Monday, January 12, 1998
The European Parliament holds a plenary session.
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.
On this day
In 1519, Maximilian I, German king and Holy Roman Emperor,
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
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
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.
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan