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Tuesday, January 6, 1998

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  • "I just know from being on stage for years and years and years, there's one moment where you have to feel the audience is still having a great time, and if you get off right there, they walk out of the theater excited."

    -- Jerry Seinfeld

    Today's events

  • The court martial for former sergeant major of the Army Gene McKinney on sexual misconduct charges is scheduled to start.

  • A European Monetary Institute council meeting will be held in Frankfurt, Germany.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Sunday, January 11, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien visits Mexico.

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    On this day

  • In 871, the Danes were defeated by the West Saxons under Ethelred and Alfred the Great at the battle of Ashdown.

  • In 1066, Harold was crowned king of England following the death of his brother-in-law Edward the Confessor; he was England's last Anglo-Saxon king.

  • In 1099, Henry V, second son of Henry IV and his first wife, Bertha of Turin, was crowned king of Germany.

  • In 1169, England and France agreed to peace when Louis VII and Henry II met at Montmirail.

  • In 1540, Henry VIII of England married Anne of Cleves, his fourth wife.

  • In 1884, Gregor Mendel, Austrian Augustine monk, biologist and botanist, died. He pioneered the study of biological heredity and laid the mathematical foundation of the science of genetics.

  • In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state admitted to the United States.

  • In 1919, Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president (1901-1909), died. An expansionist politician, he acquired the Panama Canal Zone (1903); he also made an unsuccessful run for president in 1912.

  • In 1929, King Alexander of Yugoslavia abolished the constitution, dissolved the government and established a royal dictatorship.

  • In 1941, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt addressed Congress, offering support for all who strove for four essential freedoms -- freedom of speech and religion and freedom from want and fear.

  • In 1950, Britain formally recognized China's Communist government.

  • In 1969, President Charles de Gaulle imposed a total ban on French arms supplies to Israel.

  • In 1981, Gaston Thorn succeeded Roy Jenkins as president of the European Commission.

  • In 1990, Poland's Communist Party leaders gave the green light to its dissolution and replacement by a non-Marxist party.

  • In 1992,President Zviad Gamsakhurdia fled Georgia after a bloody two-week power struggle, leaving his parliament burning and in the hands of jubilant rebel gunmen.

  • In 1993, Dizzy Gillespie, U.S. jazz trumpeter, died. He was one of the founding fathers of the 1940s revolutionary be-bop style and influenced generations of musicians.

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    Lunar Prospector is scheduled to lift off Tuesday, beginning a journey back to the moon for the first time in 25 years. Learn more about the space agency's most cost-effective mission ever at NASA'sLunar Prospector page.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Epiphany Day in most of the world.

  • It is Armenian Christmas Day.

  • It is the Feast of Three Kings in the Dominican Republic.

  • Iraq marks Army Day.

  • Uruguay celebrates Children's Day.

  • The Virgin Islands celebrates Three Kings' Day.

  • Writer E.L. Doctorow is 67.

  • Actress Bonnie Franklin is 54.

  • Football player Charles Lewis Haley is 34.

  • Former football coach Lou Holtz is 61.

  • Sportscaster and actor Howie Long is 38.

  • Golfer Nancy Lopez is 41.

  • Musician Earl Scruggs is 74.

  • Director John Singleton is 30.

  • Actress Loretta Young is 85.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

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