Thursday, October 16, 1997
Action Against Hunger sponsors World Food Day, which aims to increase public awareness of urgent problems of food and malnutrition.
EU environment ministers are meet in Luxembourg.
A mass wedding involving both Christians and Muslims takes place in Cairo, Egypt.
On the horizon
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.
On Monday, October 20, European Commission President Jacques Santer
is expected to meet with Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa in Brussels.
On Tuesday, October 21, Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben
Ali is scheduled to visit France at the invitation of French President Jacques
On this day
In 1555, Oxford martyrs and English Protestant Reformers Hugh
Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake after being
found guilty of heresy.
In 1793, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and wife of King
Louis XVI, was guillotined for treason.
In 1813, the Battle of Leipzig began. In the three-day battle
the allied armies won a decisive victory against the French.
In 1846, for the first time, a major operation was carried out
using ether as an anesthetic. Dr. John Warren performed the
removal of a tumor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
In 1859, U.S. anti-slavery activist John Brown led a raid on
Harper's Ferry, Virginia, and seized the armory to provide for
his militia. Brown was captured and later hanged.
In 1916, the first birth control clinic in the United States
was opened by Margaret Sanger in Brooklyn, New York.
In 1945, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the
United Nations was established, with the main aims of raising
levels of nutrition and improving standards of living.
In 1946, top Nazi war criminals were hanged at Nuremberg.
In 1951, Liaquat Ali Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, was shot dead while addressing a public meeting in Rawalpindi.
In 1963, Ludwig Erhard was elected Chancellor of West Germany
in succession to Konrad Adenauer.
In 1964, China exploded its first nuclear bomb at the Lop Nor
test site in Sinkiang.
In 1968, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union signed a treaty
concerning eventual withdrawal of Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops
In 1973, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and North
Vietnamese peace negotiator Le Duc Tho were awarded the Nobel
In 1978, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland was elected Pope and
took the name John Paul II, the first non-Italian Pope for 456
In 1981, Israeli general and Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan
died of a heart attack. He became a hero in Israel with his
successful completion of the "Six-Day War" in 1967.
In 1987, 19 people were killed as winds gusting up to 110
miles (170 km) an hour -- the worst since records began --
lashed southern Britain, demolishing buildings, blacking out
London and paralyzing the transport system.
In 1995, at a huge demonstration in Washington, Nation of
Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, offered a thunderous sermon
portraying America as a white supremacist society.
In 1996, 78 people were crushed to death in an avalanche of
bodies at an overcrowded Guatemalan stadium after fans without
tickets barged in to see a World Cup soccer qualifying game.
Holidays and more
Israel celebrates the Feast of Tabernacles.
It's the End of Buddhist Lent in Burma.
The Vatican City State marks the Anniversary of John Paul II Pontificate.
Olympic gold medal swimmer Melissa Louise Belote is 41.
Basketball player Manute Bol is 35.
Actor Barry Corbin is 57.
Author Gčnter Grass is 70.
Actress Angela Lansbury is 72.
Actress Kellie Martin is 22.
Actress Suzanne Somers is 51.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan