Saturday, April 5, 1997
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan