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Tuesday, April 22, 1997

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  • "My comments were not intended to be racially derogatory, and I apologize for the fact that they were misconstrued in that fashion."

    -- Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller

    Today's events

  • King Hussein of Jordan is scheduled to visit Denmark.

  • The list of nominees for the Cannes Film Festival to be announced in Paris.

  • Russian hard-liners mark Vladimir Lenin's birthday.

  • The Dalai Lama of Tibet will be in Washington for meetings with congressional leaders, human rights leaders and Chinese scholars and activists.

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    On the horizon

  • On Wednesday, April 23, the 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.

  • On Sunday, April 27, President Clinton, former Presidents Bush and Carter, retired Gen. Colin Powell and Nancy Reagan are scheduled to attend the Presidents' Summit for the American Future in Philadelphia.

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    On this day

  • In 1529, the Treaty of Saragossa was signed, dividing Spanish and Portuguese interests in the Pacific Ocean. Portugal regained control of the Moluccas in return for compensation.

  • In 1793, U.S. President George Washington issued a Proclamation of Neutrality to ensure that the United States did not become involved in the war between France and Britain.

  • In 1834, the Quadruple Alliance was formed between Britain, France, Portugal and Spain, supporting Isabella II's claim to the Spanish throne against Don Carlos.

  • In 1838, the British steamship Sirius became the first to cross the Atlantic from Britain to New York on steam power only. The journey from Cork to New York took 18 days 10 hours.

  • In 1915, the second battle of Ypres started when German troops released clouds of deadly chlorine gas on British troops; it was the first major gas attack of World War I.

  • In 1944, Allied forces landed on Dutch New Guinea at Hollandia in World War II.

  • In 1945, General MacArthur announced that Cebu Island's capture had ended the Central Philippines campaign.

  • In 1964, Greville Wynn, British businessman imprisoned in Moscow in 1963 for spying was exchanged for Gordon Lonsdale, in prison in London.

  • In 1969, British lone yachtsman Robin Knox-Johnston arrived at Falmouth after completing the first solo nonstop circumnavigation of the Earth in just 312 days.

  • In 1983, Australia expelled the First Secretary of the Soviet Embassy, Valery Ivanov.

  • In 1984, Britain broke off diplomatic relations with Libya and ordered all Libyan embassy staff to leave within seven days.

  • In 1990, a U.S. hostage in Lebanon, Robert Polhill, was released; he had been held since January 24, 1987.

  • In 1990, Nigeria's ruling generals crushed a six-hour rebellion by junior officers.

  • In 1994, former U.S. president Richard Nixon died at age 81. He was the 37th president of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1974 amid the Watergate scandal.

  • In 1995, the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan army opened fire on Hutu refugees in the Kibeho refugee camp; death toll reports varied from 300 to 2000.

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    Today is the first full day of Passover, which, according to the Hebrew calendar, begins an eight-day celebration of the delivery of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. To learn more about Passover and how to play the Matzoh Ball Game, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Buddha Purnima in Bangladesh.

  • It's Passover in Israel.

  • Today is Bak Full Moon Poya Day in Sri Lanka.

  • It's Arbor Day in Nebraska.

  • Actor Eddie Albert is 89.

  • Comedian Byron Allen is 36.

  • Singer Glen Campbell is 62.

  • Singer Peter Frampton is 47.

  • Actor Chris Makepeace is 33.

  • Actor Jason Miller is 58.

  • Actor Jack Nicholson is 61.

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

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