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Tuesday, March 4, 1997

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  • "It's much more sophisticated. It's much more arrogant, like a man with feminine attitude. I love pants."

    -- Paris fashion designer Sonia Rykiel

    Today's Events

  • The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on a constitutional amendment mandating balanced federal budgets.

  • President Bill Clinton is scheduled to hold a 2 p.m. EST news conference at the White House.

  • German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel begins a visit to the Middle East that includes Jordan, Israel and regions governed by the Palestinian Authority.

  • Queen Sofia of Spain visits Paraguay.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 will 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.

  • On Tuesday, March 11, French President Jacques Chirac begins a Latin American tour with a stop in Brazil.

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    On this day

  • In 1394, Portuguese explorer Prince Henry the Navigator was born. He sponsored expeditions along the African coast that led to conquest and the foundation of the overseas Portuguese empire.

  • In 1681, King Charles II granted William Penn almost all of what is now Pennsylvania.

  • In 1789, the first U.S. Congress convened in New York City.

  • In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state of the United States.

  • In 1793, George Washington was inaugurated for a second term as president of the United States.

  • In 1801, Thomas Jefferson became the first U.S. president to be inaugurated in the new capital, Washington.

  • In 1877, Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" was first performed at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

  • In 1913, Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as the 28th U.S. president.

  • In 1927, some 25,000 diggers participated in a rush to stake their claims in new diamond fields at Grasfontein, South Africa.

  • In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in as 32nd U.S. president.

  • In 1941, a British naval raid on the German-occupied Lofoten Islands off Norway sank 11 German ships.

  • In 1964, United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution to appoint a mediator and establish a U.N. peace-keeping force in Cyprus.

  • In 1970, the French submarine Eurydice sank off the coast of Toulon. All 57 aboard died.

  • In 1971, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau secretly married Margaret Sinclair.

  • In 1975, actor Charlie Chaplin was knighted at Buckingham Palace.

  • In 1976, the Ulster Convention was formally dissolved in Northern Ireland,.

  • In 1980, the Rhodesian governor, Lord Soames, invited Robert Mugabe to form a government after his ZANU-PF party won a decisive election victory.

  • In 1991, the Soviet parliament ratified a six-nation treaty setting the legal seal on German unification after two years of revolutionary change in central Europe.

  • In 1994, four Muslim fundamentalists were found guilty of bombing the landmark World Trade Center in New York.

  • In 1996, a Muslim suicide bomber killed 13 people and wounded 100 others, including children, outside a crowded Tel Aviv shopping mall.

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    A salvage group says it has found the famed pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship off the coast of North Carolina. It is the kind of find every youngster dreams about. With its irresistible lure, pirate history has found its way on to the Web. Visit the amateur but informative and fun Pirate page for a look at pirates of the Caribbean. Ahoy, and enjoy!


    Holidays and more

  • Guam celebrates Discovery Day.

  • Anthropologist Jane Goodall is 63.

  • Bridge expert Charles Goren is 96.

  • Actress Patsy Kensit is 29.

  • South African actress and singer Miriam Makeba is 65.

  • Singer Mary Wilson is 53.

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

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