Tuesday, April 29, 1997
The official campaign period begins for Indonesian general
The European Union foreign ministers are scheduled to meet in
Arab ministers are scheduled to discuss water use and
conservation in Cairo.
Pete Peterson, the new ambassador to Vietnam, is scheduled to
be sworn in.
On the horizon
On Wednesday, April 30, French Foreign Minister Herve de
Charette visits Washington.
On Thursday, May 1, British general elections are held, as
well as English local elections.
On Friday, May 2, the National Rifle Association opens its
annual convention in Seattle.
On Saturday, May 3, Ireland is scheduled to host its 1997
Eurovision Song Contest.
On Sunday, May 4, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
is scheduled to visit a guerrilla demobilization camp in
Guatemala City as part of the ongoing peace process there.
On this day
In 1429, Joan of Arc entered Orleans with supplies seven
months into the siege of the city in the Hundred Years War;
siege was lifted a week later.
In 1913, the improved version of the zipper was patented by
Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback as a "separable fastener."
In 1942, the Japanese army captured the town of Lashio,
cutting off the Burma Road between China and India.
In 1945, the terms of surrender of the German armies in Italy
were signed; Venice and Mestre were captured by the Allies;
Berlin, Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun, but also made his
naming Admiral Doenitz as his successor; American forces
liberated the Dachau concentration camp.
In 1965, the Australian government announced it had decided
send troops to Vietnam.
In 1965, Malta became the 18th member of the Council of
In 1972, in Burundi, the deposed King Ntare V was killed in
In 1979, Jaime Roldos of the Concentration of Popular Forces
party was elected president of Ecuador.
In 1981, in England, Peter Sutcliffe admitted he was the
Yorkshire Ripper, murderer of 13 women.
In 1981, in a whites-only election, the National Party was
returned to power in South Africa but with a reduced
In 1989, 14 Liverpool football supporters were sentenced
to jail terms for their part in the 1985 Heysel stadium
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 43 today! Whether you're a rabid
fan or an occasional watcher of his hit TV show, try out
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Holidays and more
Today is Cyprus in Easter Tuesday.
It's Greenery Day in Japan.
Today is the Birthday of the Sultan in Malaysia.
It's Carnival in the Netherlands Antilles.
Tennis player Andre Agassi is 27.
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 40.
Editor Robert Gottlieb is 66.
Actress Celeste Holm is 78.
Actress Kate Mulgrew is 42.
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 39.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 43.
Actress Uma Thurman is 27.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan