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Monday, August 25, 1997

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  • "This involves [Clinton] and his campaign. And if he has nothing to hide, he, too, should want an independent investigation on this so that the American people know exactly what went on."

    -- Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson

    Today's events

  • NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer is set for a late- morning launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket

  • Yugoslav Foreign Minister Milan Milutinovic is scheduled to visit China.

  • Russian President Boris Yeltsin is expected to chair a meeting today with his Security Council on the situation in Russia's turbulent North Caucasus.

  • The last-ever edition of the famous British quiz show "Mastermind" is scheduled to be broadcast.

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    On the horizon

  • On Tuesday, August 26, the National Organization for Women is scheduled to mark Women's Equality Day.

  • On Wednesday, August 27, the annual Venice Film Festival opens in Italy.

  • On Thursday, August 28, Mafest 97, an international film festival of tourism, ecology and sports opens in Palic, Serbia with 65 films from 28 countries.

  • On Friday, August 29, the "Air-guitar" world championships take place in Oulu, Finland.

  • On Monday, August 30, Bonhams is scheduled to hold an auction of Elvis Presley memorabilia to mark the 20th anniversary of his death. The action includes two stage suits expected to fetch $150,000.

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    On this day

  • In 325, the Council Of Nicaea ended with the adoption of the Nicene Creed, establishing the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

  • In 1580, Spanish forces under the Duke of Alva defeated the Portuguese at the Battle of Alcantara, securing Portugal as a Spanish realm.

  • In 1718, New Orleans was founded and named in honor of the Duke of Orleans of France.

  • In 1825, Uruguay declared its independence from Spain.

  • In 1830, a revolt broke out in the French-speaking provinces of the Netherlands against union into Belgium.

  • In 1875, Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel.

  • In 1883, under the terms of the Treaty of Hue, France assumed the protectorate over Annam and Tonkin in what is now Vietnam.

  • In 1921, the United States and Germany signed a peace treaty ending the state of war between them.

  • In 1936, after a five-day show trial, 16 opponents of Stalin were executed in Russia.

  • In 1940, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were incorporated into the Soviet Union.

  • In 1940, the British Air Force dropped their first bombs on Berlin in an overnight raid.

  • In 1942, the Duke of Kent, youngest brother of King George VI, was killed in a plane crash during a war mission to Iceland.

  • In 1943, Lord Louis Mountbatten was appointed Supreme Allied Commander in Southeast Asia (World War II).

  • In 1944, Paris was liberated when the local German commander General Choltitz surrendered to the allies.

  • In 1961, Brazilian President Janio Quadros resigned after only six months, claiming "terrible forces came forward to fight me." He went into exile in Australia.

  • In 1964, Kenneth Kaunda became president-designate of Zambia, formerly Northern Rhodesia.

  • In 1967, a new constitution came into effect in Paraguay, now celebrated each year by a public holiday.

  • In 1967, the leader of the American Nazi Party, George Lincoln Rockwell, was shot dead.

  • In 1975, in Rhodesia, formerly Southern Rhodesia, talks between the white minority government and black leaders opened in railway carriages near Victoria Falls.

  • In 1978, the Turin shroud, once venerated as the burial cloth of Christ, went on public display for the first time in 45 years.

  • In 1988, direct talks between Iran and Iraq began in an attempt to stop their Gulf War.

  • In 1989, after a 12-year, 4-billion-mile space journey, Voyager 2 flew over the cloud tops of the giant planet Neptune and its moon Triton, sending back photographs of swampy areas, frozen lakes and craters.

  • In 1991, Byelorussia (Belarus) declared independence from the Soviet Union.

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    Holidays and more

  • It's National Flag Day in Liberia.

  • Today is Independence Day in the Ukraine.

  • It's Independence Day in Uruguay.

  • Today is Liberation Day in Hong Kong.

  • Actress Anne Archer is 50.

  • Actor Sean Connery is 67.

  • Musician Elvis Costello is 43.

  • Former TV host Monty Hall is 74.

  • Actor Anthony Heald is 53.

  • Actor John Savage is 48.

  • Model Claudia Schiffer is 27.

  • Actor Blair Underwood is 33.

  • Actress Joanne Whalley is 33.

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

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