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Sunday, September 21, 1997

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  • "We need practical, political and economic ... efforts to protect these sacred places from the dangers of Judaization, expansion and control."

    -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat

    Today's events

  • Serbia is scheduled to hold presidential elections.

  • Poland holds parliamentary elections.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to visit Austria.

  • The 1997 Whitbread round the world yacht race begins in Southampton, England.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, September 26, Qufu, China, hosts a festival celebrating the 2,548th anniversary of Confucius' birth.

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    On this day

  • In 1327, King Edward II of England was murdered in Berkeley Castle and was succeeded by his son Edward III.

  • In 1435, the Treaty of Arras was signed by which Philip of Burgundy made peace with Charles VII of France and received Macon, Auxerre and part of Picardy.

  • In 1745, the Battle of Prestonpans took place in Scotland, in which the Jacobite army of just over 3,000 under Bonnie Prince Charlie defeated the English Royal forces led by Sir John Cope.

  • In 1746, after a short siege the French under Admiral La Bourdonnais took Madras, India, from the English.

  • In 1784, the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser was published to become the first successful daily newspaper in the United States.

  • In 1792, the Convention, on a proposal by Collot D'Herbois, abolished the monarchy in France during its first sitting.

  • In 1931, Britain abandoned the gold standard.

  • In 1938, the Czech government agreed to Anglo-French plans to cede the Sudetenland to Germany.

  • In 1939, Romanian Prime Minister Armand Calinescu was murdered by the fascist Iron Guard.

  • In 1964, Malta became independent after 164 years of British rule.

  • In 1965, the Gambia, the Maldives and Singapore were admitted to the United Nations.

  • In 1976, former Chilean cabinet minister Orlando Letelier was killed in Washington D.C., by a bomb placed in his car.

  • In 1978, Nigeria's rulers announced a new constitution and lifted a ban on political parties which had been in effect since 1966.

  • In 1990, Nicu Ceausescu, the flamboyant playboy son of the late Romanian communist dictator, was jailed for 20 years.

  • In 1992, the Vatican and Mexico established full diplomatic relations, ending a rift of 130 years.

  • In 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin dissolved parliament and called elections after the defiant assembly sought to strip him of his powers and swore in Alexander Rutskoi as acting president.

  • In 1996, former Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao resigned as head of the Congress party after a court upheld a summons ordering him to appear as a co-accused in a cheating case.

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    The 1997 Whitbread round the world yacht race begins today, and it's plugged in to the Net. Visit the official Whitbread Web site for all the latest news as some of the world's most sophisticated boats and driven sailors challenge the open ocean to see who can circle the globe fastest.


    Holidays and more

  • Armenia celebrates Independence Day.

  • Belize celebrates Independence Day.

  • Malta celebrates Independence Day.

  • Singer Leonard Cohen is 63.

  • Baseball player Cecil Fielder is 34.

  • Comedian Henry Gibson.

  • Former basketball player Artis Gilmore is 48.

  • Actor Larry Hagman is 66.

  • Author Stephen King is 60.

  • Journalist Bill Kurtis is 57.

  • Talk-show host Ricki Lake is 29.

  • Former basketball player Sidney Moncrief is 40.

  • Actor Rob Morrow is 35.

  • Comedian Bill Murray is 47.

  • Actress Nancy Travis is 36.

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

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