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Monday, April 7, 1997

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  • "The people who want that sort of cheap sexual innuendo will have to keep reading Martha Stewart's Living."

    -- Mad magazine associate editor Charlie Kadau

    Today's Events

  • Turkish Defense Minister Turhan Tayan makes an official visit to Israel.

  • Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri visits is scheduled to visit Russia.

  • East Timor independence leader Jose Ramos Horta is scheduled to address the annual U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

  • Winners of 1997 Pulitzer Prizes are scheduled to be announced at Columbia University in New York.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Saturday, April 12, Pope John Paul is scheduled to visit Sarajevo.

  • On Sunday, April 13, parliamentary elections are scheduled to kick off Mali's second national elections since advent of democracy in 1992.

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    On this day

  • In 1118, Pope Gelasius II excommunicated Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, at Capua.

  • In 1348, Prague University, the first in central Europe, was founded by Charles IV, King of Bohemia.

  • In 1739, Dick Turpin, English highwayman, was hanged for murder at York. Before turning into a highwayman, he was a butcher's apprentice.

  • In 1823, French forces under Louis de Bourbon invaded Spain, beginning the Franco-Spanish war.

  • In 1831, Pedro I of Brazil abdicated in favor of his son Pedro II in order to return to Portugal.

  • In 1862, in the U.S. civil war, the Federal army under Grant defeated the Confederates under Albert Johnston at the Battle of Shiloh near Pittsburgh Landing. Johnston was killed during the battle.

  • In 1934, in India, Mahatma Gandhi suspended his campaign of civil disobedience.

  • In 1939, Italian troops began their invasion of Albania.

  • In 1943, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met for an Axis conference in Salzburg.

  • In 1945, U.S. navy aircraft sank Japan's largest battleship, the Yamato.

  • In 1948, the constitution of the World Health Organization came into force.

  • In 1953, Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden was elected Secretary General of the United Nations by 57 votes to one.

  • In 1963, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was established with Marshall Tito as its president for life.

  • In 1970, U.S. court confirmed it had closed the investigation of Sen. Edward Kennedy over the car crash in which Mary Jo Kopechne died at Chappaquiddick in 1969.

  • In 1980, President Jimmy Carter broke off diplomatic relations with Iran and ordered out all Iranian embassy staff because of the detention of U.S. embassy hostages in Tehran.

  • In 1981, voters approved a new constitution in the Philippines, giving President Marcos sweeping powers.

  • In 1990, the Scandinavian Star, a Bahamas-registered ferry operated by the Da No Line, caught fire while on a journey between Norway and Denmark; 158 people were killed.

  • In 1994, Rwandan Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana was killed as troops, presidential guards, police and gangs of youths rampaged through the capital Kigali in a chaotic orgy of bloodletting.

  • In 1994, Israel indefinitely sealed off the occupied West bank and Gaza Strip, banning Palestinians from entering Israel-proper and East Jerusalem after two Arab guerrilla attacks.

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    After months of construction, the Vatican's Web site is finally complete. Log into the more than 1,200 church documents and transcripts of the pope's speeches in six languages be clicking here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Mother's Day in Armenia.

  • It's Easter Monday in Mali.

  • Today is Women's Day in Mozambique.

  • It's National Mourning Day in Rwanda.

  • Today is the Sham El Nassim in the Sudan.

  • It's the Chakri Day observance in Thailand.

  • Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is 58.

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett is 43.

  • Author Daniel Ellsberg is 66.

  • Actor James Garner is 69.

  • Singer John Oates is 49.

  • Actor Wayne Rogers is 64.

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

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