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Monday, February 23, 1998

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  • "We've reached an agreement. We have a text."

    -- U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard on the Iraqi standoff

    Today's events

  • The Whitewater-related trial of former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and attorney John Haley is scheduled to start.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • Thursday, February 26, marks the five year anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing in New York City.

  • On Friday, February 27, an estimated 600,000 teen-agers are expected to participate in a World Hunger Day event designed to teach children about global hunger issues.

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    On this day

  • In 1685, George Frideric Handel, German composer, born; best known for his great choral work "Messiah."

  • In 1820, the Cato Street Conspiracy, an attempt to assassinate British Cabinet ministers, was foiled with only hours to spare. The plotters were executed.

  • In 1821, John Keats, English Romantic poet, died in Rome.

  • In 1836, Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, leading several thousand Mexican troops, began besieging the Alamo mission settlement held by a force of 145 Texans led by Col. Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. The siege ended on March 6 with all the Texans killed.

  • In 1848, John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, died.

  • In 1866, King Alexander Cuza of Romania was forced to abdicate and was succeeded by Charles, Prince of Hohenzollern as Carol I.

  • In 1898, in France, novelist Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing the government of anti-semitism and wrongly jailing Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

  • In 1905, the Rotary Club was founded by lawyer Paul Percy Harris in Chicago.

  • In 1919, Benito Mussolini broke with the Socialist party and founded his own Fasci del Comattimento (Fascist) party in Italy.

  • In 1942, in World War II, a Master Mutual Aid Agreement was signed between the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

  • In 1944, Josef Stalin forced 1 million Chechens into exile and dissolved the republic accusing them of collaboration with Nazi Germany.

  • In 1945, the Japanese island of Iwo Jima fell to the Americans after severe fighting and the flag was raised on Mount Suribachi.

  • In 1966, in Syria, the military seized power in a coup and Dr. Nureddin el-Atassi was named head of state.

  • In 1970, Guyana, formerly British Guiana, became an independent republic within the Commonwealth.

  • In 1981, Lt. Col. Antonio Tejero and a group of civil guards burst into the Spanish parliament firing shots in a failed coup attempt.

  • In 1991, Thailand's armed forces seized power in a bloodless coup and arrested Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhaven.

  • In 1994, Bosnia's government and separatist Bosnian Croat forces agreed a comprehensive cease-fire under U.N. auspices.

  • In 1994, the Russian parliament voted to pardon participants in an armed rebellion against President Boris Yeltsin in October 1993 and a Soviet coup attempt in 1991.

  • In 1996, Kamel Hassan and his brother Saddam Kamel -- both married to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's daughters -- were murdered by relatives in a gunbattle only days after returning from Jordan.

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    Mexican troops stormed The Alamo on this day in 1836. Remember The Alamo by clicking here.


    Holidays and more

  • Brazil, Andorra, Aruba, Bolivia and many other nations celebrate Carnival Monday.

  • Baseball player Bobby Bonilla is 35.

  • Actor Peter Fonda is 59.

  • Singer Howard Jones is 43.

  • Singer Johnny Winter is 54.

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

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