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Tuesday, October 14, 1997

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  • "He was a huge force in the music industry in the 1970s. I think the music and all his passion for environmental causes will be remembered most."

    -- Jerry Weintraub, John Denver's friend and longtime manager

    Today's events

  • European Commission President Jacques Santer is expected to address the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

  • The Booker Prize for literature is scheduled to be announced in London.

  • The winner of the 1997 Economics Nobel Prize is scheduled to be announced at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

  • The Franco-German economic summit is expected to take place in Muenster, Germany.

  • Sir Paul McCartney's symphony, "Standing Stone," is scheduled to premiere at Albert Hall in London.

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    On the horizon

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

  • On Thursday, October 16, a mass wedding involving both Christians and Muslims is scheduled to take place in Cairo, Egypt.

  • On Friday, October 17, Sao Paulo, Brazil's, 21st International Film Exhibition is scheduled to begin with over 150 films to be screened.

  • On Saturday, October 18, the "Fairy Queen," India's oldest steam locomotive, is scheduled to leave for Alwar in Rajasthan.

  • On Sunday, October 19, U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey is scheduled to visit Bogota, Colombia.

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    On this day

  • In 1066, the Battle of Hastings was fought on Senlac Hill, seven miles from Hastings, where King Harold of England was defeated and killed by William of Normandy's troops.

  • In 1322, Robert the Bruce of Scotland heavily defeated King Edward II of England at Byland, north of York. Edward was thus forced to accept the independence of Scotland.

  • In 1705, the English navy captured Barcelona in the War of the Spanish Succession.

  • In 1806, Napoleon defeated the Prussians and Saxons at the battles of Jena and Auerstadt in Saxony. He completed his conquest of Prussia within six weeks.

  • In 1809, the Treaty of Vienna was signed, Austria ceded Trieste and Illyria to France, Galicia to Poland and Russia and Inn District to Bavaria.

  • In 1912, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was shot by a would-be assassin in Milwaukee. He was saved by his thick coat and a bundle of manuscript paper in his breast pocket.

  • In 1913, Britain's worst mining disaster occurred as the result of an explosion at the Universal Colliery in Glamorgan, Wales, killing 439.

  • In 1933, Nazi Germany announced that it would withdraw from the League of Nations and would take no further part in the Geneva Disarmament Conference.

  • In 1939, the British Navy battleship "Royal Oak" was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine in Scapa Flow Bay, North Scotland, with the loss of over 800 lives.

  • In 1944, British and Greek troops liberated Athens which had been in German hands since April 1941.

  • In 1947, flying in an army rocket-powered research plane, U.S. Air Force Captain Charles Yeager became the first man to break the sound barrier.

  • In 1964, U.S. black civil rights leader Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • In 1973, the Thai government of Prime Minister Thanom Kittikachorn was forced to resign after the army refused to use force to disperse student protesters.

  • In 1988, Naguib Mahfouz, an Egyptian novelist ranked by critics alongside literary giants such as Dickens, Zola and Dostoyevsky, became the first Arabic-language writer to win the Nobel literature prize.

  • In 1991, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, held under house arrest for more than two years by her country's military rulers, won the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • In 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat shared the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • In 1995, a judge ordered Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on corruption charges.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Discovery Day in the Bahamas.

  • Georgia celebrates Svetitskhovloba.

  • Today is Mother's Day in Malawi.

  • Yemen celebrates National Day.

  • It's Youth Day in Zaire.

  • Actor Harry Anderson is 45.

  • Lawyer John Dean is 59.

  • Actor Greg Evigan is 44.

  • Musician Gary Graffman is 69.

  • Former U.S. Surgeon General Charles Everett Koop is 81.

  • Designer Ralph Lauren is 58.

  • Actor Roger Moore is 69.

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

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