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Thursday, April 3, 1997

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  • "Do unto others what you want done to yourself."

    -- potential juror in Timothy McVeigh trial

    Today's Events

  • The fifth Beijing International Trade Exhibition opens.

  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks at the Mason Temple, in Memphis, Tennessee, the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s last public address.

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    On the horizon

  • 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-related 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 Tuesday, April 8, NATO Secretary General Javier Solana is scheduled to visit Moscow for a new round of talks with Russia on NATO expansion.

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    On this day

  • In 1189, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Pope Clement III resolved their disagreements and signed the Peace of Strasbourg.

  • In 1559, Philip II of Spain and Henry II of France signed the Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis in France, ending almost 60 years of war.

  • In 1860, the first Pony Express with the U.S. mail left both St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California simultaneously. The western-bound post arrived a day and a half before the eastern bound.

  • In 1882, after more than 15 years of robbing banks, outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back at St. Joseph, Missouri by Robert Ford, one of his own gang.

  • In 1913, English suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was found guilty of encouraging supporters to arson and sentenced to three years in prison.

  • In 1922, the new Central Committee in Russia appointed as Joseph Stalin General Secretary of the Communist Party.

  • In 1930, Ras Tafari was proclaimed Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.

  • In 1933, the first flight over the peak of Mount Everest in the Himalayas was made by four Britons in two Westland biplanes.

  • In 1941, the British evacuated Benghazi in the face of the German advance in World War II.

  • In 1948, U.S. President Truman signed the Marshall plan into effect, allocating $6 billion in overseas economic aid.

  • In 1949, Transjordan signed an armistice with the newly Joseph Stalin General Secretary of the Communist Party.

  • In 1982, the U.N. Security Council voted 10-1 in favor of Resolution 502 demanding withdrawal of Argentine forces from the Falkland Islands.

  • In 1996, a plane carrying U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown crashed in Croatia killing all 29 passengers and six crew aboard.

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    Today is actor Marlon Brando's 73rd Birthday. He's probably celebrating the re-release of "The Godfather," heralded as one of the greatest works in modern cinematography. To find out more, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is the Declaration of the 2nd Republic in Guinea.

  • It's Appreciation Day in Armenia.

  • Actor Alec Baldwin is 39.

  • Actor Marlon Brando is 73.

  • Actress Doris Day is 73.

  • Journalist Max Frankel is 67.

  • German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is 67.

  • Comedian Eddie Murphy is 36.

  • Singer Wayne Newton is 55.

  • Singer Tony Orlando is 53.

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

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