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Saturday, October 25, 1997

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  • "I do not admire him for the money he's making. Quite the contrary, I admire him as a brother of mine, and for his victories."

    -- Orlando Hernandez

    Today's events

  • A U.S. team enters North Korea to assess the country's food supply.

  • Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev visits Germany.

  • The 4th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific opens in Manila.

  • Catholic bishops in the Philippines hold a news conference on condoms.

  • The world team chess championships begin in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, October 30, Ireland holds a presidential election.

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    On this day

  • In 732, Charles Martel, ruler of the Franks, defeated the Saracens at Poitiers.

  • In 1415, Henry V of England defeated the French army at the Battle of Agincourt in northern France.

  • In 1555, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V handed over Italy and the Netherlands to his son Philip II of Spain.

  • In 1854, Lord Cardigan led the cavalry charge of the Light Brigade against the Russians at Balaclava in the Crimean War, one of the most heroic episodes in British military history. Of 673 cavalrymen taking part, 272 were killed.

  • In 1900, Britain's annexation of the Boer Republic, announced on September 1, came into effect. The territory was renamed Transvaal.

  • In 1906, U.S. inventor Lee de Forest patented his "Audion," a three-diode amplification valve which was to prove a pioneering development in radio and broadcasting.

  • In 1909, Prince Ito Hirobumi, the former Japanese premier and resident-general in Korea, was assassinated by a Korean nationalist.

  • In 1918, the Battle of Vittorio Veneto, the final Italian action against the Austrians in World War I, took place on the Piave River.

  • In 1920, King Alexander of Greece died from blood poisoning after being bitten by a pet monkey.

  • In 1936, the governments of Italy and Germany met to form the Rome-Berlin Axis, providing mutual assistance and opposition to communism. The agreement was not announced until November 1.

  • In 1938, after years of slowly colonizing the country, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini formally declared Libya a part of Italy.

  • In 1955, Austria resumed its sovereignty, on the departure of the last Allied occupation forces, for the first time since the German occupation of 1938.

  • In 1962, Uganda was admitted to the United Nations.

  • In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly voted to expel Chinese Nationalist-ruled Taiwan and admit communist China.

  • In 1976, Transkei became the first of South Africa's black homelands to be given its independence.

  • In 1983, an assault force led by U.S. marines, backed by token contingents from seven English-speaking Caribbean countries, invaded Grenada.

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    Every time President Clinton takes a long-haul trip he does so aboard a Boeing 747. Of course, Air Force One is a heavily modified variation of the world's most recognizable jumbo jet. But it's still part of the 747 family, a workhorse design frequently in the news. Visit Boeing's 747 page for a closer look.


    Holidays and more

  • Grenada celebrates Thanksgiving Day.

  • Kazakhstan celebrates Republic Day.

  • Taiwan celebrates Taiwan Restoration Day.

  • Actor Anthony Franciosa is 69.

  • Educator Hanna Gray is 67.

  • Actor Brian Kerwin is 48.

  • College basketball coach Bobby Knight is 57.

  • Singer, songwriter Helen Reddy is 55.

  • Actress Marion Ross is 61.

  • Author Anne Tyler is 56.

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

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