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Wednesday, March 12, 1997

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  • "This is good government at its best -- no loopholes, no misunderstandings and no exceptions."

    -- U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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..

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    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.

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    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.

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

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