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Tuesday, April 1, 1997

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  • "We're ready."

    -- Timothy McVeigh's defense attorney Stephen Jones

    Today's Events

  • American and National league teams begin the 1997 baseball season. Active rosters must be reduced to 25 players.

  • Cleveland Indians player Jose Mesa is scheduled to go on trial for rape.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen is scheduled to visit Japan and meet Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and other governmental officials.

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    On the horizon

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

  • On Thursday, April 3, the fifth Beijing International Trade Exhibition is scheduled.

  • On Friday, April 4, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons is scheduled to hold a Non-Violence Day rally in Los Angeles.

  • On Saturday, April 5, the U.S. and Japan are scheduled to hold defense talks.

  • On Sunday, April 6, most of the continental U.S. returns to Daylight Savings Time. Clocks will be set ahead one hour at 2 a.m.

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    On this day

  • In 1204, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France and of England, died. Known as a powerful queen, she led troops in the Second Crusade.

  • In 1621, the first colonial treaty with Native Americans was signed between Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoags and English pilgrims on behalf of King James I at Strawberry Hill, Massachusetts.

  • In 1865, in the U.S. Civil War, the battle of Five Forks ended with the defeat of the Confederate Army under Pickett.

  • In 1875, the Times of London became the first newspaper to print a daily weather chart.

  • In 1918, in Britain, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Force amalgamated to form the Royal Air Force.

  • In 1924, a court sentenced Adolf Hitler to five years in jail for high treason after his abortive 1923 putsch; he was released December 20.

  • In 1933, in Germany, the state ordered a boycott of business belonging to Jewish people and seized their bank accounts.

  • In 1945, an assault by 50,000 U.S. troops led by General Buckner on the Japanese-held island of Okinawa heralded the beginning of the last major battle of the Pacific. It ended on July 2 with 7,000 U.S. and 100,000 Japanese dead.

  • In 1948, the blockade of Berlin started when the Russians began checking all road and rail traffic between Berlin and the Western Zones.

  • In 1960, Tiros I, the world's first meteorological satellite which transmitted cloud cover pictures, was launched from the United States.

  • In 1973, in Britain, Value Added Tax became operative.

  • In 1975, Cambodian President Lon Nol, leader of the U.S.-backed government, fled to Indonesia as Khmer Rouge guerrillas closed in on the capital Phnom Penh.

  • In 1981, heavy fighting broke out in Beirut and Zahle between Arab peace-keeping force and Lebanese right-wing militia.

  • In 1995, Irma Hadzimuratovic, the Bosnian girl whose plight came to symbolise the tragedy of Sarajevo, died in a London hospital.

  • In 1996, in Japan, the world's largest bank was created when the merger of the Mitsubishi Bank and the Bank of Tokyo was completed.

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    Holidays and more

  • It is Easter Tuesday in Australia, Nauru and the Vatican City State.

  • Today is National Day in Cyprus.

  • It's Islamic Republic Day in Iran.

  • Today is the Day of the Foundation of the Commonwealth in the Russian Federation.

  • It's Captain Regents Day in San Marino.

  • Today is Sant Lasarus's Day in Bulgaria.

  • Actress Ali McGraw is 58.

  • Actor Toshiro Mifune is 77.

  • Actress Annette O'Toole is 44.

  • Actress Debbie Reynolds is 65.

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

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