Wednesday, August 27, 1997
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
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to
begin an official two-day visit to South Korea.
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
of Elvis Presley memorabilia to mark the 20th anniversary of
his death. The action includes two stage suits expected to
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.
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
under Christian IV at the battle of Lutter am Barenberge in
In 1813, Napoleon with a force of 130,000 defeated a superior
allied force of 200,000 Austrians, Russians and Prussians at
battle of Dresden.
In 1828, Uruguay formally became a sovereign nation under the
Treaty of Rio de Janeiro which ended the war between Brazil
In 1859, the first commercially productive oil well was
drilled near Titusville, Pennsylvania, by Edwin Drake of
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
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
In 1941, in World War II, the Iranian government resigned
two days after British and Russian troops entered the
In 1946, France and Laos concluded an agreement establishing
kingdom under French domination.
In 1962, the U.S. spacecraft Mariner II was launched towards
In 1979, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma,
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
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
of their heavy weapons.
In 1995, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization
signed an agreement in Cairo to expand Palestinian autonomy
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan