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Thursday, September 18, 1997

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  • "I have to believe in my heart, for my own sanity, that he can't be responsible. (Otherwise) I couldn't sleep at night."

    -- Paula Barbieri on O.J. Simpson

    Today's events

  • The devolution referendum for Wales is scheduled to take place, with Wales voting on whether to give the country independent rule within United Kingdom.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to visit Romania as part of a central and east European tour.

  • The Biological Weapons Convention is scheduled to hold its Ad Hoc Group Meeting in Geneva.

  • President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton are scheduled to take their daughter Chelsea to Palo Alto, California, for start of Stanford University's fall term.

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    On the horizon

  • On Friday, September 19, a new anti-smoking law is scheduled to take effect in Taiwan, with fines administered for smoking in public areas.

  • On Saturday, September 20, Czech President Vaclav Havel is scheduled to visit Jordan.

  • On Sunday, September 21, Serbia is scheduled to hold presidential elections.

  • On Monday, September 22, President Clinton is scheduled to address the 52nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

  • On Tuesday, September 23, Elton John's reworked version of "Candle in the Wind," performed at Princess Diana's funeral, is scheduled to be released in the U.S.

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    On this day

  • In 1739, the Treaty of Belgrade-Austria ceded Belgrade to the Turks.

  • In 1759, the British captured Quebec during the French and Indian War.

  • In 1810, Chile declared its independence from Spain.

  • In 1914, the Battle of Aisne ended with the Germans beating the French during World War I.

  • In 1974, Hurricane Fifi struck Honduras with 110 mph winds, 5,000 people died.

  • In 1989, Hurricane Hugo caused extensive damage in Puerto Rico.

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    It's been a bad week for military safety. Planes have been falling out of the sky from North Carolina to the South Atlantic. For information on military and aviation, check out the Military Plane Library.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Independence Day in Chile.

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

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