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Sunday, February 1, 1998

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  • "We want to talk to this guy really bad."

    -- ATF spokesman Earl Woodham on authorities' search for a witness to the Birmingham abortion clinic bombing.

    Today's events

    The NFL Pro Bowl is held in Honolulu.


    On the horizon

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

  • On Tuesday, February 3, the court-martial of former Army Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney on sexual misconduct charges is scheduled.

  • On Wednesday, February 4, Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair begins a four-day visit to the United States.

  • On Thursday, February 5, the Senate Agriculture Committee holds a hearing on the December global warming agreement reached in Kyoto, Japan.

  • On Friday, February 6, the NBA's All-Star Weekend gets under way.

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    On this day

  • In 1328, Charles IV of France, the last monarch in the direct line of the Capetian dynasty, died.

  • In 1650, Rene Descartes, French philosopher and mathematician known as the father of modern philosophy, died.

  • In 1790, the U.S. Supreme Court met for the first time, the year after it was established under the Judiciary Act.

  • In 1793, Revolutionary France, having executed King Louis XVI, declared war on England and Holland.

  • In 1840, the world's first dental college opened in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • In 1851, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, British author of "Frankenstein," died.

  • In 1861, Texas seceded from the Union and joined the Confederate States of America.

  • In 1862, Julia Ward Howe's poem "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was first published in Atlantic Monthly, later to be set to music.

  • In 1884, the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.

  • In 1893, Thomas Edison opened the world's first film studio in West Orange, New Jersey.

  • In 1896, Giacomo Puccini's opera, "La Boheme," first staged in Turin.

  • In 1901, Clark Gable, U.S. actor and Oscar winner for "It Happened One Night," born.

  • In 1908, King Carlos I of Portugal was assassinated together with his son in Lisbon.

  • In 1915, passport photographs were first required in Great Britain.

  • In 1934, Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss dissolved all political parties except his own Fatherland Front.

  • In 1942, Vidkun Quisling became prime minister of Norway.

  • In 1946, Hungary was declared a republic, with Zoltan Tildy as president and Ferenc Nagy as prime minister.

  • In 1958, Egypt and Syria proclaimed the union of their two countries in a state to be known as "The United Arab Republic."

  • In 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Tehran from Paris after 15 years of exile spent mainly in Iraq.

  • In 1990, Bulgaria's government resigned after the ruling Communists failed to entice the fledgling opposition movement into a power-sharing deal until free elections.

  • In 1990, Yugoslavia deployed troops, tanks and warplanes in Kosovo province, where police battled ethnic Albanians demanding political reforms.

  • In 1991, South African President F.W. De Klerk opened parliament with a speech promising the demolition of the remaining pillars of apartheid.

  • In 1992, U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the Camp David declaration which states that their two countries no longer regard each other as adversaries.

  • In 1994, U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali backed the use of air power in Bosnia.

  • In 1995, Communist Vietnam opened a liaison office in Washington, D.C., for the time 20 years after the end of the Vietnam War.

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    Allegations of an affair with President Clinton has catapulted Monica Lewinsky into the national spotlight. And on the Internet, she is nearing cult status. Check out Monica Lewinsky Online Fan Club.


    Holidays and more

  • Malaysia marks City Day.

  • Lisa Marie Presley is 30.

  • Singer Don Everly is 61.

  • Actress Sherilynn Fenn is 33.

  • Actor Sherman Hemsley is 60.

  • Singer Rick James is 46.

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

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