Saturday, March 8, 1997
Morocco hosts the world's first Congress on Maternal Mortality, a gathering of 2,500 international specialists.
Today is International Women's Day.
Pope John Paul II is scheduled to meet with Irish President Mary Robinson in the Vatican City.
The 49th Annual Directors Guild of America awards dinner is scheduled in New York City.
On the horizon
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 this day
In 1702, Queen Anne acceded to the throne in England after the death of William III.
In 1910, the Royal Aero Club issued the first British pilot's license to J.T.C Moore Brabazon.
In 1917, riots and strikes in St. Petersburg marked the start of the "February Revolution" in Russia.
In 1920, Denmark joined the League of Nations.
In 1921, Spanish Prime Minister Eduardo Dato was assassinated by anarchists near his home in Madrid.
In 1921, French troops occupied Duesseldorf and other towns in the Ruhr after Germany failed to pay reparations.
In 1930, William Howard Taft, 27th president of the United States (1909-13), died.
In 1942, Rangoon fell to the Japanese after being evacuated by British forces.
In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in public schools violated the constitution.
In 1950, the Soviet Union claimed to be in possession of the atomic bomb.
In 1963, a group of officers led by Col. Ziad Hariri overthrew the Syrian government and established a National
Council of Revolution.
In 1966, the Nelson Column in Dublin was destroyed in an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb explosion.
In 1973, IRA car bombs exploded outside the Old Bailey courthouse and Scotland Yard police headquarters in London,
killing one person and injuring 238. On the same day a referendum in Northern Ireland favored maintaining ties with the United Kingdom.
In 1978, Belgian millionaire Charles Bracht was kidnapped. His body was found on April 10.
In 1993, radical leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar accepted the post of prime minister of Afghanistan.
In 1994, 64 people were killed and 370 injured when a train packed with mainly black commuters was derailed near Durban,
In 1996, the U.N. flag was lowered to mark the end of the United Nations peacekeeping mandate in Rwanda (UNAMIR).
It's International Women's Day today, a day to honor women, especially working women. Said to commemorate an 1857 march and demonstration in New York City by female garment and textile workers, it is believed to have been proclaimed in 1910. To find out more, check out
New Jersey's web site.
Holidays and more
It's International Women's Day in Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Guinea-Bissau, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Nepal, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Uganda and Ukraine.
Today is the Birthday of the Sultan in Malaysia.
It's Revolution Day in Syria.
Actress Cyd Charisse is 74.
Actress Susan Clark is 57.
Singer Mickey Dolenz is 52.
Singer Charley Pride is 59.
Actor Aidan Quinn is 38.
Actress Lynn Redgrave is 54.
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan