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Wednesday, February 11, 1998

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  • "I'm not going to play God. If God takes my babies, that's up to Him. I had to give them a chance of life, whether they are crippled or not."

    -- Karen Crowe, mother of conjoined twins

    Today's events

  • Attorney General Janet Reno must 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.

  • President Clinton is scheduled to announce the winner of the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership.

  • The original lyric manuscript of "Candle in the Wind '97," the best-selling single in history, is scheduled to be auctioned off in Los Angeles with proceeds of the song memorializing Princess Diana going to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Saturday, February 14, Cupid sharpens his bow. Will you find your true love on this Valentine's Day?

  • On Sunday, February 15, Somali factions are tentatively scheduled to meet at a national reconciliation conference.

  • On Monday, February 16, is the scheduled deadline for decision in Microsoft Corp. case involving whether temporary workers should receive benefits.

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    On this day

  • In 1573, English explorer Francis Drake first saw the Pacific Ocean.

  • In 1755, Severndroog and other key towns on the coast of India were taken by the British.

  • In 1812, Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry signed a law changing the state's electoral boundaries to ensure a Republican majority. The move gave rise to the term "gerrymandering."

  • In 1858, Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, originally Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, first saw a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France, leading to the foundation of the shrine of Lourdes.

  • In 1858, Benito Juarez was declared Constitutional President of Mexico at Vera Cruz.

  • In 1873, Amadeo, king of Spain, abdicated, leading to the proclamation of the first Spanish republic.

  • In 1888, Lobengula, King of the Matabeleland in southern Africa, entered into an agreement with the British government on mineral rights.

  • In 1889, the Japanese constitution was granted, with a two-chamber parliament, but the Emperor retained extensive powers.

  • In 1919, Friedrich Ebert was elected first president of the German republic. He helped bring about the Weimar constitution that tried to unite Germany after World War One.

  • In 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed establishing an independent Vatican State in Rome.

  • In 1945, the Yalta Conference between Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt ended with agreement on the founding of the U.N., as well as plans for the defeat of Germany.

  • In 1970, Japan became the fourth country to put a satellite into orbit.

  • In 1971, 40 nations signed a treaty banning atomic weapons from the sea bed.

  • In 1975, Margaret Thatcher became the first woman leader of a British political party when she was elected leader of the Conservatives.

  • In 1975, in the Malagasy Republic, President Richard Ratsimandrava was assassinated after only six days in office.

  • In 1976, Britain and the Organization of African Unity recognized the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola.

  • In 1979, Iranian Prime Minister Dr. Shahpur Bakhtiar resigned after two days of fighting in the streets of Tehran.

  • In 1986, In an East-West exchange of prisoners in Berlin, Anatoly Shcharansky was released from the Soviet side.

  • In 1990, Nelson Mandela, black nationalist leader in South Africa, was released from prison after serving 27 years.

  • In 1993, former prime minister Bettino Craxi resigned as leader of Italy's Socialists over a corruption scandal that had rocked the government.

  • In 1994, the U.N. commander in Sarajevo accused renegade troops of trying to sabotage a ceasefire in the city but warring Muslims and Serbs began to turn in some of their heavy weapons.

  • In 1994, five astronauts and a cosmonaut returned to Earth aboard Discovery after the first joint U.S.-Russian space shuttle mission.

  • In 1996, a crowd of up to one million turned out for Pope John Paul II's last mass of his Latin American tour.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Youth Day Cameroon.

  • It's Revolution Day in Iran.

  • Today is Tu B'Shevat in Israel.

  • It's National Foundation Day in Japan.

  • Today is Armed Forces Day in Liberia.

  • It's Mardi Gras in Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

  • Today is Macha Bucha Day in Thailand.

  • It's Anniversary of Lateranensi Pacts in the Vatican City State.

  • Singer Sheryl Crow is 36.

  • Actress Tina Louise is 64.

  • Actor Leslie Nielsen is 76.

  • Actor Burt Reynolds is 62.

    Author Sidney Sheldon is 81.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan

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