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Thursday, March 27, 1997

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  • "They're dressed similarly, all lying in a prone position, hands at their side as if asleep."

    -- Cmdr. Alan Fulmer, San Diego County Sheriff's Department

    Today's events

  • South African President Nelson Mandela pays an official visit to India.

  • U.S. Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, travel to Xian and Shanghai, China.

  • Convicted mass murderer Charles Manson has a parole hearing in Corcoran, California.

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    On the horizon

  • 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, Timothy McVeigh is scheduled to begin federal trial for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. His co-defendant, Terry Nichols, will be tried separately at a later date.

  • On Tuesday, April 1, American and National League teams begin the 1997 baseball season. Active rosters must be reduced to 25 players.

  • On Wednesday, April 2, the space shuttle Columbia will be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, beginning a 16-day Microgravity Science Laboratory mission.

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    On this day

  • In 1378, Pope Gregory XI died.

  • In 1625, King James I, the first king to rule both England and Scotland, died.

  • In 1770, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, the last great Venetian painter, died.

  • In 1785, Louis XVII, son of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette, was born.

  • In 1794, Congress officially authorized the U.S. Navy.

  • In 1845, German scientist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, who received the first Nobel Prize for physics in 1901 for his discovery of X-rays, was born.

  • In 1878, English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott died.

  • In 1917, Cyrus Vance, U.S. secretary of state from 1977-80, was born.

  • In 1923, Scottish chemist and physicist Sir James Dewar, who invented the thermos flask and cordite, died.

  • In 1933, Japan announced it would leave the League of Nations after being found guilty of aggression in Manchuria.

  • In 1941, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia was deposed in a coup d'etat following his pact with Adolf Hitler.

  • In 1945, Germany launched its last V2 rocket from the Hague in the Netherlands, crashing in Orpington, southeast of London.

  • In 1945, Argentina declared war on Germany and Japan.

  • In 1968, Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space in 1961, was killed in a plane crash near Moscow.

  • In 1972, Tom Batiuk launched his comic strip "Funky Winkerbean."

  • In 1977, the world's worst aircraft disaster occurred when two Boeing 747s, owned by KLM and Pan-Am, collided and burst into flames on the runway at Tenerife in the Canary Islands; 583 people died.

  • In 1980, 147 people died when the Alexander Kielland, a floating platform for off-duty oil workers, capsized in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

  • In 1989, militant Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini prompted the resignation of his moderate successor-designate, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri.

  • In 1996, the European Commission banned the sale of British beef and cattle to the rest of the world because of "mad cow" disease but tried to ease London's pain with an offer of help for its battered industry.

  • In 1996, Yigal Amir received a life sentence for assassinating Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995.

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    Twenty-five years ago today, "Funky Winkerbean," Tom Batiuk's humorous comic strip look at high-school life, debuted in U.S. newspapers. Ever since "The Yellow Kid" debuted in the New York World in 1895, the comic strip and its pulp magazine counterpart, the comic book, have been one of America's most popular forms of entertainment. Some folks even call it art. For a fascinating look at comics -- history, collecting and more -- check out the Comic Art & Graffix Gallery.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Holy Thursday in many nations around the world.

  • It's Maundy Thursday in Denmark.

  • The Union of Myanmar observes Resistance Day.

  • Football player Randall Cunningham is 34.

  • Journalist and author Anthony Lewis is 70.

  • Actor Austin Pendleton is 57.

  • Musician Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich is 70.

  • Actress Maria Schneider is 45.

  • Former race car driver Cale Yarborough is 57.

  • Actor Michael York is 55.

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

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