Monday, January 6, 1997
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Pope John Paul II celebrates mass in the Vatican on the feast of the Epiphany ,
during which he will ordain new bishops and archbishops.
Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok visits Irish Foreign Minister Dick Spring in Kerry,
Ireland, to take over the presidency of the European Union.
More than 1,000 scientists gather in Mohe, China, to observe a total solar
On the horizon
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 Thursday, January 9, political leaders of the 1980s
and '90s are scheduled to hold a seminar at UNESCO
headquarters in Paris on the foreign policy of the late
French President Francois Mitterrand. The event marks the
first anniversary of Mitterrand's death and
participants are to include Cuban President Fidel Castro,
Haiti's ex-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, former European
Commission President Jacques Delors and former foreign
ministers Han Dietrich Genscher of Germany and David Owen of
On Friday, January 10, a hearing is scheduled on a
motion for a stay in the O.J. Simpson child custody judgment
while the children's grandparents appeal the judge's
On Saturday, January 11, Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto
begins a visit to Vietnam.
On this day
In 871, the Danes were defeated by the West Saxons under
Ethelred and Alfred the Great at the battle of Ashdown.
In 1066, Harold was crowned king of England following the
death of his brother-in-law Edward the Confessor, and
immediately was threatened by rival claimants to the throne. He
was England's last Anglo-Saxon king.
In 1169, England and France agreed to a peace when Louis VII
and Henry II met at Montmirail.
In 1367, Richard II, son of Edward the Black Prince, was born
in France. He was king of England from 1377 to 1399.
In 1540, Henry VIII of England married Anne of Cleves, his
In 1745, French pioneer balloonist Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier was born.
In 1822, German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann was born.
In 1838, German composer Max Bruch was born.
In 1852, Louis Braille, French inventor of a system to enable
blind people to read, died.
In 1880, Tom Mix, cowboy star of Hollywood silent films and
early talkies, was born.
In 1884, Gregor Mendel, Austrian Augustine monk, biologist and
In 1896, following accusations that he engineered the Jameson
Raid on Johannesburg, Cecil Rhodes resigned as prime minister of
In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th U.S. state.
In 1919, Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president (1901-1909),
In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed Congress
offering support for all who strove for four essential freedoms
-- freedom of speech and religion and freedom from want and
In 1950, Britain formally recognized China's communist
In 1993, Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer, died at 54.
Holidays and more
Many countries celebrate the feast of Epiphany, Three Kings Day or the Feast of
Three Kings, all of which commemorate the Magi's visit to the infant Christ.
Armenia celebrates Armenian Christmas Day.
Iraq celebrates Army Day 1921.
Uruguay celebrates Childrens Day.
Auto executive John DeLorean is 72.
Novelist E.L. Doctorow is 66.
Actress Bonnie Franklin is 53.
Public opinion analyst Lou Harris is 76.
Football coach Lou Holtz is 60.
Sportscaster Howie Long is 37.
Golfer Nancy Lopez is 40.
Musician Earl Scruggs is 73.
Actress Loretta Young is 84.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan