Columbia
Mars buggy begins planetary exploration
Italy is hit with several earthquakes

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