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Tuesday, April 15, 1997

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  • "Every time I hug my mom and pop after a tournament, I know it's over. I've accomplished my goal."

    -- Tiger Woods

    Today's Events

  • The deadline for filing income taxes in the United States falls at midnight.

  • The trial of self-confessed apartheid hit-squad commander Dirk Coetzee and four others is scheduled to begin in Durban, South Africa, for the murder of ANC lawyer Griffiths Mxenge.

  • New Federal Republic of Yugoslavia passports are scheduled to begin being issued in Belgrade.

  • U.S. President Clinton is scheduled to address junior high school students in Brooklyn and then speak at ceremony honoring Jackie Robinson.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 commemorates 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 will 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 1450, the French defeated the English at the Battle of Formigny in the last phase of the 100 Years' War.

  • In 1755, Dr. Samuel Johnson, English poet, journalist and lexicographer, had his famous dictionary published on this day.

  • In 1797, British naval personnel mutinied at Spithead, in the English Channel.

  • In 1865, Andrew Johnson became the 17th president of the United States after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

  • In 1891, Katanga Company was formed in Brussels to exploit copper deposits in the Katanga area of Central Africa.

  • In 1912, the White Star passenger liner Titanic sank on her maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg off Newfoundland; 1,523 of the 2,200 passengers and crew lost their lives in the supposedly unsinkable vessel.

  • In 1923, in New York, at the Rialto Theatre, Lee De Forest screened a selection of musical shorts demonstrating his sound-on-film process, the first sound films to be demonstrated before a paying audience.

  • In 1938, General Francisco Franco's forces captured Vinaroz in the Spanish Civil war.

  • In 1942, the George Cross, Britain's highest accolade for civilian gallantry, was conferred on Malta by King George VI for bravery in withstanding Italian and German attacks.

  • In 1945, British troops liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

  • In 1966, Ugandan Prime Minister Milton Obote was declared president under a new constitution.

  • In 1971, British and Chinese governments agreed to the reopening of a telephone link between London and Shanghai which had been closed for 22 years.

  • In 1974, the 15-year rule of President Hamani Diori in Niger came to end when he was deposed in a coup.

  • In 1989, at the Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield, northern England, 96 people died when a gate was opened to let in supporters onto an already crowded terrace.

  • In 1991, European Community foreign ministers agreed to lift most remaining sanctions against South Africa.

  • In 1992, governments across the world applied U.N. sanctions against Libya because of its alleged involvement in the destruction of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie in 1988 and the bombing of a French plane over Niger in 1989.

  • In 1994, ministers from the world's trading nations signed the GATT pact (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), the biggest market-opening treaty in history.

  • In 1996, South Africa's "truth commission," looking into abuses during the apartheid era, began its public hearings.

  • In 1996, Japan and the U.S. announced the closure of six more U.S. military facilities on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, reducing the amount of land occupied by American forces there by a fifth.

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    Holidays and more

  • It's a Local Holiday in Bolivia.

  • Today is the Recollection of Deceased in Georgia.

  • It's the Declaration of Melaka as a Historic State in Malaysia.

  • Today is the Thingyan Holiday in the Union of Myanmar.

  • Olympic gold medal track athlete Evelyn Ashford is 40.


  • ctress Claudia Cardinale is 59.

  • Singer Roy Clark is 64.

  • Actress Amy Wright is 47.

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

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