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Wednesday, March 26, 1997

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  • "At no time while there was smoke did I observe any pain or suffering on the part of the inmate."

    -- Dr. Belle Almojera

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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 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.

  • 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.

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    On this day

  • In 1026, Conrad II was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope John XIX.

  • 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 France.

  • 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.

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    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.

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

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