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Sunday, April 20, 1997

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  • "I watched these young engineers today as some of the dikes were failing, and they actually sat down and cried... and that was where I just broke up."

    -- --East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Mayor Pat Owens

    Today's Events

  • The Airline Quality Research Team holds a news conference in The international Vivicitta mini-marathon takes place in three Bosnian cities. According to tradition, the race starts at the same time in 40 Italian cities, and 10 throughout Europe.

  • Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic visits Cairo, Egypt.

  • Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar visits Argentina for talks aimed at strengthening political and trade ties.

  • Colombian truckers' union, representing 80 percent of all truck drivers, begins nationwide strike.

  • Earth Fair '97 takes place in San Diego, California, drawing and estimated 70,000 people to see exhibits and entertainment intended to educate the public on environmental issues.

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    On the horizon

  • On Monday, April 21, Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 71st birthday.

  • On Tuesday, April 22, King Hussein of Jordan is scheduled to visit Denmark.

  • On Wednesday, April 23, International Monetary Fund (IMF) World Bank holds its 1997 spring meeting in Washington.

  • On Thursday, April 24, Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto visits the U.S. for talks with President Clinton.

  • On Friday, April 25, the Lantau Link bridge connecting Hong Kong with Lantau Island officially opens. The bridge provides a highway and railway link to the new Chek Lap Kok airport off Lantau Island.

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    On this day

  • In 1534, French explorer Jacques Cartier set sail from Saint-Malo to explore the North American coastline.

  • In 1657, the English navy under Admiral Robert Blake destroyed the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz harbor, Tenerife.

  • In 1769, Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa Indians, was murdered by an Illinois Indian. In 1763 he had led a rising against the British garrisons in North America.

  • In 1792, France declared war on Austria, Prussia and Sardinia in the War of the First Coalition.

  • In 1836, the U.S. Congress separated the western part of Michigan Territory and formed a new territory to be known as Wisconsin.

  • In 1841, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe, considered the first detective story, was published in Graham's Magazine in Philadelphia.

  • In 1887, the first motor race was held in Paris - the race resulting in a walkover for Georges Bouton, the only competitor.

  • In 1943, the World War II massacre of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto began.

  • In 1984, Britain announced that its administration of Hong Kong would cease in 1997.

  • In 1986, pianist Vladimir Horowitz gave his first concert in the Soviet Union for 61 years. He had emigrated in 1925.

  • In 1996, world leaders meeting in Moscow agreed to boost nuclear safety through new cooperation and Ukraine reluctantly confirmed, a decade after the Chernobyl disaster, that it would close down the plant by the year 2000.

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    The Chicago Cubs manage to hang on to legions of fans despite disappointing play year in and year out, with this year's record-setting 0-13 start being the most obvious example. But Cubs fans are out there, on the Web and in real life. Visit the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Cubs Fans' Resource page to get a taste of what it is like to love a loser enough to build a Web site in honor of them.


    Holidays and more

  • Egypt observes Palm Sunday.

  • Mali celebrates Tabaski.

  • Actress Nina Foch is 73.

  • Actress Jessica Lange is 48.

  • Actor David Leland is 50.

  • Baseball player Don Mattingley is 36.

  • Actor Ryan O'Neal is 56.

  • Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is 77.

  • Singer, songwriter Luther Vandross is 46.

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

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