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Saturday, January 10, 1998

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  • "He had a vision of the future and just how he was going to build it, and his enthusiasm was so great that he just swept everyone along with him. We didn't know where he was going, but we just wanted to be there."

    -- Cher on her former husband, Sonny Bono

    Today's events

  • 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 the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, January 15, about 12,000 Catholics are expected to attend Convocation 2000, a three-day workshop in Washington aimed at helping prepare for the year 2000.

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    On this day

  • In 1645, William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, was beheaded for treason.

  • In 1861, Florida became the third state to secede from the Union to join the Confederacy.

  • In 1862, Samuel Colt, firearms manufacturer who invented the revolver that bears his name, died.

  • In 1863, the world's first underground railway service, London's Metropolitan line between Paddington and Farringdon, was opened.

  • In 1912, the first flying boat, designed by Glenn Curtiss, made its maiden flight at Hammondsport, New York.

  • In 1917, William Frederick Cody, army scout and Indian fighter known as Buffalo Bill, died.

  • In 1920, the League of Nations came into being.

  • In 1922, Arthur Griffith was elected president of the newly formed Irish Free State.

  • In 1934, Marinus van der Lubbe was guillotined in Germany for allegedly burning down the Reichstag.

  • In 1946, the League of Nations was officially superseded by the United Nations when the first meeting of the General Assembly began in London.

  • In 1957, Harold Macmillan was appointed British prime minister after the resignation of Sir Anthony Eden.

  • In 1964, Panama severed diplomatic relations with the United States after what it termed "unjustifiable aggression" by U.S. troops the previous day.

  • In 1969, Sweden announced it had established diplomatic relations with North Vietnam, the first Western country to do so.

  • In 1984, Prince Souvanna Phouma, prime minister of Laos several times before the Communists took over in 1975, died at age 82.

  • In 1990, China lifted martial law, imposed after the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

  • In 1994, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan agreed to abolish trade tariffs and form a common market.

  • In 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton, visiting Kiev, announced a deal under which Ukraine would give up the world's third largest nuclear arsenal.

  • In 1996, Israel freed hundreds of Palestinian prisoners to jubilant relatives in the West Bank and Gaza, days before the first Palestinian national elections.

  • In 1997, right-winger Arnoldo Aleman was sworn in as president of Nicaragua in what was billed as the first democratic, peaceful transfer of power in the country's modern history.

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    Nearly 30 years ago, Belgian artist Herge's cartoon creation Tintin and his dog, Snowy, made their first appearance, and the rest is history, as they say. Visit the official Tintin site for a look back at the classic cartoon.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is a Traditional Day in Benin.

  • Singer Pat Benatar is 45.

  • Singer Rod Stewart is 53.

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

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