Wednesday, March 12, 1997
U.S. President Bill Clinton takes part in ABC radio's "Straight Talk on Drugs" town hall meeting.
The Child Welfare League of America holds its national conference in Washington, D.C.
The 1997-98 Hong Kong budget will be presented in anticipation of the British colony's June 30 reversion to Chinese rule.
The International Conference on the Prevention of Super-Terrorism opens at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
On the horizon
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.
On Wednesday, March 19, President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin arrive in Helsinki, Finland, ahead of their Thursday summit..
On this day
In 1832, Charles Cunningham Boycott, the Englishman whose name is now synonymous with protest, was born.
In 1888, one of the most devastating blizzards to ever hit the northeastern U.S. struck, dumping 40-50 inches of snow and leaving drifts over 30-feet tall. Over 400 people died in the storm.
In 1912, Juliette Low founded the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
In 1922, the American poet and novelist Jack Kerouac was born. Kerouac was known as the spokesman for the Beat movement and is best remembered for his book "On the Road."
In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt held the first of his radio fireside chats with the American public.
In 1955, alto saxophonist Charlie Parker died. Known as the father of bebop-style jazz, Parker also served as a composer and bandleader.
In 1981, two Soviet cosmonauts boarded the Salyut 6 space station for a 75-day mission to the facility, which had been in orbit since 1977.
In 1994, the Church of England ordained women as priests for the first time.
On this day in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., an organization that still stands today. Low's idea has now spread around the planet, a vibrant program enjoyed by girls east and west, north and south. Visit the Girl Scouts' site for more than just cookie information.
Holidays and more
Liberia celebrates Decoration Day.
Mauritius celebrates Independence Day.
Zambia celebrates Youth Day.
Playwright Edward Albee is 69.
Actress Barbara Feldon is 56.
Singer Marlon Jackson is 40.
Singer Al Jarreau is 57.
Singer, actress Liza Minnelli is 51.
Former astronaut Wally Schirra is 74.
Baseball player Darryl Strawberry is 35.
Singer James Taylor is 49.
Civil rights leader and former politician Andrew Young is 65.
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan