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Wednesday, August 27, 1997

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  • "Today we are putting another issue at the top because it is an international crisis and U.S. inaction on this subject is a disgrace. That issue is worldwide religious persecution."

    -- -- Christian Coalition President Don Hodel

    Today's events

  • The annual Venice Film Festival opens in Italy.

  • International symposium on Women in History of Latin America is scheduled to be held at the Ricardo Palma Cultural Center in Lima.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to begin an official two-day visit to South Korea.

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    On the horizon

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

  • On Monday, September 1, is the scheduled start of the Beijing-Paris Motor Challenge.

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    On this day

  • In 55BC, ten thousand men of the 7th and 10th Roman legions under Julius Caesar landed in Deal in England.

  • In 1626, in the Thirty Years War, a force of Imperialists under Count Tilly heavily defeated a force of Germans and Danes under Christian IV at the battle of Lutter am Barenberge in Germany.

  • In 1813, Napoleon with a force of 130,000 defeated a superior allied force of 200,000 Austrians, Russians and Prussians at the battle of Dresden.

  • In 1828, Uruguay formally became a sovereign nation under the Treaty of Rio de Janeiro which ended the war between Brazil and Argentina.

  • In 1859, the first commercially productive oil well was drilled near Titusville, Pennsylvania, by Edwin Drake of Seneca Oil.

  • In 1916, Romania declared war on Austria-Hungary and Italy declared war on Germany.

  • In 1919, Louis Botha, South African Boer general, statesman and first prime minister of the Union in 1910, died aged 56.

  • In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand pact was signed in Paris. The pact, named after U.S. Secretary of State Frank Kellogg and French Foreign Minister Aristide Briand, sought to outlaw war as an instrument of national policy.

  • In 1936, Egypt and Britain signed a treaty providing for withdrawal of British forces except in the Suez Canal area.

  • In 1939, the world's first jet-propelled airplane, the Heinkel He 178, made its first flight at Marienehe, north Germany.

  • In 1941, in World War II, the Iranian government resigned just two days after British and Russian troops entered the country.

  • In 1946, France and Laos concluded an agreement establishing a kingdom under French domination.

  • In 1962, the U.S. spacecraft Mariner II was launched towards Venus.

  • In 1979, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, was killed when a bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army destroyed his boat off Mullaghmore, County Sligo. He was 79.

  • In 1990, the United States expelled 36 out of 55 embassy staff at Iraq's Washington embassy.

  • In 1991, Moldova declared independence from the Soviet Union.

  • In 1992, an international conference on former Yugoslavia ended in London with Bosnian Serb agreement to give up control of their heavy weapons.

  • In 1995, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed an agreement in Cairo to expand Palestinian autonomy from Gaza to the West Bank.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Independence Day in Moldova.

  • It's National Heroes Day in the Philippines.

  • Actress Sarah Chalke is 21.

  • Musician Daryl Dragon is 55.

  • Mother Teresa is 87.

  • Actor Paul Rubens is 45.

  • Singer Tommy Sands is 60.

  • Actress Tuesday Weld is 54.

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

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