Friday, September 5, 1997
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.
On the horizon
The International Olympic Committee will announce its choice of venue for the 2004 Olympic Games, picked from a short list of five finalists -- Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome and Stockholm.
The Procrastinators' Club of America counts today as Be Late For Something Day.
On this day
In 1774, the first assembly of the Continental Congress, forerunner of the U.S. Congress, met at Philadelphia, Pa. Virginia delegate Peyton Randolph was elected president.
In 1881, high winds flared forest fires in Michigan into an inferno. Over the next three days, more than 1 million acres burned and 125 people were killed.
In 1947, Mary Woolley, the first woman to represent the U.S. at a major diplomatic conference, died.
In 1972, members of the Black September faction of the Palestinian Liberation Army killed 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team participating in the summer games at Munich.
In 1975, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of the Charles Manson, attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford.
In 1977, the U.S. space probe Voyager 1 was launched.
In 1980, the St. Gotthard Auto Tunnel in Switzerland, the longest underground motorway in the world, opened to traffic.
In 1983, "The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour" premiered.
Long considered the final bastion of Communism in the West, Cuba is once again at the fore of the world stage. Rumors abound about the health of the nation's aging leader, Fidel Castro. Learn more about this island nation at Latin World's Cuba page, an English-Spanish bilingual site.
Holidays and more
Western Samoa celebrates its National Holiday.
Legendary bandit and bank robber Jesse James was born in Centerville, Missouri on this day in 1847.
Arthur Charles Nielson, founder of the A.C. Nielson Co. known for radio and television ratings surveys, was born on this day in 1897.
Actor William Devane is 58.
Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite, creator of "Cathy," is 47.
Actress Carol Lawrence is 62.
Actor and comedian Bob Newhart is 68.
Actress Raquel Welch is 55.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan