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Thursday, February 27, 1997

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  • "Greenspan is giving the markets a reality check. Good for him."

    -- Economist David Jones

    Today's Events

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Sources: Reuters,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

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