Wednesday, April 2, 1997
Jury selection is expected to continue in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the trial of
the second Fort Bragg soldier charged in the murders of a black couple.
Countdown continues toward Friday's scheduled launch of space shuttle "Columbia" on a 16-day Microgravity Science Laboratory mission.
On the horizon
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.
On Monday, April 7, the Turkish Defense Minister Turhan Tayan is expected to pay an
official visit to Israel.
On this day
In 1792, the U.S. Congress authorized the first U.S. mint on this day in
In 1872, G.B. Brayton of Boston, Massachusetts, received a patent for the gas-powered street car.
In 1889, Charles Hall patented aluminum on this day.
In 1902, the first motion picture theater opened in Los Angeles on this night.
In 1956, two very successful daytime dramas premiered this day. "The Edge of Night" and "As the World Turns" were seen for the first time on CBS-TV.
In 1984, John Thompson became the first black coach to lead his team to the NCAA college basketball championship. His Georgetown's Hoyas defeated Houston 84-75 in Seattle for the win.
In 1985, the NCAA Rules Committee adopted the 45-second shot clock for men's basketball beginning in the 1986 season. It was an effort to thwart the end of game stalls that kept opposing teams from further scoring in close contests.
Ever wondered what a license plate looks like in say, Argentina? Have we got the Web site for you . License Plates of the World is now available. This encyclopedic site contains photos of and historical notes for license plates from dozens
of countries around the globe. Enjoy.
Holidays and more
Today is National Picnic Day in Iran.
It's a National Holiday today in Argentina.
Actor Dana Carvey is 42.
Actor Buddy Ebsen is 89.
Singer Emmylou Harris is 50.
Actress Linda Hunt is 52.
Actress Pamela Reed is 44.
Sources: The History Channel