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Wednesday, July 16, 1997

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  • "Nobody's safe in this. Don't think that because you're not gay that you're not a possible victim in this thing. Everybody's at risk, and everybody's got to help us put this guy in jail."

    -- FBI agent Paul Philip on the Gianni Versace murder

    Today's events

  • 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 begins

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    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 agreement.

  • 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.

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    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 the papacy.

  • In 1661, the first banknotes in Europe were issued by the Bank of Stockholm.

  • 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 hiding.

  • 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 Oklahoma City.

  • 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 1978.

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    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.

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

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