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Tuesday, March 18, 1997

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  • "In a brutal and radical fashion, the Americans have shown us the real face of Cuba's enemies: Independence or annexation, there's no third choice."

    -- Cuban Culture Minister Abel Prieto

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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 to Denmark.

  • 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.

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    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.

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

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