Tuesday, March 18, 1997
The trial of Rwanda genocide suspect Georges Rutaganda opens in Tanzania at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton visits South Africa.
Australian pianist David Helfgott, subject of the movie "Shine," plays Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
In Vienna, Austria, the U.N. commission on drugs holds its 40th session, focusing this time on the spread of Ecstasy and Speed.
Minisat, the first satellite entirely designed and constructed in Spain, is to be launched from Torrejon airbase.
Las Vegas hosts the Gaming Business Expo.
On the horizon
On Wednesday, March 19, U.S. President Bill Clinton and
Russian President Boris Yeltsin arrive in Helsinki, Finland,
for their Thursday summit.
On Thursday, March 20, the Angolan government and former
National Union for the Total Independence of Angola rebels
inaugurate the new national unity government.
On Friday, March 21, President Clinton pays a one-day visit
On Saturday, March 22, an auction of Beatles paraphernalia is
scheduled at the Tokyo Auction House.
On Sunday, March 23, the presentation of the Golden Raspberry
Awards takes place in Hollywood. The ceremony spoofs the Oscars with awards for the year's worst movies and film performances.
On Monday, March 24, the 69th annual Academy Awards presentation is broadcast live from Hollywood.
On Tuesday, March 25, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton continues her good-will tour of Africa with a stop in Tanzania.
On this day
In 978, St. Edward the Martyr, king of the English, was murdered at Corfe Castle on the orders of his stepmother, eager to see her son Ethelred crowned king.
In 1229, Roman Emperor Frederick II crowned himself king of Jerusalem during the Sixth Crusade.
In 1662, the first buses, eight-seat vehicles known as "carrosses a cinq solz," ran in Paris.
In 1848, a five-day revolution began in Milan against Austrian rule, forcing Governor Joseph Radetzky to withdraw from the city.
In 1871, the insurrection of Paris against the French government began. The rebels, known as the Communards, were defeated in May.
In 1913, King George I of Greece was assassinated at Salonika.
In 1922, Mahatma Gandhi was sentenced to six years in prison for his civil disobedience campaign.
In 1940, Hitler and Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass in the Alps. It was agreed that Italy would eventually join the war.
In 1949, the text of the North Atlantic Treaty was published for the first time.
In 1965, Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov made the first space walk.
In 1967, the oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked off the
Cornish coast of England, spilling 919,000 barrels of oil into the sea.
In 1970, the Cambodian head of state Prince Norodom Sihanouk was deposed.
In 1977, Congo President Marien Ngouabi was assassinated.
In 1978, former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was found guilty of ordering the assassination of an opponent and sentenced to death.
In 1990, Christian Democrats won a landslide victory in the first democratic elections held in East Germany.
In 1996, former Marxist military ruler Mathieu Kerekou won Benin's presidential election run-off against Nicephore Soglo.
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Holidays and more
Aruba celebrates Aruba Day.
Olympic gold medal speed skater Bonnie Blair is 33.
Actor Kevin Dobson is 53.
Actor Brad Dourif is 47.
Composer George Kander is 70.
Singer Wilson Pickett is 56.
Author-editor George Plimpton is 70.
Author John Updike is 65.
Singer-actress Vanessa Williams is 34.
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan