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Sunday, February 8, 1998

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  • "I have flown over amazing sites. The best was having breakfast at 5,000 meters, looking down through the mist and seeing the Taj Mahal."

    -- British balloonist Andy Elson

    Today's events

  • The NBA All-Star Game tips off.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, February 12, the European Union Rio Group meets in Panama.

  • On Friday, February 13, the U.S.-Latin America Resort and Tourism Development Conference ends.

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    On this day

  • In 1587, after 19 years imprisonment, Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded for her part in a plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth.

  • In 1725, Peter the Great of Russia died and was succeeded by Catherine I. His reign saw Russia drawn increasingly into the European sphere of influence.

  • In 1861, the southern states which had seceded from the Union agreed to set up The Confederate States of America.

  • In 1862, Union forces took Roanoke Island, North Carolina, from the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

  • In 1863, Prussia allied with Russia to suppress the revolution in Poland.

  • In 1904, the Russo-Japanese War began when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur in northeast China.

  • In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America movement was founded in the District of Colombia.

  • In 1924, the gas chamber was used for the first time as a form of execution. Gee Jon was put to death in Nevada for murder.

  • In 1943, advancing Russian troops recaptured Kursk, which they had lost to the Germans in November 1941.

  • In 1949, Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, Primate of Hungary, was sentenced to life imprisonment for anti-state activities.

  • In 1955, Georgi Malenkov was forced to resign the Soviet premiership, replaced by Nikolai Bulganin.

  • In 1963, Iraqi President Abdel-Karim Kassem was overthrown and killed in a military coup.

  • In 1966, the United States and Vietnam issued the Declaration of Honolulu, outlining their aims for Vietnam.

  • In 1974, America's final Skylab mission, with Gerald Carr, Edward Gibson and William Pogue, returned to Earth.

  • In 1979, the United States suspended all civilian aid to Nicaragua.

  • In 1983, the Kahan Report on the Beirut Sabra and Shatila massacres in September 1982, condemned the Israeli government and Defense Minister Ariel Sharon.

  • In 1993, the newly divided Czech and Slovak republics began using separate currencies for the first time.

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    Happy 88th birthday to the Boy Scouts of America. Learn more about its founders at History of Scouting./A>


    Holidays and more

  • Slovenia marks Day of Slovenian Culture.

  • Actor Jack Lemmon is 73.

  • Musical legend John Williams is 66.

  • Actor Nick Nolte is 57.

  • News anchor Ted Koppel is 58.

  • Author John Grisham is 43.

  • Comedian Robert Klein is 56.

  • Actor Gary Coleman is 30.

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

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