ROYAL BARGE IN BANGKOK The ancient splendor of the Siamese Court is recalled by the Royal Barge Procession down the River Chao in Bangkok. It signals the end of Buddhist Lent in a tradition which is centuries old.rn
MINIATURE PALACE "Titania's Palace", a magnificent doll's house it took an Irish Knight 15 years to build, brings 90,000 at a children's charity auction. The two-story mahogany palace has 16 rooms crammed with tiny, priceless "antiques".rn
RESTORED VILLAGE In the Spring, "Old Bethpage" colonial village restoration will become the "Williamsburg of the North." Ultimately, thirty restored buildings will occupy the 200-acre site, displaying houses, stores, and outbuildings of all kinds.
FISH AIR-DROP 400,000 rainbow trout rain down into Lake Powell, Arizona, in the first known successful fish air-drop. It's a new way to stocking remote waters and 95 percent of the trout survive the fall.
TOKYO FESTIVAL A gigantic religious festival in Tokyo National Stadium has some 75,000 people performing intricate dances, gymnastics, and pictorial effects. The finale: "World Peace" spelled out in 11 languages.rn
CHURCH CONGRESS The Synod of Bishops and World Congress of Catholic laymen gather in Rome where Pope Paul warns laymen to follow established Catholic teaching. A woman speaks before the Synod for the first time in history and the Congress petitions the Vatican for the right of free choice on birth control.
NATO HEADQUARTERS NATO moves into its new multi-million dollar headquarters in Brussels. Formal ceremonies mark the opening and member nations draw up a plan to widen NATO's role from merely military to the pursuit of worldwide political policies.
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