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Tuesday, January 14, 1997

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  • "No, I still don't feel like a hero. I just feel I was a soldier and I did my job, and I think I was rewarded for it."

    -- Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker

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    Today's Events

  • Soccer stars Bruce Grobbelaar, Hans Segers and John Fashanu and Malaysian businessman Heng Suan Lim stand trial in Britain on charges of conspiring to fix English Premier League soccer matches.

  • Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz visits France for talks with Prime Minister Alain Juppe and Foreign Minister Herve de Charette.

  • The German prosecutors make their final statement in the tax evasion trial of Peter Graf, father of tennis star Steffi Graf.

  • The space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to dock with Russian space station Mir.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Tuesday, January 21, the trial of millionaire John du Pont for the slaying of Olympic champion wrestler David Schultz begins in Pennsylvania.

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    On this day

  • In 1604, the Hampton Court Conference began under James I to discuss Puritan demands for doctrinal changes in Church of England.

  • In 1742, English astronomer Edmond Halley died. He became the first to work out the orbit of a comet, which is named after him, and correctly predicted its return in 1705 (also 1758, 1835, 1910).

  • In 1814, under the Treaty of Kiel, the king of Denmark ceded Norway to the king of Sweden.

  • In 1858, Italian revolutionary Felice Orsini threw bombs at Napoleon III in Paris in an assassination attempt. Several people were killed but the emperor was unharmed.

  • In 1866, Peru, dissatisfied with a treaty recognizing Peruvian independence signed in 1865, declared war on Spain.

  • In 1875, Albert Schweitzer, the German missionary and musician, was born. He set up a hospital in French Equatorial Africa to fight leprosy and sleeping sickness and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.

  • In 1898, Lewis Carroll, the British author of "Alice in Wonderland," died. He also lectured in mathematics at Oxford and was a pioneer photographer.

  • In 1900, Puccini's opera "Tosca" was first staged in Rome.

  • In 1907, hundreds died when an earthquake destroyed much of the Jamaican capital Kingston.

  • In 1943, the Allies met in Casablanca to agree a strategy for concluding World War II and to demand the unconditional surrender from the enemy.

  • In 1952, NBC's "Today" show pioneered the now ubiquitous morning news show format.

  • In 1953, Marshal Josip Broz Tito was elected the first president of the Republic of Yugoslavia.

  • In 1957, Humphrey Bogart, the movie legend whose films included "The Maltese Falcon" and "Casablanca," died. He won an Oscar for his role in "The African Queen."

  • In 1965, the prime ministers of Northern Ireland and Ireland met for the first time in 43 years.

  • In 1969, the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 was launched, followed the next day by Soyuz 5. They achieved the first docking of two manned spacecraft in Earth orbit.

  • In 1972, the NBC sitcom "Sanford and Son" premiered, starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson.

  • In 1980, the U.N. General Assembly approved a motion calling for immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan following the Soviet invasion in December, 1979.

  • In 1990, the Fox network's animated show "The Simpsons" premiered.

  • In 1991, three Palestinian guerrilla chiefs, including Abu Iyad, were assassinated in Tunis in a major blow to the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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    Britain looks askance today at the match-fixing trial of Premier League soccer stars Bruce Grobbelaar and Hans Segers. But while many in the U.K. feel their sport has been sullied by this latest football scandal, most find their love of the game unaffected. For those enthusiasts -- and others who simply want to find out more about British soccer -- there is CarlingNet's Football Association Web site. Innovative and informative, it's the place to go for die-hard soccer fans.


    Holidays and more

  • Sri Lanka celebrates Tamil Thai Pongal Day.

  • Actor Jason Bateman is 28.

  • Legislator Julian Bond is 57.

  • Actress Faye Dunaway is 56.

  • Former evangelist, actor, singer Marjoe Gortner is 52.

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

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