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Saturday, January 11, 1997

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    Today's Events

  • 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.

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    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 Monica, California.

  • On Monday, January 13, Pope John Paul II receives a 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 1814, Joachim Murat, King of Naples, ended his association with Napoleon and entered into an alliance with the Austrians.

  • 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 with insulin.

  • In 1946, Albania became a people's republic after King Zog was overthrown.

  • In 1962, more than 3,000 people were killed in a landslide in Huascaran, Peru.

  • 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 Salvation Front in the first round of general elections.

  • In 1993, Richard Branson won huge libel damages and an apology 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 had reached its end.

  • In 1996, Ryutaro Hashimoto took over as Japan's prime minister.

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    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 Fasting Month.

  • 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.

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

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