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Monday, October 20, 1997

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  • "Can you imagine the hue and cry that would result if Lincoln's birthplace had been on the Forman campus and that house were scheduled for demolition? It wouldn't matter if it were only a couple of logs and a window sash, it would be saved and restored."

    -- Bill Keifer

    Today's events

  • European Commission President Jacques Santer is expected to meet with Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa in Brussels.

  • The International Whaling commission is scheduled to meet in Monaco.

  • The 273rd session of the European Commission of Human Rights is scheduled to open in Strasbourg, France.

  • U.S. anti-drug chief Barry McCaffrey is scheduled to visit Bolivia.

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    On the horizon

  • On Tuesday, October 21, Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali is scheduled to visit France at the invitation of French President Jacques Chirac.

  • On Wednesday, October 22, Paris celebrates the 200th anniversary of the world's first parachute jump.

  • On Thursday, October 23, local elections are to be held in Algeria.

  • On Friday, October 24, the Tokyo Motor Show opens in Japan.

  • On Saturday, October 25, the 4th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific is scheduled to take place in Manila.

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    On this day

  • In 1818, by agreement between the United States and Britain, the U.S.-Canada border was set at the 49th parallel, with a joint occupation of Oregon for 10 years.

  • In 1827, in the Greek War of Independence, the Turkish and Egyptian fleets were destroyed by the British, French and Russians at the Battle of Navarino.

  • In 1918, in the third of an exchange of notes between U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and the Germans aimed at an armistice, the Germans agreed to further concessions.

  • In 1935, Mao Zedong and his Communist forces ended their "Long March" at Yan'an, in Shaanxi, northwest China, one year after beginning their epic flight from Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang armies in the southeast.

  • In 1944, in World War II, Russian and Yugoslav forces captured Belgrade; U.S. troops landed on the eastern coast of Leyte Island in the Philippines, fulfilling a promise General MacArthur made when his forces retreated from the Japanese.

  • In 1960, the trial started in London of Penguin Books, charged with contravening Britain's Obscene Publications Act by publishing D.H. Lawrence's novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover."

  • In 1962, Chinese troops launched an offensive against Indian military posts along the Himalayan border.

  • In 1964, Herbert Hoover, who served as 31st president of the United States 1929-33, died.

  • In 1968, Jackie Kennedy married multi-millionaire Aristotle Onassis, ending nearly five years of widowhood.

  • In 1971, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • In 1973, in Australia, Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Sydney Opera House.

  • In 1986, in Israel, Likud party leader Yitzhak Shamir took over as prime minister from Labor's Shimon Peres under a 1984 power-sharing arrangement.

  • In 1994, a landmine explosion killed Tajikistan's deputy prime minister, casting a shadow over the first day of a cease-fire between the ex-communist government and the Afghanistan-based opposition.

  • In 1995, Willy Claes resigned as NATO Secretary-General, brought down by a Belgian corruption scandal after a year in the job.

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    Bela Lugosi, Hungarian actor in horror films, born as Bela Blasko was born today in 1884. Best known for his appearance in the film "Dracula" he also played Igor in the film "Son of Frankenstein." To find out more about this legendary actor, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Revolution Day in Guatemala.

  • It's National Heroes Day in Jamaica.

  • Today is Kenyatta Day in Kenya.

  • It's Local Thanksgiving Day in Virgin Islands.

  • Psychologist Joyce Brothers is 69.

  • Columnist Art Buchwald is 72.

  • Actor William Christopher is 65.

  • Former baseball player Keith Hernandez is 44.

  • Actress Melanie Mayron is 45.

  • Actor Jerry Orbach is 62.

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

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