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Thursday, February 19, 1998

  • Today's Events
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  • "She's brilliant. She has wonderful star qualities about her. I just love her to death."

    -- Peter Green, handler of Rocki, a Norwich terrier who won Best of Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    Today's events

  • Preparatory talks will be held in London for an ASEM leaders summit in April.

  • Sotheby's is scheduled to auction more than 40,000 items from the Paris home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

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    On the horizon

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

  • On Saturday, February 21, the National Governors Association holds its winter meeting in Washington, D.C.

  • On Sunday, February 22, extradition hearings for Maryland murder suspect Samuel Sheinbein are scheduled to start in Tel Aviv.

  • On Monday, February 23, the Whitewater-related trial of former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and attorney John Haley is scheduled to start.

  • On Tuesday, February 24, the fourth annual "Spay Day USA," a campaign by the Doris Day Animal League to reduce the pet population, takes place.

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    On this day

  • In 1408, in England, the Northumberland Rebellion ended when Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, was defeated by Henry IV at the battle of Bramham Moor.

  • In 1473, astroner Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Poland. He pioneered the theory that the Earth rotates around the Sun.

  • In 1674, the Treaty of Westminster was signed, ending the Anglo-Dutch War; under its terms, New Netherlands (New York) became British.

  • In 1797, Pope Pius VI signed the Treaty of Tolentino with Napoleon under which Bologna, Romagna and Ferrara were ceded to France.

  • In 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte established himself as first consul in France.

  • In 1807, Aaron Burr became the first vice president of the United States to be arrested; he was charged with treason for planning an expedition to invade Mexico.

  • In 1837, Georg Buechner, German playwright and poet, died. A pioneer of Expressionist theatre, his best known works are "Dantons Tod" and "Woyzeck."

  • In 1878, the phonograph, invented by Thomas Edison, was patented.

  • In 1915, in World War I, a combined British and French fleet attacked the Dardanelles.

  • In 1918, in Russia, a decree abolishing all private ownership of land, water and natural resources was issued by the Soviet Central Executive Committee.

  • In 1942, Japanese forces invaded Bali and made a first raid on the Australian mainland bombing Port Darwin.

  • In 1945, the U.S. Fifth Fleet launched the invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese; the island was eventually taken on March 26.

  • In 1951, Andre Gide, French novelist, died; he won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947.

  • In 1952, Norwegian author Knut Hamsun died; he won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1920 and was famed for his "Growth of the Soil" and "Hunger."

  • In 1959, the prime ministers of Britain, Turkey and Greece signed an agreement in London for the independence of Cyprus.

  • In 1963, Russia told the United States that it would withdraw several thousand troops from Cuba by March 15.

  • In 1976, Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Britain after the two countries failed to agree over fishing rights in disputed waters.

  • In 1982, in Northern Ireland, receivers were appointed to manage the affairs of the DeLorean car company.

  • In 1990, the Liberal Democrat Party in Japan won the general election under Toshiki Kaifu.

  • In 1994, fire bombs damaged six London stores; the IRA claimed responsibility.

  • In 1996, Israel approved the return of 154 members of the Palestine National Council, including hijacker Layla Khaled, to Palestinian-ruled areas.

  • In 1997, China's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping died at age 93. He ruled China from 1978 until he retired from his last official post in 1990, but his influence remained supreme until his death.

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    Holidays and more

  • England's Prince Andrew is 38.

  • Actress Justine Bateman is 32.

  • Actor Jeff Daniels is 43.

  • Singer Smokey Robinson is 58.

  • Singer Seal is 35.

  • Actor Andrew Shue is 31.

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

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