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Sunday, October 5, 1997

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  • "This dinosaur is a world treasure ... We have never sold anything of this importance, and nobody else has."

    -- Sotheby's David Redden

    Today's events

  • British Prime Minister Tony Blair visits Russia for talks with President Boris Yeltsin.

  • Roman Catholic peace group the Community of Sant'Egidio holds its annual international inter-religious gathering in Padua and Venice, Italy, culminating in a prayer for peace.

  • French President Jacques Chirac visits Mexico.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, October 9, the Falkland Islands hold general elections.

  • On Friday, October 10, The 2nd Pusan International Film Festival opens in South Korea.

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    On this day

  • In 1285, Philip III of France died of the plague and was succeeded by Philip IV (the Fair).

  • In 1511, Pope Julius II formed the Holy League between Aragon, Venice and the Papacy. Its stated aim was to defend the unity of the church but it also sought to drive the French out of Italy.

  • In 1796, Spain declared war on Britain in the Napoleonic Wars.

  • In 1813, an American force defeated the British and their Indian allies at the Battle of Thames River, Ontario.

  • In 1877, American Indian Chief Joseph surrendered to government forces in the U.S. northwest, ending the short Nez Perce Indian War.

  • In 1908, Bulgaria proclaimed its independence from the Ottoman Empire.

  • In 1910, Portugal was declared a republic after a successful revolt against King Manuel II.

  • In 1930, the British airship R101 crashed on its first flight at Allonne, near Beauvais, France, killing 48 of its 54 passengers.

  • In 1938, Dr. Eduard Benes resigned the presidency of Czechoslovakia and fled abroad.

  • In 1947, at a Warsaw conference, COMINFORM (Communist Information Bureau) was established to co-ordinate the activities of European communist parties.

  • In 1954, Britain, Italy, the U.S. and Yugoslavia agreed on the division of Trieste into Yugoslav and Italian zones.

  • In 1964, 57 East German refugees sheltered in West Berlin after tunneling under the Berlin Wall; it was the largest mass escape since the wall was built.

  • In 1969, the BBC transmitted the first episode of "Monty Python's Flying Circus," the comedy show which gained a cult status worldwide.

  • In 1970, Anwar Sadat was nominated to succeed Gamal Abdel Nasser as president of Egypt.

  • In 1983, solidarity leader Lech Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • In 1988, a radical new constitution came into effect in Brazil, replacing one imposed by the military during their 1964-85 rule.

  • In 1989, the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • In 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev pledged to match the United States in scrapping tactical nuclear weapons.

  • In 1994, almost 50 members of the Order of the Solar Temple sect died in two suicide fires in Switzerland.

  • In 1995, after two months shuttling around the Balkans, U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke clinched a cease-fire agreement among the warring factions in Bosnia.

  • In 1996, 50 countries adopted a declaration calling for the earliest possible agreement on a global ban on anti-personnel land mines.

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    The Promise Keepers, who flooded Washington this weekend, are but one of a long line of groups who have used the National Mall to parade their ideals before the nation. Visit the National Park Service's National Mall Homepage for a look at the history and continuing use of this national treasure.


    Holidays and more

  • Israel observes the Gedalyahu Fast.

  • Portugal and Macau celebrate Republic Day.

  • Vanuatu celebrates Constitution Day.

  • Actress Karen Allen is 46.

  • Actor Jeff Conaway is 47.

  • Actor Bill Dana is 73.

  • Singer Bob Geldof is 46.

  • Playwright and Czech politician Vaclav Havel is 61.

  • Actress Glynis Johns is 74.

  • Musician Steve Miller is 54.

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

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