Thursday, October 2, 1997
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
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.
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
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
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan