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Tuesday, August 26, 1997

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  • "The boys had been chasing her for two days on their bicycles through alleys and between houses. Finally, she just collapsed because she hadn't had food in so long."

    -- Lisa Welborn





    Today's events


  • The National Organization for Women is scheduled to mark Women's Equality Day.

  • President Mandela is expected to meet with Sudanese rebel leader John Garang in preparation for a broader meeting aimed at resolving the civil war in Sudan.

  • The Fourth Environmental Northern Seas Conference and Exhibition is scheduled in Stavanger, Norway.

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    On the horizon


  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, August 31, Jerry Lewis is scheduled to hold the annual Muscular Dystrophy telethon.

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    On this day


  • In 1346, a small English army of 10,000 under Edward III defeated Philip VI's superior French forces in the battle of Crecy. It was the first battle at which the English used only infantry and longbowmen.

  • In 1541, Suleiman I of Turkey captured Buda and annexed Hungary after his dispute with Archduke Ferdinand over claims to the kingdom.

  • In 1813, after an initial victory, the French under Marshal Macdonald were beaten by the Prussians under General Bluecher at the battle of Katzbach.

  • In 1858, the Treaty of Edo was signed which provided for the opening up of Japan to British trade and set up British residency.

  • In 1883, a massive eruption of a volcano on the island of Krakatoa in the Sundra Strait between Java and Sumatra began. The two-day eruption and associated tidal waves killed some 36,000 people and destroyed two-thirds of the island.

  • In 1896, Armenian revolutionaries attacked the Ottoman Bank in Constantinople, provoking a three-day battle in which at least 6,000 Armenians died.

  • In 1914, in World War I, the Russians under Renenkampf and Samsonov were heavily out-maneuvered by the Germans under Hindenburg and Ludendorff at the battle of Tannenberg. Over 30,000 Russians were killed.

  • In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the American Constitution was ratified, giving women the vote.

  • In 1944, in World War II, Bulgaria announced that it had withdrawn from the war and that German troops were to be disarmed.

  • In 1976, Prince Bernhard, husband of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, agreed to resign his positions with the Dutch armed forces and industry following severe criticism of his behavior by a commission of inquiry into a Lockheed bribery scandal.

  • In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected as Pope John Paul I. He served only 33 days before dying of a heart attack on Sept. 28.

  • In 1978, Sigmund Jahn became the first German in space when he blasted off aboard Russia's Soyuz 31.

  • In 1982, the Argentine government lifted a ban on political parties.

  • In 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a friendship treaty with the Czech Republic after condemning the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.

  • In 1996, a South Korean court sentenced former president Chun Doo Hwan to death on charges of masterminding a 1979 coup and his presidential successor, Roh Tae-woo, was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for playing a supporting role.

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    Newslink


    Are you really going to eat that? With all the talk about E. coli and salmonella in the news, it may be in your best interests to check out the National Food Safety Database.


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    Holidays and more


  • Today is Heroes Day in Namibia.

  • Journalist Ben Bradlee is 76.

  • Actor Macaulay Culkin is 17.

  • Actor Ronny Graham is 78.

  • Musician Branford Marsalis is 37.

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



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