Thursday, January 15, 1998
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 the horizon
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.
On Tuesday, January 20, the trial for Melissa Drexler,
a 19-year-old accused of killing her newborn after giving birth
during her high school prom, is scheduled to start.
On this day
In 69, Servius Sulpicius Galba, Roman Emperor in
succession to Nero, was assassinated by the Praetorian guard in
the Roman Forum.
In 1535, in England, Henry VIII became Supreme Head of the
Church under the Act of Supremacy.
In 1552, the Treaty of Chambord was signed by Henry II of
France and several German princes including Maurice of Saxony
who ceded Metz, Toul and Verdun to France.
In 1559, Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne
Boleyn was crowned at Westminster Abbey as Elizabeth I.
In 1582, the peace of Jam-Zapolski was signed between Russia
and Poland with Russia ceding Livonia and Estonia to Poland.
In 1759, the British Museum opened its doors at Montague House in London.
In 1777, Vermont declared its independence from Britain and
established a republic, which lasted until the state joined the
Union in 1791.
In 1870, a donkey first appeared in a cartoon to symbolize the
U.S. Democratic Party. Published in Harper's Weekly, it
criticized ex-secretary of war Edwin Stanton and was captioned
"A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion"
In 1896, U.S. photographer Matthew Brady, famed for his
political portraits and his photographs of the American Civil
In 1910, the status and name of the French Congo was changed
to French Equatorial Africa.
In 1912, the first aerial propaganda leaflets to be dropped by
plane were used during the Italo-Turkish war. Addressed to the
Arabs of Tripolitania, they offered a gold medal and sack of
wheat to every man who surrendered.
In 1919, German Communist leader Rosa Luxembourg was murdered
along with Karl Liebknecht after the failure of their uprising
In 1925, Leon Trostky wrote to the Central Committee resigning
from his duties as president of the Revolutionary Military
In 1929, U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born
in Atlanta; he won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1935, Grigori Zinoviev and 18 other members of the "Moscow
Centre" were tried in Leningrad for their part in the
assassination of Sergei Kirov, secretary of the party committee.
In 1964, Jack Teagarden, U.S. jazz musician, vocalist and
In 1969, Soviet three-man Soyuz 5 spacecraft was launched on a
mission to dock with Soyuz 4, which was launched the previous day.
In 1970, in Nigeria, Biafran forces under General Effiong
formerly surrendered to General Yakabu Gowon.
In 1971, the Aswan Dam was opened by President Sadat of Egypt
and President Podgorny of the Soviet Union.
In 1972, Margrethe II was proclaimed Queen of Denmark
following the death of her father Frederick IX.
In 1973, Golda Meir became the first Israeli prime minister to
be received by the pope.
In 1973, U.S. President Nixon ordered the termination of all
military attacks against North Vietnam after progress in the
Paris peace talks.
In 1990, the Bulgarian parliament formally scrapped the
Communist Party's monopoly on power, clearing the way for
In 1994, Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov won an
extra five years in power in a referendum.
In 1996, Greek Socialist Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou
resigned for health reasons.
In 1996, King Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho died in a car accident.
His wife, Queen Mamohato, took over as regent.
The British Museum first opened its doors on this day in 1759. Discover the treasures of one of the world's most important museums.
Holidays and more
Actor Lloyd Bridges is 85.
Musician and actress Charo is 47.
Actor Chad Lowe is 30.
Actress Margaret O'Brien is 61.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan