Sunday, September 28, 1997
The International Open Air Theater Festival '97 is scheduled to end in Kwachon, South Korea.
Voters in Switzerland are scheduled to decide by referendum whether to adopt the "Youth Without Drugs" initiative, which would halt Switzerland's liberal approach to dealing with drug addicts and focus exclusively on police-enforced prevention and abstinence.
On the horizon
On Monday, September 29, Quebec's Premier Lucien Bouchard is scheduled to visit Paris for an annual bilateral meeting and is expected to meet with French 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 Gen. Sani Abacha expected to address the nation by television.
On Thursday, October 2, French President Jacques Chirac and
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi meet for the two nations' regular summit.
On Friday, October 3, Lee Kuan Yew, who formally retired in 1990 as the world's longest-serving prime minister, is scheduled to launch of book "Lee Kuan Yew -- The Man & His Ideas" in Singapore.
On this day
In 48 B.C., Pompey the Great, one of the great statesmen and generals of the Roman Republic, was murdered in Egypt.
In 1066, Duke William of Normandy landed at Pevensey, Sussex, and began the Norman Conquest of England.
In 1745, the British national anthem, "God Save the King,"
was first performed at Drury Lane Theatre, London.
In 1894, the first "Penny Bazaar," owned by Polish immigrant
Simon Marks and Yorkshireman Tom Spencer, was opened in
In 1950, Indonesia was admitted to the United Nations.
In 1958, a referendum held in France, Algeria and overseas
territories approved the constitution for the Fifth French
In 1960, Mali was admitted to the United Nations.
In 1971, Cardinal Josef Mindszenty of Hungary, who took refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Budapest in 1956 to escape treason charges, agreed to end his exile and flew to Rome as guest of the Pope.
In 1977, a Japan Air Lines DC-8, en route from Paris to Tokyo, was hijacked by Japanese "Red Army" guerrillas over Bombay, India, and ordered to fly to Dhaka, Bangladesh.
In 1978, Pope John Paul I died after only 33 days in office,
being succeeded by John Paul II.
In 1978, former Defense Minister P.W. Botha was elected prime
minister of South Africa. He became the first government head to visit Johannesburg's sprawling black township of Soweto,
synonymous with the black struggle for racial equality.
In 1985, Eric Arturo Delvalle was sworn in as Panamanian
president after Nicolas Ardito Barletta was forced to resign by strongman General Manuel Antonio Noriega.
In 1989, former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, a war
hero who became an unpopular autocrat, died in exile in Hawaii more than three years after he was driven from his homeland, never to return.
In 1990, a Philippines court found an air force general and 15 other soldiers guilty of the 1983 murder of politician Benigno Aquino, husband of former President Corazon Aquino, and sentenced them to life imprisonment.
In 1994, in Europe's worst peacetime maritime disaster, 852
people died when the ferry Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea off
the coast of Finland during a heavy storm.
In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat signed an accord at White House ceremonies establishing Palestinian self-rule in most of the West Bank.
In 1995, China's Communist Party rulers approved an ambitious
five-year plan promising an end to poverty, a better deal for
farmers and poor inland areas and an overhaul of lumbering state companies.
It's a sight most thought they'd never see: Bob Dylan playing for Pope John Paul II. To find out more about the pontiff's missions, click here. To find out more about the legend that is Dylan, click here.
Holidays and more
Today is the Birthday of Confucius in Taiwan.
Actor Jeffrey Jones is 50.
Singer Ben E. King is 59.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Largent is 43.
Actor William Windom is 74.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan