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Thursday, January 2, 1997

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  • "Abraham bought the Cave of the Patriarchs for 400 shekels of silver. No one will return it."

    -- Noam Friedman, an off-duty Israeli soldier who sprayed automatic rifle fire in Hebron Wednesday

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    Today's Events

  • The Congo begins a census of voters in preparation for a July presidential election.

  • Parliamentary elections are scheduled in Gambia.

  • The Sugar Bowl is held in New Orleans.

  • Elizabeth Dole is scheduled to return to her position as president of the Red Cross.

  • Parliamentary elections are scheduled in Singapore.

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    On the horizon

  • On Friday, January 3, the London International Boat Show opens.

  • On Saturday, January 4, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is due to meet with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

  • On Sunday, January 5, the African nation of Chad holds parliamentary elections.

  • On Monday, January 6, more than 1,000 scientists gather in Mohe, China, to observe a total eclipse of the sun.

  • On Tuesday, January 7, the 105th session of the U.S. Congress begins.

  • On Wednesday, January 8, Monaco's Grimaldi dynasty celebrates its 700th anniversary of rule.

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    On this day

  • In 1492, Spain recaptured the southern city of Granada from the Moors, consolidating the monarchy under Ferdinand of Aragon.

  • In 1757, Clive of India recaptured Calcutta after it had been seized by the Nawab of Bengal who had used the "Black Hole" to imprison British captives.

  • In 1788, Georgia became the fourth U.S. state to be admitted to the Union.

  • In 1811, U.S. Senator Thomas Pickering became the first senator to be censured when he revealed confidential documents communicated by the president of the United States.

  • In 1839, French pioneering photographer Louis Daguerre took the first photograph of the moon.

  • In 1896, Starr Jameson surrendered and was captured by the Boers after his attempted raid on Johannesburg in the Boer War.

  • In 1905, in the Russo-Japanese War, the Russians surrendered to the Japanese after the battle of Port Arthur.

  • In 1915, in World War I, the Turks under Ahmet Pasha were heavily defeated by the Russians at the battle of Sarikamis.

  • In 1942, in World War II, the Japanese captured the Philippines capital of Manila and nearby air base at Cavite.

  • In 1955, in Panama, President Jose Antonio Remon was machine gunned while attending the Franco Race track in Panama City.

  • In 1959, the first lunar space shot, the unmanned Luna I, was launched by the Soviet Union.

  • In 1971, a barrier collapsed at Ibrox Park football ground at the end of the Rangers vs. Celtic soccer match in Glasgow, Scotland, killing 66 people.

  • In 1980, Britain's first national steel strike since 1926 began. It was not settled until April 2.

  • In 1994, more than 70 people were killed and at least 670 injured after two days of blistering factional battles in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

  • In 1995, the most distant galaxy yet discovered was found by scientists using the Keck telescope in Hawaii.

  • In 1995, former Somali president Mohamed Siad Barre died in exile. He seized power in a 1969 coup and was toppled in January 1991 by forces loyal to faction leader Mohamed Farah Aideed.

  • In 1996, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appointed Kamal Ganzouri, a deputy prime minister since 1987, to be his new prime minister after the resignation of Atef Sedki.

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    Holidays and more

  • New Year's holidays continue in many countries throughout the world.

  • Today is Ancestry Day in Haiti.

  • It's a Bank Holiday in Liechtenstein.

  • Former TV evangelist Jim Bakker is 58.

  • Actress Diane Lane is 32.

  • Actress Wendy Philips is 45.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1996, J.P. Morgan

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