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Monday, September 29, 1997

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  • "Talk about a room with a view, there's a window in all four quadrants. That alone should make people want to do this. It's unbelievable."

    -- U.S. astronaut David Wolf

    Today's events

  • 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.

  • Today is the 25th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic ties between Japan and China.

  • Britain's ruling Labour Party is scheduled to hold its annual conference in Brighton, England.

  • The first post-war congress of Bosnia's Association of independent trade unions is scheduled to be held in Sarajevo.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Saturday, October 4, the youngest daughter of Spanish King Juan Carlos is scheduled to marry Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin in Barcelona, Spain.

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    On this day

  • In 1399, King Richard II became the first English monarch to abdicate.

  • In 1789, Congress voted to create the United States Army, made up of 1,000 enlisted men and officers.

  • In 1911, Italy declared war on Turkey for possession of Tripolitania, a province of the kingdom of Libya.

  • In 1913, Rudolf Diesel, French inventor of the diesel internal combustion engine, disappeared and presumably drowned in the English Channel.

  • In 1918, Bulgaria signed an armistice with the allies in World War I.

  • In 1923, Britain began to govern Palestine under a mandate from the League of Nations.

  • In 1938, the Munich agreement was signed between France, Germany, Britain and Italy in which the German-speaking part of Czechoslovakia, the Sudetenland, was surrendered to Nazi Germany.

  • In 1941, over two days the Germans killed 33,771 Jewish men, women and children in the Babi Yar massacre at a ravine near Kiev.

  • In 1950, General Douglas MacArthur handed over Seoul to President Syngman Rhee of South Korea.

  • In 1959, Brunei's first written constitution was promulgated.

  • In 1960, Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev heckled and thumped his desk during British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

  • In 1961, Syria seceded from the United Arab Republic and formed the independent Syrian Arab Republic.

  • In 1967, an International Monetary Fund meeting in Rio de Janeiro reached agreement on a scheme for the creation of a new international monetary unit, the Special Drawing Right.

  • In 1970, Vice-President Anwar Sadat was sworn in as acting president of Egypt after the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser the previous day.

  • In 1972, China and Japan agreed to establish diplomatic relations.

  • In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in Ireland for the first ever Papal visit to the country.

  • In 1979, after being overthrown in a military coup in August, President Francisco Macias Nguema of Equatorial Guinea was executed after being found guilty of "genocide, treason, embezzlement and systematic violation of human rights."

  • In 1988, in the first space mission since the explosion of the shuttle Challenger in January 1986, the shuttle Discovery was launched.

  • In 1988, Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar hailed the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to U.N. peacekeeping forces as a tribute to idealism, valor and sacrifice.

  • In 1990, U.S. Secretary of State James Baker met Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach in the highest-level contact between the former enemies since the Vietnam war.

  • In 1990, 83 years after President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone, President Bush watched as the final stone of America's National Cathedral, the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, was lifted into place.

  • In 1993, veteran Communist leader George Marchais, one of Europe's last orthodox hard-liners, announced he was stepping down after two decades as head of the French Communist Party.

  • In 1995, a little-known officer backed by mercenaries led by French soldier of fortune Bob Denard took power in the Comoros after poorly-equipped government troops were defeated.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is the Queen's Birthday in Australia.

  • It's the Victory of Boqueron Battle in Paraguay.

  • Today is the Birthday of Confucius observance in Taiwan.

  • Cowboy Gene Autry is 90.

  • Actress Anita Ekberg is 66.

  • TV host Bryant Gumble is 49.

  • Basketball player Hersey R. Hawkins Jr. is 32.

  • Actress Patricia Hodge is 51.

  • Actress Madeline Kahn is 55.

  • Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 62.

  • Actor Larry Linville is 58.

  • Actress Emily Lloyd is 27.

  • Actor Ian McShane is 55.

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

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