Friday, March 7, 1997
The International Olympic Committee is scheduled to present the five finalist cities bidding for the 2004 Olympic
Russian President Boris Yeltsin is scheduled to meet with Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow.
A bilateral meeting is planned in New York for U.S. and North
Korean officials as a follow-up to March 5 preliminary discussions between U.S. and South Korea on ending the technical state of war on the Korean Peninsula.
German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel is scheduled to revisit Israel on the final day of his tour of the Middle East.
On the horizon
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
On this day
In 1793, France declared war on Spain during the French
In 1838, Famous operatic soprano Jenny Lind, known as the
"Swedish Nightingale," made her debut.
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his
invention of the telephone.
In 1917, the world's first jazz record, "The Dixie Jazz Band
One Step," recorded by Nick LaRocca's Original Dixieland Jazz
Band, was released by RCA Victor in Camden, New Jersey.
In 1918, the Bolsheviks changed their name to the Russian
In 1936, Germany violated the Treaty of Versailles and the
Locarno Pact by re-occupying the demilitarized zone of
In 1945, the U.S. 9th Armored Division captured the key bridge over the Rhine at Remagen, Germany, which helped shorten the World War II.
In 1951, Iranian Prime Minister Ali Razmara was assassinated
by a religious fanatic in a mosque in Tehran.
In 1965, West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard said West
Germany would seek to establish diplomatic relations with
In 1973, the government of Sheik Mujibur Rahman won a
landslide victory in Bangladesh's first general election.
In 1978, 38 black nationalists were killed during a Rhodesian
raid on a guerrilla base in Zambia.
In 1978, Burmese President Ne Win was re-elected for a second
In 1983, 96 miners were killed in a gas explosion at a coal
mine near Eregli, Turkey.
In 1989, Iran broke off diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's novel Satanic Verses.
In 1992, Former Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze
returned to his native Georgia to help end the chaos in that
In 1992, a new four-party coalition government, led by
Jean-Luc Dehaene, was formed in Belgium.
In 1993, Afghanistan's rival leaders signed a peace accord to
end months of bloody fighting in Kabul that had killed thousands of civilians.
In 1994, Poland said it would join Hungary in applying for
membership of the European Union.
In 1994, ANC chief Nelson Mandela rejected a demand by white
right-wingers for a separate homeland in South Africa, saying it would never happen in his lifetime.
In 1996, three U.S. servicemen were jailed in Japan for up to
seven years for the abduction and rape of an Okinawa schoolgirl in 1995.
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Holidays and more
Today is National Youth Day in Figi.
It's Maha Shivaratree in Mauritius.
Today is Maha Shiva Ratri in Nepal.
Auto racer Janet Guthrie is 59.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris is 47.
Actor John Heard is 51.
Tennis player Ivan Lendl is 37.
Weatherman Willard Scott is 63.
Actor Daniel Travanti is 57.
Singer Peter Wolf is 51.
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan