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Wednesday, April 9, 1997

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  • "We're taking it as it comes,"

    -- Flood victim Myrtle Sherod

    Today's Events

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

  • 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.

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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.

  • On Monday, April 14, Whitewater defendant James McDougal is scheduled to be sentenced in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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    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 Louisiana.

  • In 1865, the U.S. civil war ended when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox.

  • 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 Japanese.

  • 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 Hitler.

  • 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 group's career.

  • 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 38-year ban.

  • 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.

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    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.

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

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