Timeline 1997 January - March

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1997        Jan 1, The new members of the UN security council, Japan, Kenya, Sweden, Costa Rica and Portugal, took their seats.
    (SFC, 1/1/97, p.C1)
1997        Jan 1, Kofi Annan assumed the title of United Nations secretary-general.
    (AP, 1/1/98)
1997        Jan 1, As of this date the US withdrew completely from the UN Industrial Development Organization.
    (SFC, 2/17/97, p.A14)
1997        Jan 1, The line-item veto became officially available to Pres. Clinton.
    (SFC, 1/2/97, p.A20)
1997        Jan 1, Townes Van Zandt (1944-1997) Texas songwriter, died. His work included the 1983 song "Pancho and Lefty," sung by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.
    (SFC, 1/3/97, p.A26)(SFC, 1/4/97, p.E1)(WSJ, 6/25/03, p.D8)
1997        Jan 1, In San Francisco Gar Trupelli and his wife Lara reopened the Beach Chalet as the Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant.
    (SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A2)
1997        Jan 1, The EU introduced the Pan-European Cumulation System (PECS) to turn a latticework of bilateral trade rules into a single multilateral umbrella. It extended the system to include Turkey in 1999.
    (Econ, 8/5/06, p.68)(www.foreigntrade.gov.tr/ab/ingilizce/panavrup.htm)
1997        Jan 1, An off-duty Israeli soldier, Noam Friedman, with a history of mental problems opened fire on a crowded vegetable market in Hebron, wounding 5 [7] people and touching off a stone-throwing demonstration by angry Palestinians.
    (SFC, 1/1/97, p.A1)(AP, 1/1/98)
1997        Jan 1, In Mexico long-distance telephone competition began and ended a 49-year monopoly.
    (SFC, 1/1/97, p.B3)

1997        Jan 2, In Las Vegas the New York New York casino-hotel hosted a private party prior to opening to the public at 12:35 a.m.
    (WSJ, 1/21/97, p.A18)
1997        Jan 2, In the US Northwest a week of heavy rain and melting snow caused many rivers to overflow. Downtown Reno was under water and casinos closed. More than 2,000 visitors were trapped in Yosemite National Park for more than two days as a rockslide swept away a section of Highway 140. The park was closed until March. Highway 50 to Lake Tahoe was closed and expected to be out for a month. The Feather River between Marysville and Yuba City crested at just over 78 feet and 50,000 Californians were forced to evacuate the area.
    (WSJ, 1/3/97, p.A1)(SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A1)(SFC, 1/6/97, p.A13)(AP, 1/2/98)(SFC, 1/7/17, p.A10)
1997        Jan 2, Letter bombs began arriving into the US from Egypt. Four were addressed to the Washington bureau of Al-Hayat, an Arab language daily. Others went to Leavenworth, Kansas. They contained the plastic explosive semtex.
    (SFC, 1/4/97, p.A3)
1997        Jan 2, In India movie theaters in Bombay closed in protest of a state doubling of the ticket tax. Some 120 films are produced annually and theaters provide about half the funding.
    (WSJ, 1/3/97, p.A6)
1997        Jan 2, 90 miles off the coast of Japan the Russian oil tanker Nakhodka broke in two. It carried 5 million gallons of fuel oil. The bow of the ship ran aground 5 days later, 110 miles northwest of Tokyo, and much oil was spilled.
    (SFC, 1/8/97, p.C1)
1997        Jan 2, In Kazakstan President Nusultan Nazarbayev was building a new capital 600 miles north of Almaty in swampy Akmola with transfer due to begin in 1998.
    (SFC, 1/2/97, p.A10)
1997        Jan 2, In Libya 6 military officers and 2 civilians were executed on charges of spying. Experts believed they case was related to the 1993 coup attempt.
    (SFC, 1/3/97, p.A17)
1997        Jan 2, In Peru Pres. Fujimori replaced the president of the Supreme Court and six police generals, who were among the hostages held by Tupac Amaru rebels. The hostage count was down to 74.
    (SFC, 1/3/97, p.A16)
1997        Jan 2, The Serbian Orthodox Church issued a criticism of Pres. Milosevic and accused his government of stealing elections and provoking bloodshed.
    (SFC, 1/3/97, p.A16)
1997        Jan 2, In Singapore the ruling party captured all but 2 seats in parliamentary elections. More than 85% of the country’s 3 million live in government-built apartments.
    (SFC, 1/4/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 2, In Zaire rebel troops captured Pres. Seko’s 32,000 sq. mile Kilomoto gold mining region and the town of Mangbwalu.
    (SFC, 1/3/97, p.A18)

1997        Jan 3, Bryant Gumbel ended his 15-year career as host of the NBC morning show "Today."
    (SFC, 1/4/97, p.E1)(AP, 1/3/98)
1997        Jan 3, Pres. Clinton waived indefinitely the part of the Helms-Burton law that would punish foreign companies that used American property confiscated in Cuba 40 years ago.
    (SFC, 1/4/97, p.A3)
1997        Jan 3, President Clinton declared northern Nevada a major disaster area following days of rain that sent rivers over their banks in the Reno and Carson City area.
    (AP, 1/3/98)
1997        Jan 3, Gilead Sciences Inc. announced that board member Donald H. Rumsfeld will assume the position of Chairman, effective immediately. Mr. Rumsfeld succeeds Michael L. Riordan, M.D., who founded Gilead in 1987 and has served as Chairman since 1993. Dr. Riordan will continue to serve as a director on the board.
1997        Jan 3, Las Vegas had a total of 101,106 hotel rooms as of this date.
    (SFEC, 5/10/98, DB p.64)
1997        Jan 3, In NY in Centereach, Long Island, William Sodders (21) shot and killed, James Halverson, a firefighter out on a jog, in a random murder. Sodders was later turned in to police by his father after admitting to him the murder. Sodders was said to be influenced by the film "Natural Born Killers." Halverson left a wife pregnant with twins and a 4-year-old daughter.
    (SFC, 8/15/97, p.A7)
1997        Jan 3, In Washington a diplomat from Georgia, Gueorgui Makharadze, was in a car crash that killed a 16-year-old girl. Police said he was drinking, but he refused a breath test.
    (SFC, 1/8/97, p.A17)
1997        Jan 3, In Europe the 11th day of a cold front has left some 206 dead.
    (SFC, 1/4/97, p.A8)
1997        Jan 3, In Mexico a Jalisco state judge dismissed drug trafficking charges against Hector Luis Palma, leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel. He was sentenced to 6 years on lesser charges.
    (SFC, 1/9/97, p.A12)
1997        Jan 3, In Rwanda two Hutu men were sentenced to death for their role in the 1994 genocide.
    (SFC, 1/4/97, p.A10)

1997        Jan 4, President Clinton, in his weekly radio address, took credit for policies reducing teen-age pregnancy and said he would work for even greater reductions over the next four years.
    (AP, 1/4/98)
1997        Jan 4, Harry Helmsley (87), self-made billionaire and husband to Leona, died in Scottsdale, Ariz. His vast real estate holdings included the Empire State Building. His entire $1.7 billion estate was left to his wife except for $25k left to a longtime secretary.
    (SFC,1/6/97, p.A17)(WSJ, 1/3/97, p.A1)(SFC, 1/10/97, p.A3)(AP, 1/4/98)
1997        Jan 4, In Argentina thieves tunneled into a Buenos Aires bank and robbed as much as $25 million.
    (SFC, 1/16/97, p.A12)
1997        Jan 4, In Brazil some 54 people were killed during 4 days of torrential rain in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A13)
1997        Jan 4, Czech Rep. Pres. Vaclav Havel married his girlfriend Dagmar Veskrnova, less than a year after the death of his first wife Olga Havlova. Dagmar was an actress and had starred as a topless vampire in the film "The Vampire from Nosferat."
    (SFEC, 7/6/97, p.B4)(WSJ, 2/18/99, p.A1)
1997        Jan 4, In New Zealand during the week Cyclone Fergus, the worst to hit in 8 years, produced heavy rains and wind damage along the northern coast.
    (SFC, 1/4/97, p.A19)

1997        Jan 5, In Afghanistan an air raid killed 4 and wounded 32. A bomb in central Kabul killed 3 and wounded 37.
    (WSJ, 1/6/97, p.A1)
1997        Jan 5, In Algeria Muslim guerrillas massacred 16 in Ben Achour village.
    (SFC, 1/6/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 5, In Burundi the Tutsi-led army attacked and killed hundreds of Hutus in a dispute over land at Bukeye in central Burundi.
    (SFC, 1/25/97, p.A10)
1997        Jan 5, In the CAR district of Petevo, French troops killed 10 CAR army mutineers, after 2 French soldiers were killed on a mediation mission.
    (SFC, 1/6/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 5, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat held a secret, predawn summit, but fell short of agreement on the issues delaying an Israeli troop withdrawal from Hebron.
    (AP, 1/5/98)
1997        Jan 5, Jewish leaders blasted the remark of former Swiss Pres. Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, who called Jewish demands for the compensation of Holocaust victims "blackmail."
    (SFC, 1/6/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 5, In Kenya the Daily Nation reported that a man stole $1 million by impersonating a Citibank bank employee. The money had been shipped from NY to a Kenyan airport freight terminal at the Nairobi Int’l. Airport.
    (SFC, 1/9/97, p.A12)
1997        Jan 5, In Mexico at least 26 people were arrested in Sinaloa state, many of them police officers, at the wedding party for the sister of Amado Carrillo, the reputed top drug trafficker in Mexico.
    (SFC, 1/8/97, p.A7)
1997        Jan 5, In Rwanda a mother and father and 7 children were murdered. The mother had testified against the former mayor of Taba, Jean-Paul Akayesu, for the murder of some 2,000 villagers.
    (SFC, 1/17/97, p.A13)
1997        Jan 5, In South Africa police arrested 2 white men in connection with 3 bomb blasts near Johannesburg.
    (SFC, 1/6/97, p.A9)

1997        Jan 6, US House Speaker Newt Gingrich met behind closed doors with Republican lawmakers, answering questions about admitted ethics violations and appealing for support in the upcoming speaker's election.
    (AP, 1/6/98)
1997        Jan 6, The Sun erupted with a "coronal mass ejection." The blast reached Earth on Jan 10, and may have played a role in the Jan 11 failure of the $200 million Telstar 401 communications satellite.
    (SFC, 1/23/97, p.A5)
1997        Jan 6, In Guatemala three officers, accused of ordering the 1990 assassination of sociologist Myrna Mack, sought amnesty under terms of the new treaty.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.A10)
1997        Jan 6, In Pakistan rulers established a security council to give the army an official role in running the country.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 6, In Serbia on the Orthodox Christmas Eve the Yugoslav army announced that it would not interfere in the daily protests against Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 6, In Zaire at least 100 lawmakers quit Pres. Seko’s parliamentary alliance to join a new nationalist group. Their goal appeared to be to topple Prime Minister Kengo wa Dondo.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 6, It was reported that Vietnam’s national Post and Telecommunications "108" information service responded to citizens questions. Operators handled about 250 calls per day and the service costs about 2.7 US cents.
    (WSJ, 1/6/97, p.B1)

1997        Jan 7, Newt Gingrich overcame dissension in GOP ranks to become the first Republican re-elected US House speaker in 68 years with 216 of 227 Republicans in support.
    (SFC, 1/8/97, p.A5)(AP, 1/7/98)
1997        Jan 7, Serial killer Henry Louis Wallace was convicted in Charlotte, N.C., of raping and murdering 9 women over a 20 month period.
    (SFC, 1/8/97, p.A3)
1997        Jan 7, A 2 day Santa Ana windstorm subsided in Southern California after causing power blackouts that affected over a million Edison customers.
    (SFC, 1/8/97, p.A3)
1997        Jan 7, In Algiers a car bomb killed 13 and wounded 10.
    (SFC, 1/8/97, p.A7)
1997        Jan 7, It was announced that the government’s plan to privatize its 51% of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) was opposed by former Presidents Jose Sarney and Itamar Franco, as well as Workers’ Party leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, all candidates in the 1998 elections. Vale’s Carajas mine in Para produced 25% of the world’s iron ore and held reserves for some 400 years.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.A10)(Econ, 4/24/10, p.35)
1997        Jan 7, Beryl Brainbridge won the British Whitbread award for best novel of 1996 for "Every Man for Himself," a tale of the Titanic disaster. Seamus Heaney won poetry award for "The Spirit Level."
    (SFC, 1/8/97, p.B5)
1997        Jan 7, The Hebron Protocol or Hebron Agreement began and was concluded from January 15 to January 17, 1997 between Israel, represented by PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), represented by PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, under the supervision of US Secretary of State Warren Christopher, for redeployment of Israeli military forces in Hebron. Palestinian authorities gained control of 80% of Hebron.
    (SFC, 12/4/08, p.A27)
1997        Jan 7, The Jerusalem Prize for literature was awarded to Spanish author Jorge Semprun (b.1923). His works include "The Long Voyage," "Literature for Life," and the screenplays for the Costas Gavras films "Z" and "The Confession."
    (SFC, 1/9/97, p.E3)
1997        Jan 7, In France it was announced that a 20.6% value-added tax would be placed on telephone services offered by phone companies outside the European Union. The charge was directed at "call-back" services mainly in the US.
    (WSJ, 1/7/97, p.A14)
1997        Jan 7, In Honduras it was reported that Chagas disease, a parasitical illness, has infected an estimated 300,000 out of a population of 5.8 mil. Some 65,000 were in the late stages.
    (SFC, 1/7/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 7, In South Korea broadcasting and hospital unions joined the nationwide strike.
    (SFC, 1/8/97, p.A6)
1997        Jan 7, Russia’s inflation rate for 1996 was announced to have fallen to 21.8%, down from 133% in 1995.
    (WSJ, 1/7/97, p.A14)

1997        Jan 8, Anne Galjour, San Francisco writer and performer, received the 13th annual Will Glickman Playwright Award for the best new play, "Mauvais Temps," produced in the Bay Area in 1996.
    (SFC, 1/9/97, p.E2)
1997        Jan 8, The US Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to allow physician-assisted suicide.
    (AP, 1/8/98)
1997        Jan 8, The state of Arkansas put three men to death in the second triple execution since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976.
    (AP, 1/8/98)
1997        Jan 8, Russian President Boris Yeltsin was hospitalized with early signs of pneumonia.
    (AP, 1/8/98)
1997        Jan 8, In Bulgaria the ruling party backed Nikolai Dobrev for premier.
    (WSJ, 1/9/97, p.A1)
1997        Jan 8, From Israel warplanes were sent on 2 raids to Lebanon after a Katyusha rocket hit northern Israel.
    (WSJ, 1/9/97, p.A1)
1997        Jan 8, In Pakistan gas cylinders aboard a truck leaked in Lahore and killed at least 30 people with 900 taken to hospitals. The gas was identified as either ammonia or chlorine.
    (WSJ, 1/10/97, p.A1)

1997        Jan 9, The sliver of a new moon rose over the Muslim world and began the fast of Ramadan for the world’s 1 billion Muslims.
    (SFC, 1/10/97, p.A19)
1997        Jan 9, A Brink’s truck overturned in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami and spilled cash and foodstamps. $400,000 in cash and $300,000 in food stamps was quickly gathered up by residents and pocketed.
    (SFC, 1/10/97, p.A1)
1997        Jan 9, Ronald Small (20), a Tamalpais High School football star, was shot and killed during a birthday party at 59 Cole Drive in Marin City, Ca. Darrell Hunter was arrested a week later and in 1998 Iman Kennedy (20) and Rodwell Cutkelvin (25) were arrested. An Int’l. search went into effect for Joseph Michel (26), aka Jo Jo Koulibaly, who was suspected of pulling the trigger on Small. Hunter was found guilty of 1st degree murder in 2000. Charges against Kennedy and Cutkelvin were dropped due to lack of evidence. In 2005 Michel was extradited from Germany. In 2008 Darrell Hunter was cleared of all charges and released from prison.
    (SFC, 11/19/98, p.A22)(SFC, 11/21/98, p.A20)(SFC, 2/22/99, p.A15)(SFC, 2/3/00, p.A18)(SFC, 2/9/00, p.A18)(SFC, 8/24/05, p.B1)(SFC, 5/2/08, p.B7)
1997        Jan 9, A Comair Brazilian made Embraer 120 commuter plane crashed 18 miles southwest of Detroit and killed all 29 onboard. Icing was blamed for the crash.
    (SFC, 8/28/98, p.A7)(AP, 1/9/99)
1997        Jan 9, The government of the Republic of Georgia informed the US that diplomat Gueorgui Makharadze would be recalled following his Jan 3 involvement in a car crash that left a 16-year-old Washington girl dead. Police evidence strongly suggested that he had been drinking. He was later sentenced to 7-21 years in US prison.
    (SFC, 1/10/97, p.A2)(SFC,12/20/97, p.A12)
1997        Jan 9, In Haiti former Pres. Jean-Bertrand Aristide began forming a new political party called the Lavalas Family. Lavalas means flash flood and is synonymous with democracy.
    (SFC, 1/10/97, p.A15)
1997        Jan 9, In Israel a pair of pipe bombs were exploded in Tel Aviv and 13 people were injured.
    (SFC, 1/10/97, p.A14)
1997        Jan 9, In Sri Lanka Tamil rebels attacked 2 northern military bases and killed at least 60 soldiers with 232 wounded. A later count had 223 soldiers and 350 guerrillas dead.
    (WSJ, 1/10/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/7/97, p.A17)
1997        Jan 9, In South Korea workers clashed with riot police. The Federation of Korean Trade Unions with 1.2 million members said it will begin a 2-day strike on Jan 14.
    (SFC, 1/10/97, p.A14)
1997        Jan 9, Christoph Meili, night watchman at the Union Bank of Switzerland, salvaged an armful of books and papers that contained bank records from the Nazi era that were about to be shredded. His dismissal from the security company for which he worked, effective at the end of April, was announced Feb 24.
    (SFC, 1/17/97, p.E1)(SFC, 2/24/97, p.A14)
1997        Jan 9, From Zaire Pres. Seko returned to France, apparently for cancer treatments.
    (SFC, 1/10/97, p.A15)

1997        Jan 10, Dallas police ended their investigation into Dallas Cowboys stars Erik Williams and Michael Irvin, saying a woman's claim that Williams raped her while Irvin held a gun to her head was false.
    (AP, 1/10/98)
1997        Jan 10, The NASA Near Earth Tracking Program detected an asteroid, AC11, that was about 600 feet across with a sun orbit of 9.5 months. It was the 24th Aten asteroid, a group whose orbits all lie within that of the Earth.
    (SFC, 2/1/97, p.A8)
1997        Jan 10, Floodwaters from a week of heavy rain inundated thousands of acres in Yuba County, Ca. [see Jan 2].
    (SFC, 10/9/06, p.A10)
1997        Jan 10, Sheldon Leonard (b.1907), film actor, producer and TV director (Dick Van Dyke), died.
1997        Jan 10, In Bulgaria protestors trapped legislators of the ruling Socialist Party inside parliament. The economy was still 90% state-owned and inflation last year topped 300%.
    (SFC, 1/11/97, p.A8)
1997        Jan 10, From Tokyo it was reported that scientists had successfully implanted micro-robotic backpacks onto cockroaches in experiments to control their movements.
    (SFC, 1/10/97, p.B2)
1997        Jan 10, In Japan the Nikkei had fallen more than 16% over the last five weeks due to gloomy economic news and the government’s recent vow to reduce its role in the economy.
    (WSJ, 1/10/97, p.A1)
1997        Jan 10, In Nicaragua Arnoldo Aleman began a 5-year term as president.
    (SFC, 1/11/97, p.C1)

1997        Jan 11, President Clinton summoned top administration officials to a daylong planning session for his second term.
    (AP, 1/11/98)
1997        Jan 11, In Burundi soldiers shot and killed 126 Burundian Hutu refugees trying to break out of a holding camp in the northeast. Seven soldiers were arrested for the slayings.
    (SFEC, 1/12/97,  p.A12)
1997        Jan 11, An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 shook Mexico City, the western and central areas, and the southern part of Mexico, but no deaths were reported.
    (SFEC, 1/12/97,  p.A2)(AP, 1/11/98)

1997        Jan 12, Two recently enrolled female cadets at South Carolina’s Citadel Academy announced they were not returning for the spring semester, citing harassment by male cadets.
    (AP, 1/12/98)
1997        Jan 12, The Green Bay Packers defeated the Carolina Panthers, 30-13, to win the NFC Championship, while the New England Patriots beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6 to claim the AFC Championship.
    (AP, 1/12/98)
1997        Jan 12, The Atlantis space shuttle went up for a rendezvous with the MIR space station.  Jerry Linenger, physician, was to replace astronaut Jim [John] Blaha.
    (USAT, 1/13/97, p.3A)(AP, 1/12/98)
1997        Jan 12, In Mexico four generals and a colonel met with Mr. Gonzalez Quirarte, the right-hand man of drug lord, Carillo Fuentes, to arrange protection according to later statements made by Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo.
    (WSJ, 10/2/97, p.A12)

1997        Jan 13, US Supreme Court justices aggressively questioned both sides in a battle over whether a sexual-harassment lawsuit should be allowed to proceed against President Clinton while he was in office. The following May, the justices ruled unanimously that it could.
    (AP, 1/13/98)
1997        Jan 13, Seven black soldiers received the Medal of Honor for World War II valor; the lone survivor, former Lt. Vernon Baker, received his medal from President Clinton at the White House.
    (AP, 1/13/98)

1997        Jan 14, The US House Ethics Committee's ranking Democrat, Jim McDermott of Washington state, removed himself from the investigation of Speaker Newt Gingrich, bowing to pressure concerning his role in the handling of an illegally taped phone call involving the House leader.
    (AP, 1/14/98)
1997        Jan 14, The US mediated an agreement was reached on Hebron. Palestinian police would be allowed to carry limited-range weapons in buffer zones between them and Jewish settlers. Israel committed to reopening a central road and Palestinian market.
    (USAT, 1/15/97, p.9A)(SFEC, 10/25/98, p.A17)

1997        Jan 15, Boeing agreed to make rudder changes to its 737 airplanes at an estimated cost of $120 million.
    (WSJ, 1/16/97, p.A1)
1997        Jan 15, The crews of the shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir had a raucously joyful meeting, hours after their spacecraft had docked.
    (AP, 1/15/98)
1997        Jan 15, The Israeli cabinet approved the Hebron accord 11-7. The Palestinian cabinet approved the accord by a wide margin. A bitterly divided Israeli Cabinet agreed to withdraw troops from most of Hebron and rural West Bank areas, approving an accord wrapped up hours earlier by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
    (WSJ, 1/16/97, p.A1)(AP, 1/15/98)
1997        Jan 15, Mexico announced the final $3.5 billion payment on its Feb, 1995, $13.5 billion US loan.
    (SFC, 1/16/97, p.A1)
1997        Jan 15, In Peru intelligence officers took Leonor LaRosa, a fellow intelligence agent, into custody and began torturing her on accusations that she informed newspapers of military plans to intimidate and assassinate opposition activists and journalists. La Rosa named 4 intelligence agents as directly responsible. Ricardo Anderson was named as one of the 4 agents.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.A10)(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A9)(WSJ, 5/30/00, p.A1)

1997        Jan 16, GM announced the sale of the defense business of its Hughes Electronics Division to Raytheon for $9.5 billion.
    (WSJ, 1/17/97, p.A3)
1997        Jan 16, Ennis Cosby (27), son of Bill Cosby, was murdered in Los Angeles while changing a tire in an apparent roadside robbery. A Ukrainian emigre teenager, Mikail Markhasev, was picked up and charged for the murder in March. Eli Zakaria and girlfriend Sara Peters were in a car with Markhasev. Markhasev was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Markhasev admitted his guilt in 2001 and made a public apology.
    (SFC, 2/1/97, p.E4)(WSJ, 3/14/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A3)(AP, 1/16/98)(SFC, 6/27/98, p.A5)(WSJ, 8/12/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/12/00, p.A1)
1997        Jan 16, There was a drive-by shooting in LA where 3 members of the Crips shot at a public bus where members of the rival Bloods were riding. Corrie Williams (17) was accidentally killed. In 1998 Wilbert Pugh (21), Randall Amado (18) and Robert Johnson (17) were convicted of murder, attempted murder and assault. In another murder Concepcion Madrid (50) was found killed in her San Fernando apartment.
    (SFC, 12/2/98, p.A19)
1997        Jan 16, In Atlanta, two bomb blasts an hour apart rocked a building containing an abortion clinic, injuring six people.
    (SFC, 1/17/97, p.A1)(AP, 1/16/98)
1997        Jan 16, In the SF Bay Area Peninsula Open Space Trust negotiated an agreement to purchase 1,626 acres of Bair Island for $15 million from Redwood Shores Properties. The land would be restored to marshland with no billboards. The Peninsula Open Space Trust was formed in this year to purchase and set aside land for open space.
    (SFC, 1/16/96, p.A1)(SFC, 4/8/99, p.A19)(SFC, 3/15/07, p.A11)
1997        Jan 16, Maurice Strong, Canadian millionaire businessman and environmentalist, was appointed by Kofi Annan to coordinated UN reform for a salary of $1 per year.
    (SFC, 1/17/97, p.A14)
1997        Jan 16, In Haiti strikes swept the country and protestors demanded the resignation of premier Rosny Smarth and an end to IMF-backed austerity measures..
    (WSJ, 1/17/97, p.A1)
1997        Jan 16, Israeli soldiers dismantled their military headquarters in Hebron, marking the beginning of the end of Israel's 30-year-old rule in the West Bank city. A 5th of the city where 500 militant settlers live will maintain a force of some 2,500.
    (SFC, 1/17/97, p.A12)(AP, 1/16/98)
1997        Jan 16, Panama's Law No. 5 was passed and confirmed a deal in which Hutchison Whampoa, a Chinese Hong Kong corporation, agreed to pay $22.5 million a year plus what one Panamanian called "bucket loads of money" under the table.

1997        Jan 17, The US House ethics committee approved a $300,000 penalty against Speaker Newt Gingrich for ethics violations. Speaker Newt Gingrich agreed to submit to the reprimand.
    (SFC, 1/18/97, p.A1)(AP, 1/17/98)
1997        Jan 17, A $40 million navigation satellite for the US Air Force blew up on takeoff at Cape Canaveral.
    (SFC, 1/18/97, p.A3)
1997        Jan 17, Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto in 1930, died in New Mexico.
    (SFEC, 1/19/97, p.B6)
1997        Jan 17, In Colombia Cali cartel bosses Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez drew prison terms of 10.5 and 9 years for cocaine trafficking.
    (SFC, 1/18/97, p.C1)
1997        Jan 17, A French medical team removed 10 bullets from Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein of Iraq. One bullet was still left lodged in his spine.
    (SFC, 1/20/97, p.A13)
1997        Jan 17, A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country's history.
    (AP, 1/17/98)
1997        Jan 17, Israel handed over its military headquarters in Hebron to the Palestinians, ending 30 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank city.
    (AP, 1/17/98)
1997        Jan 17, South Korean workers announced a reduction in work stoppages. All out strikes were to be scaled back to once a week.
    (SFC, 1/18/97, p.A10)

1997        Jan 18, Former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas, who rebounded from cancer to briefly become the Democratic front-runner for president in 1992, died in Boston of pneumonia at age 55.
    (SFEC, 1/19/97, p.B6)(AP, 1/18/98)
1997        Jan 18, Norwegian Boerge Ousland completed a solo crossing of Antarctica that began Nov 15. He used a parachute and skies to help pull himself across the 1695 miles from Berkner Island to Scott Base.
    (SFC, 1/18/97, p.C1)
1997        Jan 18, In Tanzania it was reported that the lion population had fallen by about a third in the Serengeti National park due to distemper in dogs that transmitted up the food chain. More than 1,000 lions had died over the last 2 years.
    (SFC, 1/18/97, p.A16)

1997        Jan 19, "The English Patient" won best picture and "Evita" won in the category of best movie musical or comedy at the Golden Globes.
    (AP, 1/19/98)
1997        Jan 19, A consortium led by Motorola (Iridium) planned to launch a rocket with the first 3 satellites for a global mobile-telephone network based on 66 satellites. It had already been twice delayed.
    (WSJ, 1/13/97, p.B6)
1997        Jan 19, Balloonist Steve Foster ended his attempt to circle the globe and landed in India as he ran out of gas in his Solo Spirit balloon. He had covered 9,000 miles and floated for 6 days, 2 hours and 54 minutes.
    (SFC, 1/20/97, p.A12)
1997        Jan 19, James Dickey (84), poet and novelist, died. In 1998 his son published "Summer of Deliverance," an account of his relations with his father.
    (WSJ, 8/19/98, p.A16)(MC, 1/19/02)
1997        Jan 19, In Albania, riot police beat demonstrators demanding restitution for money lost in pyramid schemes. Some 20 deposit-collecting companies had come to dominate the economy under Berisha's rule. Some $1.2 billion in Albanians' savings was wiped out.
    (AP, 1/19/98)(WSJ, 4/2/99, p.A9)
1997        Jan 19, In Algeria a car bomb killed 21 and wounded dozens in Algiers just hours after attackers massacred 36 villagers south of the capital.
    (SFC, 1/20/97, p.A12)
1997        Jan 19, In Austria Chancellor Franz Vranitzky announced his resignation after 10 years in office.
    (SFC, 1/20/97, p.A13)
1997        Jan 19, In Bulgaria Pres. Peter Stoyanov was sworn into office and he immediately called for new parliamentary elections.
    (SFC, 1/20/97, p.A13)
1997        Jan 19, Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years, joining 60,000 Palestinians in celebrating the handover of the last West Bank city in Israeli control.
    (AP, 1/19/98)

1997        Jan 20, President Clinton and Vice President Gore were sworn in for second terms of office. In his inaugural address, Clinton called for an end to "the politics of petty bickering and extreme partisanship." Poet Miller Williams delivered the inaugural poem.
    (WSJ, 1/22/97, p.A12)(AP, 1/20/98)
1997        Jan 20, Edith Haisman (100), the oldest survivor of Titanic, died.
1997        Jan 20, In Scotland an 1800-year-old sculpture of a lioness devouring a man was found in the mud of the Almond River near Edinburgh.
    (SFC, 1/22/97, p.A9)

1997        Jan 21, Speaker Newt Gingrich was fined as the House voted for first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct.
    (AP, 1/21/98)
1997        Jan 21, The Democratic National Committee announced it would no longer accept money from people or companies with foreign ties and would limit contributions from labor unions and wealthy benefactors.
    (AP, 1/21/98)
1997        Jan 21, Irwin Levine (58), composer (Tie a Yellow Ribbon), died in New Jersey.
1997        Jan 21, Colonel Tom Parker (87), manager for Elvis Presley, died.
    (MC, 1/21/02)
1997        Jan 21, In Algeria two car bombs in the capital killed as a many as 18 people.
    (SFC, 1/22/97, p.A8)
1997        Jan 21, In Chechnya elections for president were planned and Aslan Maskhadov and Shamil Basayev led the 16 candidates. Ichkeria was name given to free Chechnya by the Muslim separatists.
    (SFC, 1/22/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 21, In China 2 earthquakes struck within a minute in Xinjiang province and killed at least 12 people.
    (WSJ, 1/22/97, p.A1)
1997        Jan 21, In Egypt the al-Ahram newspaper reported that a 30-member family of beggars was arrested. They had managed to save $294,000 from illegal begging on the streets of Suez.
    (SFC, 1/22/97, p.C1)
1997        Jan 21, In South Korea the president agreed to allow the full parliament to consider a revise a new labor law. Arrest warrants against union officials were suspended.
    (WSJ, 1/22/97, p.A1)

1997        Jan 22, The US Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as secretary of state, the first woman to hold that office. William Cohen, a Republican, was ratified as secretary of defense. She replaced Warren Christopher.
    (SFC, 1/23/97, p.A3)(AP, 1/22/98)
1997        Jan 22, A jury in Florida ruled that Owens-Corning Fiberglass Co. must pay $31 million to a Mississippi man dying of cancer from exposure to asbestos.
    (SFC, 1/23/97, p.A3)
1997        Jan 22, Canada and Cuba announced a 14-point agreement. They pledged cooperation on human rights and sought to shield foreign investors targeted for punishment by Washington.
    (SFC, 1/23/97, p.A8)
1997        Jan 22, In Rwanda gunmen killed at least 20 civilians. In Kigali a special court sentenced 2 Hutu men to be executed for their roles in the 1994 mass killings.
    (WSJ, 1/23/97, p.A12)

1997        Jan 23, The Age of Aquarius dawned at 12:56 p.m.
    (SFC, 1/24/97, p.A20)
1997        Jan 23, Cancer experts, who were supposed to settle a furious controversy over whether women should start having mammograms at age 40 or 50, decided instead to leave the decision up to patients. The recommendation outraged the American Cancer Society.
    (AP, 1/23/98)
1997        Jan 23, A new species of a carnivorous dinosaur from 120 million years ago was found in southern England. At 26-feet it was larger than a velociraptor but smaller than a tyrannosaurus rex.
    (SFC, 1/24/97, p.A15)
1997        Jan 23, The Rwandan army struck at Hutu insurgents and killed at least 310 in the northwest area. Hutu rebels were suspected of killing more than 50 people including 3 Spanish aid workers.
    (SFC, 1/24/97, p.A14)
1997        Jan 23, In Kragujevac, Serbia, opposition representatives tried to take over the TV station, but were blocked by the regime of Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 1/24/97, p.A13)

1997        Jan 24, The White House released guest lists showing that in the year and a-half before his re-election, President Clinton invited more than 400 of his party's top financial supporters to coffee klatches for informal policy chats.
    (AP, 1/24/98)
1997        Jan 24, Publix Super Markets, accused of relegating women to dead-end, low-paying jobs, agreed to pay $81.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.
    (AP, 1/24/98)
1997        Jan 24, In Zagreb, Croatia, Radio 101 was awarded a broadcast license after a long battle with the nationalist government.
    (SFC, 1/25/97, p.C1)
1997        Jan 24, In South Korea the Hanbo Steel Group announced that it would file for bankruptcy. It was charged that there were irregularities in large government loans to the company.
    (WSJ, 1/27/97, p.A1)
1997        Jan 24, In Madagascar a cyclone struck and that some 200 were killed. It was later reported that 520,000 people were affected.
    (WSJ, 1/27/97, p.A1)(SFC, 2/8/97, p.A11)
1997        Jan 24, The Red Cross issued an appeal for aid to North Korea where it was reported that tens of thousands of people were on starvation rations after 2 years of heavy rains.
    (SFC, 1/25/97, p.C1)
1997        Jan 24, A Zairean counteroffensive was supported by some 300 foreign mercenaries. About 400,000 Hutu refugees were trapped near regions of fighting and UN officials raised pleas for a truce to allow the refugees to move.
    (SFC, 1/25/97, p.A8)

1997        Jan 25, Responding to recent cases of deadly food poisoning, President Clinton promised to seek $43 million dollars to implement an early warning system for food contamination.
    (AP, 1/25/98)
1997        Jan 25, Astrologer Jeane Dixon died in Washington, D.C., at age 79.
    (AP, 1/25/98)
1997        Jan 25, In Albania thousands of people lost money in pyramid investment schemes and took to the streets of Lushnja in protest. Some one million Kalashnikov rifles were stolen from government depots. Some 656,000 weapons and 1.5 billion rounds of ammunition were stolen from army depots during civil unrest sparked by Ponzi scheme failures.
    (SFEC, 1/26/97, p.A14)(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A12)(AP, 11/10/17)
1997        Jan 25, In Argentina Noticias photojournalist Jose Luis Cabezas was found murdered in the Atlantic resort of Pinamar. He had been handcuffed, tortured and burned alive near a meeting place of the Justicialist Party. It was later revealed that police officers carried out the murder under orders from Alfredo Yabran. In 2000 a tribunal found 3 former provincial police officers guilty in the murder along with a former security guard and 4 civilians.
    (SFC, 3/27/97, p.A15)(SFC, 10/2/97, p.A13)(SFC,12/9/97, p.B10)(SFC, 2/28/98, p.A7)(SFC, 2/3/00, p.A13)
1997        Jan 25, In China it was reported that winter storms had stranded some 320,000 people in Xinjiang province and that many were close to starvation.
    (SFC, 1/25/97, p.A18)
1997        Jan 25, In Colombia gunmen of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) kidnapped Fernando Caballero Argaez, president of the Bogota Stock Exchange, in Granada.
    (SFC, 1/28/97, p.A8)
1997        Jan 25, In Kenya it was reported that mass starvation was threatening after a widespread draught this season.
    (SFC, 1/25/97, p.A18)
1997        Jan 25, In Somaliland it was reported that many wells and bore holes had dried up and that cattle and goats were dying in large numbers.
    (SFC, 1/25/97, p.A18)

1997        Jan 26, The Green Bay Packers beat the New England Patriots 35-21 to win Super Bowl XXXI, their first Super Bowl in 29 years.
    (SFC, 1/27/97, p.C1)(AP, 1/26/98)

1997        Jan 27, Little Richard was scheduled to receive the Award of Merit at the 24th annual American Music Awards. His hits included "Tutti Frutti," "Good Golly Miss Molly," and "Long Tall Sally."
    (SFC, 1/3/97, p.C7)
1997        Jan 27, Israeli soldiers removed 45 Bedouin families of the Jahalin Bedouin tribe from land east of Jerusalem that they had occupied for decades due to the expansion of the Maale Adumim Jewish settlement.
    (SFC, 1/28/97, p.A8)
1997        Jan 27, In Mexico police arrested Benigno Guzman, president of the Peasant Organization of the Southern Sierra, an anti-government alliance of poor farmers near Acapulco on charges of belonging to the EPR guerrilla group.
    (SFC, 1/28/97, p.A8)
1997        Jan 27, The Swiss ambassador to the US, Carlo Jagmetti, resigned after remarks against groups that represented Holocaust victims seeking recompense from Swiss banks by likening his country's Nazi gold crisis to a war that had to be won.
    (SFC, 1/28/97, p.A6)(AP, 1/27/98)

1997        Jan 28, O.J. Simpson's fate was placed in the hands of a civil court jury that was charged with deciding whether Simpson should be held liable for the slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The jury found that Simpson was liable, and ordered him to pay $33.5 million.
    (AP, 1/28/98)
1997        Jan 28, In Algeria union leader Abdelhak Benhamouda was killed by an assassin. Separately a bomb in the marketplace at Blida killed 15 people.
    (USAT, 1/29/97, p.8A)
1997        Jan 28, PepsiCo Inc. said it was ending business in Myanmar due to human rights problems. It joined Eddie Bauer, Levi Strauss and Liz Claiborne.
    (USAT, 1/29/97, p.8A)
1997        Jan 28, In Chechnya Aslan Maskhadov claim victory in the elections.
    (SFC, 1/29/97, p.A6)
1997        Jan 28, Five former police officers in South Africa admitted to killing anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko, who died in police custody in 1977. His death had been officially listed as an accident.
    (MC, 1/28/02)
1997        Jan 28, In Sudan the government faced a new rebel offensive.
    (SFC, 1/28/97, p.A8)

1997        Jan 29, Threatened with lawsuits across the country, America Online agreed to give refunds to frustrated customers unable to log on after AOL offered a flat $19.95-a-month rate.
    (AP, 1/29/98)
1997        Jan 29, Thomas Daniel Young, professor of English at Vanderbilt and leading authority on literature of the American South, died. His work included: "The Literature of the South," "Conversations With Malcolm Cowley," "Tennessee Writers," and "Gentleman in a Dustcoat: A Biography of John Crowe Ransom."
    (SFC, 2/10/97, p.A20)
1997        Jan 29, In China the Supreme People’s Court upheld the death sentence for businesswoman Han Yuji, the former president of the Jilin province Yuquan Industrial and Trade Co., for fraud that involved as much as $43 million. She was immediately executed.
    (SFC, 2/1/97, p.C1)
1997        Jan 29, In Japan Tatsuo Tomobe, member of the upper house of parliament, was arrested and accused of fraud. He had raised $75 million by offering high yields on deposits and using it to finance political ambitions.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A17)
1997        Jan 29, Mongolia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO).
1997        Jan 29, In Pakistan the Supreme Court upheld Bhutto’s dismissal and ordered new elections to proceed.
    (SFC, 1/30/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 29, In Sierra Leone the UN World Food Program announced a 6-month $19.4 million food aid operation.
    (SFC, 1/30/97, p.A10)
1997        Jan 29, In South Africa Wouter Basson, retired brigadier general, was arrested for selling 1,000 tablets of the drug Ecstasy to undercover police.
    (SFC, 2/1/97, p.C1)

1997        Jan 30, The US Marine Corps opened an investigation of two videotaped hazing incidents in 1991 and 1993 known as "blood pinings" in which elite paratroopers had golden jump pins beaten into their chests. The 1993 incident led to a recommended discharge for a sergeant.
    (AP, 1/30/98)
1997        Jan 30, The GPS (Global Positioning System) satellites detected unusual crustal movements of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.
    (SFC, 2/17/97, p.A4)
1997        Jan 30, In Colombia police seized 8 tons of cocaine and shut down a large cocaine processing plant in the state of Guaviare.
    (SFC, 1/31/97, p.A15)
1997        Jan 30, In Guatemala more than 1,000 military police seized their own headquarters and demanded at least $7,000 severance pay each when the 4,000 member military police is dissolved later in the year.
    (SFC, 1/31/97, p.A12)
1997        Jan 30, In Jamaica it was reported that NAFTA has had devastating effects on the economy. Garment exports were down 7% and 7,000 jobs were lost.
    (SFC, 1/30/97, p.A10)
1997        Jan 30, In southern Lebanon a roadside bomb killed 3 Israeli soldiers.
    (SFC, 1/31/97, p.A15)

1997        Jan 31, Three days of deliberations in the O.J. Simpson civil trial in Santa Monica, Calif., were scrapped after the only black woman on the panel was replaced because of misconduct. The jury started over.
    (AP, 1/31/98)
1997        Jan 31, A US federal judge sentenced cocaine lord Juan Garcia Abrega to serve 11 life terms and to pay fines totaling more than $128 million. The penalties also allowed the US government to seize $350 million in Abrega’s assets.
    (SFC, 2/1/97, p.A3)
1997        Jan 31, In Liberia this was the deadline for some 14,000 rebels to hand in their weapons.
    (SFC, 1/30/97, p.A9)
1997        Jan 31, In Madagascar a constitutional court said that Didier Ratsiraka edged out Albert Zafy in last year’s elections.
    (SFC, 2/1/97, p.C1)
1997        Jan 31, In Vietnam a Communist Party member and three associates were sentenced to death after being convicted of bribery, embezzlement and gambling. They were responsible for losses of $27 million at the state-run Tamexco import-export company.
    (SFC, 2/1/97, p.A13)

1997        Jan, The US Flores v Reno Settlement Agreement set standards for the treatment of immigrant minors. In 1993 the Court held that the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s regulations regarding the release of alien unaccompanied minors did not violate the Due Process Clause of the United States Constitution.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reno_v._Flores)(Reuters, 6/20/18)
1997        Jan, A jury awarded Food Lion $5.5 million against ABC. The jury held that ABC was guilty of fraud, trespass and breach of loyalty in its pursuit of the news story on food handling practices by Food Lion.
    (WSJ, 2/11/97, p.A20)
1997        Jan, Kelly Perry (31) was last seen alive leaving his Hayward, Ca., apartment. Three months later a dismembered body was found in Livermore. In 2019 new DNA forensic evidence matched Perry and the unknown remains.
    (SSFC, 3/7/20, p.A1)
1997        Jan, A dynamite bombing of the Vallejo, Ca., courthouse and a Wells Fargo Bank branch was later blamed on Kevin “Big Kev" Lee Robinson, a narcotics supplier and legitimate rap producer. He was sentenced in 1998 to 110 years in prison.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A17)
1997        Jan, In Martinez, Ca., Michael Glanzman (41) was killed in a Tosco refinery explosion.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.A7fs
1997        Jan, In California a fire at a Modesto home killed Michelle Jones (31) and her two young children. George Souliotes, the owner of the home, was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison for allegedly setting the fire. In 2013 new evidence undermined the case against him and Souliotes (72) was freed after spending 16 years in prison.
    (SFC, 7/3/13, p.D8)
1997        Jan, Willis W. Harmon (1918-1997), longtime president of the Sausalito Institute of Noetic Sciences, died. From 1980 to 1990 he was a UC Regent. He was a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford in the 1960s and conducted experiments on the effects of psychedelic drugs on human creativity.
    (SFC, 2/4/97, p.A16)
1997        Jan, In France the Paris Music Museum, Musee de la Musique, opened as part of the Cite de la Musique complex at 221 avenue Jean-Jaures.
    (SFEC, 9/14/97, p.T7)
1997        Jan, In Guatemala Bonifassi de Botran, the heir to a liquor distillery fortune, was kidnapped in Guatemala City. A ransom was paid but she was found dead. Two members of the kidnapping ring, Los Pasaco, escaped from prison but Luis Amilcar Cetino Perez and Tomas Cerrate Hernandez were scheduled for execution in 2000.
    (SFC, 6/22/00, p.A12)
1997        Jan, In India the Madhya Pradesh state government inaugurated its Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS), whereby any community could have a school if it had 40 or more children living over half a mile from an existing school.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A12)
1997        Jan, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia went to Silicon Valley to describe a new "multimedia supercorridor" which would include a new airport and two new cities with high technology centers.
    (Hem., 4/97, p.42)
1997        Jan, In Papua New Guinea the government of Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan decided to hire foreign mercenaries for $36 million to crush the revolt in Bougainville.
    (WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1)
1997        cJan, In South Korea the Assembly met and agreed to delay the implementation of the new labor laws until 1999.
    (SFC, 1/22/98, p.B3)

1997        Jan-1997 Jun, In Germany neo-Nazis committed 4,829 recorded crimes and 353 of them involved violent attacks.
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, p.A20)

1997        Feb 1, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Herb Caen died in San Francisco at age 80.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12)(AP, 2/1/97)
1997        Feb 1, In Hong Kong a Beijing-appointed committee voted to repeal several key civil liberties laws.
    (SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1997        Feb 1, In Iran 5 people were killed and 44 injured when worshipers stampeded at the entrance to a mosque in Kermanshah.
    (SFC, 2/3/97, p.C3)
1997        Feb 1, Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori promised to open "preliminary dialogue" with rebels holding 72 hostages in Lima, but again rejected their demand to release jailed comrades.
    (AP, 2/1/97)
1997        Feb 1, An Air Senegal plane crashed and at least 23 people died after liftoff from a wildlife refuge at Tambacounda.
    (SFC, 2/3/97, p.C3)
1997        Feb 1, In Turkey A movement began demanding an investigation in the car accident, the Susurluk scandal, that linked government officials and gangster groups. People in cities began making noise outside their windows at 9 PM every night.
    (WSJ, 3/14/97, p.A1)

1997        Feb 2, Authorities in Vallejo, Calif., recovered 500 pounds of stolen dynamite and arrested two men in bombings that destroyed three bank teller machines and blasted a courthouse wall. Six men wound up receiving long prison terms for their roles in the case.
    (SFC, 2/3/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/2/07)
1997        Feb 2, In Algeria Islamic guerrillas killed 31 people. The dead were all believed to be related to a dissident member of the GIA, the Armed Islamic Group. After their throats were cut a dwarf hacked off their heads with an ax and a knife.
    (SFC, 2/3/97, p.C2)
1997        Feb 2, In Belgium some 20 thousand demonstrators joined workers of bankrupt Forges de Clabecq, a steel firm, to protest job losses and social injustice.
    (SFC, 2/3/97, p.C3)
1997        Feb 2, In Colombia at least 25 soldiers were killed and scores wounded in fighting with leftist guerrillas east of Bogota.
    (SFC, 2/3/97, p.C3)
1997        Feb 2, In Serbia riot police beat pro-democracy protestors in the biggest show of force in 75 days of anti-government protests.
    (SFC, 2/3/97, p.A1)

1997        Feb 3, The US Army announced that a retired female sergeant major had accused Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney of sexual assault and harassment. McKinney, who was accused of sexual misconduct by six women, faced court-martial, but was acquitted of 18 charges of pressuring enlisted women for sex. He received a reprimand and reduction in rank.
    (AP, 2/3/02)
1997        Feb 3, The US stock market initiated new "circuit breakers." The first stop would kick in after a 350-point drop in the DJ industrial average.
    (WSJ, 2/3/97, p.A12)
1997        Feb 3, In Bulgaria prime minister designate Nikolai Dobrev was selected by the ruling Socialists to lead a new government. Thousands hit the streets with students and transport workers in protest.
    (SFC, 2/4/97, p.A9)
1997        Feb 3, In the Philippines Roman Catholic Bishop Benjamin de Jesus was shot to death in the city of Cotaboto on Jolo Island.
    (SFC, 2/4/97, p.A9)
1997        Feb 3, In Serbia Belgrade police beat up protestors and representatives of Kosovo’s Albanian majority said 5 people were killed in a police sweep.
    (SFC, 2/4/97, p.A8)

1997        Feb 4, Pres. Clinton in his State of the Union speech that education was his No. 1 priority for his 2nd term.
    (SFC, 2/5/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/4/97)
1997        Feb 4, A civil jury in Santa Monica, Calif., found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, awarding $8.5 million in compensatory damages to Goldman's parents. Six days later, the jury added $25 million in punitive damages to go to Nicole Brown Simpson's estate and Goldman's father.
    (SFC, 2/5/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/4/97)
1997        Feb 4, It was reported that $68 million in gold bars, looted by the Nazis from European central banks and stored in the vaults of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York and the Bank of England, would be frozen. Switzerland, Sweden and other nations turned them over to the allies after WW II. The disbursement of the gold was to be administered by the Tripartite Commission but claims have been made that part of the gold came from private citizens who died in the Holocaust.
    (SFC, 2/4/97, p.A12)
1997        Feb 4, Investment bank Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter announced a plan to merge for a combined capitalization of over $20 billion. Phillip J. Purcell, chairman and CEO of Dean Witter, became chairman and CEO of the new company. In 2005 Purcell, faced with employee defections, announced his retirement.
    (WSJ, 2/5/97, p.A1)
1997        Feb 4, In Australia the parliament voted to begin the process of becoming a republic. A constitutional convention was planned for the fall and delegates would decide on how to put the issue to the electorate.
    (WSJ, 2/5/97, p.A1)
1997        Feb 4, In Bulgaria the ex-Communists backed down and agreed to new elections in April.
    (WSJ, 2/5/97, p.A1)
1997        Feb 4, From China it was reported that the government was cracking down on the arts while attempting to promote Pres. Jiang Zemin’s "spiritual civilization." Writer Mo Yan, author of "Ample Breasts, Fat Buttocks" was singled out for criticism.
    (SFC, 2/4/97, p.A10)
1997        Feb 4, In Colombia the U’wa tribe blocked Occidental Petroleum from developing an oil field on their land worth billions.
    (SFC, 2/5/97, p.A9)
1997        Feb 4, In northeastern Iran 2 earthquakes with aftershocks killed at least 72 people. Some 43 villages were damaged. Another quake followed the next day.
    (SFC, 2/5/97, p.A9)(SFC, 2/6/97, p.A1)
1997        Feb 4, Two Israeli helicopters collided at the Shaar Yeshuv kibbutz and 73 soldiers were killed.
    (WSJ, 2/5/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/4/97)
1997        Feb 4, In Pakistan the Muslim League won elections with 140 of 217 parliament seats. Nawaz Sharif was re-elected as prime minister.
    (SFC, 2/5/97, p.A9)(WSJ, 9/5/07, p.A4)
1997        Feb 4, In Rwanda gunmen killed 2 human-rights monitors 180 miles southeast of Kigali. Five UN employees were killed.
    (WSJ, 2/5/97, p.A1)(SFC, 2/5/97, p.A9)
1997        Feb 4, In Serbia Milosevic said that he would recognized the opposition victories in 14 towns.
    (WSJ, 2/5/97, p.A1)

1997        Feb 5, U.S. Ambassador to France, Pamela Harriman, died in Paris at age 76. Christopher Ogden wrote an unauthorized biography that was used for a 1998 TV show: "Life of the Party" The Pamela Harriman Story."
    (SFC, 2/6/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/5/97)(WSJ, 10/12/98, p.A17)
1997        Feb 5, Susan Brouk (36) and her two children, aged 12 and 9, were found dead in a farm pond in Vichy, Missouri. Two teenagers, Mark Anthony Christenson (Christeson) (18) and Jesse Carter (17), charged in the slaying were arrested in Blythe, California, on Feb 9. Mark Christeson was executed on Jan 31, 2017.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.A3)(SFC, 2/1/17, p.A6)
1997        Feb 5, In Algeria rebels killed a family of 9 by hacking off their heads in Benchikao. The government in Algiers began banning parked cars in the city to thwart car bomb attacks.
    (SFC, 2/6/97, p.C2)
1997        Feb 5, In Ecuador hundreds of thousands began a 48-hour general strike against Pres. Abdala Bucaram to protests economic austerity, nepotism and corruption.
    (SFC, 2/6/97, p.C2)
1997        Feb 5, Three Swiss banks announced that they had put about $70-71 million into an account with the Swiss National Bank to establish a "Humanitarian Fund" for the victims of the Holocaust.
    (SFC, 2/6/97, p.C2)(AP, 2/5/97)

1997        Feb 5-1997 Feb 6, In China the Uighers rioted in the province of Xinjiang and reports of deaths varied from 4-300. The fighting was said to have begun after the public execution of 30 young Muslims. Residents said Muslims attacked and killed ethnic Chinese before police quashed the revolt. Authorities said 10 people died and 140 were injured. 12 people were later executed for the uprising.
    (USAT, 2/11/97, p.5A)(USAT, 2/12/97, p.8A) (WSJ, 2/11/97, p.A1)(SFC, 7/29/97, p.A10)

1997        Feb 6, President Clinton sent Congress a $1.69 trillion budget for fiscal 1998, saying it would erase deficits by 2002 and for 20 years beyond. Though citing costly new programs and phantom savings, Republicans said they were ready to bargain.
    (AP, 2/6/97)
1997        Feb 6, Miami strip club owner of "Porky’s," Ludwig "Tarzan" Fainberg, was charged with trying to broker the sale of a Russian nuclear submarine to Colombian drug barons. He had already purchased 6 Russian helicopters for drug traffickers.
    (SFC, 2/7/97, p.A13)
1997        Feb 6, The Congress of Ecuador voted to remove Pres. Abdala Bucaram from office on the grounds of "mental incapacity." Fabian Alarcon was chosen by Congress to replace him. Bucaram’s vice-president, Rosalia Arteaga, said she was assuming the presidency.
    (SFC, 2/7/97, p.A1,19)
1997        Feb 6, In South Africa mixed race rioters protested in Eldorado Park. One died and more than 100 were injured.
    (SFC, 2/7/97, p.A17)

1997        Feb 7, Mindful of Boris Yeltsin's ailments, President Clinton agreed to shift their March summit meeting from the United States to Helsinki, Finland.
    (AP, 2/7/97)
1997        Feb 7, The US Air Force suspended all its flights in restricted training areas on the East Coast after two close calls between National Guard jets and civilian airliners.
    (AP, 2/7/97)
1997        Feb 7, The first day of the Chinese New Year. The year of the rat ended and the year of the ox, 4695, began.
    (SFEC, 2/2/97, DB. p.7)(SFC, 2/8/97, p.A17)
1997        Feb 7, In Japan Hiroshi Mikitani launched Rakuten, an e-commerce company. By 2012 it was Japan’s biggest cybermail service.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakuten)(SFC, 5/19/12, p.D3)(Econ., 11/7/20, p.60)

1997        Feb 8, President Clinton announced in his weekly radio address that he was releasing the first of a $200 million program of grants to provide schools with computers and Internet training.
    (AP, 2/8/02)
1997        Feb 8, In Serbia it was reported that a new book by former journalist Slavoljub Djukic: "He, She and Us," was flying off the shelves. The book is about Slobodan Milosevic and his wife Mirjana Markovic.
    (SFC, 2/8/97)

1997        Feb 9, Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" aired its 167th episode, the longest running animated series in cartoon history.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1997        Feb 9, The East beat the West in the NBA All-Star game, 132-to-120.
    (AP, 2/9/02)
1997        Feb 9, Best Products closed the last of its stores, a victim of the diminishing allure of the catalog showroom concept of retailing.
    (AP, 2/9/02)
1997        Feb 9, In Newton, Mass., an 8-month old baby died while under the care of a 19-year-old British nanny. Louisa Woodward, pleaded innocent, but was tried and convicted on 2nd-degree murder charges in Oct.
    (SFC,10/31/97, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Woodward)
1997        Feb 9, In Ecuador an agreement was reached to have Rosalia Arteaga serve as interim president until the passing of a constitutional amendment to elect a successor.
    (SFC, 2/10/97, p.A8)

1997        Feb 10, The 5th annual ESPY Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall, NYC. The Awards were created by ESPN in 1993 and are given for Excellence in Sports Performance.
1997        Feb 10, A civil jury in Santa Monica heaped $25 million in punitive damages on O.J. Simpson for the slayings of his ex-wife and her friend, on top of $8.5 million in compensatory damages awarded earlier.
    (USAT, 2/11/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/10/97)
1997        Feb 10, The US Air Force suspended all training flights over the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast after two new reports of close encounters between F-16s and commercial aircraft over New Mexico and Texas.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
1997        Feb 10, The US Army suspended its top-ranking enlisted soldier, Army Sgt. Major Gene McKinney, following sexual misconduct allegations.
    (AP, 2/10/97)
1997        Feb 10, The US National Park Service took over a small section of Santa Cruz Island, one of the Channel Islands off of Ventura, Ca. Most of the 60,800 acre island is owned by the Nature Conservancy.
    (SFEC, 7/13/97, p.A15)
1997        Feb 10, The city of Cincinnati revealed plans for a new $80-million museum for its role in the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. The museum and freedom center were scheduled to open in 2002.
    (USAT, 2/11/97, p.D1)
1997        Feb 10, From Bolivia it was reported that heavy rains have destroyed the homes and crops of tens of thousands of farmers. The rains were the heaviest in 3 decades.
    (SFC, 2/10/97, p.A8)
1997        Feb 10, Bosnian Croat gunmen killed a Bosnian Muslim man and wounded 22 others who were among a crowd of some 200 trying to visit a cemetery in the divided city of Mostar.
    (WSJ, 2/11/97, p.A1)
1997        Feb 10, In Spain a Supreme Court Justice, Rafael Martinez Emperador, was shot dead in Madrid. In Grenada a car bomb exploded and killed one person and wounded 7. Guerrillas of the ETA, Basque Homeland and Liberty, were blamed.
    (USAT, 2/11/97, p.5A)

1997        Feb 11, Bosnian Croats evicted 26 Muslim families from the Croat half of the city of Mostar.
    (WSJ, 2/12/97, p.A1)

1997        Feb 12, The Clinton administration gave permission to 10 U.S. news organizations to open bureaus in Cuba.
    (AP, 2/12/98)
1997        Feb 12, In Maine Philip Berrigan was arrested at an anti-nuclear protest. He was one of 6 activists later convicted for vandalizing a Navy guided missile destroyer at the Bath Iron Works.
    (SFC,10/28/97, p.A10)
1997        Feb 12, NBC sportscaster Marv Albert bit his paramour, Vanessa Perhach, as many as 15 times and forced her to perform oral sex in an Arlington, Va., hotel. At trial, Albert ended up pleading guilty to assault and battery. [see May 19]
1997        Feb 12, The Discovery space shuttle lifted off and work was planned on the Hubble Space Telescope.
    (SFC, 2/17/97, p.A2)
1997        Feb 12, Hwang Jang Yop, a Central Committee member of North Korea and the highest-ranking official to flee, defected to South Korea. He sought asylum at the South Korean embassy in Beijing, China.
    (SFEC, 2/16/97, p.A19)(AP, 2/12/98)

1997        Feb 13, On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average broke through the 7,000 barrier for the first time, ending the day at 7,022.44.
    (WSJ, 2/14/97, p.C1)(AP, 2/13/98)
1997        Feb 13, Discovery's astronauts hauled the Hubble Space Telescope aboard the shuttle for a one billion mile tune up to allow it to peer even deeper into the far reaches of the universe.
    (AP, 2/13/98)

1997        Feb 14, Monica Lewinsky posted a love note in the Washington Post to Handsome [Pres. Clinton] that quoted from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet 2:2.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.A13)
1997        Feb 14, American Airlines and its pilots union continued contract talks as the clock ticked down to a midnight strike deadline. The pilots did strike, but President Clinton immediately intervened, ordering a 60-day "cooling off" period.
    (AP, 2/14/98)
1997        Feb 14, In Burma some 3,000 Karen refugees have fled into Thailand to escape fighting. The Karen National Union has been fighting for autonomy since 1948. Thailand said 16,000 Karens were crossing over its border.
    (SFC, 2/15/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 2/14/97, p.A1)
1997        Feb 14, In Cambodia Khmer Rouge guerrillas killed all but three government officials sent to make peace.
    (SFC, 4/12/97, p.A12)
1997        Jan 14, In China the China Agribusiness Development Trust and Investment Corp. (CADTIC), set up in 1988 to channel domestic and foreign funds into the agricultural sector, was closed with reports of being involved in smuggling, tax evasion and ruinous real estate speculation.
    (SFC, 2/17/97, p.B3)
1997        Feb 14, In Egypt Muslim militants slew 9 Copts.
    (SFC, 3/31/97, p.A9)

1997        Feb 15, Tara Lipinski upset Michelle Kwan at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Nashville, Tenn., becoming the youngest gold medalist at the nationals.
    (AP, 2/15/98)
1997        Feb 15, North Korean defector Lee Han-young was shot and mortally wounded in South Korea by North Korean agents, three days after another North Korean defected in Beijing. He was the nephew of the first wife of Kim Jon Il, who defected in 1982. Doctors pronounced him brain dead.
    (SFC, 2/17/97, p.A1,9)(AP, 2/15/98)
1997        Feb 15, In Zaire Rwandan soldiers killed about 200 refugees near the town of Kigulube.
    (AP, 10/1/10)

1997        Feb 16, U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., the chairman of a House committee investigating campaign fund-raising activities, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that his probe would be far broader than originally anticipated.
    (AP, 2/16/98)

1997        Feb 17, In a surprising development, Pepperdine University said that Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr would step down from the probe to take a full-time job at the school. [see Feb 21]
    (SFC, 2/18/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/17/98)
1997        Feb 17, The Virginia House of Delegates voted to retire the state song "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia," and make it the state song emeritus.
    (SFC, 2/18/97, p.A3)
1997        Feb 17, In Austin, Texas, Angela Peck was stabbed in the back and the neck by Carl Wayne Thomas (21), a security guard. She pleaded for mercy and promised to blame the attack on a fictitious character. Thomas agreed and summoned aid. She later told the truth and Thomas confessed. He agreed to a 42-year prison sentence for attempted murder.
    (SFC, 10/13/97, p.A9)
1997        Feb 17, Adrian Jacobs, British businessman and writer, died penniless in London. His work included a children’s book titled “The Adventures of Willy the Wizard – No. 1 Livid Land" (1987). In 2009 his estate charged that J.K. Rawlings, author of the popular Harry Potter books, plagiarized his book.
    (SFC, 6/17/09, p.E12)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0414310/bio)
1997        Feb 17, In France striking bus and tram drivers in Lille returned to work after an agreement was reached to reduce their workweek to 35 hours from 38, without a pay reduction, along with an extra 2 weeks annual vacation.
    (SFC, 2/18/97, p.A10)
1997        Feb 17, In Peru Leonor La Rosa was taken to a military hospital following her torture and beatings.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.A10)
1997        Feb 17, In Zaire government forces used 3 fighter aircraft to bomb the rebel-held city of Bukavu. At least 6 civilians were killed and 20 injured.
    (SFC, 2/18/97, p.A10)

1997        Feb 18, Bill Richardson began work as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
    (AP, 2/18/98)
1997        Feb 18, Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery completed their tune-up of the Hubble Space Telescope after 33 hours of spacewalking; the Hubble was then released using the shuttle's crane. The astronauts installed  the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) on the Hubble Space Telescope.
    (AP, 2/18/98)(USAT, 10/9/98, p.10A)
1997        Feb 18, It was reported that scientists found evidence that upheld the theory of an asteroid hitting the Earth 65 million years ago in seabed drill sediments 300 miles off the coast of northern Florida.
    (SFC, 2/18/97, p.A3)
1997        Feb 18, In Algeria Islamic militants shot, hacked or burned to death 33 people in Blida, south of Algiers. Meanwhile the government passed a law that banned political parties based on religion, language and regionalism.
    (SFC, 2/19/97, p.A10)
1997        Feb 18, In France it was reported that the National Front was the fastest growing political party in the country and was led by Bruno Megret (47), a former student at UC Berkeley. The party championed a national preference program where jobs, public housing and univ. slots would be reserved for the ethnic French majority.
    (SFC, 2/18/97, p.A1)
1997        Feb 18, In Mexico General Jesus Guitterez Rebollo was dismissed from the armed forces and held for charges of collaborating with Amado Carillo Fuentes, leader of the most powerful Mexican drug cartel. He was the head of the National Institute for Combating Drugs (INCD), which became defunct.
    (SFC, 2/19/96, p.A1)(SFC, 7/28/97, p.A11)
1997        Feb 18, In Peru at least 33 people were killed and a hundred were missing after an Andean mountain collapsed and buried the villages of Choch and Pumaranra near Abancay. Total killed reached 250-300. Only 50 bodies were recovered.
    (SFC, 2/19/97, p.A11)(SFC, 2/25/97, p.a14)
1997        Feb 18, The UN endorsed a 5-point peace plan for Zaire.
    (SFC, 2/19/97, p.A10)

1997        Feb 19, The US FCC made available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls.
1997        Feb 19, Detroit's daily newspapers accepted a back-to-work offer from employees who'd been on strike for 19 months, but the strikers charged the conditions for return amounted to a lockout.
    (AP, 2/19/98)
1997        Feb 19, In southwestern Alaska Evan Ramsey (16) opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun as students assembled in a high school lobby, killing a principal and 16-year-old classmate in Bethel, a town of 6,000. Ramsey was sentenced to a 198-year prison term.
    (AP, 4/25/06)(www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/weird/kids1/index_1.html)
1997        Feb 19, Larry Singleton murdered Roxanne Hayes, a prostitute, in Tampa, Fla. He had served 8 years of a 14-year sentence for the 1978 rape and maiming of 15-year-old Mary Vincent in Ca. A trial in Dec ended in a mistrial and another was set for 1998. He was sentenced to death in 1998 but died of cancer in a prison hospital in 2001.
    (SFC,12/11/97, p.A3)(SFC, 4/15/98, p.A3)(SFC, 1/1/02, p.A13)
1997        Feb 19, Prof. James J. Parsons, authority on the historical geography of Latin America, died. He authored 5 books and 150 articles.
    (SFC, 2/27/97, p.A16)
1997        Feb 19, Leo Rosten (88), writer, humorist (Joys of Yiddish), died.
1997        Feb 19, Deng Xiaoping (92), the last of China's major Communist revolutionaries, died from Parkinson’s disease. He smoked heavily and Panda was his brand. In 2011 Ezra Vogel authored “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China." In 2015 Alexander Pantsov and Steven Levine authored “Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life."
     (AP, 2/19/98)(WSJ, 5/26/04, p.A1)(Econ, 10/22/11, p.103)(Econ, 6/27/15, p.73)

1997        Feb 20, The US National Transportation Safety Board called for a speedup in the redesign of the rudder controls on Boeing 737s, citing potential problems in a pair of deadly crashes.
    (AP, 2/20/98)

1997        Feb 21, Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr reversed his decision to quit and said he would complete the investigation.
    (SFC, 2/22/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/21/98)
1997        Feb 21, The space shuttle Discovery returned to earth after a mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.
    (AP, 2/21/98)
1997        Feb 21, There was a bombing at an Atlanta lesbian nightclub that injured five people. It was similar to the previous recent bombings at an abortion clinic and at the Olympics. Eric Rudolph was later charged with the bombing. He was arrested May 31, 2003.
    (WSJ, 2/21/97, p.A12)(SSFC, 6/1/03, p.A1)
1997        Feb 21, It was reported that Burundi troops killed more than 150 civilians in reprisals for rebel attacks. 100 people were killed at Mugara and fifty near Maramvya.
    (SFC, 2/22/97, p.A12)
1997        Feb 21, In Serbia the opposition coalition took control of the Belgrade City Council with Zoran Djindjic as mayor.
    (SFC, 2/22/97, p.A1)

1997        Feb 22, The new welfare law in the US put tens of thousands of people off of food stamps as of today. The new law stated that adults under age 50 without children or jobs could only receive food stamps for 3 months in any 3-year period. The law authorized states to contract with private companies to provide welfare services.
    (SFC, 2/22/97, p.A12)(WSJ, 3/19/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/22/02)
1997        Feb 22, It was reported that the Clinton administration was seeking to have the former El Salvador rebel, Pedro Antonio Andrade, deported as a terrorist.
    (SFC, 2/22/97, p.A7)
1997        Feb 22, Albert Shanker, the leader of the American Federation of Teachers who championed public school reforms, died in New York at age 68.
    (AP, 2/22/02)

1997        Feb 23, NBC TV showed "Schindler's List," completely uncensored and 65M watched.
1997        Feb 23, Former NAACP leader Benjamin Chavis announced that he had joined the Nation of Islam led by ailing Louis Farrakhan.
    (SFC, 2/25/97, p.A10)
1997        Feb 23, In Philadelphia a group of white men attacked a black family in the Grays Ferry section. Nine men were tried in 1998 and 6 were convicted on a variety of felony accounts.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A3)
1997        Feb 23, Ali Hassan Abu Kamal (69), a Palestinian teacher, opened fire on the 86th-floor observation deck of New York City's Empire State Building, killing one person and wounding six others before shooting himself to death. He was said to have acted on personal motives not associated to any political group.
    (SFC, 2/24/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/23/98)
1997        Feb 23, China’s legislature voted to dilute Hong Kong’s civil liberties laws.
    (SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1997        Feb 23, There was a flash fire aboard the 11-year-old Russian space station Mir. New fire extinguishers were brought up on Apr 8 along with oxygen generators and carbon-dioxide removal canisters and other provisions by the crewless Progress-34 ship.
    (SFE, 4/9/97, p.A15)
1997        Feb 23, In eastern India a fire in Baripada killed 190 worshippers at the 46th annual festival in honor of the late Swami Nigamananda.
    (SFC, 2/24/97, p.A10)(SFC, 2/25/97, p.a14)(AP, 2/23/98)
1997        Feb 23, In Israel PM Netanyahu hired a lawyer as he faced charges of participating in a deal to quash corruption charges against Aryeh Deri, the leader of the religious Shas party, in order to get the party’s support for the Hebron agreement.
    (WSJ, 2/24/97, p.A1)(SFC, 2/25/97, p.a12)
1997        Feb 23, It was announced that researchers under Dr. Ian Wilmut at Edinburgh, Scotland, created a clone lamb from adult sheep DNA. The lamb was born in Jul, 1996, and named Dolly after Dolly Pardon. Dolly was put down Feb. 14, 2003, after a short life marred by premature aging and disease.
    (SFEC, 2/23/97, p.C1)(AP, 2/23/98)
1997        Feb 23, Tony Williams (51), jazz drummer, died in Daly City, Ca. He had worked with Miles Davis and helped form the jazz-rock fusion trio Lifetime. His latest recording was "Wilderness."
    (SFC, 2/25/97, p.B2)

1997        Feb 24, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met in Beijing with Chinese officials, telling them to improve their country's record on human rights or face condemnation by the United States and its allies.
    (AP, 2/24/98)
1997        Feb 24, The US Food and Drug Administration named six brands of birth control as safe and effective "morning-after" pills for preventing pregnancy.
    (AP, 2/24/98)
1997        Feb 24, In Romania a new economic package, introduced last week, planned to reduce state subsidies, deregulate food and energy prices, close unprofitable state enterprises and private others.
    (SFC, 2/24/97, p.A10)
1997        Feb 24, In unrecognized Somaliland Mohammed Ibrahim Egal was re-elected by clan leaders as president.
    (SFC, 2/25/97, p.a14)

1997        Feb 25, A jury in Media, Pa., convicted multimillionaire John E. du Pont of third-degree murder, deciding he was mentally ill when he killed world-class wrestler David Schultz. Du Pont was sentenced to serve 13- to 30-years in prison.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
1997        Feb 25, China's elite bid a final farewell to Deng Xiaoping, the country's last major revolutionary leader.
    (AP, 2/25/98)
1997        Feb 25, In China in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang province, Muslim Uigher separatists set bombs that killed as many as 5 and wounded 27.
    (SFC, 2/26/97, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/26/97, p.A1)

1997        Feb 26, In the 39th Grammy Awards "Change the World" won four awards, including record of the year; Celine Dion's "Falling Into You" won album of the year and best pop album.
    (AP, 2/26/98)(SC, 2/26/02)
1997        Feb 26, President Clinton defended White House fund-raising tactics as "entirely appropriate," a day after the disclosure of documents putting Clinton at the center of all-out fund-raising efforts.
    (AP, 2/26/98)
1997        Feb 26, US smokers were required proof of age over 18 to purchase cigarettes.
1997        Feb 26, Israel's Netanyahu cabinet approved the construction of 6,500 homes for Israelis in Arab East Jerusalem.
    (WSJ, 2/27/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/26/98)
1997        Feb 26, Thai soldiers pushed Karen refugees back across the border into Burma as Burmese troops massed for an offensive.
    (WSJ, 2/27/97, p.A1)

1997        Feb 27, A jury in Fayetteville, N.C., convicted former Army paratrooper James N. Burmeister of murdering a black couple so he could get a skinhead tattoo. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 2/27/98)
1997        Feb 27, Kingsley Davis (88), Hoover Institution demographer, died. He had coined the term "zero population growth." He was the first sociologist to be named to the National Academy of Sciences.
    (SFC, 3/5/96, p.A16)
1997        Feb 27, Legislation banning most handguns in Britain went into effect.
    (AP, 2/27/98)
1997        Feb 27, Divorce became legal in Ireland. [see Jan 17]
    (AP, 2/27/98)(www.divorceuk.com/pages/keyissues/diveire.php)

1997        Feb 28, Brushing aside congressional calls for a tougher stance against Mexico, President Clinton recertified the country as a fully cooperating ally in the struggle against drug smuggling.
    (AP, 2/28/98)
1997        Feb 28, Pres. Clinton and Monica Lewinsky had another sexual encounter [after nearly 11 months] following the taping of his weekly radio address.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.A13)
1997        Feb 28, US Navy medium attack aircraft were retired by order of Pres. Clinton. Any deep-strike mission would be in the hands of the Air Force.
    (WSJ, 2/28/97, p.A14)
1998        Feb 28, In North Hollywood, Calif., two heavily armed masked robbers bungled a B of A bank heist and came out firing, unleashing their arsenal on police, bystanders, cars and TV choppers before they were killed. Police borrowed high powered semiautomatic rifles from a local gun store to match the fire power of the robbers.
    (SFC, 3/1/97, p.A1,17)(AP, 2/28/98)
1997        Feb 28, Del Monte announced that it would be sold to the Texas Pacific Group for about $800 million.
    (SFC, 3/1/97, p.B1)
1997        Feb 28, Ford announced that it planned to phase out production of the Thunderbird (b.1955) until a new generation model in 2000.
    (WSJ, 2/28/97, p.A3)
1997        Feb 28, A 6.1 earthquake at Ardebil in northwest Iran struck at 4:27 p.m. local time. The quake damaged 110 villages and killed some 3,000 people. A second 5.1 quake followed in 2 days.
    (SFC, 3/1/97, p.C1)(SFEC, 3/2/97, p.A15)(SFEC, 3/3/97, p.A12)
1997        Feb 28, From Malaysia it was reported that the Dayaks were killing the Madurans in the rain forest of West Kalimantan, Borneo. The indigenous Dayaks had killed as many as 300 Madurans in fierce hand combat after a peace treaty was broken. The Madurans were moved in by the government from an overpopulated area.
    (SFC, 2/28/97, p.A16)(WSJ, 4/2/99, p.A9)
1997        Feb 28, In Pakistan at 2:10 a.m. a 7.3 earthquake struck in the province of Baluchistan. At least 8 people were killed and many injured. Reports the next day indicated that the 7.3 quake in Pakistan killed at least 80.
    (WSJ, 2/28/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/1/97, p.C1)

1997        Feb, Orrin Keepnews accepted the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Governors Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Bay Area GRAMMY Nominees Celebration.
    (SFEM, 10/5/97, p.28)
1997        Feb, Tattooing was re-legalized in NYC after a 36-year ban caused by fears of hepatitis.
    (Econ, 5/24/08, p.48)(http://nymag.com/guides/everything/tattoos/37978/)
1997        Feb, Lipitor, a cholesterol reducing drug from Warner-Lambert, became available. It was developed by Bruce D. Roth. In 2003 sales of Lipitor, marketed by Pfizer, reached $9.2 billion.
    (WSJ, 1/24/00, p.B1)(WSJ, 3/904, p.A1)
1997        Feb, In Wilmington, Ohio, 2 members of the Aryan Nations were involved in a shootout with police, the day before the group had scheduled a rally to protest Black History Month.
    (SFC, 2/20/98, p.A9)
1997        Feb, Ahmed Zayat, an Egyptian American, took over the Al Ahram Beverages Co. and began to build a state-of-the-art brewery to produce Egyptian Stella and Danish Carlsberg Beer.
    (WSJ, 4/10/97, p.A12)
1997        Feb, In Italy Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady" went missing from Ricci-Oddi modern art gallery. In 2019 the painting was found stashed within the walls of the gallery. The painting gained notoriety the year before its disappearance when a young art student discovered that it was Klimt's only 'double' portrait, with the visible painting completed on top of another, 'Portrait of a Young Lady', which had not been seen since 1912.
    (The Telegraph, 12/11/19)
1997        Feb, Lebanon detained 5 members of the Japanese Red Army.
    (SFC, 11/9/00, p.C2)
1997        Feb, Lesotho soldiers put down a police mutiny in Maseru after 2 hours of shooting.
    (LVRJ, 11/1/97, p.14A)
1997        Feb, In Papua, New Guinea, the government under Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan hired Sandline Int’l., a company that provides military training and support, to help put an end to the bloody secessionist movement on Bougainville Island. Sandline in turn subcontracted much of the work to the South African mercenary firm Executive Outcomes, known for its effective work in Angola and Sierra Leone.
    (WSJ, 3/4/97, p.A15)(SFC, 3/21/97, p.A20)
1997        Feb, Some 3,000 sea lions died from a 200-ton oil spill off the Uruguayan coast from the Panamanian ship San Jorge, which ran aground near the island of Lobos.
    (SFC, 3/8/96, p.A8)

1997        Mar 1, At Spring Lake near Santa Rosa, Ca., Paul Duclos caught a 24-pound largemouth bass, photographed it, weighed it and released it. The official record was a 22-pound, 4-ounce bass caught in Montgomery Lake, Ga. To be official the fish has to be killed, properly weighed and certified by the Int’l. Gamefish Assoc.
    (SFEC, 4/20/97, p.C3)
1997        Mar 1, Severe storms hit Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, and spawned tornadoes in Arkansas blamed for two dozen deaths.
    (AP, 3/1/98)
1997        Mar 1, In Albania Pres. Sali Berisha said that his cabinet ministers would resign and be replaced by leaders acceptable to the opposition .
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, p.A14)
1997        Mar 1, In Austria it was announced that the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra would allow Ann Lelkes, a harpist who had played with the orchestra for 26 years, to become an official member. There still existed an unofficial but firm policy against admitting members of racial or ethnic minorities.
    (SFC, 3/1/97, p.E1)
1997        Mar 1, Rescue teams fought snow, high winds and wild dogs as they tried to bring help to an earthquake-devastated region in northwest Iran, where the death toll was estimated at 3,000.
    (AP, 3/1/98)
1997        Mar 1, In Papua New Guinea Sir Julius Chan announced that the government would buy the 54% stake in Bougainville Copper held by RTZ-CRA Ltd.
    (WSJ, 3/4/97, p.A15)
1997        Mar 1, In Sudan the government signed an agreement to build a 900-mile pipeline from the southern oilfields to Port Sudan on the Red Sea. Chinese National Petroleum would control 40% and Malaysia would own 30% through its state owned oil company.
    (WSJ, 3/11/97, p.A22)

1997        Mar 2, It was revealed that Vice President Gore had raised millions of dollars for the 1996 campaign through direct telephone solicitations, and that some of the calls were made on special phones installed in government buildings for that purpose.
    (AP, 3/2/98)
1997        Mar 2, Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal acquired 5% of Apple.
    (SC, 3/2/02)
1997        Mar 2, A storm hit Arkansas with as many as 20 tornadoes and caused major flooding in the Ohio Valley. At least 41 people were killed.
    (SFEC, 3/3/97, p.A3)
1997        Mar 2, A state of emergency was declared in Albania and at least 4 demonstrators were killed in Vlora in clashes with police. The Adriatic town of Sarande was sacked by rioters.
    (SFEC, 3/3/97, p.A12)(WSJ, 3/3/97, p.A1)
1997        Mar 2, In China Premier Li Peng asked the National People’s Congress for a 12.7% increase in the defense budget for a total of $9.68 billion.
    (WSJ, 3/3/97, p.A1)
1997        Mar 2, The Russian Soyuz TM-24 returned to Earth.
1997        Mar 2, In Spain matadors across the country went on strike as the bullfighting season opened. They favored a policy of shaving bull’s horns that was opposed by the government.
    (SFEC, 3/3/97, p.A12)
1997        cMar 2, In Turkey the military submitted a 20-measure package to Prime Minister Erbakan that called for some new laws and stricter application of existing laws to protect secular principles.
    (SFC, 3/5/97, p.A8)

1997        Mar 3, Vice President Al Gore, under fire for his aggressive role in campaign fund raising, acknowledged he'd solicited donations from his White House office but insisted he did not do "anything wrong, much less illegal." But he said he would never do it again.
    (AP, 3/3/98)
1997        Mar 3, It was announced that scientists had discovered why some people get fat, while others do not. They identified a gene that produces the UCP2 protein which tends to convert fat to energy rather than leaving it stored as fat.
    (SFEC, 3/3/97, p.A3)
1997        Mar 3, It was reported that the US FCC was prepared to set aside a portion of the airwaves for national transmission of CD-quality sound, digital audio radio. It was thought that it might lead to the first form of pay radio.
    (SFEC, 3/3/97, p.A6)
1997        Mar 3, In San Jose, Ca., Leonard Millard, one of the owners of Low Rider Hydraulics, was shot and killed by three men with ties to the Mexican mafia. On Oct 15, 2015, Ruben Lopez-Ramirez was taken into custody on charges that he had orchestrated the killing. He and his brother had run Red’s Hydraulics in Long Beach  in the late 1990s and had gotten into fierce competition with the San Jose firm. 
    (SFC, 10/23/15, p.D2)
1997        Mar 3, Marine archaeologists announced the discovery of Blackbeard's flagship--Queen Anne's Revenge. Reportedly born Edward Drummond in Bristol, England, around 1680, he later changed his name to Thatch or Teach and became a privateer--in essence a licensed pirate.
    (HNQ, 4/8/01)
1997        Mar 3, In Brazil a hidden camera revealed severe police brutality over three nights at the intersection of Naval and Jose Francisco Braz streets in Sao Paulo. The videotape showed 15 people abused by the police and one man shot dead in a car as it pulled away by officer Octavio Lorenco Gambra, aka Rambo.
    (SFC, 4/29/97, p.A10)
1997        Mar 3, In Pakistan a train derailed in eastern Punjab just outside Khaniwal and at least 136 people were killed and 450 injured.
    (SFC, 3/4/97, p.A9)
1997        Mar 3, In Rwanda dozens of bodies were found in Ruhengeri, the day after unidentified men killed three people including a tax collector. The UN accused Rwandan troops of killing at least 137 villagers in reprisal for the slaying of the official.
    (SFC, 5/2/97, p.A17)

1997        Mar 4, Calling creation of life "a miracle that reaches beyond laboratory science," President Clinton barred spending federal money on human cloning.
    (AP, 3/4/98)
1997        Mar 4, President Clinton surveyed tornado destruction in his home state of Arkansas and also declared Ohio and Kentucky disaster areas because of floods.
    (AP, 3/4/98)
1997        Mar 4, Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU).
    (SC, 3/4/02)
1997        Mar 4, Two Albanian air force pilots diverted their MiG-15 fighter to southern Italy after being ordered to fire on civilians. Tanks were reported in Gjirokastra and in Vlore, the hotel complex owned by Vefa, the biggest investment scheme still officially intact, was destroyed along with 6 factories.
    (SFC, 3/5/97, p.A8)
1997        Mar 4, Brazil’s Senate allowed women to wear slacks.
    (SC, 3/4/02)
1997        Mar 4, In Chile the prison population was reported to be 25,000 people. They were encouraged to participate as employees in a joint government-business program.
    (SFC, 3/4/97, p.A5)
1997        Mar 4, It was announced that the US was providing as much as $20 million in military supplies to Eritrea.
    (WSJ, 3/4/97, p.A14)
1997        Mar 4, Russia launched Zeya Start-1, a test satellite, aboard a modified SS-25 ballistic missile from the new Svobodny cosmodrome in the Amur region of eastern Siberia.
    (WSJ, 3/5/97, p.A1)(SC, 3/4/02)
1997        Mar 4, In Spain the matadors agreed to go back to work but the bull horn issue remained unsettled.
    (SFC, 3/5/97, p.A9)

1997        Mar 5, Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells Sr. were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 3/5/98)
1997        Mar 5, Brain researchers announced that some instinctual behavior was successfully transferred between chicken and quail embryos. The young birds did not live past 14 days.
    (SFC, 3/5/97, p.A4)
1997        Mar 5, The Ohio River rose to its highest level in a generation, flooding the area near Louisville, Ky.
    (AP, 3/5/98)
1997        Mar 5, North Korea and South Korea met for first time in 25 years to talk peace.
    (AP, 3/5/98)

1997        Mar 6, The first ever Webby Awards ceremony was held in SF at Bimbo’s 365 Club in North Beach.
    (SFC, 3/7/96, p.A1)
1997        Mar 6, A gunman stole "Tete de Femme," a million-dollar Picasso portrait, from a London gallery. A week later, the painting was recovered and two suspects arrested.
    (AP, 3/6/98)
1997        Mar 6, A new "on the spot" litmus test for the toxins of the E. coli bacteria was announced.
    (WSJ, 3/6/97, p.A1)
1997        Mar 6, In Angola an armed group killed 30 people at a Roman Catholic mission in southern Angola and held 6 missionaries hostage.
    (SFC, 3/13/97, p.A13)
1997        Mar 6, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site.
    (AP, 3/6/98)
1997        Mar 6, China introduced new laws to bolster its campaigns against dissent, ethnic separatism and subversive Western ideals.
    (AP, 3/6/98)
1997        Mar 6, Dr. Cheddi Jagan (78), president of Guyana, died.
    (SFC, 3/7/97, p.A24)
1997        Mar 6, In Jamaica former Prime Minister Michael Manley (b.Dec 10, 1924) died.
    (SFC, 3/8/96, p.A21)
1997        Mar 6, In Nepal the 17-month coalition of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba was defeated and Deuba resigned. King Birendra asked Deuba’s centrist Nepali Congress Party to continue until the formation of a new council of ministers.
    (SFC, 3/7/97, p.A17)
1997        Mar 6, In Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger rebels overran the army base at Vavunativu and left more than 200 dead.
    (SFC, 3/7/97, p.A24)
1997        Mar 6, In Turkey Prime Minister Erbakan signed on to the list of 18 measures submitted by the military to curb ultra religious schools, publications and organizations.
    (WSJ, 3/7/97, p.A10)

1997        Mar 7, The first cross-adoption by 2 lesbians whose children were half-sisters took place in New York. The women had used the same sperm donor for their children.
    (SFC, 3/8/96, p.A4)
1997        Mar 7, After a week of embarrassing disclosures about White House fund raising, President Clinton told a news conference, "I'm not sure, frankly" if he also had made calls for campaign cash. But he insisted that nothing had undercut his pledge to have the highest ethical standards ever.
    (AP, 3/7/98)
1997        Mar 7, In Australia it was disclosed that the reputed Aboriginal painter Eddie Burrup was actually 82-year-old Elizabeth Durack.
    (SFC, 3/8/96, p.A11)
1997        Mar 7, Oxford Univ. scientists established a blood tie between the 9,000 year-old skeleton known as Cheddar Man and an English teacher who lived just half-a-mile from the cave where the bones were found.
    (SFC, 3/8/96, p.A8)
1997        Mar 7, The former Haiti police chief, Lt. Col. Michel Francois, was arrested in Honduras for helping to smuggle 33 tons of Colombian drugs through Haiti into the US. Francois had fled to the Dominican Republic in 1994.
    (SFC, 3/8/96, p.A10)
1997        Mar 7, Japanese PM Ryutaro Hashimoto was sued by 5 people, because his smoking had violated the constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life.
    (MC, 3/7/02)
1997        Mar 7, In Peru foreign officials and local journalists confirmed that the police were digging tunnels to the residence of the Japanese ambassador where hostages were being held by the Tupac Amaru rebels.
    (SFC, 3/8/96, p.A1)
1997        Mar 7, In Belgrade, Serbia, students ended 106 days of daily protests after their rector, Dragutin Velickovic -A Milosevic supporter, resigned.
    (SFC, 3/8/96, p.A12)
1997        Mar 7, In Ecuador the Supreme Court charged Bucaram with corruption, embezzlement, nepotism and influence peddling. When ousted Pres. Abdala Bucaram abandoned the presidential palace in Feb., he walked out with 11 burlap bags allegedly stuffed with $3 million.
    (SFC, 3/10/97, p.A9)

1997        Mar 8, President Clinton, in keeping with his push for private businesses and churches to hire off welfare rolls, ordered federal agencies to do the same.
    (AP, 3/8/07)

1997        Mar 9, In Los Angeles black Gangsta rapper Christopher G. Wallace (24), The Notorious B.I.G. or aka Biggie Smalls, was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. He had been accused of being involved in a 1994 robbery in which Tupac Shakur was shot and robbed of $40,000. In 1999 Amir Muhammad, aka Harry Billups, was named as the suspected gunman. Muhammad was suspected to have been hired by former LAPD officer David A. Mack. In 2005 a judge declared a mistrial when large numbers of LAPD documents were found that hadn’t been turned over to the court.
    (SFC, 3/10/97, p.A8)(SFC, 12/9/99, p.A11)(SFC, 7/7/05, p.A3)(AP, 3/9/07)
1997        Mar 9, In Albania Pres. Sali Berisha proposed a new government of reconciliation to represent all political parties and offered to set new elections.
    (SFC, 3/10/97, p.A8)
1997        Mar 9, French journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby died in Paris. He had been completely paralyzed in Dec 1995 and had recently finished dictating the book: “Le Scaphandre et le Papillon" (The Diving Suit and the Butterfly) by blinking his left eyelid, the only moveable part of his body. The book was published 2 days before he died. The film “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," based on the book, was directed by Julian Schnabel and opened in the US in 2007.
    (SFC, 3/11/97, p.A20)(Econ, 12/1/07, p.100)
1997        Mar 9, In the Sudan the national Democratic Alliance (NDA) began an offensive in the southern state of Equatoria.
    (SFC, 4/3/97, p.A10)

1997        Mar 10, The TV series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer" featured Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy. The show continued to 2003.
    (LSA, Spring, 2009, p.45)(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118276/)
1997        Mar 10, The White House and the FBI clashed in a rare public quarrel after President Clinton said he should have been alerted when the bureau told national security officials that the Chinese government might be trying to influence U.S. elections.
    (AP, 3/10/98)
1997        Mar 10, LaVern Baker (67), rhythm and blues singer, died. She had been discovered as a teenager by Fletcher Henderson in Chicago singing as "Little Miss Sharecropper." Her hits included "Tweedle Dee," "Go Jim Dandy" and "See See Rider."
    (SFC, 3/12/97, p.A9)
1997        Mar 10, In Ethiopia the 800-year-old cross of Lalibela was reported lost.
    (SDUT, 6/6/97, p.E2)
1997        Mar 10, The first Laos Int’l. Juggling Festival was held in Vientiane before a crowd of 40,000 as part of the annual That Luang Festival.
    (WSJ, 3/11/97, p.A20)
1997        Mar 10, Mexico named a new drug czar, lawyer Mariano Federico Herran Salvatti.
    (SFC, 3/11/97, p.A11)
1997        Mar 10, In Nepal King Birendra named Lokendra Bahadur Chand as prime minister and gave him 30 days to form a majority in the 205-seat House of Representatives. The Communists held 90 seats and backed Chand to form a coalition.
    (SFC, 3/11/97, p.A11)
1997        Mar 10, The Vatican established diplomatic relations with Libya.
    (SFC, 3/11/97, p.A11)
1997        Mar 10, Vietnam agreed to repay the US millions of dollars in debts incurred by the former South Vietnam. The debts were currently worth $140 mil.
    (SFC, 3/11/97, p.A11)

1997        Mar 11, In a startling turnaround, US Senate Republicans agreed to a broader investigation of campaign financing that would include a look at huge "soft money" donations.
    (AP, 3/11/98)
1997        Mar 11, Senate confirmation hearings for CIA Director-designate Anthony Lake began.
    (AP, 3/11/98)
1997        Mar 11, Scientists from observatories in Chile and Australia were to announce the discovery of a star in the Southern Hemisphere constellation of Dorado that measured some 370 times the size of the Sun. Stars of this size are believed to be doomed to collapse and explode as supernovas.
    (SFC, 3/11/97, p.A3)
1997        Mar 11, Rock star Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
    (AP, 3/11/98)
1997        Mar 11, A gunman, Allen Griffin, in Detroit killed 3 and wounded 2 before being killed by police after staging an robbery at the Comerica Bank on the East Side.
    (SFC, 3/12/97, p.A3)
1997        Mar 11, A nuclear fuel reprocessing plant experienced 2 fires and an explosion 70 miles northeast of Tokyo. There were no injuries. The chief investigator destroyed photographs of the accident. Debris was also removed and then replaced.
    (SFC, 3/13/97, p.A12)(SFC, 5/1/97, p.A13)
1997        Mar 11, In Russia Pres. Yeltsin reorganized the government and only kept Prime Minister Chernomyrdin and top economic deputy Chubais.
    (WSJ, 3/12/97, p.A16)

1997        Mar 12, Authorities in Los Angeles arrested Mikail Markhasev as a suspect in the shooting death of Bill Cosby's son, Ennis, almost two months earlier. Markhasev, who later admitted his guilt, is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole.
    (AP, 3/12/02)
1997        Mar 12, Edward DeBartolo Jr. handed over $400,000 to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards at the SF Airport in order to clinch a riverboat gambling license.
    (SFC, 3/28/00, p.A3)(SFC, 4/12/00, p.A5)
1997        Mar 12, In Nigeria Wole Soyinka, exiled Nobel Prize winning author, was charged with treason along with 11 others.
    (SFC, 3/13/97, p.A12)

1997        Mar 13, Eddie DeBartolo, owner of the SF 49ers, was awarded a Louisiana casino license one day after paying former Gov. Edwin Edwards $400,000 in cash.
    (SFC, 4/12/00, p.A5)
1997        Mar 13, The UN General Assembly voted 130 to 2 for Israel to abandon its plan to build new Jewish housing on Arab land.
    (SFC, 3/14/97, p.A12)
1997        Mar 13, In Australia it was revealed that the 1995 award-winning autobiography of an Aboriginal woman, "My Own Sweet Time, " was actually written by a 47-year-old white man in Sidney named Leon Carmen.
    (SFC, 3/14/97, p.A16)
1997        Mar 13, Four masked, suspected Islamic gunmen opened fire in a Christian village in southern Egypt and killed 14 men before escaping.
    (SFC, 3/14/97, p.A16)(AP, 3/13/98)
1997        Mar 13, Jordanian soldier Ahmed Daqamseh fired on Israeli junior high school girls on a field trip to the Jordan River island known as Naharayim or Island of Peace. Seven girls were killed and six injured. A Jordanian military court deemed Daqamseh mentally unstable and sentenced him to life in prison. He was released on March 12, 2017. Upon arriving in his hometown, Daqamseh expressed no regrets, telling a reporter that Israelis are "human garbage".
    (SFC, 3/14/97, p.A13)(AP, 3/12/17)

1997        Mar 14, Surgeons at Bethesda Naval Medical Center repaired a painful torn knee tendon in President Clinton's right leg. The injury had been caused by a freak middle-of-the-night stumble at golfer Greg Norman's Florida home.
    (AP, 3/14/98)
1997        Mar 14, The Dow Jones Industrial Average was updated with 4 new companies. Bethlehem Steel, Texaco, Westinghouse Electric and Woolworth were taken off the list and replaced by Hewlett-Packard, Wal-Mart Stores, Johnson & Johnson, and the Travelers Group.
    (SFC, 3/13/97, p.A1,15)
1997        Mar 14, Fred Zinnemann (89), film director, died of heart attack in London, England.
1997        Mar 14, In Albania chaos and anarchy spread and some 23 people were reported killed across the country. The US and Italy were airlifting citizens out of the country. Near the Macedonian border a $10 million cigarette plant was burned down.
    (SFC, 3/15/97, p.A10)
1997        Mar 14, In northeastern Iran a C-130 military cargo plane crashed near Mashad and all 86 people aboard were believed killed.
    (SFC, 3/15/97, p.A19)
1997        Mar 14, In Mexico five Zapatista guerrillas were killed in a clash with the police in Chiapas. Four were injured and 27 wounded when police dislodged hundreds who had been squatting on a farm near San Pedro Nixtalucum.
    (SFC, 3/17/97, p.A8)
1997        Mar 14, In Zaire after a 3 week siege of Kisangani, rebels attacked the city, the 3rd largest in the country.
    (SFC, 3/15/97, p.A10)

1997        Mar 15, An art show that featured 13 oil paintings by Dr. Kevorkian opened in Royal Oak, Mich. They depicted severed heads, moldering skulls and rotting corpses.
    (SFC, 3/17/97, p.A2)
1997        Mar 15, President Clinton spent a second day at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, recuperating from surgery for a partially torn knee tendon.
    (AP, 3/15/98)
1997        Mar 15, Greek frogmen and U.S. Marines evacuated hundreds of foreigners trapped in Albania after that country's descent into anarchy.
    (AP, 3/15/98)
1997        Mar 15, German soldiers, while rescuing foreigners, opened fire under hostile conditions in Albania. This was their first active combat since WW II.
    (SFC, 3/17/97, p.C1)
1997        Mar 15, The Moscow paper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported in an article by Robert Bykov, retired Russian colonel, that an accidental nuclear launch could happen at any time due to the aged and unreliability of the command-an-control equipment.
    (WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A16)
1997        Mar 15, In Zaire rebel soldiers occupied Kisangani.
    (SFC, 3/17/97, p.A8)

1997        Mar 16, The last sale day declared by the US Post Office for buying the Marilyn Monroe, antique autos, or United Nations commemorative stamps.
    (WSJ, 2/21/97, p.B15B)
1997        Mar 16, At the request of a hobbled President Clinton, Russia's Boris Yeltsin agreed to delay their upcoming summit by one day to give Clinton an extra day to recuperate from knee surgery.
    (AP, 3/16/98)
1997        Mar 16, In Albania amnesty was granted to 51 people including former premier Fatos Nano.
    (SFC, 3/18/97, p.A11)
1997        Mar 16, In Beit Shemesh, Israel, Jordan's King Hussein knelt in mourning with the families of seven Israeli schoolgirls gunned down by a Jordanian soldier.
    (AP, 3/16/98)(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A10)
1997        Mar 16, Elections for mayors in 262 El Salvador cities and for the 84-member unicameral Legislative Assembly was scheduled. The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) party was a front-runner. Hector Silva of the Democratic Convergence Party won the mayoral elections for San Salvador. He ran under a coalition led by the FMLN.
    (SFC, 2/25/97, p.a12)(SFC, 3/17/97, p.A9)

1997        Mar 17, Anthony Lake asked President Clinton to withdraw his nomination to be CIA director, saying the partisan confirmation process had "gone haywire."
    (AP, 3/17/98)
1997        Mar 17, The US Supreme Court declined to hear San Francisco’s argument that the cross on Mt. Davidson is a cultural landmark. The cross would now have to be torn down or sold to a private owner.
    (SFC, 3/18/97, p.A1)
1997        Mar 17, It was reported that China was upgrading the city of Chongqing in Sichuan to the status of province. It would be directly controlled by the central government but operate as a province.
    (WSJ, 3/17/97, p.B9D)
1997        Mar 17, In Germany ten drunk soldiers beat up 2 Turks and an Italian during a rampage in Detmold.
    (SFC, 3/19/97, p.A12,14)
1997        Mar 17, In Mexico army Brigadier Gen’l. Alfredo Navarro Lara was arrested for trying to buy off authorities in Baha. He offered payments of $1 million a month to Gen’l. Jose Luis Chavez Garcia to allow cocaine to pass into the US.
    (SFC, 3/18/97, p.A10)
1997        Mar 17, In Papua New Guinea the government fired army commander Brigadier Gen’l. Jerry Singirok. He refused to accept the hiring of the British mercenary firm Sandline Int’l.
    (SFC, 3/18/97, p.A12)
1997        Mar 17, In southern Russia a Stavropol Airlines AN-24 airplane crashed and all 50 aboard were presumed dead.
    (SFC, 3/19/97, p.A14)

1997        Mar 18, Labor Secretary-designate Alexis Herman got a generally favorable reception from Democrats and Republicans alike at her Senate confirmation hearing.
    (AP, 3/18/98)
1997        Mar 18, Bulldozers began clearing away rocks and earth for a Jewish housing project in disputed east Jerusalem, triggering Palestinian protests.
    (WSJ, 3/19/97, p.A1)(AP, 3/18/98)
1997        Mar 18, Former PM Arthur Robinson (1926-2014) began serving as the 3rd president of Trinidad & Tobago. PM Basdeo Panday backed Robinson as president.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._N._R._Robinson)(Econ., 9/19/20, p.35)

1997        Mar 19, Following the withdrawal of Anthony Lake, President Clinton nominated acting CIA Director George Tenet to head the nation's spy agency. President Clinton departed Washington for a summit in Helsinki, Finland, with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
    (AP, 3/19/98)
1997        Mar 19, The US Supreme Court heard arguments on Internet indecency.
1997        Mar 19, Willem de Kooning (b.1904), Dutch-born abstract painter, considered to be one of the 20th century's greatest painters, died in East Hampton, N.Y. He had arrived in America as a stowaway in 1926. In 2004 Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan authored “de Kooning: An American Master."
    (SFC, 3/20/97, p.A1,6,E1)(AP, 3/19/98)(WSJ, 11/23/04, p.D11)
1997        Mar 19, "Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell" by Deborah Solomon was reviewed. The artist was known for his surreal boxes and as a forerunner of the junk-into-art aesthetic.
    (WSJ, 3/19/97, p.A16)
1997        Mar 19, It was reported that purple grape juice slows the activity of blood platelets by about 75% and thus reduces the risk of heart attacks. Red wine and aspirin slowed platelet activity by about 45%.
    (SFC, 3/19/97, p.A10)
1997        Mar 19, Bre-X geologist Michael de Guzman, husband to four wives, was reported to have jumped to his death from a helicopter enroute to Busang, Indonesia, the site of a major gold discovery. Bre-X held a 45% stake in the Busang site.
    (WSJ, 4/9/97, p.A10)
1997        Mar 19, In Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, police fired tear gas and warning shots at more than 2,000 civilians protesting the government’s $27 million contract with Sandline Int’l. to quell rebels on Bougainville.
    (SFC, 3/20/97, p.A12)(AP, 3/29/03)

1997        Mar 20, Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin met in Helsinki for talks on arms control and NATO expansion. They agreed to negotiate a new arms accord to reduce strategic warheads, and to give Russia a more formal role in the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations.
    (WSJ, 3/21/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/22/97, p.A1)(AP, 3/20/98)
1997        Mar 20, The Liggett Group, a tobacco company, agreed to settle claims with 22 state attorneys general. The settlement included a payment of 25% of pretax earnings over the next 25 years, a "smoking is addictive" label, access to documents heretofore claimed to be privileged and admitting the industry marketed cigarettes to teen-agers.
    (WSJ, 3/20/97, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/21/97, p.A3)(AP, 3/20/98)
1997        Mar 20, A Houston jury awarded the MMAR Group, a bond firm, $222.7 million in a libel verdict against Dow Jones & Co. based on a 1993 article  that portrayed the firm as reckless and destroyed its business.
    (SFC, 3/21/97, p.A3)
1997        Mar 20, In Serbia the state telecommunications authority cut independent BK TV’s transmission lines from Belgrade. Hours later a Belgrade court ordered the authority and state-run TV to carry BK.
    (SFC, 3/22/97, p.A10)

1997        Mar 21, President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin wrapped up their summit in Helsinki, Finland, still deadlocked over NATO expansion, but able to agree on slashing nuclear weapons arsenals.
    (AP, 3/21/02)
1997        Mar 21, In  Chicago 3 white teenagers attacked and severely injured a 13-year-old black boy. Lenard Clark (13) was left brain damaged. The suspects, Frank Caruso (18), Victor Jasas (17), and Michael Kwidzinski (19) were released on bonds of $150,000 with charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and a hate crime. Caruso was convicted in 1998 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. The other 2 pleaded guilty to reduced charges and were let off with probation and community service.
    (SFC, 3/25/97, p.A7)(SFC, 10/20/98, p.A6)
1997        Mar 21, In Colombia Gerardo Bedoya, executive editor of El Pais, was assassinated in Cali. He was a former congressman and Colombian representative to the EU.
    (SFC, 3/22/97, p.A11)
1997        Mar 21, In Tel Aviv, Israel, a Palestinian suicide bomber  blew himself up on a terrace of an outdoor restaurant and killed 3 Israelis and injured 46.
    (SFC, 3/22/97, p.A1)
1997        Mar 21, Rebel leader John Garang prepared to attack Juba and claimed that the entire southern Sudan was under their control. Government information minister Tayeb Ibrahim Mohamed Kheir claimed that Ugandan forces were involved with the rebels.
    (SFC, 3/22/97, p.C1)

1997        Mar 22, The show "Sunset Boulevard" closed at Minskoff in NYC after 977 performances.
1997        Mar 22, In Lausanne, Switz., Tara Lipinski, at age 14 years and 10 months, became the youngest women's world figure skating champion.
    (AP, 3/22/97)
1997        Mar 22, The Hale-Bopp comet made its closest approach to Earth at 122 million miles. On Apr 1 it will make its closest approach to the sun, perihelion, at some 85 miles distance.
    (SFC, 3/28/97, p.A12)
1997        Mar 22, In Canada five Solar Temple cult members died in an apparent mass suicide in Quebec. Devotees believed that suicide transports them to a new life in a place called Sirius.
    (WSJ, 3/24/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A19)
1997        Mar 22, In France Etienne Bacrat, "the Mozart of Chess," became a grand master at the age of 14.
    (SFEC, 3/23/97,  p.A13)
1997        Mar 22, A day after a suicide bomber killed three women in Tel Aviv, Israeli troops clashed with hundreds of Palestinians in Hebron.
    (AP, 3/22/97)
1997        Mar 22, In Tanzania the worst drought in 40 years was reported.
    (SFC, 3/22/97, p.A4)

1997        Mar 23, "Mandy Patinkin in Concert" closed at Lyceum Theater NYC.
    (SS, 3/23/02)
1997        Mar 23, In the 17th Golden Raspberry Awards: Striptease won. The Golden Raspberries or Razzies were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer.
1997        Mar 23, The American Cancer Society recommended that women begin annual mammograms at age 40.
    (AP, 3/23/98)
1997        Mar 23, In Belarus American diplomat Serge Alexandrov, first secretary at the US embassy in Minsk, was ordered to leave the country for participating in an anti-government march. The Foreign Ministry accused him of being a CIA agent.
    (SFC, 3/25/97, p.A14)
1997        May 23, Presidential elections put conservative speaker Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri against left-leaning cleric Mohammad Khatami. Iranians elected a moderate president, Mohammad Khatami, over hard-liners with a 70% landslide.
    (WSJ, 3/20/97, p.A12)(AP, 5/23/98)(SFC, 10/24/98, p.A14)
1997        Mar 23, Amid renewed violence, Israel's Cabinet called on the Palestinian Authority to crack down on Islamic militant groups, but stopped short of suspending peace talks.
    (AP, 3/23/98)

1997        Mar 24, Pres. Clinton and Monica Lewinsky engaged in their final sexual encounter. [see Mar 29]
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.A13)
1997        Mar 24, At the 69th Annual Hollywood Academy Awards, "The English Patient" won best picture and director (Anthony Minghella) and 7 other Oscars; Geoffrey Rush won best actor for "Shine," and Frances McDormand best actress for "Fargo."
    (SFC, 3/25/97, p.A1)(AP, 3/24/98)
1997        Mar 24, Vice President Gore arrived in China for the highest-level U.S. visit in eight years. He witnessed the Beijing signing of trade deals with GM and Boeing.
    (SFC, 3/25/97, p.A12)(AP, 3/24/98)
1997        Mar 24, In Nashville 3 employees at a McDonalds's Restaurant died of wounds from a robbery. A 4th was in critical condition from stab wounds.
    (SFC, 3/25/97, p.A5)
1997        Mar 24, The Australian Senate struck down the law passed by the Northern Territory’s Parliament that allowed doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. The law might be reinstated in 2000 if the territory is granted proposed statehood because under the constitution the national Parliament cannot override state laws. A growing interest soon developed in travel to Mexico to buy liquid pentobarbital (Nembutol), which causes a painless death. The Australian government later banned Philip Nitschke's book, "The Peaceful Pill Handbook" (2006) which gives tips on everything from carbon monoxide to buying pentobarbital in Mexico.
    (SFC, 3/25/97, p.A12)(SFC, 1/14/98, p.C3)(Reuters, 6/3/08)
1997        Mar 24, In Zaire Mobutu accepted the parliamentary vote of censure of prime minister Kengo wa Dondo.
    (SFC, 3/25/97, p.A12)

1997        Mar 25, The US Federal Reserve nudged interest rates higher for the first time in two years, hoping to stifle any threat of rising inflation.
    (AP, 3/24/98)
1997        Mar 25, Georgia Gov. Zell Miller signed into law a ban on a controversial form of late-term abortion.
    (AP, 3/24/98)
1997        Mar 25, Former President George Bush, 73, parachuted from a plane over the Arizona desert.
    (AP, 3/24/98)
1997        Mar 25, In Montenegro Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic was given a vote of no confidence by his party of hardline supporters of Serbian Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 3/26/97, p.C2)
1997        Mar 25, In the Netherlands an arson attack left a Turkish woman and 5 children dead in the Hague.
    (SFC, 3/29/97, p.A9)

1997        Mar 26, "Annie" opened at Martin Beck Theater NYC.
    (SS, 3/26/02)
1997        Mar 26, Former drug counselor John G. Bennett Jr. pleaded no contest in Philadelphia to charges stemming from a $100 million charity fraud. Bennett was sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud, tax violations and money laundering.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
1997        Mar 26, The united Farm Workers Union announced that it would petition the US Environmental Agency to reinstate a 4-day period when farmworkers would stay out of strawberry fields after the application of capstan, a cancer causing fungicide. Its use has increased 7-fold in the last 6 years. 80% of the nation’s strawberry crop is grown in California.
    (SFC, 3/27/97, p.A21)
1997        Mar 26, The bodies 39 young men and women (26-72) of the Heaven’s Gate cult were found in a mansion at Rancho Santa Fe, near San Diego. The techno-religious group, led by an older man named "Do," (aka Marshall Herff Applewhite), had committed mass suicide as the Hale-Bopp comet approached. They had run a business under the name WW Higher Source that engaged in WWW page development.
    (SFC, 3/27/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/97, p.A1,12)(AP, 3/25/98)
1997        Mar 26, In Belarus Pres. Lukashenko announced the revival of the Soviet tradition of "subbotniks," weekend unpaid mandatory labor.
    (SFC, 3/27/97, p.A15)
1997        Mar 26, Bre-X and Freeport Mining announced that due-diligence testing by Freeport found much less gold than estimated in the Busang, Indonesia, discovery by the team of Michael de Guzman (d.3/19/97). The penny stock had been pumped to $4.5 billion in market value before the hoax crashed.
    (WSJ, 4/9/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 6/19/01, p.A18)
1997        Mar 26, Irish terrorists set off 2 bombs in Wilmslow, England, at a railroad crossing.
    (SFC, 3/27/97, p.A14)
1997        Mar 26, In Northern Ireland a bomb exploded at a police station in Coalisland, 30 miles west of Belfast.
    (SFC, 3/27/97, p.A14)
1997        Mar 26, In Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Julius Chan resigned due to the public uproar over plans to use mercenaries in Bougainville.
    (SFC, 3/26/97, p.A14)
1997        Mar 26, Manfred Nowak resigned the job of envoy of the UN for missing persons in the former Yugoslavia and said that he failed to receive support to account for the 20,000 missing people of the Bosnian war. He had begun the job in 1994.
    (SFC, 3/27/97, p.A18)

1997        Mar 27, Ella Maillart (b.1903), Swiss sportswoman and travel writer, died. She chronicled the savage collectivisation of Karakalpak agriculture in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in the 1930s.
    (Econ, 5/16/09, p.91)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ella_Maillart)
1997        Mar 27, In Afghanistan an avalanche buried at least 100 people near the Salang tunnel north of Kabul.
    (WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A1)
1997        Mar 27, In Argentina it was reported that former economy minister Domingo Cavallo claimed that Alfredo Yabran, the country’s most successful businessman, led an all-powerful mafia of businessmen, politicians and judges.
    (SFC, 3/27/97, p.A14)
1997        Mar 27, In Nigeria villagers occupied a 7th oil installation on the Niger Delta in protests over local government elections. Tribesmen last week seized 6 Shell sites. This shut down 10% of Nigeria’s oil production.
    (WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A12)
1997        Mar 27, In Russia the Federation of Independent Trade Unions called for a nationwide strike on this date to protest unpaid wages. Nearly 2 million workers marched.
    (SFC, 3/14/97, p.A16)(SFC, 3/28/97, p.A8)
1997        Mar 27, Ella Maillart (b.1903), Swiss sportswoman and travel writer, died. She chronicled the savage collectivisation of Karakalpak agriculture in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in the 1930s.
    (Econ, 5/16/09, p.91)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ella_Maillart)

1997        Mar 28, Robert Pinsky (56) of Boston Univ. was named poet laureate of the United States by the Library of Congress. A $35,000 allowance from private funds accompanied the position.
    (SFC, 3/28/97, p.A7)(SFC, 4/6/99, p.E5)
1997        Mar 28, A medical examiner revealed that some members of the Heaven's Gate cult who'd committed suicide in a California mansion had also been castrated in apparent pursuit of the group's ideal of androgynous immortality.
    (AP, 3/28/98)
1997        Mar 28, The UN Security Council agreed to send a multinational force to Albania to protect the delivery of humanitarian aid.
    (SFC, 3/29/97, p.A10)

1997        Mar 29, According to Monica Lewinsky she and Pres. Clinton had their last sexual encounter.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.A13)
1997        Mar 29, Vice President Gore concluded his tour of Asia, saying that talks in Beijing had created "new momentum" in relations between the U.S. and China.
    (AP, 3/29/98)
1997        Mar 29, In Jacksonville, Fla., Philip N. Johnson staged a Loomis, Fargo & Co. armored car robbery for $22 million. He was arrested Aug 30 at a border crossing in Texas.
    (SFEC, 8/31/97, p.A11)
1997        Mar 29, In France over 25,000 people demonstrated against the convention of the  racist National Front Party led by Jean-Pierre Le Pen.
    (SFEC, 3/30/97, p.A18)
1997        Mar 29, Italian rescue workers searched the waters for survivors of a collision of an Albanian patrol boat packed with Albanians and an Italian Navy ship. Arguments raged as to who was at fault and there were 4 confirmed deaths. Albanian prime minister Bashkim Fino demanded an investigation. 87 were later feared drowned.
    (SFEC, 3/30/97, p.A18)(SFC, 4/1/97, p.A17)(WSJ, 4/1/97, p.A1)

1997        Mar 30, The reigning champion Lady Vols of Tennessee won their fifth NCAA women's basketball title by defeating Old Dominion, 68-59.
    (AP, 3/30/98)
1997        Mar 30, In Cambodia a grenade attack at a political rally killed 10 and wounded over 100 as opposition leader Sam Rainsy led some 200 members of his Khmer Nation Party in front of the National Assembly.
    (SFEC, 3/30/97, p.A18)
1997        Mar 30, In South Africa Celeste Nurse (18) woke up in the maternity ward of a Cape Town hospital to find her three-day-old baby had vanished from her cot. In 2016 a South African woman was convicted of kidnapping the baby (Zephany Nurse) and raising her for 17 years before an astonishing coincidence reunited the girl with her biological family. On August 15, 2016, the kidnapper (51) was sentenced to ten years in prison.
    (AP, 3/10/16)(Reuters, 8/15/16)

1997        Mar 31, In the US men’s NCAA Basketball finals Arizona beat Kentucky 84-79 in overtime.
    (SFC, 4/1/97, p.A1)
1997        Mar 31, Jury selection began in Denver in the trial of accused Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
    (AP, 3/31/98)
1997        Mar 31, The US Supreme Court ruled that the government can force cable television systems to carry local broadcast stations.
    (AP, 3/31/98)
1997        Mar 31, It was reported from Los Angeles that Yasuyoshi Kato was caught after having embezzled 85-95 [$62 mil] million from Day-Lee Foods, a Japanese firm for which he worked as an accountant [chief financial officer]. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
    (SFC, 3/31/97, p.A15)(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A14)
1997        Mar 31, Scientists announced the first artificial human chromosomes that work properly inside living cells.
    (SFC, 4/1/97, p.A1)
1997        Mar 31, In Spain a passenger train north of Pamplona derailed and killed at least 22 and injured some 87 people.
    (WSJ, 4/1/97, p.A1)

1997        Mar, Apple Corp. announced it would lay off 4,100 workers.
    (SFC, 1/24/04, p.A12)
1997        Mar, In Brazil Pres. Cardoso announced a $150 million credit line from the World Bank for infrastructure and the purchase of land for settlements in northeastern Brazil.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.A12)
1997        Mar, In the Czech Republic the national currency, the koruna, was devalued 12%.
    (SFC, 12/1/97, p.A13)
1997        Mar, In India 10 lower-caste villagers were gunned down in Haibaspur by higher-class gunmen.
    (SFC, 12/3/97, p.A11)
1997        Mar, Lebanon granted Kozo Okamoto, Japanese Red Army member, political asylum and deported 4 others to Japan. [see Jun 9]
    (SFC, 11/9/00, p.C2)
1997        Mar, In Peru the body of Mariela Barreto, an intelligence officer, was found with her head and hands hacked off and her spine snapped in half.
    (SFC, 6/28/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 5/30/00, p.A1)

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