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Monday, January 12, 1998

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  • "I'm past the excitement stage of going to the Super Bowl. I want to go there and win one."

    -- Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway

    Today's events

  • The European Parliament holds a plenary session.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, January 16, President Clinton plans to meet with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to sign a Charter of Partnership.

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    On this day

  • In 1519, Maximilian I, German king and Holy Roman Emperor, died.

  • In 1737, John Hancock, American Revolutionary leader and first signer of the Declaration of Independence, born.

  • In 1773, the first public museum in America was organized in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • In 1816, France decreed that the Bonaparte family should be excluded from the country forever.

  • In 1848, the revolution against Ferdinand II, king of the Two Sicilies, began.

  • In 1879, the Zulu War began between the British of the Cape Colony and the natives of Zululand.

  • In 1932, Hattie W. Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

  • In 1942, the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur was captured by the Japanese army.

  • In 1950, the Soviet Union re-introduced the death penalty for treason, espionage and sabotage.

  • In 1950, a Swedish tanker struck the British submarine Truculent during the submarine's trials in the River Thames. Only 15 of 70 men on the submarine survived.

  • In 1954, Queen Elizabeth opened a special session of the New Zealand parliament -- the first time the Queen opened a Commonwealth parliament outside the United Kingdom.

  • In 1964, one month after Zanzibar became independent, the ruling Zanzibar National Party government was overthrown in a coup.

  • In 1974, Libya and Tunisia announced they were to merge under the combined name of the "Islamic Arab Republic."

  • In 1976, Dame Agatha Christie, queen of the detective story and creator of detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, died.

  • In 1977, anti-French demonstrations took place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible for leading the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes.

  • In 1990, Romania outlawed the Communist Party, the first East European state and Warsaw Pact member to do so.

  • In 1991, both houses of the United States Congress voted to authorize President George Bush to use force to compel Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait.

  • In 1992, the second round of Algeria's general elections was cancelled after strong gains by the Islamic Salvation Front in the first round.

  • In 1996, Russian troops arrived in Bosnia at the start of the first joint operation with U.S. forces in a potential combat zone since World War II.

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    The Washington Monument has closed temporarily for an $8 million renovation. For more on the historic monument, check out The Washington Monument.


    Holidays and more

  • Colombia marks Epiphany observance.

  • Sri Lanka observes Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day.

  • It's Zanzibar Revolution Day in Tanzania.

  • Turkmenistan celebrates Memorial Day.

  • Radio and TV personality Howard Stern is 44.

  • Actress Kirstie Alley is 43.

  • Civil rights leader James Farmer is 78.

  • Boxing legend Joe Frazier is 54.

  • Actress Luise Rainer is 86.

  • Basketball great Dominique Wilkins is 38.

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

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