Thursday, April 24, 1997
Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto visits the United
States for talks with President Clinton.
Israeli textile worker Azam Azam is scheduled to go on trial
in Cairo on
charges of spying for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.
The '97 Seoul Motor Show is scheduled to take place.
U.S. pilot Linda Finch is scheduled to arrive in Singapore in
the re-enactment of the 1937
Amelia Earhart flight.
On the horizon
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
On Tuesday, April 29, the official campaign period begins for
On this day
In 1558, Mary Queen of Scots, aged 16, married the Dauphin of
France, the future Francis II.
In 1704, the Boston News-Letter, one of the earliest
newspapers in the American colonies, was first published.
In 1800, the U.S. Congress voted to establish a Library of
In 1916, the Easter Rising in Dublin, an insurrection aimed
setting up an Irish Republic, began.
In 1921, the Tyrol region of central Europe voted for union
In 1932, in German elections, the Nazis had election
in Prussia, Bavaria, Wurttemberg and Hamburg.
In 1939, Robert Menzies became Australian prime minister,
succeeding Joseph Lyons who died earlier in the month.
In 1945, U.S. forces liberated Dachau concentration camp.
In 1950, the state of Jordan was formed by the union of
Jordanian-occupied Palestine and the Kingdom of Transjordan.
In 1955, the Bandung Conference, organized by five Asian
states, ended. It condemned colonialism by both the West and
In 1965, the body of murdered Portuguese opposition leader
Humberto Delgado was found in Spain.
In 1965, the government of Indonesia formally took control of
all foreign companies in the country.
In 1967, Vladimir Komarov, the first Russian to fly in the
Soyuz craft, was killed when he crash-landed in Russia after
17th orbit of Earth.
In 1970, Gambia was proclaimed a republic within the British
In 1970, China launched its first satellite into orbit.
In 1990, East and West Germany agreed on July 2 as the date
for economic union, a prelude to full political unification.
In 1991, Kurdish rebel leaders reached an agreement in
principle with Saddam Hussein on greater autonomy.
In 1992, Guerrilla leaders in Afghanistan agreed on a
50-member council to take power in Kabul.
In 1993, a huge IRA bomb exploded in Bishopgate, in the
of London's financial district, killing one person.
In 1995, the U.N. tribunal for former Yugoslavia named
Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and two of his senior aides as
In 1996, the Palestinian parliament-in-exile voted to amend
clauses in the PLO charter which call for Israel's
In 1996, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met Chinese
Jiang Zemin at the start of a visit to Beijing both leaders
hailed as signaling a new spring between the giant neighbors.
Singer, actress, director Barbra Streisand turns 55 today.
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Holidays and more
Today is an Armenian Genocide Memorial Day in Armenia.
It is the First Day of Summer in Iceland.
Today is a National Day in Niger.
Actor Eric Balfour is 20.
Actor Eric Bogosian is 44.
Former football player Vince Ferragamo is 43.
Actress Shirley MacLaine is 63.
Actor Michael O'Keefe is 42.
Singer Barbra Streisand is 55.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan