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Wednesday, February 4, 1998

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  • "Every semester 250 college students, some of the best and brightest young people in America, donate their time and energy to work in the White House for one reason -- love of their county. As a former intern, I urge you to please not try to make light of our passion for the government or our commitment to serve."

    -- Caroline Self

    Today's events

  • Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair begins a four-day visit to the United States.

  • Today is the 13th annual U.S. celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, February 10, nominations are announced for the 70th Academy Awards.

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    On this day

  • In 211, Lucius Septimius Severus, the Roman emperor responsible for making the empire's government a military monarchy, died.

  • In 1615, Giovanni Battista della Porta, an Italian physicist, philosopher and writer on the properties of lenses, died.

  • In 1783, England officially proclaimed an end to hostilities in America.

  • In 1787, Shays' Rebellion, an uprising of Massachusetts farmers led by Daniel Shays, ended with defeat at Petersham.

  • In 1789, presidential electors met and chose George Washington as America's first president.

  • In 1874, the Battle of Kumasi ended the Ashanti War between Britain and Ghana.

  • In 1904, the Russo-Japanese war began when Japan laid siege to Port Arthur.

  • In 1924, Mahatma Gandhi was released after spending two years in jail in Bombay.

  • In 1927, British driver Malcolm Campbell broke the world land speed record in his car Bluebird, driving at 174.224 miles per hour.

  • In 1938, Adolf Hitler became Germany's war minister and Joachim von Ribbentrop took over foreign affairs.

  • In 1945, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin met at Yalta in the Crimea to discuss plans for the defeat of the Axis powers and to decide on the post-war future.

  • In 1948, Ceylon became a self-governing independent state within the Commonwealth.

  • In 1962, Francisco Orlich Bolmarich was elected president of Costa Rica.

  • In 1966, an All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 jet aircraft crashed in Tokyo Bay, killing 133 passengers and crew.

  • In 1971, British carmaker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt.

  • In 1972, Zambian President Kenneth Kuanda banned the opposition United Progressive Party and arrested its leader, Simon Kapepwe, together with more than 120 members.

  • In 1974, Patricia Hearst, granddaughter of the late William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

  • In 1974, Grenada achieved independence within the British Commonwealth.

  • In 1976, an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale and resulting mudslides caused the deaths of 23,000 people just north of Guatemala City; 1.5 million people were made homeless.

  • In 1976, in Mozambique, the capital, Lourenco Marques, was renamed Maputo.

  • In 1978, Junius Jayawardene was sworn in as Sri Lanka's first president.

  • In 1982, in Britain, Laker Airways, pioneer of cheap transatlantic air fares, collapsed.

  • In 1983, Karen Carpenter, vocalist with the internationally successful brother and sister duo The Carpenters, died of anorexia nervosa.

  • In 1987, Liberace, U.S. pianist and showman, died.

  • In 1990, nine Israeli tourists and two Egyptian guards were killed when masked assailants opened fire on a bus en route to Cairo.

  • In 1992, loyal troops put down an attempted coup against President Carlos Andres Perez in Venezuela.

  • In 1994, mortar bombs killed nine people in a food line in Serb-besieged Sarajevo.

  • In 1994, Polish Finance Minister Marek Borowski resigned after clashing with Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak.

  • In 1996, a Colombian cargo plane crashed into homes near the Paraguayan capital Asuncion, killing at least 22 people.

  • In 1997, 73 Israeli soldiers were killed when two military helicopters collided in midair in a storm in northern Israel.

  • In 1997, 16 months after O.J. Simpson was cleared of murder charges, a civil trial jury blamed him for the killings of his ex-wife and her friend and ordered him to pay $8.5 million in compensatory damages.

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    Rosa Lee Parks, a woman famous for what she refused to do, turns 85 today. Room 36 of Lincoln Bassett Community School in New Haven, Connecticut, honors Parks as a civil rights leader.


    Holidays and more

  • Angola celebrates the Commencement of the Armed Struggle.

  • It is National Day in Sri Lanka.

  • Comedian David Brenner is 53.

  • Actor Gary Conway is 62.

  • Singer Alice Cooper is 50.

  • Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 46.

  • Actress Pamela Franklin is 48.

  • Author Betty Friedan is 77.

  • Civil rights leader Rosa Parks is 85.

  • Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 51.

  • Actor John Schuck is 58.

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

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