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Monday, April 21, 1997

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  • "I committed no wrongdoing."

    -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    Today's events

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 71st birthday.

  • Former U.S. Senator Paul Simon and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will join representatives of numerous religious, human rights and civil rights groups in Chicago to announce a campaign to suspend executions in Illinois.

  • Runners compete in the 101st Boston Marathon.

  • Sudan's president, Lt. Gen. Omar el-Bashir, is expected to sign a peace treaty with four southern Sudanese faction leaders.

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    On the horizon

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

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

  • On Thursday, April 24, Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto visits the United States 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.

  • On Saturday, April 26, a preview of Royal Academy of Arts exhibition "Living Bridges" is scheduled in Hong Kong. The exhibition will present a spectacular array of scale models of famous bridges and proposed bridges. Exhibits include Hong Kong's Lantau Link, the world's longest combined road and rail suspension bridge.

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    On this day

  • In 753 BC, according to the historian Varro, Romulus founded Rome.

  • In 1836, the Mexicans were defeated by the Texans at the battle of San Jacinto, thus ensuring Texan independence.

  • In 1918, Manfred von Richthofen, Germany's top aviator in World War I, was killed in action. Known as the Red Baron, he shot down 80 enemy aircraft.

  • In 1945, the last of the German troops motored out of Bologna, Italy; on the same day Russian troops reached the suburbs of Berlin.

  • In 1959, English ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn was jailed for a day in Panama while the police looked for her Panamanian husband, accused of plotting a coup.

  • In 1960, Brasilia was inaugurated as the new capital of Brazil.

  • In 1961, a French army revolt led by General Maurice Challe began in Algeria.

  • In 1965, the 114-nation U.N. Disarmament Commission resumed talks in New York after a five-year interval.

    In 1967, a military coup in Athens established the regime of

  • the "Greek Colonels."

  • In 1968, British Conservative politician Enoch Powell made his "rivers of blood" warning of the dangers of immigration, where he called for a stiffening of policy.

  • In 1968, Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson resigned and was succeeded by Pierre Trudeau.

  • In 1975, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned after 10 years in office.

  • In 1985, Tancredo Neves, Brazilian president-elect, died on the eve of his swearing-in.

  • In 1992, California carried out its first execution in 25 years, when double murderer Robert Alton Harris was put to death in the gas chamber.

  • In 1994, a Belfast court cleared Paul Hill of the 1974 murder of a former British soldier, formally absolving him of IRA guerrilla links for which he was wrongfully jailed for 13 years.

  • In 1996, the center-left Olive Tree coalition won the Italian general election, the left's first win since World War II.

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    More than 30,000 runners will tackle the Boston Marathon today. The race, in its 101st running, begins in the rural New England town of Hopkinton and winds through eight cities and towns before finishing in downtown Boston. To keep up with all the action, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Independence Hero Tiradentes in Brazil.

  • It's St. George's Day in Canada.

  • Today is SechselSuten in Switzerland.

  • It's Kartini Day in Indonesia.

  • Today is the Birthday of Rome in Italy.

  • Passover begins at sundown.

  • Today is Patriot's Day in Massachusetts and Maine.

  • Actor Tony Danza is 46.

  • Queen Elizabeth II is 71.

  • Actor Charles Grodin is 62.

  • Actress Patti LuPone is 48.

  • Actress Andie MacDowell is 39.

  • Singer Iggy Pop is 50.

  • Actor Anthony Quinn is 81.

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

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