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Sunday, February 15, 1998

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  • "China and the United States, both permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, have the responsibility to work unremittingly to resolve the crisis over Iraqi weapons inspections through peaceful means."

    -- Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen

    Today's events

  • Somali factions are to meet at a national reconciliation conference.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, February 19, preparatory talks will be held in London for an ASEM leaders summit in April.

  • On Friday, February 20, the start of the "Women of Color and Allies Summit: Linking Arms in Dangerous Times" begins in Arlington, Virginia.

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    On this day

  • In 1368, Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor in 1433-37, born. He was also king of Hungary, Germany, Lombard and Bohemia.

  • In 1564, Galileo, Italian mathematician, astronomer and physicist, born. He developed the astronomical telescope with which he discovered craters on the moon and the satellites of Jupiter.

  • In 1637, Emperor Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, archduke of Austria and king of Bohemia and Hungary, died.

  • In 1710, Louis XV, king of France from 1715 to 1774, born.

  • In 1763, the Treaty of Hubertusburg was signed, ending hostilities between Austria and Prussia in the Seven Years' War.

  • In 1898, the Spanish-American War began after the battleship USS Maine blew up in Havana harbor. The cause of the explosion still remains a mystery.

  • In 1922, the Permanent Court of International Justice, sitting at The Hague in the Netherlands, held its first session.

  • In 1928, Herbert Henry Asquith, Liberal British prime minister 1908-1916, died. He was responsible for the Parliament Act of 1911 which limited the power of the House of Lords.

  • In 1933, Giuseppe Zangara, an Italian-born anarchist, failed in his attempt to assassinate U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Miami.

  • In 1942, in Singapore, a British-led allied force of some 85,000 troops, bombarded and cut off from support and supplies after a weeklong battle, surrendered to a Japanese invading force less than half its size.

  • In 1944, the monastery at Monte Cassino in Italy was bombed by Allied aircraft.

  • In 1965, Canada adopted the Red Maple Leaf as its new national flag.

  • In 1971, Britain changed over to decimal currency from pounds, shillings and pence.

  • In 1984, Ethel Merman, U.S. actress and singer, died. Star of Broadway musicals including "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Call Me Madam."

  • In 1989, more than 100,000 Soviet troops left Afghanistan under a U.N.-brokered accord 10 years after Moscow sent troops to help the tottering Marxist government in Kabul.

  • In 1990, Britain and Argentina restored full diplomatic ties, affirming reconciliation after their 1982 war for the Falkland Islands.

  • In 1992, two Spaniards completed the first east-west balloon flight across the Atlantic when they arrived in Venezuela from Spain.

  • In 1993, the Slovak parliament elected economist Michal Kovac as newly-independent Slovakia's first president.

  • In 1994, North Korea ended a yearlong standoff with the International Atomic Energy Agency, after it allowed the agency's inspectors to check seven declared nuclear plants.

  • In 1996, the British government said a three-year inquiry into arms sales to Iraq before the Gulf War had cleared ministers of conspiracy and had revealed no official cover-up.

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    The USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor 100 years ago today, killing 267 crewmen and beginning what became known as the Spanish-American War. Learn more about the war at The Spanish-American War.


    Holidays and more

  • Malaysia marks the Birthday of the Sultan.

  • Cartoonist Matt Groening is 44.

  • Actress Jane Seymour is 47.

  • Actor-comedian Harvey Korman is 71.

  • Actress Marisa Berenson is 50.

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

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