Amid concerns, 15 Years Ago Today, British Rule Over Hong Kong Formally Ends

The flights have been booked; TV anchors have staked their places, ready to play supporting roles on one of the most dramatic natural stages in the world.  A few licks of paint aside, all is prepared for a certified Big Media Event.  At midnight on June 30, after 156 years of British rule, Hong Kong returns to China.

Newsweek, May 19, 1997

Meryl Streep appears in this week’s Newsweek cover story discussing her latest film ‘The Iron Lady’, based on the life of Margaret Thatcher. Meryl graced our Newsweek cover back in 1980, here’s an excerpt:

The face is beautiful but anguished, haunted by sorrow, despair,determination and love. Can one face express all these warring emotions, with a grave dignity that adds a deeper beauty to the physical structure? Meryl Streep’s face can and does in the extraordinary first image of Kramer Vs. Kramer. This first shot of a superbly crafted film prints indelibly upon the eyes and consciousness of the audience the face of a young actress who, at 30, may become the strongest performer of her generation, the first American woman since Jane Fonda to rival the power, versatility and impact of such male stars as Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

Newsweek January 7, 1980