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Sunday, March 23, 1997

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  • "Women of the U.S. are still not people under the law because the ERA failed to gain ratification."

    -- Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York.

    Today's Events

  • 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.

  • U.S. Vice President Al Gore visits Japan.

  • Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski visits Brussels.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Saturday, March 29, Japanese Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda visits China.

  • On Sunday, March 30, Central European time changes from GMT +1 to GMT +2 except for Portugal. U.K. time moves from GMT to GMT +1.

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    On this day

  • In 1765, the British parliament passed the Stamp Act, imposing duties on the American colonies.

  • In 1801, Paul I, tsar of Russia, was assassinated and succeeded by Alexander I.

  • In 1842, Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle), French novelist, died. He was noted for his masterpieces "Le Rouge et le Noir" and La Chartreuse de Parme."

  • In 1862, Count Karl Robert Nesselrode, foreign minister of imperial Russia (1822-56), died. His policies helped bring about the Crimean war.

  • In 1887, Juan Gris, Spanish painter, was born as Jose Victoriano Gonzalez. He pioneered the style known as Synthetic Cubism.

  • In 1908, American film actress Joan Crawford was born. Her 45 years in Hollywood produced more than 80 movies and four marriages.

  • In 1918, the giant German gun, "Big Bertha," shelled Paris from 75 miles away.

  • In 1919, Benito Mussolini founded his own party in Italy, the Fasci di Combattimento.

  • In 1925, Tennessee banned the teaching of evolution in schools. Teacher John Scopes ignored the ban and was prosecuted later in what became known as "The Monkey Trial"

  • In 1933, German parliament passed the Enabling Bill, giving Adolf Hitler and the Nazis the dictatorial powers they had been seeking.

  • In 1956, under its new constitution Pakistan became an Islamic Republic, with Maj-Gen Iskander Mirza as first provisional President.

  • In 1964, Peter Lorre (Laszlo Loewenstein), Hungarian-born U.S. actor who starred in gangster and horror films, died.

  • In 1966, the Archbishop of Canterbury met the Pope in Rome, the first meeting between the heads of the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches for 400 years.

  • In 1967, a military coup took place in Sierra Leone following disputed elections. On this day in 1971 an attempt to oust the country's leader Siaka Stevens was thwarted.

  • In 1971, Argentina's president Roberto Levingston was deposed in a bloodless coup.

  • In 1981, British great train robber Ronald Biggs was taken into custody in Barbados after his abduction from Brazil.

  • In 1982, a military coup in Guatemala deposed the president and installed a junta led by Lt-Gen Efrain Rios Montt.

  • In 1983, Dr Barney Clark died 112 days after being the first person to receive an artificial heart.

  • In 1994, Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexico's ruling party presidential candidate, was assassinated in the northern city of Tijuana.

  • In 1994, all 75 people on board a Russian Airbus were killed when the plane crashed in Siberia.

  • In 1996, Lee Teng-hui was sworn in as Taiwan's first democratically elected president.

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    Seventy-two years ago, Tennessee banned the teaching of evolution in schools. Teacher John Scopes ignored the ban and was later prosecuted. Find out more about one of the most famous trials in American history, "Th e Monkey Trial."


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Purim in Israel.

  • Nepal celebrates Phagu Purima.

  • Pakistan celebrates Pakistan Day.

  • Sri Lanka celebrates Medin Full Moon Poya Day.

  • Singer Chaka Khan is 44.

  • Former basketball player Moses Malone is 43.

  • Actress Amanda Plummer is 40.

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

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