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Tuesday, January 13, 1998

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  • "I'm expecting the worst. I've lost everything, and I'm now only holding on to a pile of wastepaper."

    -- Hong Kong bank clerk Chau Ho-yeung

    Today's events

  • The Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on whether to dismiss a wrongful imprisonment suit brought by Sam Reese Sheppard on behalf of his father, Dr. Sam Sheppard.

  • A hearing is scheduled in Washington on whether Microsoft is in contempt of court in its antitrust lawsuit.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Saturday, January 17, NAACP holds Summit on Employment Discrimination in the Federal Workplace.

  • On Sunday, January 18, the Golden Globe awards are presented in Los Angeles.

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    On this day

  • In 1691, George Fox, British founder of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, died.

  • In 1733, British MP James Edward Oglethorpe arrived at Charleston with 130 settlers to found a colony; he said he intended to call it Georgia in honor of King George II.

  • In 1838, William Lyon Mackenzie, after a failed rebellion against the British in Upper Canada, was arrested in the U.S. for violating neutrality laws.

  • In 1842, at the end of an attempted retreat from Kabul, about 9,000 British troops were massacred in the Khyber Pass.

  • In 1849, British forces under Lord Gough defeated the Sikhs at the Battle of Chillianwallah, India.

  • In 1864, Stephen Foster, American composer of songs such as "Swanee River," died.

  • In 1864, the Zemstvo, or provincial assembly, was introduced throughout Russia.

  • In 1886, the Gold Coast in Africa was separated into the two colonies of Lagos and the Gold Coast.

  • In 1893, the British Independent Labor Party was founded with Keir Hardie as its leader.

  • In 1898, French author Emile Zola published his "J'Accuse" letter, accusing the French government of a cover-up in the Alfred Dreyfus treason case.

  • In 1910, New York's Metropolitan Opera took part in the first live radio broadcast of opera, presenting "Pagliacci" and "Cavalleria Rusticana."

  • In 1915, South African troops under Louis Botha occupied Swakopmund in German South West Africa.

  • In 1935, in a plebiscite, the Saar region voted for incorporation into Germany.

  • In 1963, Sylvanus Olympio, president of the Republic of Togo, was killed in a successful army coup led by Nicolas Grunitzky; Grunitzky was ousted by Etienne Eyedema on the same date in 19967.

  • In 1972, in Ghana, a military coup by Colonel I.K. Acheampong deposed civilian prime minister K.A. Busia, who was in London for medical treatment.

  • In 1976, Britain applied for credit of almost 1 billion pounds from the International Monetary Fund.

  • In 1978, former U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey died.

  • In 1981, a U.N.-sponsored Conference on Namibia in Geneva failed to agree on implementation of a plan for Namibia's independence.

  • In 1982, 77 people died in an air crash in the Potomac River, in Washington, D.C.

  • In 1989, computers across Britain were hit by the "Friday the 13th" virus.

  • In 1992, U.S. serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer pleaded guilty but insane to the murders of 15 young men and boys.

  • In 1993, former East German leader Erich Honecker, under whom the Berlin Wall was built, left a Berlin prison to fly to Chile after a court freed him because he was dying.

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    A true American legend, Wyatt Earp, died on this day, almost 50 years after the famous gunfight at the OK Corral. Learn more about Earp, his brothers and the Clanton boys with this animated reconstruction of the fight.


    Holidays and more

  • Puerto Rico celebrates Hostos' Birthday.

  • It is National Liberation Day in Togo.

  • Actor Kevin Anderson is 38.

  • Actor Keith Coogan is 28.

  • Actor Patrick Dempsey is 32.

  • Artist Frank Gallo is 65.

  • Writer Jay McInerney is 43.

  • Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 34.

  • Actor Richard Moll is 55.

  • Actor Charles Nelson Reilly is 67.

  • Actor Robert Stack is 79.

  • Actress Frances Sternhagen is 68.

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

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