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Thursday, March 13, 1997

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  • "It's bunkum."

    -- Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon

    Today's events

  • President Bill Clinton addresses a joint session of the North Carolina legislature in Raleigh.

  • The National Bioethics Advisory Commission meets to discuss the implications of cloning.

  • The 20th National Food Policy Conference gets underway in Washington, D.C.

  • The California State University at Northridge hosts an international conference on prostitution.

  • U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk speaks in Jerusalem on "The Peace Process After Hebron."

  • The London School of Economics holds a seminar on why hierarchical societies make people sick

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    On the horizon

  • On Friday, March 14, a court in Olmar, France, is expected 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 the 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 Thursday, March 20, the Angolan government and former National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) rebels inaugurate the new national unity government.

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    On this day

  • In 1781, German-born English astronomer Sir William Herschel discovered the planet Georgium Sidus, later known as Uranus.

  • In 1809, King Gustavus IV of Sweden was overthrown in a coup d'etat and was succeeded by his uncle, Charles XIII.

  • In 1813, Sweden joined the Grand Alliance against Napoleon and his allies.

  • In 1858, Italian revolutionary Felice Orsini was executed for his part in the assassination attempt on Napoleon III of France.

  • In 1865, the Confederate Congress under President Jefferson Davis signed a bill allowing slaves to join the army in exchange for freedom.

  • In 1881, hours after he agreed to call an assembly of nobles, Czar Alexander II of Russia died after a bomb was thrown at him near the Winter Palace.

  • In 1901, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the United States, died; he was the only president to succeed and be succeeded by the same man -- Grover Cleveland.

  • In 1938, Austrian Chancellor Seyss-Inquart introduced a law re-unifying Austria with the German Reich.

  • In 1940, hostilities between Russia and Finland ceased at noon.

  • In 1972, Britain and China resumed full diplomatic relations after 22 years; Britain withdrew its consulate from Taiwan.

  • In 1983, radio talk show host Larry King took his talents to television with the premier of "Larry King Live" on CNN.

  • In 1990, the Soviet parliament voted to end the political monopoly of the Communist Party after 72 years.

  • In 1992, Pravda, the official newspaper of the Soviet Communist Party founded in 1912 by Lenin, ceased publication due to lack of funds.

  • In 1995, the U.N. social summit ended with 182 countries pledging to wipe out global poverty.

  • In 1996, a man with four guns shot and killed 16 children and a woman teacher in a "slaughter of the innocents" at a school in Dunblane, Scotland. He then turned a gun on himself.

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    The London School of Economics is spending today delving into the mysteries of why hierarchical societies make people sick. On other days this esteemed English center of political and economic thought puts its collective head to more concrete issues, like the prospects for European monetary integration. Visit the LSE's Web site to see realpolitik, Internet-style.


    Holidays and more

  • Cuba commemorates the Revolutionary attack on the Presidential Palace.

  • Publishing tycoon Walter Annenberg is 89.

  • Musician Adam Clayton is 37.

  • Actress Glenne Headly is 40.

  • Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 58.

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

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