Monday, January 13, 1997
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President Clinton awards the Medal of Honor to seven black soldiers who served the United States in World War II.
Pope John Paul II receives a diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican and delivers his yearly "state of the world" address.
Shell of the United Kingdom holds a news conference to detail a range of proposals for disposal of the Brent Spar oil platform.
Festivities to mark 25th anniversary of accession of Queen Margrethe II to Danish throne will be held in Copenhagen.
On the horizon
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 Friday, January 17, a summit meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States will take place in Moscow.
On Saturday, January 18, Chateau-d'Oex, Switzerland holds an international hot air balloon festival.
On Sunday, January 19, the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Los Angeles.
On Monday, January 20, President Bill Clinton will be inaugurated for his second term in Washington.
On this day
In 1691, George Fox, the British founder of the Society of
Friends, or Quakers, died.
In 1864, Stephen Foster, the American composer of such songs as "Swanee River," died.
In 1884, Sophie Tucker, the American entertainer known as "the last of the red-hot mamas," was born in Russia as Sophie Abuza.
In 1886, the Gold Coast in Africa was separated into the two
colonies of Lagos and the Gold Coast.
In 1893, the British Labor Party was founded with Keir Hardie as its leader.
In 1898, French author Emile Zola published his "J'Accuse" letter, accusing the French government of a cover-up in the Alfred Dreyfus treason case.
In 1910, New York's Metropolitan Opera took part in the first
live radio broadcast of opera, presenting "Pagliacci" and "Cavelleria Rusticana."
In 1915, the town of Avezzano in central Italy was struck by a huge earthquake in which 30,000 people died.
In 1929, Marshal Wyatt Earp died; with his brothers he
defeated the Clanton brothers at the legendary 1881 gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
In 1935, in a plebiscite, the Saar region voted for incorporation into Germany.
In 1941, Irish author James Joyce, whose works included the masterpiece "Ulysses," died.
In 1953, the so-called "Doctors' Plot" surfaced in the Soviet
Union. Tass said nine "terrorist doctors" had been arrested
for hastening the deaths of politburo members by falsifying
diagnoses and prescribing harmful treatments.
In 1972, a military coup by Colonel I.K. Acheampong
deposed Ghana's civilian prime minister, Dr. K.A. Busia, who was in London for medical treatment.
In 1976, Britain applied for credit of almost one billion
pounds sterling from the International Monetary Fund.
In 1978, former U.S. Vice-President Hubert Humphrey died.
In 1982, 77 people died in an air crash in the Potomac River,
With arctic air and the resultant temperatures bringing many public services to a halt across the U.S., some may wonder whether America's armed forces are prepared to defend the nation in sub-zero conditions. The answer is yes. For proof, visit the United States Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center's home page. Marines at the MWTC learn how to stay on task and defeat the enemy even when icicles form on their weapons.
Holidays and more
Puerto Rico celebrates Hostos' Birthday.
Tanzania holds its Zanzibar Revolution Day observance.
Actor Patrick Dempsey is 31.
Artist Frank Gallo is 64
Writer Jay McInerney is 42.
Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 33.
Actor Richard Moll is 54.
Actor Charles Nelson Reilly is 66.
Actor Robert Stack is 78.
Broadcast executive Brandon Tartikoff is 48.
Actress Gwen Verdon is 71.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan