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Thursday, February 12, 1998

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  • "I've worked too hard to let this slip through my fingers."

    -- Snowboarder Ross Rebagliati, stripped of his Olympic gold medal after testing positive for marijuana

    Today's events

  • The European Union Rio Group meets in Panama.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, February 17, the trial of Jonathan Norman, charged with stalking director Steven Spielberg, is scheduled to start in Santa Monica, California.

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    On this day

  • In 1429, the French were defeated by the English at the Battle of the Herrings (or Rouvray).

  • In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, queen of England for nine days in 1553, was executed for high treason.

  • In 1733, led by English philanthropist James Edward Oglethorpe, the first Georgia colonists arrived at Savannah.

  • In 1768, Francis II was born in Florence; he was the last Holy Roman Emperor and also ruled as emperor of Austria.

  • In 1804, German philosopher Immanuel Kant died; his works included "Critique of Pure Reason," "Critique of Practical Reason" and "Critique of Judgement."

  • In 1818, Chile's independence from Spain was proclaimed in Santiago.

  • In 1832, the Galapagos Islands were incorporated as part of Ecuador.

  • In 1851, Edward Hargraves discovered gold at Summerhill Creek in New South Wales, triggering the Australian gold rush.

  • In 1894, Hans von Bulow, German pianist and conductor, died; in 1864 he became director of the music school at Munich.

  • In 1895, China surrendered at the Battle of Weihaiwei, ending the Sino-Japanese War.

  • In 1899, Germany bought the Pacific islands of Marianas, Caroline and Pelew from Spain.

  • In 1912, the Manchu dynasty under Pu Yi abdicated in China and a provisional republic was established under Sun Yat-sen.

  • In 1922, Indian Nationalist Mohandas Gandhi's campaign of civil disobedience was suspended amid a rising tide of violence.

  • In 1924, Tutankhamen's sarcophagus was opened to reveal his coffin, 15 months after the tomb was first discovered.

  • In 1929, Lillie Langtry (Emilie Charlotte Le Breton), actress and King Edward VII's mistress, died.

  • In 1950, the European Broadcasting Union was founded.

  • In 1953, the Soviet Union broke off diplomatic relations with Israel after a bomb exploded at the Soviet legation in Tel Aviv.

  • In 1961, an interplanetary space station aimed at Venus was launched from the Soviet Union.

  • In 1961, Patrice Lumumba, Congo's first prime minister, was reported to have been murdered by Katangan separatists. The exact date and circumstances of his death were never discovered.

  • In 1973, the first group of U.S. prisoners of war were freed from North Vietnam.

  • In 1979, in Rhodesia, 59 people died when an Air Rhodesia civilian plane was shot down by Nationalist guerrillas.

  • In 1980, former West German chancellor Willy Brandt delivered his report to the U.N. secretary-general on the need for the reshaping of the relationship between rich and poor countries.

  • In 1986, the Channel Tunnel treaty between Britain and France was signed.

  • In 1990, Carmen Lawrence became premier of Western Australia, the first woman premier of an Australian state.

  • In 1992, thousands of people celebrated as Mongolia's new non-communist constitution took effect.

  • In 1993, ex-President Moussa Traore of Mali and three senior army officers were sentenced to death after a court found them guilty of mass murder in 1991.

  • In 1994, lawyers for U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding and the U.S. Olympic Committee agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the skater, allowing her to skate at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

  • In 1994, two thieves stole one of the world's most famous paintings, "The Scream" by Edvard Munch, in Oslo.

  • In 1994, at least 14 political parties registered for South Africa's April elections.

  • In 1996, Yasser Arafat took office as the first Palestinian president.

  • In 1997, Hwang Jang-yop, a senior adviser to North Korean president Kim Jong-il, defected to Seoul's Beijing embassy.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Burgsonndeg in Luxembourg.

  • Actress Maud Adams is 53.

  • Actor Joe Don Baker is 62.

  • Author Judy Blume is 60.

  • Actor Cliff De Young is 51.

  • Sportscaster Joe Garagiola is 72.

  • Comedian Arsenio Hall is 43.

  • Actress Joanna Kerns is 45.

  • Film director Franco Zeffirelli is 75.

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

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