Thursday, January 2, 1997
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The Congo begins a census of voters in preparation for a July
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.
On the horizon
On Friday, January 3, the London International Boat Show
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
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.
On Wednesday, January 8, Monaco's Grimaldi dynasty
celebrates its 700th anniversary of rule.
On this day
In 1492, Spain recaptured the southern city of Granada from
the Moors, consolidating the monarchy under Ferdinand of
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
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
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
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1996, J.P. Morgan