Saturday, March 22, 1997
Japan's Democratic Party holds its convention.
Exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama visits Taiwan
Slovakia Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar visits Tokyo.
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
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
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
On this day
In 1459 Maximilian I, German king and Holy Roman Emperor, was
In 1599, Sir Anthony Van Dyke was born. After Rubens he was
probably the most prominent Flemish artist of the Baroque
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
"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
In 1888, the first meeting took place at Anderton's Hotel,
Fleet Street, aimed at setting up the English Football
In 1895, Auguste and Louis Lumiere gave the first
demonstration of motion pictures using celluloid film in
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
In 1917, the U.S. became the first country to recognize the
provisional government of Russia, following the collapse of
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
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
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
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan