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Monday, October 6, 1997

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  • "The government's obligation is to protect the lives of its citizens and to wage an uncompromising campaign against terrorism,"

    -- Israeli Cabinet Secretary Danny Naveh

    Today's events

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

  • Lithuanian President Algirdas Brazauskas is expected to announce his decision on whether to run in December presidential elections.

  • Pop star Michael Jackson is scheduled to hold his first South African concert in Cape Town, South Africa.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Saturday, October 11, the 23rd General Population Conference is scheduled in Beijing.

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    On this day

  • In 1536, English religious reformer and bible translator William Tyndale was burned at the stake as a heretic at Vilvarde, near Brussels, on the orders of King Henry VIII.

  • In 1683, the first German settlers in America, led by Daniel Pastorius and Johann Kelpius, established Germantown in what is now Pennsylvania

  • In 1848, during the early stages of a revolutionary uprising in Vienna, the minister for war, Theodor, Graf Latour, was lynched by a mob.

  • In 1902, the 2,000-mile railway link between Johannesburg and Beira, Mozambique, was completed.

  • In 1908, Bosnia and Herzegovina were annexed by Austria.

  • In 1913, Yuan Shih-kai was elected president of the Chinese Republic.

  • In 1927, the film "The Jazz Singer" starring Al Jolson opened in New York. It was the first full-length feature film to include spoken dialogue and is regarded as the first "talkie."

  • In 1928, upon the introduction of a new constitution, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek became president of the Republic of China.

  • In 1949, "Tokyo Rose," Mrs. Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who broadcast Japanese propaganda to U.S. forces in the Pacific during World War II, was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years imprisonment and fined $10,000 on treason charges.

  • In 1951, the British High Commissioner in Malaya, Sir Henry Gurney, was assassinated by communist terrorists.

  • In 1970, a military junta took power in Bolivia following the resignation of President Alfredo Ovando Candia. General Juan Jose Torres declared himself President.

  • In 1972, around 200 people were killed and over 1,000 injured when a train packed with holidaymakers jumped the tracks near the Mexican town of Saltillo.

  • In 1973, Egypt and Syria launched attacks on Israeli positions on the East bank of Suez and the Golan Heights, the start of the Yom Kippur war.

  • In 1976, the military seized power in Thailand following violent clashes between police and students.

  • In 1978, Ayatolloh Khomeini, Iranian religious leader opposed to the Shah, was granted asylum in France after being expelled from Iran.

  • In 1981, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt was shot dead by Moslem extremists as he watched a military parade in Cairo.

  • In 1989, U.S. film actress Bette Davis died in Paris.

  • In 1991, Elizabeth Taylor married her eighth husband, builder Larry Fortensky.

  • In 1992, Serb forces took the strategic town of Bosanski Brod, putting them in control of northern Bosnia and within a few hundred meters of Croatia.

  • In 1995, a bomb attack badly injured General Anatoly Romanov, commander of Russia's forces in Chechnya.

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    The International Air Transport Association is warning that within the next 12 years there could be an air disaster once a week unless the industry takes urgent action to cut back an already low accident rate. To find out more about the IATA and what they do, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Labor Day in Australia.

  • It's United Nations Day in Barbados.

  • Today is Armed Forces Day in Egypt.

  • It's Thanksgiving Day in St. Lucia.

  • Today is October War in Syria.

  • Actress Britt Ekland is 55.

  • Actress Elisabeth Shue is 34.

  • Actor Fred Travalena is 55.

  • Actress Stephanie Zimbalist is 41.

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

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