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Friday, October 24, 1997

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  • "He seemed off color. His eyes were half closed. He wasn't breathing properly. He was gasping for breath."

    -- Accused killer Louise Woodward

    Today's events

  • Britain hosts the 1997 CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) summit in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • The Finnish government faces a vote of confidence in parliament.

  • The people of Kashmir on both sides of line of control are due to form a human chain to protest the ongoing conflict between Pakistan and India over the region.

  • The Tokyo Motor Show opens in Chiba, outside Tokyo.

  • The third Shanghai International Film Festival opens in China.

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    On the horizon

  • 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, the Caribbean and Pacific countries are scheduled to open a joint assembly with European Union representatives in Lome, Togo.

  • On Tuesday, October 28, Britain's Prince Charles and son Prince Harry are scheduled to leave for a week-long visit to Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa.

  • On Wednesday, October 29, Swiss banks will publish the second list of thousands of dormant accounts opened right before World War II in an effort to locate the rightful owners.

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    On this day

  • In 1360, the Treaty of Calais was signed by Edward III of England and John II of France, allowing England to keep certain French territories. The Hundred Years War, begun in 1337, was to continue until 1453.

  • In 1537, Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII of England, died 12 days after giving birth to a son, the future King Edward VI.

  • In 1648, the Treaty of Westphalia was signed between France and the Holy Roman Empire at Munster, finally ending the Thirty Years War.

  • In 1795, Poland ceased to exist as an independent state when Russia, Prussia and Austria negotiated the Third Partition, dividing the remaining Polish territory between them.

  • In 1861, the first U.S. transcontinental telegram was sent, addressed from San Francisco by the Chief Justice of California to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington.

  • In 1922, the Irish Parliament adopted a constitution for an Irish Free State, which formally came into existence in December.

  • In 1924, A letter, purportedly from Russian revolutionary Grigory Zinoviev calling on Britons to revolt, was leaked to the British press shortly before a general election. The letter was a fake, but the Conservatives swept to victory over the socialist Labour Party.

  • In 1929, New York share prices collapsed as nearly 13 million shares changed hands in panic selling in what became known as "Black Thursday."

  • In 1931, U.S. gangster boss Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in jail for tax evasion.

  • In 1944, U.S. planes sank the Japanese battleship Musashi, one of the largest ever built, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in World War II.

  • In 1945, The United Nations Charter, adopted by the San Francisco Conference in June 1945, formally came into force.

  • In 1956, On the second day of the Hungarian uprising against Stalinist rule, Soviet tanks appeared on Budapest's streets and Imre Nagy was named prime minister.

  • In 1964, Northern Rhodesia became independent as the Republic of Zambia with Kenneth Kaunda as president.

  • In 1980, Poland's communist authorities granted recognition to the new independent trade union "Solidarity."

  • In 1986, Jordanian Nezar Hindawi was jailed for 45 years by a London court for trying to blow up an Israeli airliner.

  • In 1989, U.S. television evangelist Jim Bakker was jailed for 45 years and fined $500,000 for swindling his followers.

  • In 1994, British troops were absent from the streets of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, for the first time in 25 years as British and Irish government forces scaled back security measures following matching cease-fires by Republican and pro-British guerrillas.

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    Holidays and more

  • Malaysia observes the Sultan's Birthday.

  • The Turks and Caicos islands observe Human Rights Day.

  • Zambia celebrates its Independence Day.

  • Actor F. Murray Abraham is 57.

  • Actor Kevin Kline is 50.

  • Poet Denise Levertov is 74.

  • Football hall of fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle, Jr. is 71.

  • Musician Bill Wyman is 56.

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

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