September 20, 1997 in Nation/World



Ten years ago: Pope John Paul II concluded an 11-day visit to North America as he celebrated Mass for thousands of Indians at Fort Simpson in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Five years ago: French voters narrowly approved the Maastricht Treaty on European union. The space shuttle Endeavour landed at the Kennedy Space Center. Leanza Cornett of Florida was crowned “Miss America” in Atlantic City, N.J.

One year ago: President Clinton announced his signing of a bill outlawing homosexual marriages, but said it should not be used as an excuse for discrimination, violence or intimidation against gays and lesbians. (The actual signing came a little after midnight.)

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