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Daily Briefing

Daily Briefing


Two more people who initially survived last month's crash of a Korean Air jumbo jet in Guam have died, bringing the death toll to 228, a South Korean foreign ministry spokesman said today. Korean flight attendant Han Kyu-hee died on Saturday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Another South Korean, Jung Young-hak, a passenger, died on Sunday in the same facility.


World chess champion Garry Kasparov and arch-rival Anatoly Karpov have agreed in principle to play a title match in Compiegne, France, 50 miles northeast of Paris, starting next month for a prize of $1.6 million, a Swiss newspaper reported today.


-- Fidel Castro made his first public appearance yesterday since Miami news media reported rumors - immediately denied by Cuba - that Castro could be very ill or dead. The Cuban news agency Prensa Latina, said Castro, 71, opened the school year in Cuidad Libertad. Castro, wearing an olive-green military uniform, spoke for nearly an hour to hundreds of schoolchildren, teachers and officials under a light rain.

-- Turkmenistan's president, Saparmurat Niyazov, who underwent a five-hour heart operation in Germany yesterday, will return to this desert republic at the end of the week, a Turkmen official said today. Yesterday, state television in the former Soviet republic said Niyazov was in stable condition.

Today in history

-- In 490 B.C. the marathon was born when an Athenian runner, Pheidippides, was dispatched to carry a message from Marathon to Sparta, which was 26 miles away. He was seeking help to repel the invading Persian army.

-- In 1666, the London fire started in the royal bakery. The fire raged for nearly four days, burning 13,000 homes and 87 churches. Just eight people died.

Published Correction Date: 09/08/97 - The Run By The Athenian Runner Pheidippides, Upon Which The Modern Marathon Is Based, Was From The Plain Of Marathon To Athens. The Destination Was Incorrect In The ''Today In History'' Portion Of This Column.

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