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Wednesday, April 23, 1997

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  • "[The rebels] were armed to the hilt, and we had to act. There was no other way out."

    -- Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori

    Today's events

  • The International Monetary Fund World Bank holds its 1997 spring meeting in Washington.

  • Representatives of Bosnia's two entities -- the Moslem-Croat federation and Serb republic -- are scheduled to meet in Geneva under the auspices of U.N. relief organization to determine exact number of refugees returning to the country this year.

  • The annual Academy of Country Music Awards is scheduled to be presented in Universal City, California.

  • The World Health Organization is scheduled to hold a conference in Geneva on cloning research.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 the 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.

  • On Monday, April 28, Turkey's President Suleyman Demirel is scheduled to visit Cairo for talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

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    On this day

  • In 1348, King Edward the Third of England established the Order of the Garter.

  • In 1789, President-elect George Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, in New York.

  • In 1896, the "Vitascope" system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City.

  • In 1898, the U.S. government asked for 125,000 volunteers to fight against Spain in Cuba.

  • In 1940, about 200 people died in a dance hall fire in Natchez, Mississippi.

  • In 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league home runs, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • In 1965, more than 200 U.S. planes struck North Vietnam in one of the heaviest raids of the Vietnam War.

  • In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.)

  • In 1985, the Coca-Cola Company announced it was changing the secret flavor formula for Coke. Negative public reaction forced the company to resume selling the original version.

  • In 1992, fighting erupted in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo just hours after the warring parties signed a truce amid sniper fire.

  • In 1992, McDonald's opened its first fast-food restaurant in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

  • In 1996, a Bronx civil-court jury ordered Bernhard Goetz to pay $43 million to paralyzed Darrell Cabey, one of four young men he shot on a subway car in 1984.

  • In 1996, a three-night auction of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' possessions began at Sotheby's in New York with a bidding frenzy.

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    Although you can't see the Romanov Jewels in person due to the recent controversy over whether the jewels should be returned to Moscow for the 850th celebration of the city's founding, you can try them on online. Click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Radaunica in Belarus.

  • It's National Sovereignty and Children's Day in Turkey.

  • Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 37.

  • Actor David Birney is 57.

  • Child star Shirley Temple Black is 69.

  • Actress Sandra Dee is 55.

  • Actress Joyce Dewitt is 48.

  • Actor Lee Majors is 57.

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

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