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Saturday, March 15, 1997R

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  • "I saw Greg Norman this morning; I told him my handicap is going up by the minute."

    -- U.S. President Bill Clinton.

    Today's Events

  • A Belgian parliamentary commission is set to end its inquiry into a police and court investigation of a pedophile murder ring.

  • Bosnian Serb parliament speaker Dragan Kalinic schedules a parliament session to discuss recently signed Yugoslav-Bosnian Serb special ties agreement.

  • French President Jacques Chirac visits Paraguay

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, March 21, U.S. President Bill Clinton pays a one-day visit to Denmark.

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    On this day

  • In 44 BC, conspirators led by Brutus and Cassius assassinated Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman Emperor.

  • In 1341, in the Hundred Years War, an alliance was signed between Louis IV, Roman Emperor, and Philip VI of France at Vincennes.

  • In 1744, in the War of the Austrian Succession, France declared war on England.

  • In 1767, Andrew Jackson, U.S. general, democrat and seventh president of the United States, was born. He was the first president born in South Carolina and the first to travel on a train.

  • In 1781, in the American Revolution, Cornwallis, with 1,900 British soldiers, defeated an American force of 4,400 in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in Connecticut.

  • In 1820, Maine became the 23rd state of the Union.

  • In 1883, in London, Irish-American terrorists attempted to blow up the offices of the Times newspaper.

  • In 1907, the first women members of parliament were elected in Finland when 19 constituencies returned women members. They took their seats on May 23.

  • In 1916, U.S. President Wilson sent 12,000 troops under General Pershing over the border to Mexico in a failed mission to pursue the bandit Pancho Villa.

  • In 1917, in Russia at Pskov, Tsar Nicholas II abdicated for himself and his son. His brother Grand Duke succeeded as Tsar. On the same day, a provisional government succeeded with Prince Georgi Lvov as president and Pavel Miliukov as foreign minister.

  • In 1937, the first central blood bank to preserve blood for transfusion by refrigeration, was set up at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

  • In 1939, the German army crossed the Czech frontier and Adolf Hitler proclaimed the protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.

  • In 1960, in South Korea, Syngman Rhee was elected president for a fourth consecutive term.

  • In 1975, Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, died. In 1968 he had married Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of U.S. president John F Kennedy.

  • In 1979, Pope John Paul II published his first encyclical, "Redemptor Hominis," in which he warned of the growing gap between rich and poor.

  • In 1981, in Syria, over 140 hostages aboard a Pakistan Airways plane, hijacked by the militant Al Zulfiqar organization, were released after 13 days. In exchange Pakistan freed 55 political prisoners.

  • In 1983, Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Fairfield), English author, died. Best known for her novels and her study of Yugoslavia - "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon."

  • In 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev was elected the first executive president of the Soviet Union. On the same day the Soviet parliament ruled that Lithuania's declaration of independence was invalid and that Soviet law was still in force in the Baltic republic.

  • In 1990, Iraq hanged British-based journalist Farzad Bazoft for espionage in spite of world-wide pleas for clemency. He had worked for London's Observer newspaper.

  • In 1996, German authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of Iranian intelligence minister Ali Fallahiyan in connection with the 1992 murder of exiled Kurdish leaders in Berlin.

  • In 1996, pioneering aviation firm Fokker NV, once a byword for industrial expertise, collapsed, ending 77 years of Dutch aircraft making and triggering the biggest mass redundancy in Dutch history.

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    "Beware the Ides of March." On this day in 44 BC, Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated by conspirators led by Brutus and Cassius. Look here for a closer look at the history, life and people of the Holy Roman Empire.


    Holidays and more

  • Holidays and more

  • Baseball player Harold Douglas Baines is 38.

  • Actor Judd Hirsch is 62.

  • Beach Boys member Mike Love is 56.

  • Musician Sly Stone is 53.

  • Actor Craig Wasson is 43.

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

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