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Friday, January 10, 1997

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  • "There were body parts everywhere. It would be impossible for anyone to walk out of there."

    -- Bob Brant, an area resident who witnessed the Comair plane crash.

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    Today's Events

  • First of three symposia in Berlin on a plan for a new national monument to commemorate Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

  • President Bill Clinton hosts the 1996 Stanley Cup champions.

  • Robert Citron, former treasurer for Orange County, surrenders in Santa Ana, California, for a jail term involving the county's bankruptcy case.

  • Manny the Hippie, who gained fame on David Letterman's TV late-night program, is scheduled to ask for probation on a drug-trafficking conviction in Xenia, Ohio.

  • Today is the expected start of Ramadan.

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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 1645, William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, was beheaded for treason.

  • In 1863, the world's first underground railway service, London's Metropolitan line between Paddington and Farringdon, was opened.

  • In 1912, the first flying boat, designed by Glenn Curtiss, made its maiden flight at Hammondsport, New York.

  • In 1920, the League of Nations came into being.

  • In 1922, Arthur Griffith was elected president of the newly formed Irish Free State.

  • In 1929, Tintin and his dog Snowy, cartoon creations of Belgian artist Herge (Georges Remi), made their first appearance.

  • In 1934, Marinus van der Lubbe was guillotined in Germany for allegedly burning down the Reichstag.

  • In 1946, the League of Nations was officially superseded by the United Nations when the first meeting of the General Assembly began in London.

  • In 1957, Harold Macmillan was appointed British prime minister after the resignation of Sir Anthony Eden.

  • In 1970, Nigerian troops captured the secessionist Biafran capital of Owerri.

  • In 1984, in Bulgaria, 50 people were killed when a Bulgarian Tupolev 134 crashed as it was about to land at Sofia airport.

  • In 1990, China lifted martial law, imposed after the Tiananmen Square massacre.

  • In 1994, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan agreed to abolish trade tariffs and form a common market.

  • In 1994, President Bill Clinton, visiting Kiev, announced a deal under which Ukraine would give up the world's third largest nuclear arsenal.

  • In 1996, Israel freed hundreds of Palestinian prisoners to jubilant relatives in the West Bank and Gaza, days before the first Palestinian national elections.

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    Today is the expected start of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is holy because it was during this month that the Koran was revealed. It is a time for feeling a common bond with the poor and needy and of piety and prayer. To learn more about this Islamic holiday, C lick here.


    Holidays and more

  • Singer Pat Benatar is 44.

  • Singer Gisele Mackenzie is 70.

  • Singer Rod Stewart is 52.

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

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