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Tuesday, September 2, 1997

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  • "I will never be able to reconcile myself to the needless and cruel deaths of two people who were so vibrant, generous and full of life."

    -- Mohamed Al Fayed, father of Dodi Fayed

    Today's events

  • 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.

  • The Sarajevo Film Festival is scheduled to begin, with 65 movies from 20 countries showing, including "Perfect Circle," the first Bosnian post-war movie.

  • Actor Christian Slater is scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles on misdemeanor charges stemming from biting incident and altercation with police.

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    On the horizon

  • On Wednesday, September 3, South African President Nelson Mandela visits Berne, Switzerland, to discuss bilateral and international issues.

  • On Thursday, September 4, Japan's Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto visits China to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations

  • On Friday, September 5, the International Olympic Committee announces its decision on the venue for the 2004 Olympic Games from a short list of five cities, Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome and Stockholm.

  • On Saturday, September 6, the International Open Air Theatre Festival opens in South Korea.

  • On Sunday, September 7, Saab is scheduled to celebrate its 60 year anniversary.

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    On this day

  • In 31 BC, Mark Anthony's naval force, including a squadron of Cleopatra's, was defeated at Actium by Roman legions under Augustus Caesar.

  • In 1666, the Great Fire of London began in a bakery in Pudding Lane. Raging for four days, it destroyed swathes of the city.

  • In 1752, the last day of the Julian calendar in Britain and its colonies. It was replaced by the Gregorian calendar and parliament decided an 11-day discrepancy between the two would be rectified by making the following day September 14.

  • In 1789, Congress established the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

  • In 1807, Britain began bombarding Copenhagen because of Napoleon's plan to use the Danish fleet against Britain.

  • In 1864, in the U.S. Civil War, Union forces under General William Tecumseh Sherman occupied Atlanta, Georgia.

  • In 1865, fighting between Maori tribes and English settlers ended in New Zealand.

  • In 1866, the general assembly of Crete proclaimed the abolition of the Turkish authority in Crete and union with Greece.

  • In 1870, Napoleon III capitulated to the Prussian forces at the Battle of Sedan. This led to the fall of the Second French Empire.

  • In 1898, Lord Kitchener's Anglo-Egyptian forces decisively defeated the Dervishes at the Battle of Omdurman, Sudan.

  • In 1901, in a speech, President Theodore Roosevelt said the United States should "speak softly and carry a big stick."

  • In 1923, the first elections were held in the Irish Free State after independence from Britain.

  • In 1930, flying their plane "Point d'Interrogation," French aviators Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte completed the first non-stop flight from Europe to the United States.

  • In 1940, Britain and U.S. signed a deal giving Britain 50 aged destroyers in exchange for permission for the U.S. to use British naval bases in the West Indies.

  • In 1945, aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri, Japanese leaders signed the unconditional surrender which ended World War II.

  • In 1945, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was proclaimed, with Ho Chi-Minh as president.

  • In 1947, American states signed a treaty of mutual assistance, the Treaty of Rio de Janeiro.

  • In 1947, President Carlos Mancheno of Ecuador was overthrown in a coup.

  • In 1962, the Soviet Union agreed to send arms to Cuba to help it meet "threats from aggressive imperialist elements."

  • In 1963, Alabama governor George Wallace stopped public school integration of blacks and whites by encircling Tuskegee High School with a cordon of state troopers.

  • In 1971, the United Arab Republic reverted to its former name, Egypt.

  • In 1990, Canadian soldiers seized control of an outpost of Mohawk Indians near Montreal, ending a 53-day armed standoff.

  • In 1993, the Vatican accepted a Chinese invitation for a high level visit to Beijing, the first such meeting since the 1949 Communist takeover.

  • In 1994, the Bulgarian government of Prime Minister Lyuben Berov resigned.

  • In 1996, Moslem rebels and the Philippines government signed a peace pact ending 24 years of war that killed 125,000 people.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Independence Day in Vietnam.

  • Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw is 49.

  • Tennis player Jimmy Connors is 45.

  • Actor Mark Harmon is 46.

  • Actress Linda Purl is 42.

  • Actor Keanu Reeves is 33.

  • Former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth is 60.

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

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