Tuesday, March 25, 1997
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton continues her goodwill tour of Africa with a stop in
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan