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Thursday, January 29, 1998

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  • "Over the next few days. I will be explaining the American position to leaders in the countries I visit while making it clear that in confronting the clear and present danger posed by Iraqi lawlessness, the diplomatic string is running out."

    -- U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

    Today's events

  • The 25th annual Conservative Political Action Conference will be held in Arlington, Virginia.

  • Business and government leaders gather at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

  • U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is scheduled to testify before the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee.

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    On the horizon

  • On Friday, January 30, 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.

  • On Monday, February 2, President Clinton is scheduled to submit his budget to Congress.

  • On Tuesday, February 3, the court martial for former Sergeant Major of the Army Gene McKinney on sexual misconduct charges is scheduled.

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    On this day

  • In 1635, the Academie Francaise, which became one of the most famous literary societies in Europe, was founded.

  • In 1730, Peter II, tsar of Russia (1727-30), died of smallpox on the day set for his wedding.

  • In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles first landed on Singapore and concluded a preliminary agreement to set up a trading post.

  • In 1820, British King George III, who lost the American colnies, died.

  • In 1853, Napoleon III married Eugenie de Montijo at the Tuileries Palace, Paris.

  • In 1856, the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest military decoration, was instituted.

  • In 1861, Kansas entered the Union as the thirty-fourth state.

  • In 1886, German motor pioneer Karl Benz was granted a patent for the first successful gasoline-driven car.

  • In 1888, Edward Lear, English landscape painter and writer of nonsense verse, died.

  • In 1891, Hawaii proclaimed as its queen Liliuokalani, renowned for her song "Aloha Oe."

  • In 1896, U.S. physician Emile Grubbe became the first to use radiation treatment for breast cancer on his patient, Rose Lee of Chicago.

  • In 1899, Alfred Sisley, English painter and one of the creators of French Impressionism, died.

  • In 1900, the American Baseball League was founded in Chicago.

  • In 1916, the first bombings of Paris by German Zeppelins took place.

  • In 1916, British military tanks were tested for the first time at Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

  • In 1928, Douglas Haig, British field marshal and commander in chief of British forces in France for most of World War I, died.

  • In 1941, Ioannis Metaxas, dictator of Greece from 1936 to 1941, died.

  • In 1942, the Protocol of Rio de Janeiro came into force, ending the war between Peru and Ecuador.

  • In 1960, five days after a major insurrection in Algeria, French President Charles de Gaulle broadcast a re-affirmation of his colonial policy.

  • In 1962, Fritz Kreisler, Austrian-born virtuoso violinist, died. In 1910, he gave the first performance of Elgar's "Violin Concerto," dedicated to him.

  • In 1963, U.S. poet Robert Frost died. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times, he was invited to read a poem at the 1961 inauguration of President John Kennedy.

  • In 1963, negotiations on Britain's entry into the European Economic Community collapsed.

  • In 1964, U.S. film actor Alan Ladd died. His films included "The Glass Key" and "Shane."

  • In 1980, Jimmy Durante, U.S. comedian, actor and singer, died. One of America's best loved clowns, his beaked nose earned him the nickname "Schnozzle."

  • In 1991, Nelson Mandela, now president of South Africa, and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi held the first talks for almost 30 years between predominantly Zulu Inkatha and the ethnically mixed African National Congress.

  • In 1994, Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, who came to power pledging to clean up Japan's corrupt politics, saw his reform bills pass into law but in a watered-down form.

  • In 1995, on the anniversary of the 1942 treaty between them, tensions between Ecuador and Peru flared again when Ecuador said it had downed a helicopter on the disputed border.

  • In 1996, eight people died in South Africa when gunmen opened fire on people lining up for jobs at a Johannesburg factory.

  • In 1996, Venice's opera house, named La Fenice or "The Phoenix," was destroyed by fire for the second time in its history.

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    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep./ But I have promises to keep/ And miles to go before I sleep/ And miles to go before I sleep." America's most loved poet, Robert Frost, died on this day in 1963, leaving behind a true legacy. Frost in Cyberspace hopes to introduce the poet to a new generation.


    Holidays and more

  • Korea and Taiwan celebrate the Lunar New Year.

  • Macau celebrates the Chinese New Year.

  • Nepal celebrates Martyrs Memorial Day.

  • Actor John Forsythe is 80.

  • Actress Sara Gilbert is 23.

  • Author Germaine Greer is 59.

  • Actress Ann Jillian is 47.

  • Basketball player Ronald Stacey King is 31.

  • Actor and diver Greg Louganis is 38.

  • Actress Bobbie Phillips is 30.

  • Actress Katharine Ross is 55.

  • Former baseball player Steve Sax is 38.

  • Actor Tom Selleck is 53.

  • TV talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey is 44.

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

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