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Thursday, October 16, 1997

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  • "We have reports that Brazzaville has fallen to the forces of the former president, Denis Sassou-Nguesso, as well as the major port of Pointe Noire. It's a confused situation. We're monitoring the situation as best we can."

    -- U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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 Chirac.

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    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 Czechoslovakia.

  • In 1973, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese peace negotiator Le Duc Tho were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • In 1978, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland was elected Pope and took the name John Paul II, the first non-Italian Pope for 456 years.

  • 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.

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    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.

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

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