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Thursday, February 5, 1998

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  • "The president believes he's already cleared the air. He's made very plain and clear what his point of view is."

    -- White House spokesman Mark McCurry

    Today's events

  • The Senate Agriculture Committee holds a hearing on the December global warming agreement reached in Kyoto, Japan.

  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is scheduled to vote on a first-ever mandatory government safety standard for bicycle helmets.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Yeltsin is scheduled to visit Rome and meet with Pope John Paul II.

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

  • Wednesday, February 11, is the deadline for Attorney General Janet Reno to decide whether an independent counsel is needed to look at Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt's role in his department's rejection of an Indian casino.

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    On this day

  • In 1679, Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet and playwright, died; he was responsible for some of the greatest works of Dutch literature including "Noah," "Lucifer" and "Adam in Exile."

  • In 1679, the Treaty of Nijmegen was signed by Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I and King Louis XIV of France.

  • In 1782, Spain captured the island of Minorca from the British.

  • In 1811, after George III was declared insane, the Prince of Wales became Prince Regent of England, later to be George IV.

  • In 1818, Charles XIV proclaimed king of Sweden after the death of Charles III.

  • In 1881, Thomas Carlyle, English author and historian, died; Carlyle published "Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches" which revised contemporary attitudes to the protector.

  • In 1887, Verdi's opera "Otello" was first performed in Milan, Italy.

  • In 1917, the Mexican constitution was proclaimed.

  • In 1941,Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson, Australian poet widely credited as the author of "Waltzing Matilda," died.

  • In 1945, U.S. troops under General Douglas MacArthur entered Manila, Philippines.

  • In 1946, British stage and film actor George Arliss died; he won an Oscar for the leading role in "Disraeli."

  • In 1961, the Sunday Telegraph became the first new national Sunday newspaper to be published in Britain for 40 years.

  • In 1971, a British soldier was shot dead during riots in Belfast, the first to be killed in action since troops went to Northern Ireland in 1969.

  • In 1975, the United States cut off military aid to Turkey as a result of delays in a peace settlement of the Cyprus dispute.

  • In 1983, a bomb blast outside the PLO offices in Beirut killed 22 people.

  • In 1983, Klaus Barbie, wanted Nazi war criminal, was imprisoned in Lyons, France, following extradition from Bolivia.

  • In 1989, Rupert Murdoch launched his satellite station Sky Television in Britain.

  • In 1990, Opposition candidate Rafael Calderon Fournier won Costa Rica's presidential election.

  • In 1994, a mortar bomb devastated a Sarajevo street market, killing 68.

  • In 1996, the Bosnian government told NATO it had arrested a Serb general, a colonel and six other men for investigations into suspected war crimes.

  • In 1997, Switzerland's three biggest banks, galvanized by international pressure, said they had created a 100 million Swiss franc Holocaust memorial fund as a gesture of good will toward their critics.

  • In 1997, U.S. Ambassador to France Pamela Harriman, a millionaire socialite who became a political heavyweight close to President Bill Clinton, died in Paris.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Unity Day in Burundi.

  • It is Constitution Day in Mexico.

  • It is Saint Agatha's Day in San Marino.

  • Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is 64.

  • Singer Bobby Brown is 29.

  • Author Father Andrew Greeley is 70.

  • Comedian Christopher Guest is 50.

  • Actress Barbara Hershey is 50.

  • Actor David Alan Ladd is 51.

  • Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 36.

  • Actress Charlotte Rampling is 52.

  • Actor David Shelby is 57.

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

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