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Saturday, September 13, 1997

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  • "I've never seen such a barrage of misstatements of fact, or such a collection of idle speculation, mostly erroneous, but published as fact."

    -- Republican Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina

    Today's events

  • The State funeral of Mother Teresa of Calcutta takes place in that Indian city, followed by her burial at Mother House, the building from where she ran the worldwide Missionaries of Charity order.

  • The first post-war municipal elections organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are scheduled throughout Bosnia.

  • Turkey hosts the World Air Games. Hang-gliding, parachuting and other competitions are to take place around country.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Wednesday, September 17, the 28th South Pacific Forum is held in Australia's Cook Islands.

  • On Thursday, September 18, the devolution referendum for Wales takes place, with Wales voting on whether to give the country independent rule within United Kingdom.

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    On this day

  • In 1759, Gen. James Wolfe, a British military commander, was killed in the battle in which his forces defeated the Marquis de Montcalm and the French on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec. The victory led to British supremacy in Canada.

  • In 1788, New York was declared the first federal capital of the United States.

  • In 1847, during the American-Mexican war, U.S. Gen. Winfield Scott led his forces at the Battle of Chapultepec leading to the capture of Mexico City.

  • In 1882, during the Egyptian Rebellion, British forces under Wolseley routed the Egyptians at Tel-el-Kebir.

  • In 1922, the highest recorded shade temperature, 58 degrees Celsius, 136 Fahrenheit, was recorded at Al Aziziyah, Libya.

  • In 1923, the army, led by Gen. Miguel Primo de Riveria, seized control in Spain with the approval of King Alfonso XIII.

  • In 1942, the German army began its all-out attack on Stalingrad against stiff Soviet resistance.

  • In 1943, having been Generalissimo since 1928, Chiang Kai-shek was elected President of China in succession to Lin Sen.

  • In 1955, after talks between the Soviet Union and West Germany, the two sides agreed to establish diplomatic relations.

  • In 1966, John Vorster was sworn in as prime minister of South Africa after the assassination of his predecessor, Hendrik Verwoerd.

  • In 1971, 31 prisoners and 11 guards were killed when state police and National Guardsmen stormed Attica prison in New York State to end a five-day revolt.

  • In 1988, a Cuban diplomat, Carlos Manuel Medina Perez, and his ambassador, Oscar Fernandez-Mell, were ordered to leave Britain after the diplomat shot at a secret service agent in London.

  • In 1989, Archbishop Desmond Tutu led huge crowds of singing and dancing people through central Cape Town in the biggest anti-apartheid protest march in South Africa for 30 years.

  • In 1991, the Soviet Union and the United States agreed to cut off arms supplies to the warring sides in Afghanistan.

  • In 1993, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed a peace agreement outlining a plan for Palestinian self-rule in the occupied territories.

  • In 1994, North Korea allowed U.N. nuclear inspectors into two atomic sites previously off limits to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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    Oslo, Norway, is famous for its roll in the current Palestinian, Israeli peace process. But the city's instincts for conflict resolution go further than merely serving as a picturesque, and secluded, backdrop for international negotiations. Oslo is also the home of the Norwegian Refugee Council, which has interests in the tangled web that is Bosnia today. Visit the council's Web site for a closer look at Norway's humanitarian impulse.


    Holidays and more

  • Malaysia celebrates Yang DiPertua Negeri's birthday.

  • Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 53.

  • Actress Nell Carter is 49.

  • Singer Peter Cetera is 53.

  • Artist Robert Indiana is 69.

  • Actor Richard Kiel is 58.

  • Author Judith Martin is 59.

  • Television producer Fred Silverman is 60.

  • Singer Mel Torme is 72.

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

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