Monday, April 14, 1997
Whitewater defendant James McDougal is scheduled to be sentenced in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Former Russian security adviser Alexander Lebed is scheduled to be awarded the Thorr peace prize in Basle, Switzerland, for helping end fighting in the breakaway region of Chechnya last year.
Yukio Okamoto, a commentator on foreign affairs and advisor to Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, is scheduled to give a speech in Tokyo on "the diplomatic issues Japan is to face."
On the horizon
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, a march by Brazil's landless movement is due to arrive in Brasilia after a two-month walk across the country. The walk commorates the 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.
On this day
In 1471, in England, the Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians at the battle of Barnet. The Earl of Warwick was killed. Edward IV resumed the throne.
In 1849, Hungary declared itself independent of Austria with
Louis Kossuth as its leader.
In 1865, Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Andrew Johnson became president.
In 1900, French President Emile Loubet opened the Paris
International Exhibition; it covered 547 acres and was the
biggest of its kind in European history.
In 1931, Spain was declared a republic after King Alfonso
abdicated and fled the country.
In 1932, in New Zealand, civil service pay cuts caused the
country's worst ever riots with hundreds injured.
In 1962, in Paris, Prime Minister Michel Debre resigned and
was succeeded by Georges Pompidou.
In 1975, the electorate in Sikkim voted overwhelmingly to
abolish the monarch and seek full Indian statehood.
In 1981, NASA's space shuttle Columbia made a perfect landing
at Edwards Air Force Base on its maiden flight.
In 1993, British archaeologists unearthed a 7,000-year-old
seafarers village on Dalma island in the United Arab Emirates. They said it was the first major settlement of the Ubaid period in that area.
In 1994, two U.S. F-15 fighter planes shot down two American helicopters over northern Iraq killing 26, in what the Pentagon called a "tragic accident."
In 1995, the Security Council unanimously authorized Iraq to
sell $2 billion worth of oil over six months to pay for
In 1996, six people died and more than 30 were wounded in Pakistan when a powerful bomb went off at a cancer hospital built by former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan.
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Holidays and more
It is the Bengali New Year in Bangladesh.
Today is Pan American Day in Honduras.
Today is Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day in Sri Lanka.
It is Songkran Festival Day in Thailand.
Today is the Thingyan Holiday in the Union of Myanmar.
Actress Julie Christie is 57.
Actor Bradford Dillman is 67.
Actor Sir John Gielgud is 93.
Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 29.
Baseball player David Justice is 31.
Singer Loretta Lynn is 62.
Baseball player Greg Maddux is 31.
Former baseball player Pete Rose is 56.
Actor Rod Steiger is 72.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan