Thursday, March 20, 1997
U.S. President Bill Clinton begins a summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Helsinki, Finland.
The Angolan government and former National Union for the Total Independence of Angola rebels inaugurate the new national unity government.
The German federal archive presents the eighth volume of "Europe under the Swastika."
The first international symposium on tourism in space opens in Bremen, Germany.
The first film festival on human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
On the horizon
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 Thursday, March 27, South African President Nelson Mandela pays an official visit to India.
On this day
In 1602, the Dutch East India Company was established. During
its 96-year history, it became one of the world's most powerful companies.
In 1815, Napoleon arrived back in Paris from Elba to reclaim power at the start of "The Hundred Days" before defeat at Waterloo.
In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," was first published in book form.
In 1920, the first flight between England and South Africa was completed by H.A. van Rejneveld and C.J. Brand.
In 1933, the first German concentration camp was opened at Dachau.
In 1934, the first practical tests of radar were carried out at Kiel Harbor, Germany, by Dr. Rudolph Kuenhold.
In 1948, Eugene Ormandy conducted the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra on CBS-TV in the first symphony concert to be televised in the United States.
In 1956, the full independence of Tunisia was granted under a
protocol signed with France.
In 1974, an attempt was made to kidnap Britain's Princess Anne in The Mall, London.
In 1976, U.S. newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, after an eight-week trial, was found guilty of a 1974 armed robbery.
In 1980, Lord Soames announced the end of martial law in Rhodesia.
In 1996, the British government said for the first time that mad cow disease could probably be transmitted to humans.
Visit the Space Tourism Initiative Information site to take a look at an idea whose time has almost arrived. Today, the first international symposium on space tourism opens in Germany. Get a jump on your friends and find out what it will take to be the first paying customer in orbit.
Holidays and more
Israel celebrates the Fast of Esther.
Japan celebrates Vernal Equinox Day.
Tunisia celebrates Independence Day.
Actress Holly Hunter is 39.
Actor William Hurt is 47.
Director Spike Lee is 40.
Actor Hal Linden is 66.
Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr is 49.
Singer Jerry Reed is 60.
Actor Carl Reiner is 75.
Basketball coach Pat Riley is 52.
TV personality Fred "Mr." Rogers is 69.
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan