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Saturday, April 5, 1997

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  • "I'm looking for fairness."

    -- O.J. Simpson, looking to have his civil trial judgement overturned

    Today's Events

  • The U.S. and Japan are scheduled to hold defense-related talks.

  • Yuval Rabin, son of slain former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, delivers a speech to Israeli congregation in Washington D.C. about the Middle East peace process and a new grassroots social movement called Dor Shalom which he and other young leaders started. Dor Shalom translates as "Peace Generation."

  • German President Roman Herzog visits Japan at the invitation of Emperor Akihito.

  • The U.S. returns to Daylight Savings Time.

  • Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski visits Rome where he is expected to meet with Pope.

  • Citizens of the Serb region East Slavonia, Baranja and West Srem to vote in referendum whether they support the request for the Serb region to remain as a whole territory after reintegration into Croatia.

  • The annual United Cerebral Palsy Associations conference concludes in Washington D.C.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 1987, the Fox television program "Married with Children" premiered.

  • In 1986, a bomb exploded in La Bell, a popular discotheque in West Berlin, killing two American soldiers and a Turkish woman.

  • In 1949, Space Shuttle Challenger engineer Dr. Judith Resnik was born. She died in the Challenger explosion on January 28, 1986.

  • In 1908, actress Bette Davis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. She died in 1989.

  • In 1827, Joseph Lister, was born. The English physician founded aseptic surgery. He died in 1912.

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  • Famed poet Allen Ginsberg, 70, and other writers are credited with starting the genre of beat prose and poetry in the late 1940s that celebrated free-wheeling bohemians, skeptical of morals and politics. Ginsberg was recenty diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and has less than a year to live. A number of his works can be found online. Basic High Definition Information page that can answer some of your questions.

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    Holidays and more

  • The Azalea Festival is is held in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in one of the oldest and most celebrated public parks in the Southwest.

  • Today largely attended Maple Syrup Festivals are held in Elmira, Ontario and Fallston, Pennsylvania.

  • Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau celebrate the Ching Ming Festival.

  • Today is Arbor Day in Korea.

  • Today is Robert Prager Memorial Day, a German-American day of remembrance commemorating the two World Wars.

  • Actress Jane Asher is 51.

  • Actor Michael Moriaty is 55.

  • Singer Eric Burdon is 56.

  • Ret. Gen. Colin Powell is 60.

  • Actor Gregory Peck is 81.

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

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