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Thursday, April 24, 1997

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  • "The blood spilled will never be forgotten, and sooner or later, justice will be done in Peru."

    -- Tupac Amaru rebel spokesman Isaac Velazco

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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 Hosni Mubarak.

  • On Tuesday, April 29, the official campaign period begins for Indonesian general elections.

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    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 Congress.

  • In 1916, the Easter Rising in Dublin, an insurrection aimed at setting up an Irish Republic, began.

  • In 1921, the Tyrol region of central Europe voted for union with Germany.

  • In 1932, in German elections, the Nazis had election successes 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 the USSR.

  • 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 his 17th orbit of Earth.

  • In 1970, Gambia was proclaimed a republic within the British Commonwealth.

  • 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 heart of London's financial district, killing one person.

  • In 1995, the U.N. tribunal for former Yugoslavia named Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and two of his senior aides as war crimes suspects.

  • In 1996, the Palestinian parliament-in-exile voted to amend clauses in the PLO charter which call for Israel's destruction.

  • In 1996, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met Chinese President Jiang Zemin at the start of a visit to Beijing both leaders hailed as signaling a new spring between the giant neighbors.

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    Singer, actress, director Barbra Streisand turns 55 today. Always wanted to learn more about this versatile performer? Click here.


    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.

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

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