Sunday, April 27, 1997
Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen visits Washington.
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.
Over nine million voters go to the polls for mayoral, council elections and provincial elections in 1,138 Italian cities, towns and provinces, including Milan and Turin.
Yemen holds parliamentary elections.
On the horizon
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
Indonesian general elections.
On Wednesday, April 30, French Foreign Minister Herve de Charette visits Washington.
On Thursday, May 1, British general elections held, as well as English local elections.
On Friday, May 2, the National Rifle Association opens its annual convention in Seattle.
On this day
In 1296, the English under Edward I defeated a Scottish army under the Earl of Athol at the battle of Dunbar.
In 1521, Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese navigator, was killed by natives on the island of Mactan in the Philippines while on a pioneering round-the-world voyage.
In 1909, young Turks deposed Sultan Abdul Hamid three days after a liberation army had taken Constantinople.
In 1941, German tanks rolled into Athens in World War II.
In 1945, the Allies rejected peace offers by German SS chief Heinrich Himmler, insisting on unconditional surrender.
In 1950, Britain recognized the newly founded state of Israel.
In 1950, Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies introduced a bill to outlaw the Communist Party.
In 1960, the French-administered U.N. Trust Territory of Togoland gained independence as the Republic of Togo.
In 1961, Sierra Leone gained independence within the Commonwealth from Great Britain and parliament held its first session with Sir Milton Margai as prime minister.
In 1969, Bolivian President Rene Barrientos Ortuno was killed
in a helicopter crash near the village of Arque. He had been president since 1964.
In 1978, Afghanistan's armed forces seized power, establishing a government based on Islamic principles. President Daoud was killed and new President Nur Mohammed Taraki proclaimed the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.
In 1990, Joe Slovo, South African Communist leader, returned home to join peace talks after 27 years in exile.
In 1992, a Zambian air force plane carrying Zambia's national football team crashed into the Atlantic off Gabon killing all 30 aboard.
In 1993, Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia after 30
years of civil war following a U.N.-monitored referendum.
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Holidays and more
Albania, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Moldova, Romania, Syria and Ukraine celebrate Easter.
Afghanistan celebrates Arafa.
Sierra Leone celebrate its Independence Anniversary Day.
Slovenia celebrates its Resistance Anniversary.
South Africa celebrates Freedom Day.
Togo celebrates its Independence Day.
Actress Anouk Aimee is 63.
Singer Sheena Easton is 38.
Coretta Scott King, widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., is 70.
Actor Jack Klugman is 75.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan