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Tuesday, April 8, 1997

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  • "We've had so much fun here -- floods, blizzard. We're expecting the asteroid next."

    -- Red Cross volunteer Karen Barck

    Today's Events

  • A London court is expected to decide on extradition for Roisin McAliskey, who is wanted by Germany for an IRA mortar attack on a British army barracks last summer.

  • Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy is scheduled to visit Turkey.

  • Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Bill Clinton to discuss bilateral and international issues.

  • Bosnia central parliament's House of Representatives and House of the People convene.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 217, Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Antonius), Roman emperor noted for his brutality, was assassinated as he launched a second campaign against the Parthians.

  • In 1513, Florida was discovered and claimed for Spain by Juan Ponce de Leon.

  • In 1838, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 236-foot steamship Great Western sailed from Bristol, England, on her maiden voyage. It was the first to cross the Atlantic regularly.

  • In 1898, Lord Kitchener captured the Mahdi at Atbara River after defeating his Sudanese army.

  • In 1904, the Anglo-French agreement known as the "Entente Cordiale" was signed. It settled all global differences between the two, including disputes over Newfoundland, West Africa, Egypt and Morocco.

  • In 1908, Herbert Henry Asquith became British Liberal prime minister following the resignation of Henry Campbell- Bannerman due to ill-health.

  • In 1913, the opening of China's first parliament took place in Peking (now Beijing).

  • In 1939, one day after invading Albania, Italian troops took the capital Tirana and King Zog fled to Greece.

  • In 1946, the League of Nations began its final session in Geneva after being replaced by the United Nations.

  • In 1953, in Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta was convicted of involvement with the Mau Mau insurrection and was sentenced with five others to seven years hard labor.

  • In 1977, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin admitted he violated the country's currency laws; he later resigned.

  • In 1985, Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch bought 50 percent of the Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation.

  • In 1986, film actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California.

  • In 1990, King Birendra of Nepal lifted a 30-year ban on political parties.

  • In 1992, PLO leader Yasser Arafat survived a plane crash in the Sahara desert; the plane's three crew members were killed.

  • In 1992, after genetic fingerprinting tests, German and Israeli authorities said they were certain that Josef Mengele died in Brazil in 1979.

  • In 1993, the U.N. decided to continue with sanctions imposed on Libya for failing to hand over the Lockerbie suspects.

  • In 1994, Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa resigned over a loans scandal.

  • In 1994, South Africa's four key political leaders met at a bush camp in lion country for a peace summit aimed at stopping violence threatening free and fair elections.

  • In 1996, Yugoslavia and its former republic of Macedonia signed a treaty to normalize relations.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is the Birthday of the Sultan in Malaysia.

  • Former first lady Betty Ford is 79.

  • Comedian Shecky Greene is 72.

  • Musician Julian Lennon is 34.

  • Actor Stuart Pankin is 51.

  • Actor John Schneider is 43.

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

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