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Tuesday, March 11, 1997

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  • "As right as the chief may have been when he was selected, he does not have the confidence of this board to serve for the next five years."

    -- Los Angeles Police Commission President Ray Fisher

    Today's events

  • French President Jacques Chirac begins a Latin American tour with a stop in Brazil.

  • The twice-postponed trial of Rwandan Georges Rutaganda begins in Tanzania at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

  • Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo meets Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in Tokyo.

  • Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney receives his knighthood at Buckingham Palace.

  • A Pegasus rocket is tentatively scheduled to carry the ashes the late science fiction writer Gene Roddenberry and 1960s drug culture icon Timothy Leary into space.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, March 18, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton visits South Africa.

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    On this day

  • In 1702, the first English daily newspaper to meet with some success, The Daily Courant, was launched near Fleet Street in London.

  • In 1851, the first performance of Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" was given in Venice.

  • In 1917, in World War I, Gen. Maude with 50,000 British and Indian troops marched into Baghdad, capturing 9,000 Turkish prisoners.

  • In 1926, Irish statesman Eamon de Valera resigned as head of Sinn Fein. He later formed the Fianna Fail party.

  • In 1935, Hermann Goering officially created the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force.

  • In 1941, Congress passed the Lend-Lease Bill, which enabled Britain to borrow money to buy additional food and arms during World War II.

  • In 1960, Pioneer V was launched from Florida into orbit around the sun.

  • In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev became head of the Soviet Union following the death of Konstantin Chernenko. At 54, he was the youngest member of the ruling Politburo.

  • In 1990, the Lithuanian Parliament proclaimed the restoration of the Baltic Republic's pre-World War II independence from the Soviet Union. Lithuania was the first Soviet Republic to break away from Communist control.

  • In 1994, Christian Democrat Eduardo Frei, following in his father's footsteps, was sworn in as Chile's president and pledged to help the poor.

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    Baby-booming rock icon Paul McCartney of Beatles fame is at Buckingham Palace today to receive his knighthood from the queen of England. Coincidentally, Britain's royalty has just been furnished with an official Web site. The new site is full of information on Buckingham Palace itself, the history of the monarchy and what the royals are up to today.


    Holidays and more

  • Lesotho celebrates Moshoeshoe's Day.

  • Journalist Sam Donaldson is 63.

  • Musician, singer, songwriter Bobby McFerrin is 47.

  • Actress Dominique Sanda is 46.

  • Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia is 61.

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

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