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Saturday, March 29, 1997

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  • "They always believed the body was nothing more than a vehicle, like a car, to drive around."

    -- Former Heaven's Gate member Dick Joslyn.

    Today's Events

  • Japanese Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda visits China.

  • The NCAA basketball men's championship game is played in Indianapolis.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 1848, for the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.

  • In 1882, the Knights of Columbus organization was granted a charter by the State of Connecticut on this day. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, fraternal service, family organization of almost 6 million members.

  • In 1914, seven papers joined together to distribute the first newspaper rotogravure section. This meant that the first picture section was developed.

  • In 1917, Man o' War, the famous American race horse, was foaled.

  • In 1932, comedian Jack Benny, appeared on radio for the first time.

  • In 1951, "The King and I" opened in New York City, starring Yul Brynner.

  • In 1955, Theodore Bikel make his TV acting debut with an appearance in "Sandal at Peppernut" on the "U.S. Steel Hour" on ABC-TV.

  • In 1962, Jack Paar left his highly successful late night TV talk show after five years. Fill-in hosts were used, including one who would ultimately win the coveted position of host of "The Tonight Show." He was Johnny Carson.

  • In 1967, the first nationwide strike in the 30-year history of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) began this day, lasting for 13 days.

  • In 1973, "Hommy", the Puerto Rican version of the rock opera "Tommy", opened in New York City. The production was staged at Carnegie Hall.

  • In 1985, after 21 years of jokes at their expense, The Porkettes changed their name to The National Pork Council Women.

  • In 1987, Hulk Hogan took 11 minutes, 43 seconds to pin Andre the Giant before 93,136 "Wrestlemania III" fans at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI. The event was the biggest indoor sports/entertainment promotion ever. 2.5 million people watched on Pay-Per-View TV, as well.

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    As more and more bizarre information about the Heaven's Gate Cult comes to light, more questions are raised. To learn more about cults in general and their hold on people. Click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Holy Saturday throughout much of the world.

  • Today, in Central African Republic, it is the anniversary of President Boganda's Death.

  • It's Memorial Day in Madagascar.

  • Today is Youth Day in Taiwan.

  • It's Easter Saturday in Zimbabwe.

  • Actor Bud Cort is 47.

  • Actor Eric Idle is 54.

  • Actor Christopher Lambert is 40.

  • TV host John McLaughlin is 70.

  • Gymnast Kurt Thomas is 41.

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

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