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Monday, January 5, 1998

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  • "I'm not going to conjecture. He's a big boy, and he's going to make the decision himself."

    -- -- Alan Blount, balloonist Steve Fossett's mission control director on whether the adventurer will cut short his quest to fly around the world nonstop.

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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 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.

  • 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.

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    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 15th century.

  • 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 cellular telephone.

  • 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.

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    Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett is hoping to become the first person to pilot a balloon around the world nonstop. To follow his every move, check out Solo Spirit: Round the World Balloon Flight.


    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.

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

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