Wednesday, March 26, 1997
Britain's Salman Rushdie will be among 40
writers attending a Writers Parliament session to denounce
"the rise of fascism."
British Armed Forces Minister Nicholas Soames
is scheduled to speak to the Royal United Services Institute.
The Tokyo District Court is scheduled to open its first trial session of
former Vice Health Minister Nobuharu Okamitsu, charged with
receiving 60 million yen in bribes in return for favors over
a nursing home project for the elderly.
On the horizon
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 Monday, March 31, federal trial is scheduled to begin
for Timothy McVeigh, accused in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the
Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City that
killed 168 people. His co-defendant, Terry Nichols, is scheduled
to be tried separately at an undetermined later date.
On this day
In 1026, Conrad II was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope John
In 1780, the British Gazette and Sunday Monitor, the first
Sunday newspaper in Britain, was published.
In 1793, the Holy Roman Emperor formally declared war on
In 1828, Austrian composer Franz Schubert gave his only public
concert, in Vienna.
In 1871, the Paris Commune, an insurrection of Paris against
the French government, was formally set up.
In 1898, the world's first game reserve, the Sabi Game
reserve, was designated in South Africa.
In 1913, the Bulgarians captured Adrianople in the Balkan War.
In 1918, in World War I, French Marshal Ferdinand Foch was
appointed commander of the Allied armies on the western front.
In 1945, in World War II, the Battle of Iwo Jima ended.
During the battle about 22,000 Japanese troops were killed or
captured and more than 4,500 U.S. troops died.
In 1971, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared East Pakistan the
independent republic of Bangladesh.
In 1973, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt took over the
premiership, saying "the stage of total confrontation (with
Israel) has become inevitable."
In 1973, women were allowed on to the floor of the London
Stock Exchange for the first time.
In 1979, in a ceremony at the White House, President Sadat of
Egypt and Prime Minister Begin of Israel signed a peace treaty
ending 30 years of war between the two countries.
In 1992, former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson
was sentenced to six years in prison for rape.
In 1996, former U.S. Secretary of State Edmund Muskie died
after a heart attack.
Even though its former 12-year-old star is suing, the show must go on.
"Annie" opens tonight at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York City. It's the
20th anniversary of the show. To learn more, click here.
Holidays and more
Today is Independence Day in Bangladesh.
It is Holy Wednesday in El Salvador, Guatemala and Norway.
Today is Liberation Day in Mali.
It's Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day in Hawaii.
Football player Marcus Allen is 37.
Actor Alan Arkin is 63.
Actor James Caan is 57.
Actress Jennifer Grey is 37.
Actress Vicki Lawrence is 48.
Actor Leonard Nimoy is 66.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is 67.
Singer Teddy Pendergrass is 47.
Singer Diana Ross is 53.
Actor Martin Short is 47.
Journalist Bob Woodward is 54.
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan