Saturday, September 27, 1997
An island-wide protest against government removal of the base limit of education, science and cultural affairs budgets is held in Taiwan.
Asian and European economy ministers meet under Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) framework in Tokyo.
The 33rd annual Geneva Area Grape Jamboree, in Geneva, Ohio, is expected to draw about 250,000 people to celebrate the grape harvest and its resulting products.
On the horizon
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.
On Tuesday, September 30, the opening of sixth annual Iberoamerican Theater festival takes place in Bogota, Colombia.
On Wednesday, October 1, Nigeria marks 37 years of independence, with military ruler General Sani Abacha expected to a make address the nation by television.
On Thursday, October 2, French President Jacques Chirac and
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi meet for the two nation's regular bilateral summit.
On this day
In 1540, Pope Paul III approved the first outline of the
Jesuit Order's organization.
In 1825, the world's first public railway to use steam locomotives was inaugurated when the George Stephenson-built
"Active" pulled a train along the track on the Stockton and
Darlington Railway in northeast England
In 1922, King Constantine I of Greece abdicated. He was king
from 1913-17 and from 1920-22. He proclaimed Greece neutral at the outbreak of World War I which led the Western allies and his Greek opponents to overthrow him in 1917. A military revolt after Greece failed to defeat Turkey after the war cost him his throne for the second time.
In 1938, the British ocean liner "Queen Elizabeth," then the
largest passenger liner ever built, was launched at Clydebank in Scotland.
In 1939, Warsaw surrendered to the invading German army after
enduring three days and nights of constant bombardment.
In 1940, the Tripartite Pact between Germany, Italy and Japan
was signed in Berlin, a 10-year military and economic agreement strengthening the Axis alliance.
In 1961, Sierra Leone was admitted to the United Nations.
In 1962, Imam Mohammed of Yemen was overthrown in an army coup a week after succeeding his father and the Yemen Arab Republic was declared by coup leader Colonel Abdullah al-Sallal.
In 1964, after a 10-month investigation, the Warren Commission issued its report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald alone had been responsible for the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
In 1968, Antonio Salazar retired as prime minister of Portugal after suffering a stroke. He had been in office for 36 years. In 1932 he drafted a new constitution that established Portugal as an authoritarian state.
In 1970, Jordan's King Hussein and Yasser Arafat, leader of
the Palestine Liberation Movement, signed an agreement in Cairo to end Jordan's civil war.
In 1990, Britain and Iran resumed diplomatic relations, broken by Tehran in March 1989 over the issue of British author Salman Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses."
In 1993, veteran politician Ange-Felix Patasse was elected
president of the Central African Republic after years of
In 1995, the Israeli cabinet overwhelmingly agreed to hand
over to Palestinians control of much of the West Bank occupied by Israel for 28 years.
In 1996, Afghanistan's Taliban rebels captured the capital
Kabul and hanged the former president Najibullah.
Tiger Woods is the most visible member of America's Ryder Cup team currently doing battle in Spain. Visit the I'm Tiger Woods fan page to get a grass roots look at the young phenom.
Holidays and more
Ethiopia celebrates the Feast of the Finding of the True Cross.
Actor Wilford Brimley is 63.
Singer Shaun Cassidy is 38.
Actor Claude Jarman Jr. is 63.
Basketball player Steve Kerr is 32.
Singer Meat Loaf is 50.
Actor Greg Morris is 63.
Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt is 48.
Actress Delores Taylor is 58.
Actress Sada Thompson is 68.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan