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Friday, February 28, 1997

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  • "The power of hope is profound with people with AIDS. And every other situation that you can give people, where things look grim, a little glimmer can change people's expectations."

    -- Dr. Helene Gayle of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on the decrease in AIDS deaths

    Today's Events

  • The Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held in Alpine, Texas.

  • Deadline for U.S. government to announce whether Colombia should remain on a virtual blacklist of countries "decertified" for their failure to cooperate fully in anti-drug fight.

  • Leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are expected to attend a summit in Lmaty called to discuss the plight of the Aral Sea.

  • The first of three stages of implementation is scheduled for the Federal Drug Administration's new smoking regulations. All cigarette vendors must ID anyone purchasing cigarettes who looks to be under the age of 27 unless that person is located in an "adult environment."

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    On the horizon

  • 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, the first meeting of a nine-member international historians' panel named by the Swiss government in December to investigate neutral Switzerland's financial role in World War II, including the flow of Nazi loot and Jewish assets into Swiss banks.

  • 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 1784, John Wesley signed the "deed of declaration," formalizing the establishment of the Wesleyan faith, or Methodists.

  • In 1825, a treaty was signed between Britain and Russia, settling the border between Canada and Alaska, then a Russia possession.

  • In 1844, on the Potomac River, the U.S. navy was demonstrating its new frigate Princeton when one of its guns exploded, killing the secretary of state, Navy secretary and other government officials.

  • In 1921, Russia and Afghanistan signed a treaty of friendship providing political and financial aid for the Afghans.

  • In 1922, Britain formally declared Egypt's independence, although still retaining control of the Suez Canal and the country's defense.

  • In 1931, in Britain, Sir Oswald Mosley formed the New Party, which he said was dedicated to turning parliament "from a talk-shop into a workshop."

  • In 1941, Alfonso XIII, ex-king of Spain, died in exile. After elections in 1931 which voted in the republicans, Alfonso refused to abdicate and was forced to leave Spain.

  • In 1942, on the second day of the Battle of Java Sea, two more Allied ships were sunk by the Japanese.

  • In 1943, nine Norwegian commandos sabotaged German heavy water installations near Ryukan in Norway.

  • In 1948, the last British troops left India.

  • In 1952, Vincent Massey took office as governor-general of Canada, the first Canadian to hold the office.

  • In 1971, the male voters of Liechtenstein defeated a referendum on giving women the vote.

  • In 1974, a general election in Britain produced a minority Labor government under Harold Wilson.

  • In 1975, in the worst underground train crash in Britain, 42 people died when a train crashed into the buffers at Moorgate station, London.

  • In 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme was assassinated by a gunman in central Stockholm.

  • In 1991, after 42 days of the Gulf War, U.S. and allied forces ceased fire at 8 a.m. Kuwait time, and Iraq told its army to stop fighting.

  • In 1993, the siege at Waco, Texas, began after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms tried to serve an arrest warrant for weapons charges on Branch Davidian sect leader David Koresh.

  • In 1994, NATO jets shot down four warplanes violating Bosnia's no-fly zone.

  • In 1994, Moldova's main independence party claimed a clear victory in the country's first post-Soviet parliamentary elections.

  • In 1996, Calling it the saddest day of her life, Britain's Princess Diana agreed to divorce her estranged husband, Prince Charles.

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    Holidays and more

  • Auto racer Mario Andretti is 57.

  • Actor Charles Durning is 74.

  • Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 28.

  • Actor Gavin Macleod is 66.

  • Singer/actress Bernadette Peters is 53.

  • Actor/singer Tommy Tune is 58.

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

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