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Thursday, August 28, 1997

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  • "Never has so much been made of so little. In an effort to justify three years and countless millions spent on this investigation, the special prosecutor has stretched criminal statutes beyond recognition and taken trivial, personal and entirely benign activities and attempted to distort them into criminal acts."

    -- Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy's attorney, Reid H. Weingarten

    Today's events

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

  • Chancellor Helmut Kohl meets with French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin.

  • Michael Jordan's Basketball Camp is scheduled to start in Las Vegas.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 host the annual Muscular Dystrophy telethon.

  • On Monday, September 1, the Beijing-Paris Motor Challenge begins.

  • On Tuesday, September 2, Romania is scheduled to host the third international conference on "New and Restored Democracies," which is expected to draw representatives from 75 emerging democracies in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America.

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    On this day

  • In 1619, Ferdinand II was elected Holy Roman Emperor. During his reign the Thirty Years War started as a result of his attempts to eradicate Protestantism.

  • In 1640, the Scots under Leslie defeated royalist English forces under Lord Conway at the battle of Newburn near Newcastle. Newcastle was then occupied by the Scots in the English-Scottish wars.

  • In 1849, Venice under Daniele Manin finally surrendered to the Austrians under Radetsky, the city having been under siege since July 20 after proclaiming independence against Austrian rule.

  • In 1850, Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" premiered at Weimar, Germany, under the direction of Franz Liszt.

  • In 1879, Cetewayo (or Cetshwayo), last of the great Zulu kings, was captured by the British at the end of the Zulu wars.

  • In 1910, Montenegro proclaimed its independence from the Ottoman empire, with Nicholas I as ruler.

  • In 1914, the battle of Heligoland Bight took place between British and German ships in the North Sea. The Germans lost four ships and 1,000 sailors; British casualties were 33 killed.

  • In 1916, Germany declared war against Romania and Italy declared war against Germany in World War I.

  • In 1922, the first ever radio advertisement, a 10-minute property commercial by Queensboro Realty Corp., was broadcast by station WEAF in New York.

  • In 1944, the last German troops in Marseilles surrendered and Toulon was finally cleared of German troops.

  • In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I have a dream" speech to 200,000 civil rights demonstrators who had marched on Washington.

  • In 1983, Menachim Begin announced his resignation as prime minister of Israel.

  • In 1988, 33 people were killed when jets from an Italian Air Force display team collided in mid-air and one crashed into the crowd during an air show at Ramstein, West Germany.

  • In 1990, Iraq declared occupied Kuwait the 19th province of Iraq, renamed Kuwait City Kadhima and created a new district named after President Saddam Hussein.

  • In 1994, Father Jean-Marie Vincent, a prominent Haitian Catholic priest loyal to deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was shot dead by suspected paramilitary gunmen.

  • In 1996, the calamitous marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, launched amidst pomp and pageantry in 1981, ended with a rubber-stamp divorce.

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    A year ago today, the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, ended with a rubber-stamp divorce. Still, the world can't seem to get enough of this once fairy-tale couple. Click here for all the news about Princess Di all the time.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is the Day of the Virgin in the Republic of Georgia.

  • Actor Ben Gazzara is 67.

  • Olympic Gold Metal figure skater Scott Hamilton is 39.

  • Actor Donald O'Connor is 72.

  • Actor Jason Priestly is 28.

  • Actor Rick Rossovich is 40.

  • Actress Emma Samms is 37.

  • Actor David Soul is 51.

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

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