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Saturday, September 20, 1997

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  • "I've never been happier or more pleased with myself than I am today. (It's) the joy of giving."

    -- Media mogul Ted Turner

    Today's events

  • The funeral of Henri Paul, the driver of the car in which Princess Diana died, is expected to take place in Lorient, France.

  • Arab League foreign minister's open their annual meeting in Cairo.

  • Czech President Vaclav Havel visits Jordan.

  • Muhammad Ali returns to the boxing ring for three one-minute rounds of "mock boxing" in Louisville, Missouri, to raise money for youth charities.

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    On the horizon

  • 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, the first NATO accession talks are expected to be held with the Czech Republic.

  • On Wednesday, September 24, the four-day World PC Expo '97 opens in Chiba, Japan.

  • On Thursday, September 25, London Fashion Week kicks off at the Natural History Museum.

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    On this day

  • In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan sailed from Seville, Spain, with a fleet of five ships in an attempt to circumnavigate the world. Only one, the Victoria, completed the trip. Magellan was killed in a skirmish in the Philippines.

  • In 1697, the Treaty of Rijswijk (Ryswyck) was signed, under which England, Spain, Holland and the Holy Roman Emperor made peace with France at the end of the War of the Grand Alliance.

  • In 1746, with the help of Flora McDonald, the young pretender Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) fled to France from Scotland following his unsuccessful attempt to capture the British throne.

  • In 1792, the Prussians were halted in their advance into France by a force of 36,000 under Generals Dumouriez and Kellermann the Elder at the battle of Valmy.

  • In 1803, Robert Emmet, the Irish patriot, was hanged for his part in trying to seize Dublin Castle.

  • In 1854, a combined British-French force of 26,000 under Lord Raglan defeated the Russian force of 40,000 under Prince Menshikov at the Battle of Alma in the Crimean War thus opening the route to Sevastopol.

  • In 1870, the Italian army under Victor Emmanuel II seized Rome from the French and he immediately announced his intention to make it the capital of Italy.

  • In 1928, the Grand Fascist Council became Italy's supreme legislative body, replacing the Chamber of Deputies.

  • In 1949, the first government was announced for the Federal Republic of Germany.

  • In 1962, the prime minister of Southern Rhodesia, Sir Edgar Whitehead, issued an order banning the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU).

  • In 1967, the British liner Queen Elizabeth II was launched at Clydebank, Scotland.

  • In 1970, the Soviet Luna 16 space probe landed on the moon and collected samples of lunar soil.

  • In 1973, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in a tennis match at Houston, Texas, billed as the "Battle of the Sexes."

  • In 1976, the Swedish Social Democratic Party was defeated in parliamentary elections after more than 40 years in power.

  • In 1977, Vietnam and Djibouti became the 149th and 150th members of the United Nations.

  • In 1979, Emperor Bokassa of the Central African Empire was deposed by former President David Dako who returned the country to the status of Republic.

  • In 1981, Belize achieved independence from Britain.

  • In 1989, F.W. De Klerk was sworn in as president of South Africa.

  • In 1990, the East German parliament and the West German lower house approved the treaty unifying the two countries.

  • In 1993, Azerbaijan's parliament voted to rejoin the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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    Red Auerbach, who is 80 today, is possibly the only man more closely identified with the Boston Celtics than Larry Bird. The famous coach and team executive undoubtedly keeps up with his Celtics news and information via the team's official Web site when he is not in the office; you can too!


    Holidays and more

  • Basketball Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach is 80.

  • Author Donald A. Hall is 69.

  • Hockey Hall of Famer Guy LaFleur is 46.

  • Actress Sophia Loren is 63.

  • Actress Anne Meara is 73.

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

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