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Friday, February 20, 1998

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  • "The choice is Saddam Hussein's. We hope he will accept the mandate of the world community. He has, after all, agreed to it, years ago. If not, he must bear the responsibility for the consequences."

    -- President Bill Clinton

    Today's events

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

  • Drazen Erdemovic, a Bosnian Croat already serving time for his role in a 1995 massacre, is scheduled to be resentenced by the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

  • Scheduled execution of Michael Edward Long in McAlester, Oklahoma. Accused of killing a woman and her 5-year-old son, he asked that the remainder of his appeals be dropped.

  • Inauguration ceremony for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's new president, Martin Luther King III, is scheduled in Atlanta.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, February 25, the 40th annual Grammy Awards will be presented in New York City.

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    On this day

  • In 1653, in the first English-Dutch War, the Dutch fleet under Van Tromp was defeated after three days by the English at the battle of Portland.

  • In 1809, after rejecting Joseph as King of Spain, the city of Zaragoza finally fell to the French after a prolonged siege.

  • In 1811, Austria declared itself bankrupt.

  • In 1864 , in the U.S. Civil War, 5,000 Confederates under Gen. Joseph Finnegan beat 6,000 Federal forces under Gen. Truman Seymour at the battle of Ocean Pond.

  • In 1920, Britain recognized the autonomous government in Trans-Jordan.

  • In 1938, British Foreign Minister Anthony Eden resigned in protest at Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement toward German dictator Adolf Hitler.

  • In 1942 , the Japanese invaded Portuguese Timor and Portugal protested to Japan.

  • In 1947, Lord Louis Mountbatten was named as the last Viceroy of India.

  • In 1962, John Glenn became the first U.S. astronaut in Earth's orbit when the Mercury capsule Friendship VII carried him into space for a five-hour voyage.

  • In 1979, 175 people were killed by an eruption of the Sinira volcano in Indonesia.

  • In 1985, the sale of contraceptives was made legal in Ireland.

  • In 1990, Soviet parliamentary leaders proposed a draft law which would allow the republics the right to break away from the Soviet Union.

  • In 1994 ,Yemen's rival leaders, Ali Abdullah Saleh and Vice-President Ali Salem Al Baidh, signed a pact designed to end more than six months of feuding.

  • In 1996 , two senior Iraqi defectors, Lt. Gen. Hussein Kamel Hassan and his brother Saddam Kamel and their families, returned to Iraq six months after fleeing to Jordan; they were pardoned by Saddam Hussein but died in a gunbattle on February 23.

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    Holidays and more

  • Actor Edward Albert is 47.

  • Film director Robert Altman is 73.

  • Basketball player Charles Barkley is 35.

  • Model Cindy Crawford is 32.

  • Actress Sandy Duncan is 52.

  • Hockey Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito is 56.

  • Actor Kelsey Grammer is 43.

  • Actress Jennifer O'Neill is 50.

  • Actor Sidney Poitier is 71.

  • Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst Shaw is 44.

  • Actor Peter Strauss is 51.

  • Fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt is 74.

  • Actor James Wilby is 40.

  • Singer Nancy Wilson is 61.

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

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