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Sunday, April 27, 1997

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  • "I don't know if they were organized or not. We tried to protect ourselves, but they were attacking with machetes. We don't know why."

    -- Rwandan Hutu refugee in Zaire

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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

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