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Thursday, October 2, 1997

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  • "This was a disgruntled girlfriend-boyfriend thing... We talked to the youth. He gave us a statement and his manifesto was that he felt he had been wronged."

    -- Police Chief Bill Slade

    Today's events

  • French President Jacques Chirac and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi meet for a regular bilateral summit in Chambery, France.

  • India's Samata Party is expected to organize a "human blockade" at the Indian border with Burma to protest against drug trafficking.

  • Philippines' President Ramos meets key Catholic bishops and religious and business leaders in Manila to discuss the government's socio-economic plans and steps to ensure clean elections in 1998.

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    On the horizon

  • On Friday, October 3, Lee Kuan Yew, who formally retired in 1990 as the world's longest-serving prime minister, is scheduled to launch his 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.

  • On Sunday, October 5, French President Jacques Chirac is scheduled to visit Mexico.

  • On Monday, October 6, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine is scheduled to be announced by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • On Tuesday, October 7, Britain's Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are expected to visit Pakistan.

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    On this day

  • In 1187, Saladin, the Sultan of Syria, captured Jerusalem from the Christians.

  • In 1608, the first telescope was demonstrated by Hans Lippershey of Middelburg.

  • In 1780, John Andre, a British army officer during the American War of Independence, was executed as a spy.

  • In 1836, Charles Darwin returned to Falmouth, England, aboard the HMS Beagle, after a five-year exploration of the southern oceans.

  • In 1870, in a plebiscite the Papal States voted for union with Italy. The country's capital moved from Florence to Rome.

  • In 1901, the first submarine commissioned by the British Navy was launched from Barrow.

  • In 1924, delegates at the League of Nations meeting in Geneva adopted a protocol aimed at resolving all international disputes by arbitration.

  • In 1935, Italian forces invaded Abyssinia. Apart from seeking revenge for Italy's defeat at Adua in 1896, Mussolini had imperialist ambitions in Africa. The Italian occupation lasted until 1941.

  • In 1958, the Republic of Guinea in West Africa achieved independence from France.

  • In 1972, Denmark voted by 63.4 per cent to 36.6 to join the European Economic Community.

  • In 1975, Japanese Emperor Hirohito began his first visit to the United States.

  • In 1990, 127 people were killed when a hijacked Chinese jet crashed into two parked planes at Guangzhou airport following an explosion on board.

    In 1992, Brazilian President Fernando Collor was stripped of power by congress and warned he would face an impeachment trial. Vice-president Itamar Franco was put in charge.

  • In 1996, former Bulgarian prime minister Andrei Lukanov was shot dead outside his Sofia home in an apparent contract killing.

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    While most people are focused on the here and now of space, the shuttle and Mir, some are looking to the future. Visit Space, The High Crusade for an independent list of links looking at where mankind is headed in the coming decades.


    Holidays and more

  • It's National Day in China.

  • Guinea celebrates its Independence Day.

  • India marks Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday.

  • Israel celebrates Jewish New Year.

  • Publisher Clay Felker is 69.

  • Singer Don McLean is 52.

  • Movie critic Rex Reed is 58.

  • Musician Sting is 46.

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

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