Sunday, January 18, 1998
The Golden Globe awards are presented in Los Angeles.
On the horizon
On Monday, January 19, the Conference on Disarmament holds its first session in Geneva.
On Tuesday, January 20, the trial of Melissa Drexler,
a 19-year-old accused of killing her newborn after giving birth
during her high school prom, is scheduled to start.
On Wednesday, January 21, Pope John Paul II begins his first visit to Cuba.
On Thursday, January 22, National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League chapters hold events marking the 25th
anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision.
On this day
In 1779, Peter Roget, the author of "Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases," was born. His book, tremendously helpful for the verbally challenged, was first published in 1852.
In 1882, A.A. Milne was born. He is especially remembered for his children's stories, "Winnie the Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner."
In 1892, Oliver Hardy was born. He later teamed up with Stan Laurel to form the comedy team of "Laurel & Hardy."
In 1966, Robert Clifton Weaver was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, becoming the first African-American Cabinet member in American history. He was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
In 1975, "The Jeffersons" premiered on television, one of the first sitcoms about an African-American family. Formerly neighbors of the Bunkers on "All in the Family," the Jeffersons moved to Manhattan's East Side where they "finally got a piece of the pie."
Pope John Paul II makes a historic trip to Cuba this week. Visit the Vatican's home page at The Holy See.
Holidays and more
Filmmaker John Boorman is 65.
Actor Kevin Costner is 43.
Inventor Ray Dolby is 65.
Opera Singer Evelyn Lear is 67.
Hockey star Mark Messier is 37.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan