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Thursday, January 8, 1998

  • Today's Events
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  • "You can't stop science. God made man in his own image. God intended for man to become one with God. ... Cloning and the reprogramming of DNA is the first serious step in becoming one with God."

    -- G. Richard Seed





    Today's events


  • The International Winter Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas.

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    On the horizon


  • 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.

  • On Monday, January 12, the European Parliament holds a plenary session.

  • On Tuesday, January 13, a hearing is scheduled in Washington on whether Microsoft is in contempt of court in its antitrust lawsuit.

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    On this day


  • In 1297, in Monaco, Franceschino Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, sneaked into the Genoese-controlled fortress, let in his own soldiers, and established the Grimaldi dynasty.

  • In 1642, Galileo Galilei, mathematician, astronomer, physicist and developer of the astronomical telescope, died.

  • In 1713, Arcangelo Corelli, Italian composer and violinist, died. His concerti grossi, published posthumously, greatly influenced J.S. Bach.

  • In 1798, the 11th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, modifying the power of the Supreme Court, was ratified.

  • In 1815, the Americans defeated the British in the battle of New Orleans.

  • In 1825, Eli Whitney, U.S. inventor of the cotton gin, died.

  • In 1918, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson presented his "14 Points" to Congress, a peace plan aimed at a new world order after World War One.

  • In 1926, Abdul Aziz ibn Saud became King of the Hejaz, which he announced would henceforth be called Saudi Arabia.

  • In 1935, U.S. singer Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.

  • In 1941, Robert Baden-Powell, English soldier and founder of the Boy Scouts, died; he won fame as the defender of Mafeking in the Boer War in South Africa and founded the Scouts in 1908.

  • In 1959, Charles de Gaulle became first president of France's Fifth Republic; he took office for a second term on this day in 1966.

  • In 1966, the Polish government imposed a foreign travel ban on the Catholic primate, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski.

  • In 1967, U.S. and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Cedar Falls, a major operation against Communist troops in the Mekong Delta.

  • In 1971, Sir Geoffrey Jackson, British ambassador in Uruguay, was kidnapped by Tupamaros guerrillas; he was held captive until September.

  • In 1973, U.S. negotiator Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho resumed talks in Paris on ending the Vietnam War.

  • In 1976, Chou En-Lai, long-time Chinese Communist leader, died aged 78.

  • In 1979, the French tanker Betelgeuse exploded at the Gulf Oil terminal at Bantry in Ireland, killing 50 people.

  • In 1982, Spain agreed to end its blockade of Gibraltar in return for talks on the British colony's future.

  • In 1987, the Dow Jones industrial average topped the 2,000 mark for the first time.

  • In 1989, 44 people were killed when a British Midland Boeing 737-400 airliner with 126 passengers and crew crashed on to the M1 motorway in central England.

  • In 1991, Pan Am, one of the oldest U.S. airlines and a pioneer of transatlantic and Pacific routes, sought bankruptcy protection, a victim of federal deregulation.

  • In 1992, Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina declared their own republic in protest at a decision by Bosnia's Croats and Muslims to seek EC recognition.

  • In 1995, guns fell silent across Sri Lanka's northeast region for the first time in four years at the start of a two-week truce between the government and Tamil separatist rebels.

  • In 1995, Carlos Monzon, Argentina's greatest boxing champion, died in a car accident.

  • In 1996, a Zairian cargo plane crashed into a crowded market in the center of the capital Kinshasa, killing 350 people.

  • In 1996, former French president Francois Mitterrand died of cancer at 79.

  • In 1996, Karoly Grosz, Hungary's former communist leader who became known as the Hungarian Gorbachev for unleashing reforms which destroyed the system he believed in, died at 65.

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