Tuesday, January 7, 1997
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The 105th session of the U.S. Congress begins.
Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto visits Brunei.
Former East German spymaster Markus Wolf goes on trial for allegedly ordering Cold War kidnappings of citizens from West Germany.
The International Snow Sculpting Championships open in Breckenridge, Colorado.
On the horizon
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 will 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 Hans-Dietrich Genscher of Germany and David Owen of Britain.
On Friday, January 10, a hearing will be held 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 Sunday, January 12, the 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards for the public's favorite actors, actresses, television shows, singers and feature films will be held in Santa Monica, California.
On Monday, January 13, Pope John Paul receives diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican and delivers his yearly "state of the world" address on events of the past year.
On Tuesday, January 14, soccer stars Bruce Grobbelaar, Hans Segers, John Fashanu and Malaysian businessman Heng Suan Lim begin trial in Britain on charges of conspiring to fix English premier league soccer matches.
On this day
In 1502, Pope Gregory XIII, noted for his reform of the
calendar system, was born.
In 1558, French forces captured Calais from England.
In 1610, Galileo Galilei, the Italian mathematician and astronomer (1564-1642), discovered Jupiter's four satellites -- Io, Europa, Gannymede and Callisto.
In 1785, Dr. John Jeffries and Jean Pierre Blanchard made the
first crossing of the English Channel in a hot air balloon.
In 1789, the first U.S. national election took place; George
Washington eventually became president.
In 1800, Millard Fillmore, the 13th U.S. president, was born.
In 1844, Marie-Bernard Soubirous, Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, was born; she claimed to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary at a spring near her home and a shrine was later established there.
In 1845, King Louis III, the last king of Bavaria (1913-1918), was born.
In 1895, Korea proclaimed its independence from China.
In 1904, the shipping distress call CQD -- "seek you, danger" -- was introduced. It was replaced by SOS two years later.
In 1910, Baron Alain de Rothschild, a leading member of the
French banking family, was born.
In 1927, a transatlantic telephone service between London and New York was introduced.
In 1964, Britain introduced internal self-government in the
In 1975, OPEC agreed to raise the price of crude oil by 10 per cent.
In 1979, Vietnamese forces, aided by Cambodian insurgents,
captured Phnom Penh after a two-week invasion and overthrew the Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot.
In 1984, French scientist Alfred Kastler died; he won the
Nobel Prize for Physics in 1966 for work instrumental in the development of lasers.
In 1989, Emperor Hirohito of Japan died after a 63-year reign.
Today the 105th Congress of the United States convenes. Although sometimes viewed as a technological sluggard, the Congress is on the Web in a big way. Thomas is the legislative branch's attempt at keeping the public informed about the institution and its actions. Use Thomas as a starting point to explore Congress online.
Holidays and more
Belarus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, the Ukraine and Ethiopia celebrate their versions of Christmas.
Actress Erin Gray is 45.
Journalist Douglas Kiker is 67.
Singer Kenny Loggins is 49.
Actress Terry Moore is 68.
Musician Jean-Pierre Rampal is 75.
Journalist Jann Wenner is 50.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan