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Friday, April 4, 1997

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  • "They basically told me they didn't want to have anything to do with me."

    -- HMO patient Steven Herod

    Today's Events

  • The space shuttle Columbia blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a 16-day science mission.

  • Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia pay a state visit to Mexico to commemorate 20 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

  • Finance ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meet in the Philippines to discuss the free flow of capital in the region.

  • The three leaders of the Serbian opposition coalition Zajedno, Vesna Pesic, Vuk Draskovic and Zoran Djindjic, meet U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in Washington.

  • The assets of Italian sports car legend Bugatti are due to be auctioned off in Modena after attempts to salvage the heavily indebted firm failed.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 makes 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.

  • On Wednesday, April 9, a London court decides on extradition for Roisin McAliskey, wanted by Germany over IRA mortar attack on British army barracks last summer.

  • On Thursday, April 10, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds talks with representatives of Dutch the presidency of the European Union at The Hague.

  • On Friday, April 11, the British garrison in Hong Kong closes down HMS Tamar Hong Kong naval base on Stonecutters' Island, a key milestone in Britain's military withdrawal ahead of the territory's July 1 takeover by China.

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    On this day

  • In 1802, the famous social reformer Dorothea Dix was born in Hampden, Maine

  • In 1818, Congress approved the United States' first official flag.

  • In 1859, Daniel Emmett introduced "I Wish I Was In Dixie's Land" (later named "Dixie") in New York City. Just two years later, the song became the Civil War song of the Confederacy.

  • In 1887, Susanna M. Salter became the first female mayor in the U.S. Salter was elected by the people of Argonia, Kansas. She won by a two-thirds majority but didn't even know she was in the running until she went into the voting booth.

  • In 1891, distinguished American actor, Edwin Booth, made his final stage appearance in a production of "Hamlet" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

  • In 1914, the first known serialized moving picture opened in New York City. "The Perils of Pauline" starred Pearl White.

  • In 1932, Professor C.G. King of the University of Pittsburgh isolated vitamin C after five years of research.
  • In 1949, representatives from 12 nations met in Washington, D.C., to sign the treaty that established the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

  • In 1954, Arturo Toscanini conducted his last concert with the NBC Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Toscanini ended a 17-year association with the orchestra.

  • In 1967, Johnny Carson quit "The Tonight Show" on this night. He returned three weeks later with an additional $30,000 a week.

  • In 1968, Martin Luther King was shot and killed at Memphis, Tennessee.

  • In 1971, Veterans stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was dedicated. At the time, it was the largest baseball park in the National League with a baseball capacity of 56,371.

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    Holidays and more

  • It is Heroes Day in Lesotho.

  • Senegal celebrates its Independence Day.

  • Taiwan celebrates Women and Children's Day.

  • Poet and author Maya Angelou is 69.

  • Composer Elmer Bernstein is 75.

  • Actor Robert Downey Jr. is 32.

  • U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana is 65.

  • Actor Craig T. Nelson is 51.

  • Actress Elizabeth Wilson is 72.

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

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