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Friday, March 7, 1997

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  • "I wanted to show my private parts, and I don't mean my genitals."

    -- Howard Stern

    Today's events

  • The International Olympic Committee is scheduled to present the five finalist cities bidding for the 2004 Olympic Games.

  • 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.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

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    On this day

  • In 1793, France declared war on Spain during the French Revolution.

  • 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 Communist Party.

  • In 1936, Germany violated the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact by re-occupying the demilitarized zone of Rhineland.

  • 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 Israel.

  • 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 term.

  • 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 country.

  • 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.

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

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