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Tuesday, January 27, 1998

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  • "I'm doing this with more than a bit of trepidation. Sometimes it's good not to know too much about your own family."

    -- Former President Jimmy Carter, on his genealogy search

    Today's events

  • President Clinton is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, January 30, the International Olympics Committee executive board meets in Nagano, Japan.

  • On Saturday, January 31, National Religious Broadcasters Association holds its annual meeting in Washington.

  • On Sunday, February 1, the NFL Pro Bowl is held in Honolulu.

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    On this day

  • In 1186, Henry VI of Germany married Constance of Sicily and was crowned King of Burgundy, Germany and Italy.

  • In 1731, Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian harpsichord manufacturer generally credited with the invention of the piano, died.

  • In 1822, Greece proclaimed its independence from Turkey.

  • In 1880, U.S. Patent No 223,898 was granted to Thomas Alva Edison, for his electric lamp.

  • In 1901, Giuseppe Verdi, major Italian opera composer of the 19th century, died. His operas include "Rigoletto," "La Traviata," and "Aida."

  • In 1916, the Spartacus League, forerunner of the German Communist Party, was formed in Berlin.

  • In 1926, John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television in London.

  • In 1943, the U.S. Eighth Air Force made the first all-American bombing raid on Germany with a daylight raid on Wilhelmshaven.

  • In 1944, Russian Gen. Govorov announced the complete lifting of the siege of Leningrad.

  • In 1945, the Russians liberated Auschwitz concentration camp, where the Nazis had murdered 1.5 million men, women and children, including more than one million Jews.

  • In 1951, Gustaf Mannerheim, Finnish president from 1944-46 and military leader in the campaigns against Russia, died.

  • In 1952, after serious rioting in Cairo the previous day, Egyptian Prime Minister Nahhas Pasha was dismissed and replaced with Aly maher Pasha.

  • In 1962, the Soviet government changed all place names honouring Molotov, Kaganovich and Malenkov, who had been involved in an attempt to oust Nikita Khrushchev in 1957.

  • In 1964, France established diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.

  • In 1967, three U.S. astronauts died in a flash fire aboard Apollo 1 during a simulated launch at Cape Canaveral.

  • In 1967, 60 nations signed a U.N. treaty on the peaceful uses of outer space and the banning of weapons of mass destruction there.

  • In 1969, 14 men, nine of them Jews, were executed in Baghdad for spying for Israel.

  • In 1973, a ceasefire agreement signed in Paris brought an end to the U.S. military role in Vietnam.

  • In 1974, 8,000 people were evacuated from their homes as floodwaters flowed through the main streets of Brisbane.

  • In 1981, in Indonesia, 500 people died when the motor ferry Tampomas II sank in the Java Sea, following a fire.

  • In 1982, in Ireland, the minority government of Garret Fitzgerald was defeated over the budget.

  • In 1991, Somalian President Mohamed Siad Barre fled after rebels overrun his palace and captured the capital.

  • In 1994, the Mexican government and eight political parties signed an agreement calling for electoral change in a bid to end a peasant uprising in the southern state of Chiapas.

  • In 1994, former Prime Minister Bettino Craxi became the highest-ranking politician committed for trial in Italy's graft scandal.

  • In 1996, the military seized power in Niger, ousting the country's first elected president.

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    Forget sports screw-ups and silly animal antics. A professor at Clemson University has gathered a collection of Classical Music Bloopers for our enjoyment. Oh, those crazy classical music students!


    Holidays and more

  • It is Shab-e-Qadr in Bangladesh.

  • Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam celebrate the Lunar New Year.

  • Monaco celebrates Saint Devote Day.

  • Ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is 50.

  • Sportscaster Anthony Cris Collinsworth is 39.

  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan is 54.

  • Actress Bridget Fonda is 34.

  • Actress Mimi Rogers is 42.

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

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