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Thursday, September 4, 1997

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  • "All the royal family, especially the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry, are taking strength from the overwhelming support of the public, who are sharing their tremendous sense of loss and grief. They are deeply touched and enormously grateful."

    -- statement from the Royal Family on Princess Diana's death

    Today's events

  • Japan's Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto visits China to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations.

  • The British royal family is expected to announce the latest details on Saturday's funeral for Princess Diana.

  • The 14th annual MTV Awards are scheduled to be presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

  • Conference on global ban for anti-personnel land mines continues in Oslo, Norway.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 60th anniversary.

  • On Monday, September 8, Italian foreign affairs commission are scheduled to visit Turkey on a human rights tour.

  • On Tuesday, September 9, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is scheduled to begin her first Middle East trip.

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    On this day

  • In 422, St. Boniface I ended his reign as Catholic Pope.

  • In 476, Romulus Augustulus, the last Roman emperor of the West Empire, was deposed.

  • In 1609, Navigator Henry Hudson discovered the island of Manhattan.

  • In 1618, the "Rodi" avalanche destroyed Plurs, Switzerland, killing 1,500.

  • In 1781, Los Angeles California, was founded by 44 settlers.

  • In 1866, the first Hawaiian daily newspaper was published.

  • In 1886, Geronimo was captured, ending the last major U.S.-Indian war.

  • In 1945, the U.S. regained possession of Wake Island from Japan.

  • In 1948, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated the throne.

  • In 1957, the Ford Motor Co. introduced the Edsel.

  • In 1972, U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz became the first athlete to win seven Olympic gold medals.

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    Want to jump on the bandwagon of those protesting the paparazzi feeding frenzy? Here's your chance. Click here for Princess Diana, a tribute and protests, a site gathering names for a petition to stop the invasion of privacy by the paparazzi.


    Holidays and more

  • Singer Mitzi Gaynor is 66.

  • Commentator Paul Harvey is 79.

  • Actress Judith Ivey is 46.

  • Actress Jennifer Salt is 53.

  • Golfer Tom Watson is 48.

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

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