Wednesday, April 9, 1997
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri is scheduled to visit
Lea Rabin, widow of Yitzhak Rabin, is scheduled to address
the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
Lockheed Martin is scheduled to roll out its new F-22 fighter
jet for the Air Force in Marietta, Georgia.
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
On Sunday, April 13, parliamentary elections are scheduled to
kick off Mali's second national elections since advent of
democracy in 1992.
On Monday, April 14, Whitewater defendant James McDougal is
scheduled to be sentenced in Little Rock, Arkansas.
On this day
In 1241, Mongol horsemen under Batu Khan, grandson of Genghis
Khan, defeated the Teutonic Knights at Liegnitz, Silesia.
In 1454, the Italian states of Milan, Florence and Venice
signed the Peace of Lodi, recognizing each other's status.
In 1683, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, claimed a large
area of the American interior for France, naming it
In 1865, the U.S. civil war ended when Confederate General
Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant
In 1869, the Hudson's Bay Company agreed to cede its
territorial rights to Canada.
In 1940, Germany launched its invasion of Denmark and Norway
in World War II.
In 1942, after four months of siege, U.S. and Filipino forces
on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines surrendered to the
In 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian and anti-Nazi
was executed in Flossenburg concentration camp. He was
arrested in 1943 for his involvement in a plot to assassinate
In 1960, South African Prime Minister Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd
was wounded in assassination attempt.
In 1963, Winston Churchill was proclaimed an honorary U.S.
citizen at the White House.
In 1969, the supersonic aircraft Concorde made its maiden
flight, from Bristol to Fairford in England.
In 1970, Paul McCartney sought a High Court writ to wind up
the Beatles business partnership, effectively ending the
In 1974, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh signed an accord on
the return of prisoners of war.
In 1977, the Spanish Communist Party was legalized after a
In 1981, in Northern Ireland, IRA hunger striker Robert
(Bobby) Sands won a seat in the British parliament in the
Fermanagh and South Tyrone by-election.
In 1990, the Hungarian Democratic Forum swept to power in
elections, after 40 years of communism.
In 1991, Georgia declared its independence from the Soviet
Union, the second republic to do so.
In 1995, Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori won re-election
with a resounding first-round victory.
In 1996, former Congressman Dan Rostenkowski, once one of
America's most powerful lawmakers, pleaded guilty to two
criminal charges in a deal with prosecutors that called for a
17-month prison term.
Scientists announced Tuesday that a large solar flare -- a
blast of magentic energy -- is headed to the Earth and could
hit our atmosphere as early as Wednesday afternoon. To learn
more, take a
Virtual Tour of the Sun.
Holidays and more
Today is Memorial Day in Georgia.
It's the Icaka New Year in Indonesia.
Today is the Araw Ng Kagitingan in the Philippines.
It's Martyr's Day in Tunisia.
Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo is 64.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is 71.
Actress Michael Learned is 58.
Actress Cynthia Nixon is 31.
Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is 18.
Actor Dennis Quaid is 43.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan