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Sunday, April 13, 1997

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  • "Politely means, 'Mr. President of Zaire, my intention is to meet you.' That's polite. If he asks politely, I can't refuse to speak to a Zairian compatriot."

    -- --Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko

    Today's Events

  • Parliamentary elections are scheduled to kick off Mali's second national elections since the advent of democracy in 1992.

  • Local and municipal elections are held throughout Croatia, including the Serb-held region of Eastern Slavonia.

  • A Ku Klux Klan march in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that has been the subject of legal dispute between the Klan and the city is due to take place.

  • The 5th U.S.-Dutch International Symposium on Air Pollution in the 21st Century opens in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Sunday, April 20, Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic visits Cairo, Egypt.

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    On this day

  • In 1059, Pope Nicholas II issued a decree on the election of popes, declaring that only cardinals would be allowed to elect them.

  • In 1598, Henry IV of France promulgated the Edict of Nantes, granting Huguenots equal rights with Catholics.

  • In 1742, the first performance of Handel's "Messiah" was held in Dublin.

  • In 1848, Sicily declared its independence from Naples.

  • In 1913, an assassination attempt on King Alphonso XIII of Spain by an anarchist failed.

  • In 1919, the Amritsar massacre took place when British troops shot nearly 380 of Gandhi's followers.

  • In 1932, the German government banned the Nazi paramilitary groups the SS and SA.

  • In 1935, the London to Australia airline service was introduced by Imperial Airways and Qantas.

  • In 1945, Vienna, the first foreign capital to be occupied by Hitler, was liberated by the Russians under Fedor Tolbukhin.

  • In 1966, Abdul Salam Arif, president of Iraq, was killed in a helicopter crash.

  • In 1968, Tanzania became the first country to recognize the Nigerian secessionist state of Biafra as a sovereign nation.

  • In 1975, a military coup in Chad overthrew President Ngarta Tombaloaye, who was killed. Felix Malloum took over at the head of a seven-member junta.

  • In 1982, U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig returned to Washington after failed attempts in London and Buenos Aires to settle the Falkland Islands dispute diplomatically.

  • In 1990, the Soviet Union admitted for the first time that it was responsible for the 1940 massacre of thousands of Polish officers at Katyn, Poland.

  • In 1996, the Brussels conference of aid donors for Bosnia ended with a pledge to donate 1.23 billion dollars to rebuild the country.

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    Wonder what all the fuss is about with the Air Force's missing plane in Colorado? Sure, everyone's interested pilot Craig Button and his motivations, but the aircraft he was flying is nearly as interesting. Visit the unofficial A-10 Warthog Homepage to learn more about Button's missing aircraft.


    Holidays and more

  • Nepal celebrates New Year's Day.

  • Union of Myanmar celebrates the Thingyan Holiday.

  • Singer Peabo Bryson is 46.

  • Composer Bill Conti is 55.

  • Actor Edward Fox is 60.

  • Singer Al Green is 51.

  • Actor Howard Keel is 78.

  • Author and lawyer Madalyn Murray O'Hair is 78.

  • Actor Ron Perlman is 47.

  • Actor Paul Sorvino is 58.

  • Actor Lyle Waggoner is 62.

  • Musician Max Weinberg is 46.

  • Writer Eudora Welty is 88.

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

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