Monday, January 5, 1998
Opening statements in the trial of Unabomb suspect Theodore Kaczynski begin.
Iraq faces a deadline to submit a new aid distribution plan to be executed under the oil-for-food plan.
On the horizon
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
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.
On Saturday, January 10, Harvard's JFK School of Government holds
a Russian investment symposium with top figures from IMF, Russian
government and global corporations.
On this day
In 1477, Charles the Bold was defeated and killed by the Swiss
at the Battle of Nancy in the Swiss-Burgundian Wars.
In 1757, Jean-Francois Damiens attempted to assassinate Louis
XV of France as he was entering his carriage at Versailles.
Damiens was later executed.
In 1762, Elizabeth, Empress of Russia, died and was succeeded
by her nephew Peter III.
In 1809, Great Britain and the Ottoman Empire signed the
Treaty of Dardanelles, also called the Treaty of Canak. Its main
provision was to decree that no warship of any power should
enter the Dardanelles or Bosphorus.
In 1858, Joseph Radetzky, Austrian military reformer whose
victorious campaigns made him a national hero, died.
In 1919, Spartacists in Berlin led by Rosa Luxemburg and Karl
Liebknecht attempted to take over the government and seized a
number of buildings.
In 1919, the German Workers Party, later to be called the Nazi
Party, was formed.
In 1922, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, British Antarctic
explorer, died. He died in South Georgia, part of the Falkland
Islands, as he attempted a fourth expedition to the Antarctic.
In 1925, Nellie Taylor Ross took up her post as governor of
Wyoming to become the first woman governor of the United States.
In 1933, Calvin Coolidge, 30th U.S. president, died. He was
governor of Massachusetts and became vice-president in 1921. He
succeeded to the presidency on Warren Harding's death in 1923
and was elected in 1924.
In 1938, King Juan Carlos I of Spain born. Groomed by
Francisco Franco to inherit his right-wing dictatorship, he
steered Spain to democracy.
In 1964, during his visit to the Holy Land, Pope Paul VI met
Patriarch Athenagoras I in Jerusalem, the first encounter by the
leaders of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches since the
In 1968, Alexander Dubcek succeeded Antonin Novotny as first
secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party. His attempt to
liberalize the country, dubbed "Communism with a human face,"
provoked the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact occupation.
In 1969, the Soviet interplanetary spacecraft Venus 5 was
launched, followed five days later by Venus 6. They reached
Venus on May 16 and 17 respectively.
In 1971, Chile's socialist government led by Salvador Allende
agreed to establish diplomatic relations with China.
In 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon signed a bill
instructing NASA to begin research on a manned space shuttle.
In 1976, the Khmer Rouge promulgated a new constitution in
Cambodia, renaming it Democratic Kampuchea.
In 1996, Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev, admired in
the West but reviled by Russian conservatives, resigned.
In 1996, Yahya Ayyash, the elusive mastermind behind a wave of Islamic suicide bombings against Israel, was killed in Gaza by a booby-trapped
In 1997, Russia withdrew the last of its Defense Ministry
troops from Chechnya, marking a formal end to Moscow's ill-fated
military campaign in the region.
Holidays and more
Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale is 70.
Actor Robert Duvall is 67.
Actress Diane Keaton is 52.
Actress Pamela Sue Martin is 44.
Poet W.D. Snodgrass is 72.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan