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Thursday, April 10, 1997

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  • "That confidence has been called into question."

    -- John Callahan, Acting Social Security Commissioner

    Today's Events

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to hold talks with representatives of the European Union at The Hague, Netherlands.

  • The British Chamber of Commerce holds a farewell luncheon in Hong Kong for colonial Governor Chris Patten ahead of the colony's July 1 handover to China.

  • A verdict is expected in the trial of one Iranian and four Lebanese accused of involvement in 1992 assassinations of three Kurdish-Iranian opposition leaders and their translator in a Berlin restaurant. Prosecutors have angered Iran by accusing Tehran of ordering the killings.

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    On the horizon

  • On Friday, April 11, the British garrison in Hong Kong closes down the 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 the advent of democracy in 1992.

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

  • On Tuesday, April 15, the deadline for filing income taxes in the United States falls at midnight.

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    On this day

  • In 1864, Archduke Maximilian of Austria accepted the throne of Mexico.

  • In 1919, revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata was ambushed and killed by government troops in Mexico.

  • In 1921, Dr. Sun Yat-sen was elected president of China.

  • In 1922, the Genoa Conference opened to discuss the reconstruction of Europe after World War I.

  • In 1932, in Germany, Paul von Hindenburg received 19 million votes in the presidential elections, beating Adolf Hitler's 13 million votes.

  • In 1944, Russian troops recaptured Odessa from the Germans in World War II.

  • In 1963, the U.S. submarine Thresher sank off Cape Cod in the Atlantic with the loss of 129 lives.

  • In 1972, more than 50 countries signed a treaty outlawing the stockpiling of biological weapons.

  • In 1974, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir resigned over differences within her Labor Party.

  • In 1980, Spain and Britain agreed to reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain, closed in 1969.

  • In 1992, a huge IRA bomb exploded in London's financial district; three people were killed and 91 injured.

  • In 1994, NATO warplanes launched air strikes for the first time on Serb forces advancing on the Bosnian Moslem town of Gorazde, a U.N.-declared "safe area."

  • In 1996, Chinese Premier Li Peng's visit to France was marred by a diplomatic wrangle with his French counterpart Alain Juppe over human rights in Beijing.

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    On this date in 1829, the Methodist minister who was to found the Salvation Army was born in Nottingham, England. William Booth's organization started as an evangelical mission in London's poor East End and now operates across the globe. To learn more, visit theSalvation Army International Headquarters Homepage.


    Holidays and more

  • Writer David Halberstam is 63.

  • Former Raiders football coach John Madden is 61.

  • Former Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith is 59.

  • Actor Harry Morgan is 82.

  • Actor Omar Sharif is 65.

  • Actor Max Von Snydow is 68.

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

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