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Tuesday, September 23, 1997

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  • "This was a clear indication that we needed that kind of firepower and we need it early on."

    -- LAPD Commander Rick Dinse, on officers being armed with M16 rifles

    Today's events

  • Japan and the United States are to expected to hold ministerial talks to review the 1978 bilateral defense guidelines in New York.

  • A parliamentary Speech from the Throne is scheduled to take place in Ottawa to set out the new Canadian government's priorities.

  • Austrian President Dr. Thomas Lestil is expected to visit Sweden.

  • The first NATO accession talks with Czech Republic are scheduled to be held in Brussels.

  • A three-day Environment Conference is expected to begin in Mexico City.

  • The rock band U2 is scheduled to hold a concert at Kosevo stadium in Sarajevo.

  • The international Conference on privacy, called "Privacy: The New Frontier," is expected to begin in Montreal.

  • The British Secretary of State for International Development Clare Short is scheduled to visit Tokyo.

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    On the horizon

  • On Wednesday, September 24, the four-day World PC Expo '97 is scheduled to open in Chiba, Japan.

  • On Thursday, September 25, London Fashion Week is scheduled to kick off at the Natural History Museum.

  • On Friday, September 26, Qufu, China, is scheduled to host 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.

  • On Sunday, September 28, is the final day of the International Open Air Theater Festival '97 in Kwachon, South Korea, which began on September 6.

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    On this day

  • In 1122, Holy Roman Emperor Henry V renounced the right of investiture in the Concordat of Worms, a struggle between the empire and the papacy over the control of church offices.

  • In 1459, in the English Wars of the Roses, the Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians at the Battle of Blore Heath.

  • In 1719, Liechtenstein became an independent principality within the Holy Roman Empire.

  • In 1779, John Paul Jones aboard the "Bonhomme Richard" defeated the British ship "Serapis" in an engagement in North Sea waters off Flamborough Head during the War of the American Revolution.

  • In 1780, British agent John Andre was captured by the Americans while carrying information that Benedict Arnold was about to surrender West Point. Andre was hanged in October.

  • In 1803, British forces under Arthur Wellesley routed the army of the Sindhia of Gwalior at Assaye, India, in the second British-Mahratta War.

  • In 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark arrived back from the first return expedition to the U.S. Pacific coast; their journey lasted two years and four months.

  • In 1846, German astronomer Johann Galle discovered the planet Neptune.

  • In 1912, Silent film director Mack Sennett's first "Keystone Cops" film was released, "Cohen Collects a Debt."

  • In 1932, Hijaz and Nejd and other districts were merged to form the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

  • In 1940 the George Cross, the highest British civilian award for acts of courage, was instituted.

  • In 1952, Rocky Marciano became world heavyweight boxing champion when he knocked out champion Jersey Joe Walcott in 13 rounds in Philadelphia.

  • In 1956, Britain and France referred the Suez Canal dispute to the U.N. Security Council.

  • In 1972, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, aimed at tackling corruption, violence and inflation.

  • In 1973, Juan Peron and his wife Isabel were elected president and vice-president of Argentina.

  • In 1976, South Africa decided to allow multi-racial teams to represent the country in international sport.

  • In 1982, Amin Gemayel was sworn in as Lebanon's new president, to replace his brother Bashir, who was killed in a bomb explosion.

  • In 1990, Swiss citizens voted to ban the construction of nuclear power plants for the rest of the century but not to abandon nuclear power altogether.

  • In 1991 - Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

  • In 1992, General Le Duc Anh, Vietnam's top military man and a powerful communist party official, was elected state president by the national assembly.

  • In 1993, Australia's biggest city erupted in jubilation as some 60,000 partygoers heard the live broadcast from Monte Carlo that Sydney had been awarded the 2000 Olympic Games.

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    U2, one of the world's most popular bands, will perform in Sarajevo, a city still recovering from war in a country still split by ethnic hatred Tuesday. Listen to the a live webcast of the show!


    Holidays and more

  • Japan celebrates Autumnal Equinox Day.

  • Actor Jason Alexander is 38.

  • Singer Ray Charles is 67.

  • Singer Julio Iglesias is 54.

  • Football player Tony Joseph Mandarich is 31.

  • Musician Les McCann is 62.

  • Golfer Larry Hogan Mize is 39.

  • Writer Mary Kay Place is 50.

  • Actor Mickey Rooney is 77.

  • Singer Bruce Springsteen is 48.

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

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