Wednesday, March 5, 1997
Today is the first meeting of a nine-member international historians' panel appointed by the Swiss government to investigate neutral Switzerland's financial role in World War II, including the flow of Nazi loot and Jewish assets into Swiss banks.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat meets with former U.S. President George Bush and speaks at Rice University.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during a one-day visit to Cairo.
A verdict is expected in the trial of four former East German intelligence officers accused of sheltering some of West Germany's most wanted guerrillas.
On the horizon
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.
On Wednesday, March 12, the 1997-98 Hong Kong budget will be presented in anticipation of the British colony's June 30 reversion to Chinese rule.
On this day
In 1770, the Boston Massacre occurred when five people were killed after British troops opened fire on a crowd.
In 1856, London's Covent Garden theater was destroyed by fire.
In 1920, Norway was admitted to the League of Nations.
In 1933, election returns in Germany gave the Nazis and their allies 52 percent of seats in the Reichstag.
In 1936, the new Spitfire fighter plane went on show for the first time in Southampton, England.
In 1945, German boys born in 1929 were required to enroll in the regular armed forces.
In 1946, in a speech at Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill said: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent."
In 1969, Gustav Heinemann became the West German president, succeeding Heinrich Lubke.
In 1970, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty came into force with 45 countries, including the three main nuclear powers, having signed the agreement.
In 1980, Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo agreed to form a coalition government in Rhodesia.
In 1983, the Australian Labor Party, headed by Robert Hawke, swept into power, beating the Liberals of Malcolm Fraser.
In 1989, Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. decided to merge into a world-leading media and entertainment giant.
In 1990, Hortensia Bussi, widow of former Marxist President Salvador Allende, returned to Chile from exile 16 years after her husband was overthrown and killed in a bloody coup.
In 1992, Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party celebrated 63 years in power.
In 1993, five years after his exit in disgrace from the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was banned for life after failing a second drug test.
In 1994, Michael Griffin, a Christian fundamentalist, was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in the 1993 fatal shooting of an abortion doctor in Florida.
Congress is talking about amending the U.S. Constitution again, the bedrock upon which America is built. Some politicians want to make balanced federal budgets a constitutional requirement. Funny thing is, even though the basis of our national existence is the Constitution, few people know what it says. Luckily, it's all over the Web. Emory University in Atlanta is one of the many places to read the text. It's plain -- but not boring.
Holidays and more
Iran celebrates the Martyrdom of Imam Jaffar Sadeq.
Tahiti holds the Commemoration of the Arrival of the Gospel in Tahiti.
Vanuatu celebrates Customs Chiefs Day.
Illusionist Penn Jillette is 42.
Actor Paul Sand is 53.
Actor Dean Stockwell is 61.
CBS President and CEO Laurence Tisch is 74.
Actor Michael Warren is 51.
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan