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Thursday, March 20, 1997

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  • "I have been in politics since 1964. I have never had my integrity questioned like this and I categorically say that this is a bunch of lies."

    -- Republican Representative Dan Burton

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    On the horizon

  • 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."

  • On Thursday, March 27, South African President Nelson Mandela pays an official visit to India.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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