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Wednesday, August 13, 1997

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  • "I put a stop to a lot of problems -- for the families, for the police, for the government. I saved them millions and millions of dollars. It was by mistake, but I did it."

    -- Fernando Carreira

    Today's events

  • The crayfish season opens in Sweden.

  • The Boulder County, Colorado, Coroner's Office is scheduled to release the complete Jon Benet Ramsey autopsy report.

  • Veterans of India's freedom struggle are scheduled to lead a parade in New Delhi, India, marking the 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.

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    On the horizon

  • On Thursday, August 14, the parliaments of India and Pakistan meet in their respective capitals to mark the 50th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule.

  • On Friday, August 15, the Japanese government holds a memorial service to mark the 52nd anniversary of the end of World War II.

  • On Saturday, August 16, President Suharto is scheduled to give the state-of-the-nation Independence Day address in Jakarta.

  • On Sunday, August 17, scheduled launching of "first-ever Elvis Conference cruise" of the Caribbean, hosted by the International Conference on Elvis Presley.

  • On Monday, August 18, the first female cadets are scheduled to arrive at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

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    On this day

  • In 1521, Hernando Cortes, Spanish conqueror, captured and destroyed Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) after a three month siege.

  • In 1624, Cardinal Richelieu was appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII.

  • In 1704, French and Bavarian forces were routed by a combined British, German and Dutch army at Blenheim, Germany. The victors lost 6,000 soldiers compared with 21,000 French and Bavarian troops.

  • In 1788, Prussia joined an Anglo-Dutch alliance to form the Triple Alliance to prevent the spread of the Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90.

  • In 1792, revolutionaries imprisoned the French royal family.

  • In 1814, the Cape of Good Hope was formally ceded to the British by the Dutch.

  • In 1868, beginning of a series of earthquakes in Peru and Ecuador which killed about 25,000.

  • In 1898, U.S. forces under George Dewey captured Manila during the Spanish-American war after a three-month blockade of Manila Bay.

  • In 1914, France declared war on Austria-Hungary, leading to World War I.

  • In 1923, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was elected President of Turkey.

  • In 1961, the border between East and West Berlin was closed at the Brandenburg Gate, heralding the construction of the Berlin Wall.

  • In 1964, the last hangings in Britain took place when two men were executed for murder at Liverpool and Manchester.

  • In 1993, over 120 people died in a hotel collapse in Thailand.

  • In 1996, data sent back by the Galileo space probe indicated there may be water on one of Jupiter's moons, heightening the possibility it could support a primitive life form.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Brisbane Show Day in Australia.

  • It's Independence Day in the Central African Republic.

  • Today is Women's Day in Tunisia.

  • President of Cuba Fidel Castro is 70.

  • Actress Quinn Cummings is 30.

  • Former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders is 64.

  • Composer Dan Fogelberg is 46.

  • Singer Don Ho is 67.

  • Actor Kevin Tighe is 53.

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

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