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Tuesday, February 3, 1998

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  • "As El Nino approaches our western shore and changes the weather patterns, I see my shadow. There will be six more weeks of winter."

    -- Punxsutawney Phil, as translated by Groundhog Club President Bill Cooper

    Today's events

  • Karla Faye Tucker is scheduled to be executed in Texas for a 1983 double murder.

  • The court-martial of former Army Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney on sexual misconduct charges is scheduled.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Saturday, February 7, the 1998 Winter Olympics open in Nagano, Japan.

  • On Monday, February 9, Russian President Boris Yeltin is tentatively scheduled to visit Rome and meet with Pope John Paul II.

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    On this day

  • In 1014, King Sweyn of Denmark I died and was succeeded by his son, Canute II the Great; after King Ethelred II of England ordered a massacre of Danes in 1002, Sweyn invaded Britain and conquered much of the country.

  • In 1194, Henry VI of Germany released King Richard I (the Lion-Heart) of England, captured during the Third Crusade.

  • In 1399, English Prince John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, son of King Edward III and father of King Henry IV, died.

  • In 1807, Montevideo was taken by British forces led by Sir Samuel Auchmuty.

  • In 1809,Illinois Territory, including present-day Wisconsin, was established.

  • In 1867, Prince Mutsuhito became Emperor Meiji of Japan at the age of 14 and reigned until 1912.

  • In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving the government the power to impose and collect taxes on income.

  • In 1917, the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany after Berlin announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.

  • In 1919, Kiev was captured by the Bolsheviks.

  • In 1919, the first meeting of the League of Nations took place in Paris.

  • In 1924, Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, died.

  • In 1945, U.S. aircraft dropped 3,000 tons of explosives on Berlin.

  • In 1954, Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Australia for the first visit by a reigning monarch.

  • In 1958, the Benelux Economic Union Treaty between Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands was signed.

  • In 1959, singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash in the United States.

  • In 1960, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan foreshadowed the decolonization of Africa, telling the South African parliament: "The wind of change is blowing through the continent."

  • In 1966, the first controlled landing on the moon was made by the Soviet unmanned spacecraft Luna IX.

  • In 1969, the Palestine National Congress appointed Yasser Arafat head of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

  • In 1977, the chairman of the Provisional Military Government in Ethiopia, Brig-Gen Teferi Benti, and his closest associates were executed by supporters of Mengistu Haile Mariam.

  • In 1978, the European Economic Community and China initialled their first trade agreement.

  • In 1981, Gro Harlem Brundtland was elected Norway's first woman prime minister following the resignation of Odvar Nordli.

  • In 1992, Argentine President Carlos Menem signed a decree opening all files on Nazis who fled to South America after World War II.

  • In 1994, President Bill Clinton announced the lifting of the U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam, marking a dramatic shift in relations chilled for decades by war and postwar hostility.

  • In 1994, President Boris Yeltsin signed a treaty with Georgia reasserting Russia's military influence in the former Soviet republic.

  • In 1994, the International Court of Justice, in a ruling on a 20-year border dispute, rejected Libya's claim to a huge swathe of neighboring Chad's territory.

  • In 1997, Bohumil Hrabal, Czech author of "Closely Observed Trains," fell to his death from the fifth floor of a Prague hospital where he was being treated for arthritis.

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    Holidays and more

  • Mozambique, So Tome and Principe celebrate Heroes Day.

  • Actress Blythe Danner is 55.

  • Actress Morgan Fairchild is 48.

  • Actor and director Keith Gordon is 37.

  • Football legend Fran Tarkenton is 58.

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

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