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Tuesday, March 25, 1997

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  • "Home Depot traps its female employees into what amounts to a glass basement with glass walls."

    -- C. Gregory Stewart, general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    Today's events

  • First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton continues her goodwill tour of Africa with a stop in Tanzania.

  • EU foreign ministers are scheduled to hold a special conclave to commemorate the 40th anniversary of one of the group's founding documents, the 1957 Treaty of Rome.

  • Gucci's spring/summer 1997 women's wear collection will be unveiled in Beijing.

  • A replica of Captain James Cook's ship, the Endeavour, sails up the River Thames to Tower Bridge in London.

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    On the horizon

  • On Wednesday, March 26, Britain's Salman Rushdie will be 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. Vice 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 1401, in his sweep through Asia and the Mediterranean, the Tartar ruler Tamerlane conquered Damascus.

  • In 1449, England broke a truce and captured Fougeres from the French, leading Charles VII to renew the Hundred Years War.

  • In 1644, Britain granted a charter to Roger Williams for the colony of Rhode Island.

  • In 1934, the U.S. adopted the Tydings-McDuffie Act providing for Philippines independence in 1945.

  • In 1953, a resident of Ten Rillington Place, London, discovered a body in a cupboard. It led to the arrest of mass murderer John Christie.

  • In 1965, the U.S. spacecraft Ranger 9 crash-landed on the moon. Some of the 5,000 pictures it sent back were broadcast live on TV for the first time.

  • In 1976, President Isabel Peron of Argentina was deposed in a bloodless military coup; Gen. Jorge Videla was named as president.

  • In 1977, Morarji Desai was sworn in as India Prime Minister, replacing Indira Gandhi.

  • In 1978, the oil tanker Amoco Cadiz, aground in the English Channel since March 16, split in two, spilling the last of its 1.6 million barrels of oil.

  • In 1982, Lt.-Gen. Mohammad Hossain Ershad declared himself martial law leader of Bangladesh after a military coup.

  • In 1988, former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu was found guilty in an Israeli court of treason for revealing Israel's nuclear secrets.

  • In 1993, Ezer Weizman was elected Israel's seventh President.

  • In 1994, the self-proclaimed Bosnian Serb republic refused to join a Moslem-Croat federation until U.N. sanctions on Serbia were lifted.

  • In 1995, Britain said it was halting all routine army patrols in Belfast for the first time in 25 years.

  • In 1996, Iraqis voted in the country's first parliamentary elections since the 1991 Gulf War. Most of the candidates registered as independents.

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    Slain rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s last album, "Life After Death...," is scheduled to be released today. To learn more about the man they called "Biggie Smalls," click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is the Eight Hour Day and Labor Day in Australia.

  • Bulgaria celebrates Liberation Day.

  • It's Mother's Day in Georgia.

  • Today is Martyrs Day in Malawi.

  • Morocco celebrates Throne Day.

  • It's Independence Day in Greece.

  • Actress Bonnie Bedelia is 51.

  • Singer Anita Bryant is 57.

  • Model agency executive Eileen Ford is 75.

  • Singer Aretha Franklin is 55.

  • Actor Paul Glaser is 54.

  • Singer Elton John is 50.

  • Actress Mary Gross is 44.

  • Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 32.

  • Feminist Gloria Steinem is 62.

  • Actor John Stockwell is 36.

  • Figure skater Debi Thomas is 30.

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

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