June 25, 1997 in Nation/World



Ten years ago: Pope John Paul II received Austrian President Kurt Waldheim at the Vatican, a meeting fraught with controversy because of allegations that Waldheim had hidden a Nazi past.

Five years ago: Both houses of Congress rushed to pass a back-to-work order ending a national rail strike; President Bush signed the legislation on June 26. The space shuttle Columbia, carrying seven astronauts, blasted off on a two-week mission.

One year ago: A truck bomb killed 19 Americans and injured hundreds at a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia.

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