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Wednesday, September 24, 1997

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  • Fighting terrorism "is important not only for peace but for the Palestinian Authority itself because it is riding a tiger that will one day devour it."

    -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    Today's events

  • India's federal government employees are expected to hold a strike for an indefinite amount of time to press for wage demands.

  • The four-day World PC Expo '97 is scheduled to open in Chiba, Japan.

  • U.N. Envoy James Baker is expected to lead an international delegation to southern Algeria to discuss regional conflict.

  • Greenland's home-rule parliament is expected to select a new Prime Minister to replace outgoing Lars-Emil Johansen.

  • An Emirates Airlines stewardess is scheduled to appeal against a four-year sentence for smoking hashish in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

  • Czech President Vaclav Havel is expected to visit Palestinian autonomous territories.

  • NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana is scheduled to meet with Latvian Prime Minister Guntar Krasts in Brussels.

  • The U.S. military is expected to hold military exercises in Hokkaido, Japan.

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    On the horizon

  • 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, an island-wide protest against the government removal of the base limit of the education, science and cultural affairs budgets is scheduled in Taiwan.

  • On Sunday, September 28, the International Open Air Theater Festival '97 is scheduled to end in Kwachon, South Korea.

  • On Monday, September 29, Quebec's Prime Minister Lucien Bouchard is scheduled to visit Paris for an annual bilateral meeting and is expected to meet with President Jacques Chirac.

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    On this day

  • In 1789, U.S. President George Washington appointed John Jay of New York as America's first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

  • In 1852, Henri Giffard, a French engineer, made the first powered flight in a dirigible. The steam-powered airship traveled 17 miles from Paris to Trappes.

  • In 1869, Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold bullion market in the United States. The government responded by releasing gold on to the market, causing panic and a slump in its price. The event became known as "Black Friday."

  • In 1941, nine allied governments meeting in London pledged allegiance to the Atlantic Charter, an eight-point declaration issued President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

  • In 1957, President Dwight Eisenhower ordered the National Guard to enforce racial integration of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • In 1960, the first U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, was launched from Newport, Virginia.

  • In 1965, the constitutional conference on Mauritius ended in London, deciding that the country should become an independent state within the Commonwealth by the end of 1966.

  • In 1966, rioters in the Congo burned and looted the Portuguese embassy in Kinshasa, demanding that relations with Portugal be broken off.

  • In 1968, Swaziland was admitted to the United Nations.

  • In 1971, 90 Russian diplomats were expelled from Britain for spying following revelations made by a Soviet defector.

  • In 1972, in a referendum, Norwegians voted 53.5 percent to 46.5 percent against joining the European Economic Community.

  • In 1975, Britons Dougal Haston and Doug Scott became the first to climb Mount Everest by the south-west face.

  • In 1980, a simmering border war between Iran and Iraq flared into full-scale hostilities when Iraqi troops crossed the border and encircled Abadan, setting fire to the world's biggest oil refinery.

  • In 1983, five business executives received jail sentences of up to five years for their role in the 1976 environmental disaster in Seveso, Italy, when a cloud of dioxin gas was released after an explosion.

  • In 1988, Canadian Ben Johnson set a new world record of 9.79 seconds for the 100 meters at the Olympic Games in Seoul. Six days later he was stripped of his medal for taking drugs.

  • In 1990, East Germany left the Warsaw Pact ahead of unification with NATO member West Germany.

  • In 1993, Imelda Marcos was convicted of corruption and sentenced to at least 18 years in jail.

  • 1995, 13 people were killed in the southern French town of Cuers when Eric Borel, 16, ran amok with a rifle a day after he had killed three members of his family.

  • In 1996, the U.S., China, France, Russia and Britain became the first signatories to a landmark world treaty banning nuclear tests.

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    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Tuesday showed unprecedented color images of the oceans on planet Earth. The images were relayed by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor instrument, generally known as SeaWiFS. For more information on NASA's SeaWiFS project, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • The Dominican Republic celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy.

  • Guinea-Bissau marks the Establishment of the Republic.

  • It's New Caledonia Day in New Caledonia

  • South Africa marks Heritage Day.

  • Spain celebrates Our Lady of Mercy.

  • Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson is 63.

  • Singer and Actress Sheila MacRae is 74.

  • Singer and photographer Linda McCartney is 55.

  • Sportscaster Jim McKay is 76.

  • Actor Anthony Newley is 66.

  • Baseball player Rafael Corrales Palmeiro is 33.

  • Actor Don Porter is 85.

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

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