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Saturday, April 12, 1997

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  • "I'm not a mayor who is easily threatened. So if they'd like to leave New York over parking tickets, we could find another use for that area of town. It's the most valuable real estate in the world."

    -- --New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani

    Today's Events

  • Pope John Paul II is scheduled to visit Sarajevo.

  • American pilot Linda Finch is scheduled to stop in Luxor, Egypt, as part of an attempt to fly around the world to re-enact and complete Amelia Earhart's 1937 flight.

  • The Ku Klux Klan plans to march in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The march has been the subject of a legal dispute between the Klan and the city government.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Saturday, April 19, the "Voices of Chichen-Itza" concert to benefit Maya culture is to be held in Chichen-Itza, Mexico.

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    On this day

  • In 1204, Constantinople was captured by the Crusaders during the Fourth Crusade.

  • In 1606, King James of England ordered a "Union Flag" combining the crosses of St. George and St. Andrew.

  • In 1654, the Ordinance of Union came into effect, uniting Ireland and Scotland with England.

  • In 1709, the English magazine The Tatler, founded by Sir Richard Steele, was first published.

  • In 1861, the American Civil War began with an attack on Fort Sumter in South Carolina by the Confederate Army under General Pierre Beauregarde.

  • In 1877, Great Britain annexed the Boer South African Republic as the Transvaal.

  • In 1914, George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion" opened in London with Mrs. Patrick Campbell as Eliza Doolittle and Sir Herbert Tree as Professor Higgins.

  • In 1944, King Victor Emmanuel of Italy announced his intention to abdicate in favor of the Prince of Piedmont when the Allies entered Rome.

  • In 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. president for a record four terms, died in office. Vice President Truman took over and completed his term of office.

  • In 1954, Bill Haley and the Comets recorded the song "Rock Around the Clock." It sold an estimated 25 million copies worldwide, making it the second biggest-selling single behind Bing Crosby's "White Christmas"

  • In 1961, the Soviet Union put the first man in space. Cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin was launched in the spacecraft Vostok I for a single orbit of the Earth in an 108 minute flight.

  • In 1980, Liberian President William Tolbert was assassinated in a military coup. Samuel K. Doe installed as the new Head of State.

  • In 1981, the world's first re-usable space shuttle "Columbia" was launched at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

  • In 1982, Britain declared a 200-mile maritime exclusion zone around the Falkland Islands.

  • In 1996, Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers were declared the world's tallest buildings by a committee of experts meeting in the shadow of the previous title-holder, Chicago's Sears Tower.

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    Spring is in the air. What this means for golfers is that the Masters is in full swing at the Augusta National golf course in Augusta, Georgia. This smallish city on the Georgia-South Carolina border has been kind enough to furnish Web surfers with a page that attempts to capture all the glory of golf's biggest event. Be sure to check out The Masters Golf Tournament online for all you could ever hope to know about this year's Masters.


    Holidays and more

  • Singer David Cassidy is 47.

  • Actress Shannen Doherty is 26.

  • Actor Andy Garcia is 41.

  • Bandleader Lionel Hampton is 84.

  • Musician Herbie Hancock is 57.

  • Comedian and TV personality David Letterman is 50.

  • Actor Ed O'Neill is 51.

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

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