Wednesday, March 19, 1997
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan