Wednesday, April 16, 1997
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan pays an official visit to
Jury selection continues in the trial of Oklahoma City
bombing defendant Timothy McVeigh.
Congressional and White House leaders expected to continue
On the horizon
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.
On Friday, April 18, NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana
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.
On Monday, April 21, Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her
On this day
In 1175, Treaty of Montebello was signed between Frederick I,
Holy Roman Emperor, and the Lombard League.
In 1746, the Duke of Cumberland's forces defeated the
Jacobite Scots at the Battle of Culloden, near Inverness,
In 1883, Paul Kruger became president of the South African
In 1912, U.S. pilot Harriet Quimby became the first woman to
fly the English Channel.
In 1917, the second Battle of the Aisne River in northern
In 1922, the Soviet Union and Germany signed the Treaty of
Rapallo under which Germany recognized the Soviet Union as "a
great power" and diplomatic and trade relations were
In 1947, a French freighter exploded at Texas City, Texas,
killing more than 500 people.
In 1948, the Organization for European Economic Co-operation
was set up in Paris.
In 1951, the British submarine Affray sank in the English
Channel with the loss of 75 lives.
In 1953, the new British royal yacht Britannia was launched,
just months before Queen Elizabeth's coronation.
In 1964, nine men received sentences of between 25 and 30
years for their part in Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery."
In 1972, Apollo 16 was launched to make the fifth manned moon
In 1978, nearly 180 people died when a tornado struck the
eastern state of Orissa, India.
In 1982, Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada's new
constitution, severing the last colonial links with Britain.
In 1988, Palestinian commando chief Khalil el-Wazir, also
known as Abu Jihad, was assassinated in Tunis.
In 1990, South African black leader Nelson Mandela made an
appearance at a huge pop concert held in his honor during a
visit to Britain.
In 1992, Italian financier Carlo de Benedetti and 32 others
were convicted of fraud in connection with the 1982 collapse
of Banco Ambrosiano.
In 1995, the European Union and Canada ended a bitter dispute
over fishing rights in the north Atlantic with a deal both
sides said would protect threatened fish stocks.
In 1996, an Italian court found disgraced former prime
minister Bettino Craxi guilty on further charges of
corruption and sentenced him to eight years and three months
In 1996, Queen Elizabeth's second son, Prince Andrew, and his
controversial wife, Sarah, popularly known as Fergie,
announced they were to divorce after 10 years of marriage.
One year ago today, England's Prince Andrew and his wife,
Sarah, announced they were divorcing after 10 years of
marriage. To get all the latest gossip on the entire Royal
Family, click here.
Holidays and more
Today is Militia Day in Cuba.
It's Wakfet Arafet in Egypt.
Today is Chaite Dashain in Nepal.
It's the Thingyan Holiday in the Union of Myanmar.
Former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 50.
Singer Edie Adams is 66.
Actress Ellen Barkin is 42.
Actor Jon Cryer is 32.
Actor Lukas Haas is 21.
Actor Barry Nelson is 74.
Actor Peter Ustinov is 76.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan