July 4, 1997 in Nation/World



Ten years ago: Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo chief known as the “Butcher of Lyon,” was convicted by a French court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison; he died in September 1991. Martina Navratilova won her eighth Wimbledon singles title as she defeated Steffi Graf.

Five years ago: Steffi Graf won her fourth Wimbledon title, defeating Monica Seles in a 5-1/2-hour match interrupted three times by rain.

One year ago: President Clinton extolled the joys of democracy and asked the nation to honor America’s independence by praising continued free rule in Russia as he spoke during a jamboree honoring the 200th anniversary of Youngstown, Ohio.

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