Thursday, March 6, 1997
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
The Geneva International Motor Show opens.
Cruft's annual dog show opens in Birmingham, England.
On the horizon
On Friday, March 7, the International Olympic Committee will
present the five finalist cities bidding for the 2004 Olympic
On Saturday, March 8, Morocco hosts the world's first
congress on maternal mortality, a gathering of 2,500
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan