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Friday, October 3, 1997

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  • "Be careful down there on Earth. It's awful close to the ground, and somebody could get hurt."

    -- Astronaut David Wolf

    Today's events

  • Former U.S. President George Bush joins German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Stuttgart for a ceremony marking the seventh anniversary of German unification.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen and defense ministers from southeast Europe meet in Sofia, Bulgaria.

  • Israel's President Ezer Weizman visits the United States.

  • Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo visits Paris, France.

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    On the horizon

  • On Saturday, October 4, the youngest daughter of Spanish King Juan Carlos marries Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin in Barcelona, Spain.

  • On Sunday, October 5, French President Jacques Chirac visits 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 visit Pakistan.

  • On Wednesday, October 8, Maurice Papon, the former official in German-occupied France, goes on trial for crimes against humanity over deportation of Jews to Nazi death camps in Bordeaux, France.

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    On this day

  • In 1691, the Treaty of Limerick was signed, ending the Irish Rebellion against English rule.

  • In 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

  • In 1866, Italy and Austria signed the Treaty of Vienna, ending the Seven Weeks' War.

  • In 1899, the border dispute between British Guiana and Venezuela was finally settled, Venezuela gaining the area around the mouth of the Orinoco river.

  • In 1906, SOS was established as an international distress signal at the Berlin Radio Conference. Coming into effect in July 1908 it replaced CQD which was supposed to mean "all stations - urgent."

  • In 1929, Yugoslavia became the official name of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

  • In 1932, Iraq became independent and joined the League of Nations after the British mandate ended.

  • In 1941, during World War II, German dictator Adolf Hitler declared: "Russia is defeated and will never rise again." The German march towards Moscow was subsequently thwarted by the Russian winter.

  • In 1941, the aerosol was first patented in the United States. by L. D. Goodhue and W. N. Sullivan.

  • In 1952, the first British atomic bomb was detonated on the Monte Bello Islands off north-west Australia.

  • In 1963, a military coup in Honduras overthrew President Ramon Villeda Morales.

  • In 1968, Peruvian President Fernando Belaunde Terry was overthrown in a coup by a National Revolutionary Junta headed by Velasco Alvarado.

  • In 1976, Bishop Abel Muzorewa returned to Rhodesia after two years in exile in Tanzania.

  • In 1977, former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi was arrested on corruption charges.

  • In 1981, a hunger strike at the Maze prison in Belfast ended after seven months and 10 deaths.

  • In 1988, Chad and Libya restored diplomatic relations after years of conflict.

  • In 1989, troops loyal to Panamanian strongman General Manuel Antonio Noriega crushed a coup attempt by junior officers.

  • In 1990, East and West Germany formally united at midnight, burying 45 years of Cold War division.

  • In 1995, the O.J. Simpson trial ended with the former American football star being cleared of the murder of his wife Nicole and a male companion.

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    Two men arrested in Jordan for the attempted murder of a Palestinian man were apparently traveling on forged Canadian passports. In an increasingly global world the issue of fake papers is likely to be of growing concern. Brave new companies have stepped into this brave new world, offering their protection to the unaware. Counterfeit & Forgery Prevention Inc. is one such company. Visit their site for a peek at the underside of the global economy.


    Holidays and more

  • Germany celebrates National Day.

  • It's Francisco Morazan's Birthday in Honduras.

  • Israel rings in the Jewish New Year.

  • Korea celebrates National Foundation Day.

  • Musician Lindsey Buckingham is 50.

  • Musician Chubby Checker is 56.

  • Baseball player Dennis Lee Eckersley is 43.

  • Actress Madlyn Rhue is 63.

  • Writer Gore Vidal is 72.

  • Former baseball player David Winfield is 46.

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

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