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Thursday, October 9, 1997

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  • "He no longer is sergeant major of the Army."

    -- Army spokesman Lt. Col. Bill Harkey

    Today's events

  • The Norwegian Nobel Committee announces the winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Microsoft chairman Bill Gates meets Russian Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Chubais in Moscow, with a news conference to follow.

  • The 40-nation Council of Europe holds its second summit in Strasbourg, France, to set out policies on human rights, culture and security.

  • The 2nd Pusan International Film Festival opens in South Korea.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, October 15, the winner of the 1997 Physics and Chemistry Nobel Prize is announced at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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    On this day

  • In 732, following an invasion of France by Abd-er-Rahman and a force of 65,000 Saracens, Charles Martel and a force of Frankish infantry defeated the invaders at the battle of Tours.

  • In 1733, France declared war on Austrian Emperor Charles VI after Augustus III was elected in Poland instead of the French preferred candidate Stanislav Leszczynski.

  • In 1911, Chinese nationalist leader Sun Yat Sen proclaimed a Republic at Wuchang and began the revolution which overthrew the Manchu dynasty.

  • In 1930, three U.S. airlines merged to form Transcontinental and Western Airlines (TWA), later TransWorld Airlines.

  • In 1935, "Porgy and Bess," by composer George Gershwin, had its New York premiere.

  • In 1938, Germany completed its occupation of the Sudetenland in taking part of Czechoslovakia.

  • In 1954, Ho Chi Minh entered Hanoi after French troops pulled out of the city following Armistice terms.

  • In 1965, the "Vinland Map" was introduced by Yale University as being the first known map of America, drawn about 1440 by Norse explorer Lief Eriksson.

  • In 1970, Fiji, a British colony since 1874, became an independent member of the Commonwealth.

  • In 1973, U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with tax evasion.

  • In 1975, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor married for the second time at a remote location in Botswana. They divorced the following year.

  • In 1982, the United States imposed sanctions against Poland after the Polish government banned the Solidarity trade union.

  • In 1993, the Seohae, a ferry overloaded with 362 people, capsized off Puan county (135 miles south of Seoul). The boat was licensed to carry 292. The final death toll was 292. Seventy people survived.

  • In 1995, Israel began its West Bank pullback and freed hundreds of Palestinian prisoners under a deal with the Palestine Liberation Organization; some inmates refused to go in solidarity with others left behind.

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    Very few people, even in Europe, probably know what the Council of Europe is. This 40-member body is meeting today in France to chart at least part of the course for a new Europe. Visit the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly's home page to get a handle on what this group is really up to, and if their work has any impact on the world outside of Europe.


    Holidays and more

  • Bangladesh celebrates Durga Puja.

  • Cuba celebrates the Beginning of the Independence Wars.

  • Hong Kong and Macau celebrate the Chung Yeung Festival.

  • Japan celebrates Health-Sports Day.

  • Kenya celebrates Moi Day.

  • Taiwan celebrates National Day.

  • Actor Charles Dance is 51.

  • Actress Jessica Harper is 48.

  • Philanthropist Wilhelmina Holladay is 75.

  • Tennis great Martina Navratilova is 41.

  • Director Harold Pinter is 67.

  • Singer David Lee Roth is 42.

  • Singer Tanya Tucker is 39.

  • Performer Ben Vereen is 51.

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

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