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Friday, January 9, 1998

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  • "Everything I did was out of love for the land of Israel. My grandparents were killed by the Nazis. ... I think they're proud of me. I'm not sorry. What should I be sorry about?"

    -- Tatyana Suskin, jailed in Israel for anti-Muslim propaganda

    Today's events

  • British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives in Tokyo for a state visit, the first such trip by a British leader in four years.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, January 14, a motion is expected to be filed by attorneys for Timothy McVeigh, sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.

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    On this day

  • In 1788, Connecticut ratified the U.S. constitution and became the fifth member state.

  • In 1792, the Treaty of Jassy ended the Russo-Turkish War; the Russian frontier was extended and the Ottomans also gained territory.

  • In 1793, French aeronaut Jean-Pierre Blanchard made the first balloon flight over the North American continent.

  • In 1806, Lord Horatio Nelson, British naval hero, was buried at St Paul's Cathedral in London; he led the British fleet against the French at Trafalgar in October 1805 and was mortally wounded in the victory.

  • In 1873, Napoleon III, Emperor of France and nephew of Napoleon I, died; his defeat by Prussia in 1871 forced him into exile in England, where he lived until his death.

  • In 1875, Alfonso XII landed at Barcelona after being proclaimed King of Spain.

  • In 1878, Victor Emmanuel died and was succeeded as King of Italy by Umberto I.

  • In 1923, Don Juan de la Cierva, Spanish flier and inventor, made the first successful flight of an autogyro, forerunner of the helicopter.

  • In 1945, U.S. forces landed on Luzon island in the Philippines.

  • In 1957, Anthony Eden resigned as British prime minister just months after the Suez Canal crisis.

  • In 1960, construction work started on the Aswan High Dam in Egypt.

  • In 1962, Japan and the United States signed an agreement for Japan to pay $290 million in settlement of its debt for post-war U.S. aid.

  • In 1964, 22 Panamanian students died during riots which began after U.S. residents of the Panama Canal zone prevented them from hoisting their flag there.

  • In 1972, fire destroyed the liner Queen Elizabeth in waters off Hong Kong.

  • In 1973, Rhodesia closed its Zambesi river border with Zambia due to guerrilla attacks.

  • In 1980, in Saudi Arabia, 63 Muslim fanatics were beheaded for their part in the siege of the Great Mosque in Mecca in November 1979.

  • In 1984, the Jordanian parliament was reconvened for the first time in ten years.

  • In 1992, Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina declared a separate republic and said it would be part of federal Yugoslavia.

  • In 1994, gunmen in South Africa shot and killed a journalist and wounded two in an attack on a party of officials, including ANC General-Secretary Cyril Ramaphosa.

  • In 1996, Chechen rebels seized some 2,000 hostages in a southern Russian town and threatened to kill them if their demands were not met.

  • In 1996, international donors pledged a total of $1.37 billion in aid to the new Palestinian Authority.

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    British Prime Minister Tony Blair heads to Tokyo for a state visit today. Curious to see what he'll see? Check out Hirofumi Inomata's Panorama Photograph Art Gallery for a wide-angled look at the city.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Martyrs Day in Panama.

  • Singer Joan Baez is 57.

  • Basketball player Muggsy Bogues is 33.

  • Actor Bob Denver is 63.

  • Sportscaster Dick Enberg is 63.

  • Singer Crystal Gayle is 47.

  • Author Judith Krantz is 70.

  • Former football coach Bart Starr is 64.

  • Actress Susannah York is 57.

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

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