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Monday, March 10, 1997

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  • "Tomorrow will be a different day, perhaps the day we've been waiting for."

    -- Albanian opposition leader Prec Zogaj

    Today's events

  • President Clinton is tentatively scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

  • An Australian-U.S. military exercise is to be held in Queensland, Australia; it will be the largest peacetime military exercise by the U. S. since World War II, with more than 23,000 Australian and American troops expected to participate.

  • In Alexandria, Virginia, CIA double-agent Harold Nicholson is scheduled to begin trial on charges of conspiracy to spy for Russia.

  • The U.N. Human Rights Commission meets in Geneva.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit Russia.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Friday, March 14, an Olmar, France, court is scheduled to rule on who is to blame for 1988 crash of Airbus A-320 aircraft that killed three and injured 50.

  • On Saturday, March 15, a Belgian parliamentary commission is set to end its inquiry into a police and court investigation of a pedophile murder ring.

  • On Sunday, March 16, the International Defense Exhibition opens in Abu Dhabi.

  • On Monday, March 17, Irish Prime Minister John Bruton visits United States.

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    On this day

  • In 1528, Balthasar Hubmaier, one of the foremost leaders of the Austrian Anabaptists, was burned at the stake as a heretic in Vienna.

  • In 1862, Britain and France recognized the independence of Zanzibar.

  • In 1862, the U.S. government issued its first paper money.

  • In 1863, Prince Albert Edward (later King Edward VII) of England married Princess Alexandra of Denmark.

  • In 1876, the first telephone conversation was transmitted in Boston by Alexander Graham Bell.

  • In 1893, the French colonies of French Guinea and Ivory Coast were formally established.

  • In 1914, suffragette Mary Richardson slashed Velazquez's "Rokeby Venus" at the National Gallery as a protest against the British government's treatment of Emmeline Pankhurst.

  • In 1945, 300 U.S. B-29 bombers devastated Japan's capital in what became known as the Great Tokyo Air Raid in World War II. The firestorm they created killed 100,000 people.

  • In 1948, Jan Garrigue Masaryk, Czech statesman and foreign minister, threw himself from a window at the foreign office in Prague in an apparent suicide.

  • In 1952, the government of Cuba was overthrown by former President Fulgencio Batista, who ruled as a dictator until 1959.

  • In 1969, James Earl Ray was sentenced in Memphis, Tennessee, to 99 years in prison for the murder of Martin Luther King in April 1968.

  • In 1972, Marshal Lon Nol took over as Cambodian head of state.

  • In 1973, the governor of Bermuda, Sir Richard Sharples, was assassinated in the grounds of Government House.

  • In 1985, Russian leader Konstantin Chernenko died after only 13 months in office.

  • In 1990, Haitian President Prosper Avril resigned 18 months after seizing power in a coup.

  • In 1992, NATO and its former Soviet enemies pledged that a treaty slashing conventional forces in Europe would be put into effect within four months.

  • In 1993, President Suharto, Indonesia's iron ruler of the past 27 years, was re-elected for a sixth five-year term of office.

  • In 1994, thousands of students demonstrated across France to demand the government withdraw a controversial law allowing employers to pay young people less than the minimum wage.

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    For the next three weeks, the eyes of most of America will be on the NCAA Basketball Tournament, one of the most popular sporting events in America. After perusing CNN Interactive's daily tournament news, be sure to visit the NCAA Online's Final Four site for an inside look at the tournament and the organization behind it.


    Holidays and more

  • Australia celebrates Labour Day.

  • Belize celebrates its Baron Bliss Day observance.

  • The British Virgin Islands, Canada, Gibraltar and the Turks and Caicos Islands celebrate Commonwealth Day.

  • Cyprus celebrates Green Monday.

  • The Russian Federation and Ukraine celebrate International Women's Day.

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

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