Wednesday, October 22, 1997
The International Court of Justice is to hold its final day of hearings into the Lockerbie airline bombing.
The Commonwealth of Independent States summit is scheduled to begin in Chisinau, Russia.
The European Parliament is to hold a debate on the state of the EU and unveil the European Commission work program for 1998 in the third day of its session in Strasbourg, France.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook are to address the Commonwealth Business Forum in London.
Paris is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of world's first parachute jump.
Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Ayala Lasso is scheduled to arrive in Beijing.
On the horizon
On Thursday, October 23, local elections are to be held in Algeria.
On Friday, October 24, the Tokyo Motor Show is scheduled to open in Japan.
On Saturday, October 25, the 4th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific is scheduled to take place in Manila.
On Sunday, October 26, China's President Jiang Zemin is scheduled to visit the United States and is expected to meet with President Clinton to discuss Sino-U.S. relations.
On Monday, October 27, representatives of Africa, Caribbean, Pacific countries are scheduled to open a joint assembly with European Union representatives in Lome, Togo.
On this day
In 1721, Peter the Great was proclaimed Emperor of all of Russia, dropping the title of Tsar.
In 1797, the first parachute jump was made by Frenchman Andre-Jacques Garnerin from a balloon 2,230 feet above the Parc Monceau in Paris.
In 1883, New York's Metropolitan Opera House opened with a production of Gounod's opera "Faust."
In 1909, French aviator Elise de Laroche, better known by her self-assumed title Baronne de Laroche, made her first solo flight -- a distance of 300 yards.
In 1910, noted murderer Dr. Hawley Crippen was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey in London.
In 1953, Laos and France signed a treaty in Paris making Laos fully independent.
In 1962, U.S. President John Kennedy announced that a Soviet missile base was being built in Cuba and ordered a naval blockade of ships carrying equipment there. The blockade came into effect two days later.
In 1962, South African black leader Nelson Mandela pleaded not guilty at the start of his treason trial.
In 1962, British Admiralty clerk William Vassall was jailed for 18 years for spying for the Soviet Union.
In 1964, French writer Jean-Paul Sartre rejected the Nobel Prize for Literature, saying it would reduce the impact of his writing.
In 1979, the exiled Shah of Iran arrived in the United States for medical treatment.
In 1987, an Iranian Silkworm missile badly damaged Kuwait's supertanker loading terminal. Kuwait was supporting Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War.
In 1988, in an extraordinary sequence of events, a dog fell from a Buenos Aires building killing a woman. Another woman who was watching was knocked down and killed by a bus. A man who saw both incidents died of a heart attack.
In 1996, more than 25 prisoners burned to death in a Venezuelan jail after guards fired tear-gas canisters which started a blaze.
Looking for a way to celebrate the Metropolitan Opera's 114th birthday? The Opera's educational foundation has study guides on Verdi's "Rigoletto" and Donizetti's "L'Elisir D'Amore," so you can be the life of the party the next time opera comes up.
Holidays and more
Today, the Somali Democratic Republic celebrates the anniversary of its revolution.
Olympic gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano is 34.
U.S. Senator John Hubbard Chafee of Rhode Island is 75.
Actress Catherine Deneuve is 54.
Actress and former Mousketeer Annette Funicello is 55.
Actor Jeff Goldblum is 45.
Actress Valeria Golino is 31.
Actor Derek Jacobi is 59.
Actor Christopher Lloyd is 59.
Artist Robert Rauschenberg is 72.
Actor Tony Roberts is 58.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan