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Wednesday, March 19, 1997

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  • "Quite frankly, we think the Tories are tired out and incapable of governing."

    -- Stuart Higgins, The Sun

    Today's events

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin arrive in Helsinki, Finland, for their Thursday summit.

  • The annual return of the swallows to San Juan Capistrano is expected to begin today.

  • The NJCAA Division II Men's Basketball National Finals take place in Danville, Illinois.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 goodwill tour of Africa with a stop in Tanzania.

  • On Wednesday, March 26, Britain's Salman Rushdie is among 40 writers attending a "Writers Parliament" session to denounce "the rise of fascism."

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    On this day

  • In 1563, the Peace of Amboise ended the First War of Religion in France. The Huguenots were granted a limited amount of toleration.

  • In 1853, during the Taiping Rebellion in China, the rebels captured Nanking and renamed it T'ien-ching (Heavenly Capital).

  • In 1861, the Maori insurrection in New Zealand ended when they finally surrendered.

  • In 1920, the United States refused to sign the Versailles Treaty and join the League of Nations, for fear of being drawn into a war if another member country was invaded.

  • In 1932, Australia's Sydney Harbor Bridge was officially opened.

  • In 1944, under pressure from Hitler, Hungary appointed a pro-Nazi government and German troops moved into the country.

  • In 1964, the Great St. Bernard Tunnel under the Alps between Switzerland and Italy was opened to traffic.

  • In 1970, the heads of the West and East German governments, Willy Brandt and Willi Stoph, met at Erfurt. It was the first East-West meeting since Germany was divided.

  • In 1982, an Argentine scrap metal dealer landed on South Georgia in the Atlantic Ocean and planted an Argentinean flag. The situation escalated and eventually led to the Falklands war.

  • In 1991, Kurdish rebels captured the northern Iraqi oil town of Kirkuk.

  • In 1995, Britain's Queen Elizabeth started an historic state visit to post-apartheid South Africa.

  • In 1996, Sarajevo again became a united city after four years when Moslem-Croat authorities took control of the last district held by Serbs.

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    Professor Arthur Miller's Courtroom Challenge is just the place to get a glimpse of what the Supreme Court is all about. Landmark cases are presented and you decide on a verdict. Miller then reveals how the real court voted. It's fun and it sheds new light on one of the three governmental pillars upon which our society rests.


    Holidays and more

  • Brazil, Liechtenstein, Malta, Spain, Switzerland, the Vatican City State and Venezuela all celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph.

  • Iran celebrates Petroleum Day.

  • Actress Ursula Andress is 61.

  • Actress Glenn Close is 50.

  • Composer and saxophonist Ornette Coleman is 67.

  • Author Philip Roth is 64.

  • Actor Bruce Willis is 42.

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

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