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Monday, March 24, 1997

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  • "Japan is America's key ally and closest partner in Asia. There is no more important bilateral relationship in the world than that between the United States and Japan."

    -- U.S. Vice President Al Gore

    Today's events

  • On Monday, March 24, the 69th annual Academy Awards presentation is broadcast live from Hollywood.

  • U.S. Vice President Al Gore wraps up his visit to Japan and heads for China.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 1603, Scottish king James VI became King James I of England.

  • In 1664, Roger Williams was granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island.

  • In 1765, Britain passed the Quartering Act, fording American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.

  • In 1882, German scientist Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had discovered the bacillus that causes tuberculosis.

  • In 1883, long distance telephone service began between Chicago and New York.

  • In 1898, the first U.S. automobile was sold. Mining engineer Robert Allison paid $1,000 for a Winton.

  • In 1930, the recently discovered ninth planet was given the name Pluto.

  • In 1944, the greatest mass escape of WW II occurs at Stalag Luft III when 76 allied airmen tunneled out. Only 3 made it home.

  • In 1949, Walter Huston and son John became first father-and-son team to win Oscars as actor and director of "Treasure of Sierra Madre."

  • In 1958, rock 'n' roll singer Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • In 1974, North Carolina State beat Marquette to win the NCAA basketball championship.

  • In 1976, Argentinean President Isabel Peron was deposed by her country's military.

  • In 1980, Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was shot to death by gunmen as he celebrated Mass in San Salvador.

  • In 1987, French Premier Jacques Chirac signed a contract with Walt Disney Productions for the creation of the EuroDisney theme park.

  • In 1989, the United States' worst oil spill occurred as the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and began leaking 11 million gallons of crude.

  • In 1992, Democrat Jerry Brown upset front-runner Bill Clinton in the Connecticut presidential primary.

  • In 1996, astronaut Shannon Lucid transferred from the space shuttle Atlantis to the Russian space station Mir, beginning a five-month stay.

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    One hundred twenty-three years ago today, perhaps the greatest magician the world has ever known was born in Budapest, Hungary. Harry Houdini's name was synonymous with great escapes. Handcuffs, straitjackets, boxes, even coffins -- you name it, he could get out of it. Houdini was also interested in the occult, and after he died in 1926, his family tried to contact him via mediums. But all you have to do to learn more about Houdini is click to The Life and Magic of Harry Houdini.


    Holidays and more

  • Albania observes Nevruz Day.

  • Colombia celebrates St. Joseph's Day.

  • Guyana observes Phagwah

  • It is Purim in Israel.

  • New Zealand celebrates Provincial Anniversary.

  • Actor Norman Fell is 72.

  • Fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie is 57.

  • Rock musician Dougie Thomson (Supertramp) is 46.

  • Comedian-actor Louie Anderson is 44.

  • Actress Donna Pescow is 43.

  • Actor Robert Carradine is 43.

  • Actress Kelly LeBrock is 37.

  • Actress Annabella Sciorra is 33.

  • Actress Lara Flynn Boyle is 27.

  • Rapper P.A. Pasemaster Mase (De La Soul) is 27.

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

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