Saturday, January 11, 1997
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Japanese Prime Minister Hashimoto begins a visit to Vietnam.
It's Dog Sled Day in Norwich, Vermont. About 1,000 fans are
expected to watch musher Ed Blechner and his team of hounds
battle it out at the ninth annual event.
Men's Winter Fashion Week begins in Milan, Italy.
On the horizon
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
On Monday, January 13, Pope John Paul II receives a
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.
On this day
In 1814, Joachim Murat, King of Naples, ended his association
with Napoleon and entered into an alliance with the
In 1904, the Herero people of South West Africa began an
uprising against the German colonizers.
In 1922, a 14-year-old-boy, Canadian Leonard Thompson, became
the first person to have his diabetes successfully treated
In 1946, Albania became a people's republic after King Zog
In 1962, more than 3,000 people were killed in a landslide in
In 1970, Biafran leader General Ojukwu flew into exile, after
Nigerian troops captured the capital Owerri the previous day.
In 1974, the first sextuplets to survive were born to Sue
Rosenkowitz in Cape Town, South Africa.
In 1981, three-man British team led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
completed the longest and fastest crossing of Antarctica,
reaching Scott base after 75 days and 2,500 miles.
In 1991, Soviet troops stormed strategic buildings in the
Lithuanian capital Vilnius to block a bid for independence.
In 1992, Algeria's President Chadli announced his resignation
amid a political crisis following gains by the Islamic
Front in the first round of general elections.
In 1993, Richard Branson won huge libel damages and an
from British Airways over an alleged dirty tricks campaign
against his Virgin Atlantic Airways.
In 1994, the Irish government announced the end of a 20-year
broadcasting ban on the IRA and its political arm, Sinn Fein.
In 1996, Italian Prime Minister Lamberto Dini announced his
resignation, saying his government of unelected technocrats
reached its end.
In 1996, Ryutaro Hashimoto took over as Japan's prime
In 1946, the Knicks met the Celtics on the court for the
first time, beginning one of the longest and fiercest
basketball rivalries in history. Click here to be a
part of an on-line celebration of the 50th anniversary of the
Knicks and the Celtics -- the only teams remaining in their
original cities from that first season.
Holidays and more
Today, Afghanistan, Albania, Malaysia and Maldives all
celebrate the First Day of Ramadan.
Today. Brunei Darussalam celebrates the First Day of the
Morocco has a National Holiday today.
In Nepal, it's National Unity Day.
Today is a Bank Holiday in Pakistan.
Musician Clarence Clemons is 55.
Golfer Ben Daniel Crenshaw is 45.
Radio host Jim Hightower is 54.
Actress Christine Kaufmann is 52.
Actor Rod Taylor is 67.
TV executive Grant Tinker is 71.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan