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Saturday, January 24, 1998

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  • "Christ is the way, which leads man to the fullness of life, the way which leads to a society which is more just, more free, more human, more caring."

    -- Pope John Paul II in communist Cuba

    Today's events

  • The National Research Council conducts a workshop on failed stars and super planets.

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    On the horizon

  • On Sunday, January 25, the Denver Broncos and defending champ Green Bay Packers battle it out in the Super Bowl in San Diego.

  • On Monday, January 26, European Union foreign ministers meet in Brussels.

  • On Tuesday, January 27, President Clinton is tentatively scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress.

  • On Wednesday, January 28, the American Bar Association holds its midyear meeting in Nashville.

  • On Thursday, January 29, the 25th annual Conservative Political Action Conference will be held in Arlington, Virginia.

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    On this day

  • In 41, Gaius Caesar (Caligula), Roman Emperor from 37, was murdered. Caligula, or Little Boots, succeeded Tiberius and became so unpopular he was assassinated by Cassius Chaerea at the Palatine Games.

  • In 661, at Kufah in Iraq, Caliph Ali, son-in-law of the prophet Mohammed, was murdered.

  • In 1076, the Synod of Worms took place at which German bishops renounced their allegiance to Pope Gregory who in turn excommunicated Henry IV.

  • In 1742, Charles Albert, elector of Bavaria, was chosen as Holy Roman Emperor in succession to Charles VI. As Charles VII, he was elected to oppose the Habsburg, Francis, husband of Maria Theresa.

  • In 1848, gold was first discovered in California by James Marshall in Sutters sawmill. Initial press reports were largely ignored. Only when President James K. Polk announced the news in December did the gold rush begin.

  • In 1895, Lord Randolph Churchill, British politician and influential leader of the Conservative Party, died.

  • In 1915, in World War I, a British fleet under Admiral Beatty defeated the Germans under Von Hipper at the battle of Dogger Bank and sank the armored cruiser Blucher, killing 870.

  • In 1935, Krueger Cream Ale, the first beer to be sold in cans, went on sale in Richmond, Virginia.

  • In 1943, in World War II, a meeting between Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt at Casablanca ended with demands for unconditional surrender and plans made for a cross-channel landing in 1944.

  • In 1946, the Atomic Energy Commission was established by a United Nations general assembly resolution on this day. The resolution was initiated originally by the United States, Canada and Britain.

  • In 1960, a major insurrection began in Algiers against French policy in the country.

  • In 1961, a U.S. B-52 bomber with two 24-megaton nuclear bombs crashed near Goldsboro, North Carolina.

  • In 1965, Winston Churchill, statesman and British prime minister throughout World War II, died.

  • In 1966, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, daughter of Nehru, was sworn in as Indian prime minister following the death of Sri Shastri.

  • In 1972, Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi was discovered on Guam, having spent 28 years hiding in the jungle thinking World War II was still going on.

  • In 1978, Soviet satellite, Cosmos 954, used for ocean surveillance, disintegrated over the remote North-West territories of Canada.

  • In 1983, in Italy, 32 Red Brigade members were jailed for acts of terrorism, including the murder of former prime minister Aldo Moro.

  • In 1987, U.S. citizen Jesse Turner, computer science professor at Beirut University College, was taken hostage in Lebanon. He was released in October 1991.

  • In 1996, Chechen rebels released 42 hostages seized in a raid in southern Russia after a two-week ordeal in which dozens of separatist fighters and many Russian soldiers were killed.

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    Exactly 150 years ago, on this day, gold was discovered for the first time in California. Travel back in time with the Virtual California Gold Country site.


    Holidays and more

  • Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton is 30.

  • Singer Neil Diamond is 57.

  • Actress Natassja Kinski is 38.

  • Actor Michael Ontkean is 48.

  • Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 47.

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

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