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Friday, February 13, 1998

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  • "I hope five to 10 years from now, if I'm still able to play golf, the PGA will lean back and scratch their heads and say, 'Why did we fight this guy?'"

    -- golfer Casey Martin

    Today's events

  • The U.S.-Latin America Resort and Tourism Development Conference ends.

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    On the horizon

  • 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, deadline is scheduled 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 film director Steven Spielberg, is scheduled to start in Santa Monica, California.

  • On Wednesday, February 18, multiparty talks on Northern Ireland's future open in Dublin.

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    On this day

  • In 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII of England, was executed for adultery.

  • In 1571, Benvenuto Cellini, Italian sculptor and writer, died; noted for his famous bronze "Perseus with the Head of Medusa."

  • In 1668, under the Treaty of Lisbon, Spain recognized the independence of Portugal.

  • In 1689, William of Orange and his wife Mary, daughter of the deposed James II, were declared joint sovereigns of Great Britain and Ireland.

  • In 1692, John Campbell, at the head of an English force, led the Glencoe massacre against the Macdonalds in Scotland.

  • In 1728, Cotton Mather, champion of Puritanism and member of the Mather family prominent in 17th century New England, died.

  • In 1741, the first magazine to be published in the United States went on sale. "The American Magazine, or a Monthly View of the Political State of the British Colonies" beat a rival by Benjamin Franklin by three days.

  • In 1788, in Britain, the trial of Warren Hastings began. Governor-general of India, he was charged with high crimes and misdemeanors in the case which took seven years to complete.

  • In 1793, Britain, Prussia, Austria, Holland, Spain and Sardinia formed an alliance against France.

  • In 1849, Lord Randolph Churchill, British Conservative politician and father of future prime minister Winston, born.

  • In 1858, Sir Richard Burton and Captain John Speke became the first Europeans to discover Lake Tanganyika in East Africa.

  • In 1883, Richard Wagner, German composer, died. His most famous works include the operatic cycle "Der Ring des Nibelungen" (The Ring of the Nibelung), "Tristan und Isolde" and "Parsifal."

  • In 1895, the Lumiere brothers were granted a patent in France for their machine "to film and view chronophotographic proofs" -- one of the earliest projectors.

  • In 1920, Switzerland was admitted to the League of Nations.

  • In 1945, Budapest fell to the Russians after a 50-day siege in which 50,000 Germans were killed.

  • In 1945, British and U.S. air force planes bombed Dresden over 14 hours, killing at least 35,000 people.

  • In 1958, Georges Rouault, French expressionist painter, died. He had been apprenticed to a stained-glass designer and his subsequent work manifested glowing colors, outlined with black.

  • In 1974, Author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970, was deported from the Soviet Union and deprived of Soviet citizenship.

  • In 1975, seven months after their invasion of Cyprus, the Turks proclaimed the Turkish Federated State of Cyprus in the part of the island they occupied.

  • In 1976, French-born U.S. coloratura soprano Lily Pons died.

  • In 1979, Jean Renoir, French filmmaker, died; his firms included "Nana," "La Grande Illusion," "La Bete Humaine," and "Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe."

  • In 1983, a fire in a cinema in Turin, Italy, killed 64 people.

  • In 1990, roaring crowds gave Nelson Mandela a hero's welcome when he returned to the black township of Soweto with a pledge to end "the dark hell of apartheid."

  • In 1991, up to 400 civilians, mainly women and children, were feared dead after U.S. bombs or missiles smashed into a packed Baghdad air raid shelter.

  • In 1992, Ford Motor Co. reported its biggest ever loss, $2.3 billion.

  • In 1994, up to 150 illegal Burmese workers, many of them women and children, were feared dead after a ferry boat taking them home capsized off Thailand.

  • In 1994, the ruling Malawi Congress Party elected former detainee Gwanda Chakuamba as President Kamuzu Banda's virtual successor, naming him deputy to the Malawi's supreme ruler of 30 years.

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    Today is Friday the Thirteenth, the first of three days this year when the superstitious will be extra-careful to avoid black cats and spilled salt. Did you know that dreaming of a lizard is a sign that you have a secret enemy? And if your nose itches you will soon be kissed by a fool? Check out this interesting list of superstitions.


    Holidays and more

  • Actress Stockard Channing is 54.

  • Actress Carol Lynley is 56.

  • Singer, actor David Naughton is 47.

  • Actress Kim Novak is 65.

  • Actor Oliver Reed is 60.

  • Actor George Segal is 64.

  • TV host Jerry Springer is 54.

  • Actor Bo Svenson is 57.

  • Actor Peter Tork is 54.

  • Pilot Chuck Yeager is 75.

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

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