Thursday, September 11, 1997
Scotland is expected to hold a devolution referendum vote on
whether to give the country its first parliament since the 1707 Act of Union with England.
The World Council of Churches Central Committee Session begins in Geneva, and will last the next six days.
On the horizon
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.
On Tuesday, September 16, The United Nations General Assembly's 52nd session opens in New York.
On this day
In 1786, delegates met in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss commercial matters of mutual interest.
In 1841, all of President William Tyler's cabinet, except Secretary of State Daniel Webster, resigned to protest Tyler's veto of the banking bill.
In 1862, American author and poet Willaim Sidney Porter, who wrote under the name of O. Henry, was born in North Carolina.
In 1917, Ferdinand Marcos, the late former ruler of Philippines, was born in Sarrat, Philippines.
In 1948, Pakistan's founder Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah died.
The former commander of the Army's training center at
Aberdeen, Maryland, the site of an unfolding sex scandal, has been reprimanded, according to Pentagon sources. To find out more about the military's policy on sexual harassment, click here.
Holidays and more
Today is Liberation Day in Chile.
Ethiopia rings in its new year.
Pakistan marks the anniversary of its founder, Mohammed Ali , with a national holiday.
Today is Catalonia Day in Spain.
It's Jeune Genevois in Switzerland.
Singer Harry Connick, Jr. is 30.
Former Senator Bob Packwood is 65.
Actress Virginia Madsen is 34.
Filmmaker Brian DePalma is 57.
Senator Daniel Akaka is 73.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan