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Thursday, January 9, 1997

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  • "The least costly treatment for any illness is lethal medication."

    -- Acting U.S. Solicitor General Walter Dellinger

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    Today's Events

  • America's Electoral College votes for president and vice president of the U.S., with results announced to Congress by current Vice President Al Gore.

  • 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.

  • Japanese Prime Minister Hashimoto visits Indonesia and meets with President Suharto.

  • The Partnership Summit 1997, organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry, will be opened in Calcutta by Indian Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda.

  • Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien visits South Korea.

  • The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan may begin; it is subject to the sighting of the moon.

  • The 1997 Winter Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas.

  • The four-day Global Summit of Women opens in Miami.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, January 16, the Sundance Film Festival opens in Park City, Utah.

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    On this day

  • In 1788, Connecticut ratified the U.S. constitution and became the fifth member state.

  • In 1792, the Treaty of Jassy ended the Russo-Turkish War; the Russian frontier was extended and the Ottomans also gained territory.

  • In 1806, British naval hero Lord Horatio Nelson was buried at St. Paul's Cathedral in London; he led the British fleet against the French at Trafalgar in October 1805 and was mortally wounded in the hour of victory.

  • In 1873, Napoleon III, Emperor of France and nephew of Napoleon I, died; defeat by Prussia in 1871 forced him into exile at Chislehurst, Kent, where he lived until his death.

  • In 1875, Alfonso XII landed at Barcelona after being proclaimed king of Spain.

  • In 1878, Victor Emmanuel died and was succeeded as king of Italy by Umberto I.

  • In 1908, French novelist and critic Simone de Beauvoir, author of the "The Second Sex" and Jean-Paul Sartre's longtime companion, was born.

  • In 1913, Richard Nixon, the 37th U.S. president, was born; after winning two presidential elections, he was engulfed by the Watergate scandal and resigned in 1974 under threat of impeachment.

  • In 1960, construction work started on the Aswan High Dam in Egypt.

  • In 1962, Japan and the United States signed an agreement for Japan to pay $290 million in settlement of its debt for postwar U.S. aid.

  • In 1964, 22 Panamanian students died during riots that began after U.S. residents of the Panama Canal zone prevented them from hoisting their flag there.

  • In 1972, fire destroyed the liner Queen Elizabeth as she lay in waters off Hong Kong.

  • In 1992, Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina declared their own republic and said it would remain part of federal Yugoslavia.

  • In 1996, Chechen rebels seized some 2,000 hostages in a southern Russian town and threatened to kill them if their demands were not met.

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    On the edge of endurance and the bottom of the world, two sailors in the Vendee Globe around-the-world yacht race were rescued Wednesday by the Australian Navy after their boats capsized in the icy waters off Antarctica. Visit the race's official home page for background information and current news of one of the world's toughest sporting events.


    Holidays and more

  • Panama pauses for a day of National Mourning.

  • The Union of Myanmar celebrates Kayin New Year's Day.

  • Singer Joan Baez is 56.

  • Actor Bob Denver is 62.

  • Sportscaster Dick Enberg is 62.

  • Singer Crystal Gayle is 46.

  • Author Judith Krantz is 69.

  • Actress Susannah York is 56.

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

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