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Wednesday, January 14, 1998

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  • "I almost feel like Jackie Robinson."

    -- Carlos Santana, on his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Today's events

  • A motion is expected to be filed by attorneys for Timothy McVeigh, sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.

  • Tokyo District Court holds a trial of Ichiro Fujita, former vice president of Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, accused of making payoffs to a corporate racketeer.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, January 19, the Conference on Disarmament holds its first session in Geneva.

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    On this day

  • In 1604, the Hampton Court Conference began under James I to discuss Puritan demands for doctrinal changes in the Church of England.

  • In 1676, Italian composer Pietro Francesco Cavalli died; he is best known for his sacred music and his operas, notably "Calisto."

  • In 1742, English astronomer Edmond Halley died; he became the first to work out the orbit of the comet named after him and correctly predicted its return in 1705, 1758, 1835 and 1910.

  • In 1797, in the Battle of Rivoli in Italy, the French defeated an Austrian attempt to relieve Mantua; 3,500 Austrian troops were killed.

  • In 1814, under the Treaty of Kiel, the king of Denmark ceded Norway to the king of Sweden.

  • In 1858, Italian revolutionary Felice Orsini threw bombs at Napoleon III in Paris in an assassination attempt; several people were killed but the emperor was unharmed.

  • In 1866, Peru, dissatisfied with a treaty recognising Peruvian independence signed in 1865, declared war on Spain.

  • In 1878, the first private connection by telephone in Great Britain was made on the Isle of Wight when Queen Victoria spoke to Thomas Biddulph.

  • In 1898, Lewis Carroll, British author of "Alice in Wonderland," died; he also lectured in mathematics at Oxford University and was a pioneer photographer.

  • In 1900, Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca" was staged for the first time in Rome.

  • In 1907, hundreds died when an earthquake destroyed much of the Jamaican capital Kingston.

  • In 1929, in Afghanistan, King Amanullah was forced to abdicate in favour of his brother, Inayatullah.

  • In 1943, the Allies met in Casablanca to agree on a strategy for concluding World War II and to demand the unconditional surrender from the enemy.

  • In 1953, Marshal Josip Broz Tito was elected first president of the Republic of Yugoslavia.

  • In 1957, Humphrey Bogart, whose films included "The Maltese Falcon" and "Casablanca," died; he won an Oscar for his role in "The African Queen."

  • In 1965, the prime ministers of Northern Ireland and Ireland met for the first time in 43 years.

  • In 1969, the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 was launched, followed the next day by Soyuz 5; they achieved the first docking of two manned spacecraft in Earth orbit.

  • In 1976, Malaysian Premier Tun Abdul Razak died in London. He was succeeded by Datuk Hussein Bin Onu.

  • In 1977, Anthony Eden, British statesman and prime minister from 1955 to 1957, died. He resigned his premiership in the aftermath of the Suez Crisis of 1956.

  • In 1977, Peter Finch, British film actor, died. He starred in "Network" with Faye Dunaway and in "Trials of Oscar Wilde."

  • In 1980, the U.N. General Assembly approved a motion calling for immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan following the Soviet invasion in December, 1979.

  • In 1991, three Palestinian guerrilla chiefs, including Abu Iyad, were assassinated in Tunis.

  • In 1995, the British Army ended 25 years of daylight patrols in Belfast in a wind-down of a guerrilla conflict which engulfed Northern Ireland.

  • In 1996, the confessed assassin of Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin, Yigal Amir, was formally charged with conspiricy to murder.

  • In 1996, right-wing businessman Alvaro Arzu took office as Guatemala's new president and appealed for an end to a brutal 35-year civil war.

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    What do you do when you have an abundance of snow and lots of pent-up creative energy? If you live in Illinois, you grab a snow shovel and enter the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition, which starts today. Take a peek at preliminary sketches and past winners.


    Holidays and more

  • It is Tamil Thai Pongal Day in Sri Lanka.

  • Actor Jason Bateman is 29.

  • Actress Faye Dunaway is 57.

  • U.S. Sen. Lauch Faircloth is 70.

  • Filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan is 49.

  • Columnist Andy Rooney is 79.

  • Journalist Nina Totenberg is 54.

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

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