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Thursday, October 9, 1997

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  • "I would expect there to be considerable damage, heavy flooding and unfortunately there's a possibility of significant loss of life,"

    -- Ed Rappaport of the U.S. National Hurricane Center

    Today's events

  • Romania hosts the 43rd annual session of the North Atlantic Assembly (NAA), NATO's parliament, in Bucharest.

  • Christie's auctions Gustav Klimt's Schloss Kammer am Attersee in London.

  • The Falkland Islands hold general elections.

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    On the horizon

  • On Friday, October 10, The 2nd Pusan International Film Festival is scheduled to open in South Korea.

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

  • On Sunday, October 12, U.S. President Bill Clinton is expected to begin a visit to Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela.

  • On Monday, October 13, a Czech delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Karel Kovanda, is scheduled to visit NATO for the third round of talks on accession to the alliance.

  • On Tuesday, October 14, the Booker Prize for literature is announced in London.

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    On this day

  • In 1701, Yale University was founded in New Haven, Connecticut.

  • In 1799, the British frigate HMS Lutine sank off the Dutch coast. The ship's bell was salvaged and later mounted in the underwriters' room of Lloyd's of London. The bell is tolled on receipt of important news such as a ship sinking.

  • In 1831, Count Ioannis Kapodistrias, president of Greece from 1827, was assassinated at Navplion. He played a prominent role in the Greek struggle for independence but made many enemies including Georgios and Konstantinos Mavromikhalis who assassinated him.

  • In 1870, Rome was incorporated into Italy by royal decree.

  • In 1914, German troops took Antwerp In World War I.

  • In 1915, Austrian and German forces captured Belgrade.

  • In 1934, King Alexander of Yugoslavia and French foreign minister Louis Barthou, who were negotiating an alliance, were assassinated by Vlada Chernozamsky, a Croatian terrorist, in Marseilles.

  • In 1944, in World War II, British Prime Minister Churchill arrived in Russia for talks with Stalin at the Third Moscow Conference.

  • In 1962, Uganda became independent after nearly 70 years of British rule.

  • In 1963, over 2,000 people died when the Vaiont Dam overflowed and flooded the village of Longarone and three other villages in northeast Italy.

  • In 1969, Czechoslovakia's frontiers were closed to tens of thousands of citizens bound for the West on private visits as new government travel restrictions went into effect.

  • In 1970, Cambodia declared itself the Khmer republic.

  • In 1975, Andrei Sakharov, Soviet dissident and human rights campaigner, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • In 1983, four key South Korean cabinet ministers, including Foreign Minister Lee Bum-suk, were killed in a bomb blast in Rangoon.

  • In 1990, Nelson Mandela returned to South Africa's notorious Robben Island and said "the emotions ran wild" when he met prisoners in the jail where he spent 20 years of his life.

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    Holidays and more

  • Australia rings in Launceston Show Day.

  • The Azerbaijan Republic celebrates the Day of the Military Forces.

  • It's Independence Day in Ecuador.

  • Uganda celebrates Independence Day.

  • Singer Jackson Browne is 47.

  • Drama critic Martin Gottfried is 64.

  • Cartoonist Russell Myers is 59.

  • Actor Michael Pare is 38.

  • Former baseball player Joseph Pepitone is 57.

  • Actor Donald Sinden is 74.

  • Michael Singletary is 39.

  • Actor Robert Wuhl is 46.

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

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