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Friday, January 3, 1997

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    Today's Events

  • The London International Boat Show is scheduled to open.

  • Social Security checks in the United States are scheduled to increase by 2.9 percent beginning today.

  • Today is Bryant Gumble's last day on NBC's "Today" show.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 1825, Robert Owen bought 30,000 acres for New Harmony, Indiana.

  • In 1852, the first Chinese arrived in Hawaii.

  • In 1863, the Battle of Stone's River (Tennessee) ended.

  • In 1870, ground was broken for the Brooklyn Bridge.

  • In 1872, the first patent list was issued.

  • In 1888, the first drinking straw was patented.

  • In 1920, Babe Ruth was sold to New York Yankees by Boston Red Sox.

  • In 1938, the first March of Dimes anti-polio campaign was organized.

  • In 1947, the Opening of Congress was televised for the first time.

  • In 1952, "Dragnet" premiered on NBC-TV.

  • In 1958, Edmund Hillary reached the South Pole.

  • In 1959, Alaska became the 49th US state.

  • In 1961, the U.S. severed diplomatic ties with Cuba.

  • In 1964, Russia first bought wheat from the U.S.

  • In 1969, 30,000 copies of "Two Virgins" confiscated in Newark, New Jersey, for pornography violations.

  • In 1977, Apple Computer was founded.

  • In 1980, Alfred Hitchcock was knighted.

  • In 1986, the Liberty Foundation (a political party organized by Jerry Falwell) was formed.

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    Holidays and more

  • Japan and Taiwan celebrate Bank Holidays.

  • Today is a Provincial Anniversary in New Zealand.

  • Author Joan Walsh Anglund is 71.

  • Comedian Victor Borge is 88.

  • Actor Dabney Coleman is 65.

  • Actor Mel Gibson is 46.

  • Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Robert Marvin Hull is 58.

  • Actress Victoria Principal is 47.

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

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