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Wednesday, September 10, 1997

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  • "I hate to lose any of our cadets...but our system does not tolerate any cadet striking another."

    -- -- Virginia Military Institute Superintendent Josiah Bunting

    Today's events

  • Vietnam celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Vietnam's Fatherland Front.

  • Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar.

  • President Clinton is expected to formally introduce his proposal for 'fast-track' trade negotiating authority.

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    On the horizon

  • On Thursday, September 11, the World Council of Churches Central Committee is scheduled to begin a session in Geneva.

  • On Friday, September 12, Ireland's President Mary Robinson is scheduled to step down as head of state, nearly three months before the end of her term, to take up new United Nation's post.

  • On Saturday, September 13, the First post-war municipal elections organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are scheduled throughout Bosnia.

  • On Sunday, September 14, the opening ceremony for the Sydney Olympic Festival of the Dreaming is scheduled to be held.

  • On Monday, September 15, Oslo, Norway, is scheduled to hold parliamentary and local elections.

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    On this day

  • In 954, King Louis IV of France, known as Louis D'Outremer, died.

  • In 1547, the Scots were defeated by the English at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, Edinburgh. The battle was sparked by English demands that Edward VI, aged 10, should marry 5-year-old Mary Queen of Scots.

  • In 1721, the Treaty of Nystad was signed in Finland between Sweden and Russia which ended the Great Northern War (1700-21). Sweden was forced to cede Livonia, Estonia and Ingria, part of Karelia.

  • In 1813, in the British-American War of 1812, the Americans, under Oliver Perry, defeated the British at the Battle of Lake Erie.

  • In 1898, Elizabeth, Empress of Austria-Hungary, was assassinated by anarchist Luigi Lucheni in Geneva.

  • In 1919, the Treaty of Saint-Germain was signed by the victorious Allied powers and Austria, by which parts of pre-war German Austria were ceded to Italy and Czechoslovakia; Austria was forbidden to unite with Germany.

  • In 1942, the British air force used 476 planes to drop 100,000 bombs on Duesseldorf in a single raid.

  • In 1943, German troops occupied Rome and took over the protection of Vatican City.

  • In 1945, Vidkun Quisling, head of the puppet regime set up by the Nazis in Norway in World War II, was found guilty of treason and sentenced to death.

  • In 1961, a President Airlines aircraft flying from Shannon Airport in Ireland to New Zealand crashed into the River Shannon shortly after take-off, killing all 77 passengers and six crew.

  • In 1967, the people of Gibraltar voted by almost 100 percent to retain British sovereignty, rejecting Spanish rule.

  • In 1974, Portugal recognized the independence of Guinea-Bissau, under the leadership of Luiz Cabral.

  • In 1976, a British Airways Trident jet and a Yugoslav DC-9 collided over northern Yugoslavia, killing 176 people.

  • In 1981, the painting "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso was returned to Spain. Painted in 1937, it hung in New York since 1939 and commemorated the Nazi bombing of the Basque city-shrine of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

  • In 1989, Hungary opened its border to the West, allowing thousands of East Germans to leave in a mass exodus which led to the toppling of the Berlin Wall.

  • In 1990, Arab states agreed to move the headquarters of the deeply divided Arab League back to Cairo from Tunis in a move by the group's anti-Iraqi camp to isolate Baghdad and its supporters in the Gulf crisis.

  • In 1993, the body of former president Ferdinand Marcos was laid to rest on Philippine soil, four years after he died in exile in Hawaii.

  • In 1994, Pope John Paul II made an impassioned plea for peace in the Balkans on his arrival in Croatia; he was making the first papal visit to the region of former Yugoslavia.

  • In 1995, NATO sent U.S. cruise missiles into action against Bosnian Serb anti-aircraft sites in a campaign to make the Serbs remove their siege guns from Sarajevo.

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    The Virginia Military Institute expelled a female cadet Tuesday. To find out more about this military institution, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is National Day in Belize.

  • It's National Day in Gibraltar.

  • Singer Jose Feliciano is 52.

  • Actor Colin Firth is 37.

  • Actress Judy Greeson is 49.

  • Actress Amy Irving is 44.

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

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