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Monday, September 22, 1997

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  • "We still don't know whether it's feasible to eradicate HIV, mainly because we don't know if it's feasible to eradicate the last residual bit of virus. Where we are is sort of at the endgame, like a chess game. But the endgame could be as tough as any part of the game."

    -- AIDS researcher David Ho

    Today's events

  • President Clinton is scheduled to address the 52nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

  • Five hundred models are scheduled to appear in a fashion show on the longest catwalk in the world on Berlin's Kurfuerstendamm Boulevard.

  • The fifth "Social Week for Peru," organized by the Peruvian Episcopal Conference, is scheduled to begin. The conference debates ideas on how to reduce the number of Peruvians suffering from hunger.

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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.

  • On Saturday, September 27, and islandwide protest against the government removal of the base limit of the education, science and cultural affairs budgets is scheduled.

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    On this day

  • In 1499, the Swabian War between the Swiss League and Maximilian I ended with the signing of the Peace of Basle by which the Swiss gained independence.

  • In 1735, Sir Robert Walpole became the first British prime minister to occupy 10 Downing Street in London.

  • In 1776, Nathan Hale, American patriot, was hanged in New York by the British for being a spy during the American Revolution.

  • In 1789, a Russian-Austrian army of 25,000 under Count Suvorov heavily defeated a large force of Turks at the battle of Rimnik in the Turkish-Russian Wars.

  • In 1792, in France, the Convention declared the country to be a republic. All decisions taken by the Convention were dated "Year I of the French Republic."

  • In 1828, Shaka, Zulu chieftain and founder of the Zulu empire, was killed by his two half-brothers after he became insane.

  • In 1862, Otto von Bismarck became premier of Prussia.

  • In 1862, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln declared all slaves in rebellious states would be free from January 1, 1863.

  • In 1914, in World War I, German U-boats sank the British cruisers Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy in the North Sea, killing more than 1,400.

  • In 1934, the worst pit disaster in Britain for 21 years killed more than 260 miners in an explosion and fire at the Gresford Mine in Wales.

  • In 1940, France agreed to Japanese demands that it be allowed to station aircraft in Tongking, thus giving the Japanese strategic entry into French Indochina.

  • In 1949, British, Canadian and American governments jointly announced they had recently detected an atomic explosion in the Soviet Union. The blast, initially denied by Moscow, was later revealed to be the first test of an atomic weapon by the Soviet Union and occurred on August 29.

  • In 1955, commercial television began in Britain in opposition to the British Broadcasting Corporation. The first advertisement screened was for toothpaste.

  • In 1960, Mali gained independence from France.

  • In 1975, an assassination attempt was made on U.S. President Gerald Ford in San Francisco by Sara Jane Moore; it was the second attempt in 17 days.

  • In 1980, the Gulf War broke out when Iraq invaded Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway.

  • In 1985, French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius admitted that French secret agents acting under orders sank the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand.

  • In 1989, an Irish Republican Army bomb attack killed 10 at the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, England.

  • In 1989, Christian army chief General Michel Aoun accepted an Arab League plan to end the war in Lebanon.

  • In 1996, in Australia, Bob Dent, a cancer victim, became the first man in the world to commit legally assisted suicide under a voluntary euthanasia law from a lethal injection.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Melbourne Show Day in Australia.

  • It's Independence Day in Belize.

  • Today is Blessed Rain Day in Bhutan

  • It's a National Holiday in Mali.

  • Today is a Provincial Anniversary in New Zealand.

  • Actor Scott Baio is 36.

  • Model Shari Belafonte-Harper is 43.

  • Singer Debbie Boone is 41.

  • Singer Joan Jett is 37.

  • Actor Paul Le Mat is 52.

  • Actress Catherine Oxenberg is 36.

  • Actor Eugene Roche is 69.

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

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