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Sunday, January 4, 1998

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  • "It was a life cut short, a life not without pain and imperfection, but full of hope and high achievement."

    -- -- U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy during the funeral Mass for his brother Michael, 39, who died Wednesday in a skiing accident.

    Today's events

  • The Palestinian Authority is scheduled to announce the results of the first West Bank and Gaza Strip census.

  • NFL divisional playoffs heat up.

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    On the horizon

  • On Monday, January 5, Iraq faces a deadline to submit a new aid distribution plan to be executed under the oil-for-food plan.

  • On Tuesday, January 6, the court martial for former sergeant major of the Army Gene McKinney on sexual misconduct charges is scheduled to start.

  • On Wednesday, January 7, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is tentatively scheduled to visit Israel and Palestinian regions.

  • On Thursday, January 8, the International Winter Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas.

  • On Friday, January 9, British Prime Minister Tony Blair is to arrive in Tokyo for a state visit, the first such trip by a British leader in four years.

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    On this day

  • In 1790, U.S. President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address.

  • In 1861, the Confederate States of America were formed, consisting of South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana.

  • In 1863, the four-wheeled roller skate was patented by James Plimpton of New York.

  • In 1885, the first appendectomy in the United States was performed in Davenport Iowa, by Dr. William Grant.

  • In 1896, Utah became the 45th state to be admitted to the United States.

  • In 1948, after more than 100 years of British rule, Burma -- now Myanmar -- was granted independence. Since then, the country has been controlled primarily by military regimes.

  • In 1951, Chinese and North Korean troops captured Seoul, South Korea.

  • In 1950, Albert Camus, writer and philosopher, died.

  • In 1962, the first unmanned subway train ran in New York City.

  • In 1971, Dr. Melvin H. Evans became the first elected governor of the Virgin Islands.

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    The countdown to the Super Bowl heats up with NFL Divisional Playoffs Sunday. Down! Set! Hut! Check the official National Football League site for stats, schedules and trivia.


    Holidays and more

  • Burma, or Myanmar, celebrates Independence Day.

  • The United States marks National Trivia Day.

  • Actress Dyan Cannon is 61.

  • Actor Patrick Cassidy is 37.

  • Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien is 64.

  • Former Football Coach Don Shula is 68.

  • Actress Jane Wyman is 84.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan

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