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Friday, April 11, 1997

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  • "If the gun lobby can't get on board on this legislation, it is very clear to me that their highest priority is the sale of firearms and not the elimination of crime."

    -- Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois

    Today's Events

  • The Indian parliament meets in special session to take up a vote of confidence on Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda's government, after Congress party withdrew crucial support to the ruling coalition.

  • The Croat cultural society "Napredak" organizes a gala concert to mark Pope John Paul II's visit to Sarajevo.

  • 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.

  • The WorldWide Fund for Nature holds its fundraising Big Bird Race 1997 at the Mai Po Nature Reserve, officiated by Miss Hong Kong.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, April 16, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan pays an official visit to Bonn, Germany.

  • On Thursday, April 17, Brazil's landless movement march is due to arrive in Brasilia after a two-month walk across the country to mark first anniversary of massacre of 19 landless peasants by military police in Para state.

  • On Friday, April 18, NATO secretary general Javier Solana visits Sarajevo.

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    On this day

  • In 1862, the Confederate garrison of Fort Pulaski at Tybee Island, Georgia, was taken after a 30-hour siege, ending the era of masonry fortifications.

  • In 1864, Lizzie "Lillie" Bliss was born in Boston. Bliss was destined to become one of three founders in 1929 of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

  • In 1899, Percy Julian, the inventor associated with the production of synthetic progesterone, advances in the production of cortisone, a better drug for the treatment of glaucoma and a chemical foam used to fight petroleum fires, was born in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • In 1908, Jane Matilda Bolin was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. Bolin went on to become the first black woman to graduate from the Yale School of Law in 1931 and the first black female judge in the U.S.

  • In 1968, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, one week after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • In 1970, the ill-fated Apollo 13 moon mission launched from Florida. All three astronauts returned safely to Earth after a severe malfunction caused a mission abort on the way to the moon.

  • In 1983, Harold Washington was elected the first black mayor of the city of Chicago.

  • In 1992, the prolific poet, playwright and author of over 50 books, Eve Merriam died in New York City.

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    Even as the Croatian organization Napredak gets ready to greet Pope John Paul II in Sarajevo, their online site is dispensing information about Croats living in the war-torn country Bosnia. Visit their official site to get their point of view on what is happening in Bosnia today and where it should head in the future. Napredak represents one more view of a tragically fractured country.


    Holidays and more

  • Costa Rica celebrates National Heroes Day.

  • Liberia holds its National Fast and Prayer Day.

  • Fashion designer Oleg Cassini is 84.

  • Actor Joel Gray is 65.

  • Actor and choreographer Bill Irwin is 47.

  • Actress Louise Lasser is 58.

  • Actor Peter Riegert is 50.

  • Journalist and author Jean-Claude Serva-Schreiber is 79.

  • Baseball player Bret Saberhagen is 33.

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

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