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Wednesday, January 8, 1997

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  • "We had one thing that really fell out of bed in a big way and that is, Santa Claus forgot to come."

    -- Apple Computer Inc. Chairman Gilbert Amelio

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    Today's Events

  • Monaco's Grimaldi dynasty celebrates its 700th anniversary of rule.

  • Japanese Prime Minister Hashimoto visits Malaysia and meets with Sultan Tuanku Ja'afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

  • The relaunch of the Indonesian Observer newspaper takes place in Jakarta.

  • Protests are planned for Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey, to mark the first anniversary of the killing of leftist journalist Metin Goktepe.

  • The International Association of Jazz Educators conference opens in Chicago.

  • Arianespace holds its annual news conference in Paris outlining the European space-launch company's plans for the coming year.
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    On the horizon

  • 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 decision.

  • On Saturday, January 11, Japanese Prime Minister 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 II receives diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican and delivers his yearly "state of the world" address.

  • On Tuesday, January 14, soccer stars Bruce Grobbelaar, Hans Segers and John Fashanu and Malaysian businessman Heng Suan Lim begin trial in Britain on charges of conspiring to fix English premier league soccer matches.

  • On Wednesday, January 15, the 24th International Brussels Film Festival opens in Belgium.
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    On this day

  • In 1642, Galileo Galilei, the mathematician, astronomer, physicist and developer of the astronomical telescope, died.

  • In 1713, Arcangelo Corelli, the Italian composer and violinist, died. His concerti grossi, published posthumously, greatly influenced J.S. Bach.

  • In 1815, the Americans defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans.

  • In 1918, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson presented his Fourteen Points to Congress, a peace plan aimed at a new world order after World War I.

  • In 1926, Abdul Aziz ibn Saud became king of the Hejaz, which he announced would henceforth be called Saudi Arabia.

  • In 1935, singer Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.

  • In 1941, Robert Baden-Powell, the English soldier and founder of the Boy Scouts, died. He won fame as the defender of Mafeking in the Boer War in South Africa and founded the Scouts in 1908.

  • In 1959, Charles de Gaulle became the first president of France's Fifth Republic. He took office for a second term on this day in 1966.

  • In 1967, Operation Cedar Falls started when U.S. and South Vietnamese troops launched a major operation in the Mekong Delta.

  • In 1976, Chou En-Lai, long-time Chinese Communist leader, died at 78.

  • In 1979, the French tanker Betelgeuse exploded at the Gulf Oil terminal at Bantry in Ireland, killing 50 people.

  • In 1982, Spain agreed to end its blockade of Gibraltar in return for talks on the British colony's future.

  • In 1995, Carlos Monzon, Argentina's greatest boxing champion, died in a car accident.

  • In 1996, former French president Francois Mitterrand died of cancer at 79.
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    Usually a struggling second to he United States in aerospace endeavors, Europe has nevertheless had its moments on the final frontier. Arianespace is Europe's primary space transportation company. Today, Arianespace holds a news conference looking ahead to a new year when it hopes to put behind it the disappointment of 1996 and its loss of a new Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket.


    Holidays and more

  • Australia celebrates Davenport Cup Day.

  • Moldova continues to celebrate its Christmas Holiday.

  • Musician David Bowie, born David Robert Jones, is 50.

  • Pianist Vladimir Feltsman is 45.

  • Concert promoter Bill Graham, born Wolfgang Grajonca, is 66.

  • Actress Yvette Mimieux is 56.

  • Comedian Soupy Sales, born Morton Supman, is 67.
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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

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