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Saturday, March 22, 1997

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  • "He looked strange. I was trying to pick up an order. A second later, there was a tremendous flash and he blew up"

    -- Waiter Gad Ben-Tzur

    Today's events

  • Today's events

  • Japan's Democratic Party holds its convention.

  • Exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama visits Taiwan . Slovakia Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar visits Tokyo.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Friday, March 28, U.S. President Al Gore visits South Korea.

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    On this day

  • In 1459 Maximilian I, German king and Holy Roman Emperor, was born.

  • In 1599, Sir Anthony Van Dyke was born. After Rubens he was probably the most prominent Flemish artist of the Baroque period.

  • In 1687, Jean-Baptiste-Lully, French composer, died. He gallicized his name from Giovanni Battista Lulli when he became a French citizen.

  • In 1832, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and author of "Faust," died. "Faust" was begun in 1775, but the first part was not published until 1808, and the second in 1832.

  • In 1842, Carl August Nicolas Rosa, German violinist and composer, was born. In 1873 he founded the Carl Rosa Opera Company.

  • In 1888, the first meeting took place at Anderton's Hotel, Fleet Street, aimed at setting up the English Football League.

  • In 1895, Auguste and Louis Lumiere gave the first demonstration of motion pictures using celluloid film in Paris.

  • In 1896, Thomas Hughes, English reformer, jurist and author of "Tom Brown's School Days," died.

  • In 1910, Nicholas Monsarrat, English novelist, author of "The Cruel Sea," was born.

  • In 1915, the Russians captured the Austrian fortress of Przemysl, Poland.

  • In 1917, the U.S. became the first country to recognize the provisional government of Russia, following the collapse of the monarchy.

  • In 1919, the first international airline service was instituted between Paris and Brussels on a weekly schedule.

  • In 1923, French actor and mime Marcel Marceau was born. He was best known for his white-faced character "Bip," based on Pip, a character from Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations."

  • In 1930, Stephen Joseph Sondheim, U.S. composer and lyricist, was born. He musical credits include "West Side Story," "Gypsy," "A Little Night Music," "Sweeney Todd" and "Follies."

  • In 1935, the first High Definition Television service was officially inaugurated by the director-general of German broadcasting in Berlin.

  • In 1945, the Arab League was formed in Cairo by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.

  • In 1946, Britain recognized the independence of the protectorate of Transjordan.

  • In 1948, Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer, was born. His musicals include "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Evita," "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera."

  • In 1979, Sir Richard Sykes, Britain's Ambassador to the Netherlands, was shot dead by Irish terrorists in the Hague.

  • In 1983, Chaim Herzog, Labor's candidate, was elected president of Israel.

  • In 1984, the Israeli government was defeated in a parliamentary vote, forcing it into early general elections.

  • In 1994, South Africa's Ciskei black homeland collapsed as Brigadier Oupa Gqozo resigned after hundreds of police rebelled.

  • In 1996, gunmen massacred 11 people in a political attack in South Africa's Zulu heartland, hours after President Nelson Mandela visited the province.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Nevruz Day in Albania

  • Kazakhstan observes Nau-Roz today

  • Today is Emancipation Day in Puerto Rico

  • Senator Orrin Hatch is 63

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber is 49

  • Karl Malden is 83

  • Marcel Marceau is 74

  • Mathew Modine is 38

  • Pat Robertson is 67

  • William Shatner is 66

  • Stephen Sondheim is 67

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

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