Wednesday, December 18, 1996
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The Foreign Press Association is scheduled to hold a news conference in Jerusalem with senior Palestinian Minister Hanan Ashrawi.
Russian Defense Minister Igor Rodionov is expected to visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Former Central African Republic emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa is scheduled to be buried in his ancestral village of Berengo in a strictly family ceremony.
The Smithsonian Institution is scheduled to show the earliest known daguerreotype of abolitionist John Brown.
On the horizon
On Thursday, December 19, Golden Globe Award nominations for
filmmaking are to be announced in Hollywood.
On Friday, December 20, the Indian parliament is scheduled to end its winter session.
On Saturday, December 21, the Hong Kong 1997 Selection Committee is scheduled to name the 60 members of the Provisional Legislature that China plans to install in 1997.
On Sunday, December 22, Pakistan's President Farooq Leghari is scheduled to open the International Law conference on Independence of Judiciary and Social Change in Lahore, Pakistan.
On Monday, December 23, the high court in Seoul, South Korea, is tentatively expected to rule on appeals by former presidents Chun Doo Hwan and Roh Tae-woo against corruption/human rights abuse convictions.
On Tuesday, December 24, Pope John Paul II is scheduled to lead Christmas services at St. Peter's Basilica.
On this day
In 1398, the Turkish warrior Timur Lenk conquered Delhi.
In 1737, Antonio Stradivari, the Italian violin-maker, died.
In 1787, New Jersey became the third state in the United States.
In 1863, Franz Ferdinand, the Archduke of Austria, was born. His assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 sparked the chain of events which ignited World War One.
In 1865, slavery was abolished throughout the United States with the ratification of the 13th amendment.
In 1903, the U.S-Panama treaty placed the Canal Zone under
U.S. control in return for an annual rent.
In 1912, Charles Dawson discovered fossils known as the
"Piltdown Man" on Piltdown common in East Sussex, England, and claimed they were the remains of primitive man. It was later discovered to be a hoax.
In 1913, the German statesman and chancellor Willy Brandt was born. The mayor of West Berlin (1957-66), and chancellor of Germany from 1969, he was forced to resign in 1974 following the discovery that an aide was an East German spy. He was also warded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971.
In 1916, the 10-month Battle of Verdun ended after huge loss of life -- 543,000 French and 434,000 German troops were killed in the WW I battle.
In 1940, a secret plan issued by Adolf Hitler ordered the
German General Staff to prepare for the invasion of Russia under the code name "Operation Barbarossa."
In 1972, Uganda nationalized 41 foreign-owned farms and tea
estates, of which 34 were British.
In 1987, Ivan Boesky, the Wall Street financier who played a
key role in the biggest insider trading scheme in U.S. history, was jailed for three years.
In 1993, Sam Wanamaker, a U.S. actor and director who campaigned to rebuild Shakespeare's Globe Theater on the River Thames in London, died at 74.
Lloyd's of London has been the premier name in the insurance of long-haul cargo ships almost since its founding in the 1800s. Shipping mishaps like the recent destruction of a waterfront mall in New Orleans have long been left for Lloyd's to mop up. Although Lloyd's has diversified, and nearly gone belly up, the company's Web site is a great place to pick up a little history and a little insurance, if you're in the market.
Holidays and more
Niger celebrates National Day.
Ramsey Clark, the former U.S. attorney general, is 69.
Actor Ossie Davis is 79.
Movie Critic Leonard Maltin is 46.
Musician Keith Richards is 53.
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is 49.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1996, J.P. Morgan