Sunday, April 6, 1997
Most of the continental United States returns to Daylight
Savings Time. Clocks will be set ahead one hour at 2 a.m.
European Union meeting of foreign ministers to discuss
progress in the Intergovernmental Cconference (IGC) on EU
treaty reforms. The meeting should be held immediately after
the informal EU finance ministers' meeting.
Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski is visiting Rome,
where he plans to meet Pope John Paul II.
Citizens of the Serb regions of Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and
West Srem are voting in a referendum to decide whether the
Serb region should remain as one territory after
reintegration into Croatia.
Israeli President Ezer Weizman and Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu will present the Wolf Foundation prizes for
1996-97. The Wolf Foundation, set up to promote science and
art, awards up to six prizes every year to outstanding
scientists and artists throughout the world.
Peruvian Congress President Joy Way visits Japan to discuss
the Peru hostage crisis.
The Jerusalem International Book Fair will be attended by
representatives from Israel, foreign publishing houses and
some 28 foreign book editors.
On the horizon
On Monday, April 7, 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, who is wanted by Germany for an IRA
mortar attack on a British army barracks last summer.
On Thursday, April 10, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu holds talks with representatives 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 milestone in Britain's military withdrawal ahead of Hong
Kong's July 1 takeover by China.
On this day
In 1199, King Richard The Lionheart (Richard I) died after
being wounded while besieging the castle of Chalus in France.
He was succeeded by his brother John.
In 1483, Raphael, Italian painter, was born as Rafaello
Sanzio. A master of Renaissance style, he decorated a large
papal chamber in the Vatican -- the Stanza della Segnatura.
He died on this day in 1520.
In 1490, Matthias I Corvinus, King of Hungary, died. King
from 1458, he succeeded in binding Hungary together and
occupied much Hapsburg territory, including Vienna.
In 1528, Albrecht Duerer, German artist and engraver, died.
One of the great German Renaissance artists, he was famous
for his copper engravings "Knight, Death and Devil" (1513).
In 1580, an earthquake badly damaged St Paul's Cathedral and
other churches in London.
In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck landed at Table Bay, at the Cape,
South Africa, to establish a trading station for the Dutch
East India Company.
In 1789, George Washington was elected the first president of
the United States. He was the only president to be
In 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints,
whose followers are known as Mormons, was founded by Joseph
Smith at Fayette in New York State.
In 1862, in the U.S. Civil War, the Confederates under
Johnston with 43,000 men surprised the Federal army under
Grant at the battle of Shiloh.
In 1868, in Japan, Emperor Meiji established the Charter Oath
which changed the form of government and promised an
In 1874, Harry Houdini, U.S. magician and escapologist, was
born as Ehrich Weiss. He could escape from any kind of bonds,
container, prison cell or padlocked underwater box.
In 1890, Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker, Dutch aircraft
designer, was born in Java. He founded the Fokker aircraft
factory at Johannistal near Berlin in 1912.
In 1895, "Waltzing Matilda," one of Australia's best-known
tunes written by bush poet Banjo Paterson, was first publicly
performed at a hotel in the remote northern town of Winton.
In 1896, the first modern Olympic Games, revived by Baron de
Coubetin, were inaugurated in Athens.
In 1909, U.S. navy commander Robert Peary, leading an
expedition, reached the North pole.
In 1917, in World War I, the United States declared war on
In 1929, Andre Previn, U.S. conductor, pianist and composer,
born in Berlin. Known as a classical orchestral conductor,
notably of Shostakovich, he also conducted and scored film
music and arrangements, especially "Gigi" and "Porgy and
In 1941, in World War II, Germany invaded Greece and
Yugoslavia, and heavily bombed Belgrade.
In 1942, Japan bombed India for the first time and attacked
ports in Madras.
In 1955, Winston Churchill stepped down as British prime
minister for the last time and was succeeded by Anthony Eden.
In 1965, Early Bird I, the world's first commercial
communications satellite, was launched from Cape Kennedy,
Florida. It became operational on June 28.
In 1968, Pierre Trudeau became the Liberal Party's prime
minister of Canada, succeeding Lester Pearson.
In 1971, Igor Stravinsky, Russian-born composer, died in New
York. One of the 20th century's leading musical figures and
most famous for his ballets "The Rite of Spring" and
In 1984, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean
voted to integrate with Australia, ending the 150-year rule
of the British Clunies-Ross family.
In 1992, the European Community recognized Bosnia-Herzegovina
as an independent state, and war broke out between the
Bosnian government and Serbs, who seized the capital
In 1994, the presidents of Burundi and Rwanda, Cyprien
Ntaryamira and Juvenal Habyarimana, were killed when a rocket
downed their plane as it landed in Rwanda. The assassinations
unleashed genocide in Rwanda.
In 1996, Actress Greer Garson died at 92. She is best known
for her 1942 film "Mrs. Miniver," for which she won an Oscar.
Poet Allen Ginsberg, the poet laureate of the Beat Generation
whose raw writing and lifestyle epitomized the beatnik
generation of the 1950s and 1960s, died Saturday. He was 70.
Learn more about Ginsberg's life and poetry here.
Holidays and more
Today is Chakri Day in Thailand
Rik Aalbert (Bert) Blyleven is 46.
Merle Haggard is 60.
Marilu Henner is 45.
Bruce King is 73.
Barry Levinson is 55.
Andre Pevin is 68.
John Ratzenberger is 50.
John Scully is 58.
Roy Thinnes is 59.
Billy Dee Williams is 60.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan