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Monday, January 6, 1997

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  • "It's not O.J. (Simpson) and it's not L.A. here in Boulder. Our guy won't walk. We are not going to be part of a media circus. Our goal is to remain focused on apprehending the person or persons responsible for JonBenet Ramsey's death and getting a conviction."

    -- Boulder, Colorado, Police Chief Tom Koby

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    Today's Events

  • 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 eclipse.
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  • 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.

  • 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 Britain.

  • 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 decision.

  • On Saturday, January 11, Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto begins a visit to Vietnam.
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    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 fourth wife.

  • 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 botanist, died.

  • In 1896, following accusations that he engineered the Jameson Raid on Johannesburg, Cecil Rhodes resigned as prime minister of Cape Colony.

  • In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th U.S. state.

  • In 1919, Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president (1901-1909), died.

  • 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 fear.

  • In 1950, Britain formally recognized China's communist government.

  • In 1993, Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer, died at 54.
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    Love him or hate him, it's hard to ignore House Speaker Newt Gingrich, especially as the House ethics probe and its impact on his political future near resolution. For two distinctly takes on the controversial Georgia congressman, check out the Official Friends of Newt Gingrich Home Page and the Unofficial Monsieur Newt Gingrich Page.


    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.
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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

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