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Monday, March 3, 1997

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  • "The moment the bulldozers get on the ground, then it is very clear that the Palestinians, the Palestinian people as a whole, will feel called upon to protect their own land."

    -- Palestinian Cabinet Minister Hanan Ashrawi

    Today's Events

  • President Clinton meets with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at the White House.

  • Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with European Union leaders to discuss mutual relations and security issues.

  • Leaders of all Cyprus parties and Greek ministers meet at the Institute of International Relations of Panteion University to discuss the Cyprus issue.

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    On the horizon

  • 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, is 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.

  • On Friday, March 7, the International Olympic Committee is scheduled to present the five finalist cities bidding for the 2004 Olympic Games.

  • On Saturday, March 8, Morocco hosts the world's first congress on maternal mortality, a gathering of 2,500 international specialists.

  • On Sunday, March 9, more than 1,000 scientists gather in China to observe a total solar eclipse.

  • On Monday, March 10, the U.N. Human Rights Commission meets in Geneva.

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    On this day

  • In 1831, George Pullman, inventor of Pullman railway carriages, was born.

  • In 1845, Florida became the 27th state of the United States.

  • In 1847, Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, was born in Scotland.

  • In 1861, serfdom, a form of slavery, was abolished in Russia.

  • In 1875, the first performance of Bizet's opera "Carmen" took place at the Opera Comique, Paris.

  • In 1878, the peace treaty at San Stefano was signed, ending the Russo-Turkish War and gaining independence for Serbia.

  • In 1886, the treaty of Bucharest was signed, bringing peace between Bulgaria and Serbia.

  • In 1918, Germany and its allies signed the treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Russia, ending World War I hostilities between the two countries.

  • In 1924, Mustafa Kemal continued his reforms to modernize Turkey, abolishing the Caliphate and expelling the Caliph and his family from the country.

  • In 1931, the Star-Spangled Banner was adopted as the American national anthem.

  • In 1963, a new constitution was approved in Senegal under which the president took over the powers of the prime minister.

  • In 1967, Grenada became an associate state of Britain rather than a colony.

  • In 1969, the three-man Apollo 9 spacecraft was launched from Cape Kennedy. The main aim of its 10-day flight was to test the lunar module in Earth's orbit.

  • In 1976, Mozambique closed its border with Rhodesia and put its country on a war footing, after raids by Rhodesia on rebel bases.

  • In 1991, Latvia and Estonia voted for independence.

  • In 1991, Sao Tome and Principe elected former dissident Miguel Trovoada as president.

  • In 1996, a Moslem suicide bomber killed 18 people and wounded 10 on a Jerusalem bus in a mirror-image of an attack a week earlier.

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    Severe storms buffeted the nation over the weekend, triggering a series of deadly tornadoes. The fact is that violent, destructive storms ravage the U.S. every year. Luckily, the government is looking into the matter. The National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, does its best to understand and predict dangerous weather. The severe storms Web site is a trove of information on some of nature's deadliest spawn.


    Holidays and more

  • Bulgaria celebrates Liberation Day.

  • Mozambique celebrates Heroes Day.

  • Sao Tome and Principe celebrate Liberty Heroes Day.

  • Olympic gold medal heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 35.

  • Actor Tim Kazurinsky is 47.

  • Photographer Arnold Newman is 79.

  • Heisman Trophy-winning football player Herschel Walker is 35.

  • Producer Robert Whitehead is 81.

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

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