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Thursday, March 6, 1997

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  • "You can instantly relate to it, you can start dancing, that's fun!"

    -- recently converted Indian Macarena fan

    Today's events

  • Russian President Boris Yeltsin is due to address both houses of the Russian parliament.

  • President Clinton travels to Michigan to deliver an address on education to the state Legislature.

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth launches a 150-page Web site for Buckingham Palace.

  • The Geneva International Motor Show opens.

  • Cruft's annual dog show opens in Birmingham, England.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Thursday, March 13, French President Jacques Chirac visits Uruguay, on the heels of a trip to Brazil.

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    On this day

  • In 1480, the Treaty of Toledo was signed under which Spain recognized Portugal's conquest of Morocco and Portugal ceded claims to the Canary Islands.

  • In 1834, the city of Toronto was incorporated with William Lyon Mackenzie as its first mayor.

  • In 1882, Prince Milan IV proclaimed himself king of Serbia.

  • In 1944, U.S. bombers began daytime attacks on Berlin from bases in Britain.

  • In 1945, tanks and infantry of the U.S. First Army drove into Cologne, Germany.

  • In 1953, Georgy Malenkov succeeded Stalin as premier and first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.

  • In 1957, Ghana became independent within the Commonwealth.

  • In 1964, King Constantine II of Greece succeeded to the throne after the death of his father, Paul I.

  • In 1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Stalin's daughter, requested asylum at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi.

  • In 1980, Belgian-born French author Marguerite Yourcenar became the first woman writer to be elected to the Academie Francaise.

  • In 1987, a Townsend Thoreson ferry, Herald of Free Enterprise, capsized on its way out of Zeebrugge harbor in Belgium drowning 193 people.

  • In 1991, George Carey won formal election to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the world's 70 million Anglicans.

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    The whole world may know that a once-ailing Boris Yeltsin is holding his annual address to a joint session of the Russian parliament today, but what is the meaning behind the event? To find out everything you ever wanted to know about Russian politics and the people behind them, visit the Center for Post-Soviet Studies home page.


    Holidays and more

  • Ghana celebrates Independence Day.

  • Guam celebrates Discovery, or Magellan, Day.

  • Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry is 61.

  • Astronaut Gordon Cooper is 70.

  • Singer, musician Dave Gilmour is 53.

  • Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia-Marquez is 69.

  • Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan is 71.

  • Actor Ed McMahon is 74.

  • Actor Rob Reiner is 52.

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

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