Thursday, February 27, 1997
The U.S. government is expected to announce whether Colombia stays on a list of nations not cooperating in international anti-drug efforts.
The 17th annual American Film Market, a movie-industry trade show, opens.
The Hamburg, Germany, chess tournament opens; organizers claim it is the world's largest, with 2,500 participants.
On the horizon
On Friday, February 28, the Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held in Alpine, Texas.
On Saturday, March 1, South African President Nelson Mandela visits the Philippines.
On Sunday, March 2, Irish President Mary Robinson arrives in Kigali, Rwanda, where she will address a pan-African conference on peace, gender and development.
On Monday, March 3, Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with European Union leaders to discuss mutual relations and security issues.
On Tuesday, March 4, German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel begins a visit to the Middle East that includes Jordan, Israel and regions governed by the Palestinian Authority.
On Wednesday, March 5, German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel visits Israel on the second day of a tour of the Middle East.
On Thursday, March 6, Russian President Boris Yeltsin is due to address both houses of the Russian parliament.
On this day
In 1807, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born. The American poet and writer was best known for "The Song of Hiawatha" and "Paul Revere's Ride."
In 1844, the Dominican Republic gained independence after Haiti withdrew from the country.
In 1869, Alice Hamilton, the American pathologist who played a significant role in the development of workmen's compensation laws, was born.
In 1897, American opera sensation Marian Anderson was born. An African-American, Anderson's career flourished in Europe after prejudice in America forced her abroad.
In 1910, "Dark Shadows" and "Father of the Bride" actress Joan Bennett was born.
In 1950, the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment limits presidents to two terms in office.
In 1972, the Shanghai Communiqué, saying the U.S. and China would work towards normalizing relations, was released after a week of talks between President Richard Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai.
In 1991, Allied troops liberated Kuwait City from Iraqi occupation.
What is reputedly the world's largest chess tournament opens today in Hamburg, Germany. For most people, though, Hamburg is a long way to travel to play chess. Luckily, there is the Web and Hamburg's Confucius Chess Project link, where you too can trade pawns with a computerized version of that ancient Chinese master of philosophy.
Holidays and more
Brunei Darussalam celebrates the Anniversary of the Revelation of the Koran
The Dominican Republic celebrates Independence Day.
Chelsea Clinton is 17.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor is 65.
Actor Howard Hesseman is 57.
Broadcast journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault is 55.
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is 63.
Actress Joanne Woodward is 67.
Former basketball star James Worthy is 36.
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan