Wednesday, July 16, 1997
Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski is scheduled to visit Slovakia.
A memorial for crew members' families and TWA employees is scheduled
to be unveiled in New York to honor those who lost their lives in the TWA
Flight 800 crash off Long Island on July 17, 1996.
The monthlong celebration marking the birth of the Prophet Mohammed
On the horizon
On Thursday, July 17, the announcement of the Akutagawa and
Naoki novel prizes is scheduled to take place in Tokyo.
On Friday, July 18, the European Commission and South Africa
are expected to hold talks in Brussels on a future bilateral
On Saturday, July 19, Liberia is scheduled to hold
presidential and parliamentary elections to end seven years
of civil war.
On Sunday, July 20, national elections are scheduled for
Vietnam's National Assembly.
n Monday, July 21, the 34th World Father Christmas Congress is
scheduled to open in Copenhagen.
On this day
In 622, this date is generally considered as the start of the
Islamic Era when Mohammed began his flight from Mecca to Medina.
In 1048, Benedict IX, known as the "Boy Pope," resigned from
In 1661, the first banknotes in Europe were issued by the Bank of
In 1867, reinforced concrete was first patented by Joseph
Monier of Paris.
In 1917, the Bolsheviks began an attempt to seize power in
Petrograd but were defeated. Trotsky was arrested and Lenin went into
In 1918, Tsar Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar, was murdered together
with his family and entourage by the Bolsheviks at Yekaterinburg.
In 1935, the world's first parking meters were installed in
In 1942, nearly 14,000 Jewish people were arrested in Paris as part of a
German roundup of the Jewish community
In 1945, the U.S. staged the first test of a plutonium weapon, code-named
"Trinity," before dawn in the New Mexico desert.
In 1948, the world's first turbine-propeller aircraft, the
Vickers Viscount, made its maiden flight.
In 1950, the largest-ever crowd to watch a soccer match, over
199,000, saw Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1 in the World Cup final.
In 1965, a seven-mile tunnel through Mont Blanc connecting
France and Italy was opened by General de Gaulle of France and President
Saragat of Italy.
In 1969, Apollo 11 was launched on its historic mission to
land men on the moon with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and
Michael Collins aboard.
In 1992, Vice President Shankar Dayal Sharma was elected
India's ninth president.
In 1996, Germano Maccari was convicted of being one of two
killers who shot former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro in
Italian designer Gianni Versace was gunned down Tuesday in front of his
Miami home. FBI officials believe suspected serial killer Andrew Phillip
Cunanan may be involved in the shooting. Cunanan is currently on the
FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. To find out more, click here.
Holidays and more
Today is a Local Holiday in Bolivia.
It is a Religious Holiday in Brazil.
Singer Ruben Blades is 49.
Actress Phoebe Cates is 34.
Musician Stewart Copeland is 45.
Actor Barnard Hughes is 82.
Former Miss America Bess Myerson is 82.
Football player Barry Sanders is 29.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan