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Wednesday, October 29, 1997

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  • "I know today a lot of Americans are focused on the stock market and it may disappointing, but I think it is neither prudent nor appropriate for any president to comment on the hour-by- hour movements of the market."

    -- President Bill Clinton

    Today's events

  • Swiss banks is to publish the second list of thousands of dormant accounts opened right before World War II in an effort to locate the rightful owners.

  • Turkey's Foreign Minister Ismail Cem to visit Albania.

  • Britain's Prince Charles is to visit Swaziland and goes on to visit Lesotho.

  • Chinese President Jiang is scheduled to meet with President Clinton in a historic summit meeting. They are expected to discuss trade, weapons proliferation, Taiwan, drug trafficking and the environment as well as human rights issues.

  • Jury deliberations are to continue in the murder trial of British au pair Louise Woodward in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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    On the horizon

  • On Thursday, October 30, Ireland is to hold a presidential election.

  • On Friday, October 31, U.S. first lady Hillary Clinton is expected to deliver an inaugural lecture at the University of Belfast for a chair honoring Joyce McCartan, a voluntary worker she met in Belfast in 1995.

  • On Saturday, November 1, is the scheduled opening in Medellin, Colombia, of a three-day meeting on eating disorders sponsored by group known as Compulsive Eaters Anonymous.

  • On Sunday, November 2, Boston University's Center for Millennial Studies is scheduled to hold a conference on the millennium, with a focus on religion.

  • On Monday, November 3, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash Denktash is expected to meet with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in New York to discuss the long-standing division of Cyprus.

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    On this day

  • In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, English adventurer who was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, was executed in London for treason.

  • In 1762, in the Seven Years War, the Austrians were defeated by the Prussians under Prince Henry at the battle of Freiburg. It was the only Prussian victory without Frederick II in command.

  • In 1787, Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni o sia Il Dissoluto Punito" (Don Juan or the Rake Punished") had its first performance in Prague at the National Theater.

  • In 1814, the first steam-powered warship, the USS Fulton, was launched at New York. It was designed by Robert Fulton.

  • In 1888, the Constantinople Convention on Free Navigation of the Suez Canal was signed.

  • In 1889, the British South Africa Company, headed by Cecil Rhodes, was granted royal charter by the British government giving it extensive powers and rights in the area which became Rhodesia.

  • In 1923, Turkey became a republic under its first president, nationalist leader Kemal Ataturk.

  • In 1929, prices collapsed at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. The day became known as "Black Tuesday" and lead to the Great Depression of the 1930s.

  • In 1945, the first U.S. Medal of Freedom awarded to a woman was given to Anna Rosenberg by Robert Porter Patterson, Secretary of War.

  • In 1950, King Gustav V of Sweden died and was succeeded by his son Gustav VI.

  • In 1956, Israeli troops crossed the border with Egypt and swept into the Sinai peninsula toward the Suez Canal. In 1964, The United Republic of Tanganyika, Zanzibar and Pemba changed its name to Tanzania.

  • In 1972, the Black September guerrilla group hijacked a Lufthansa Boeing 727 as it flew over Turkey and demanded the release of three colleagues still held for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games.

  • In 1973, Klaus Altmann, wanted in France for war crimes under the name of Klaus Barbie, was released after nearly eight months in a Bolivian jail.

  • In 1977, the Roman Catholic Primate of Poland, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, and Communist party leader Edward Gierek met officially for the first time.

  • In 1980, a declaration by Communist party Vice-Chairman Deng Xiaoping that Chairman Mao made serious political mistakes during his rule was made public.

  • In 1982, the trial of Lindy Chamberlain, whose baby daughter disappeared in the Australian outback in 1980, ended when she was convicted of murder. She claimed a wild dog took the child and after several appeals was finally pardoned in 1987.

  • In 1990, Norway's center-right government collapsed after a dispute over how far to link the economy to the European Community.

  • In 1996, an auction of 8,000 Austrian Jewish artworks plundered by Adolf Hitler's Nazis in World War Two took place at the Vienna Museum for Applied Arts. Proceeds went to Austrian Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

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    Holidays and more

  • It's Republic Day in Turkey.

  • Former baseball player Jesse Barfield is 38.

  • Former football player Michael D'Andrea Carter is 37.

  • Actor Richard Dreyfus is 50.

  • Singer Randy Jackson is 36.

  • Actress Kate Jackson is 49.

  • Political cartoonist Bill Mauldin is 76.

  • Singer Melba Moore is 52.

  • Actress Winona Ryder is 26.

  • Musician John Haley Sims is 72.

  • Former football player John Thomas Smith is 42.

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

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