Friday, January 17, 1997
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A summit meeting of Commonwealth of Independent States will take
place in Moscow.
Summit for psychiatrists on Seasonal Affective Disorder, often
known as winter depression, will be held in Tromsoe, Norway.
Discussions to center on diagnosis and treatment.
Reform communist Party of Democratic Socialism is scheduled to
begin a national conference on social welfare issues in Schwerin,
Romania's leftist former ruling Party of Social Democracy ousted in
November general elections is scheduled to hold a national
conference to restructure the party and elect ex-President Ion
Iliescu its leader.
President Bill Clinton is scheduled to meet with the U.S. Conference
of Mayors at the White House.
A hearing for rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg is scheduled in Los Angeles
for a felony gun possession case.
On the horizon
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
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
On Wednesday, January 22, Steve Jones, the best-selling writer on
genetics and professor at University College London, gives a speech
in London on "What Sex Really Means."
On Thursday, January 23, a Paris court rules on racism charges
against former film star Brigitte Bardot
On this day
In 1377, Pope Gregory XI restored the Papal See to Rome after
it was removed from Avignon.
In 1562, the edict of Saint Germain took effect by which the
Huguenots were recognized in France. On the same day, the Duke
of Guise and the Cardinal of Lorraine formed a union to block
In 1601, the Treaty of Lyons was signed between France, Spain and
Savoy under which Henry IV gained Bresse, Bugey, Gex and
In 1773, the Resolution, under Captain James Cook, became the first
ship to cross the Antarctic Circle.
In 1781, the English were defeated by American militia under
Daniel Morgan at the battle of Cowpens in South Carolina.
In 1852, Britain recognized the independence of Transvaal in
the Sand River Convention.
In 1893, Rutherford Hayes, the 19th U.S. president, died.
In 1912, Captain Robert Scott and his expedition reached the
South Pole, one month after Norway's Roald Amundsen.
In 1919, classical pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski became prime
minister of Poland.
In 1929, King Inayatullah of Afghanistan was forced to
abdicate after a coup; he ruled for only three days.
In 1966, a U.S. B-52 bomber collided in midair with a
refueling tanker over Spain; eight were killed and the bomber
released its H-bomb into the Atlantic. The bomb was recovered
the following month.
In 1977, double-murderer Gary Gilmore became the first person
to be executed in the U.S. since the reintroduction of the
In 1983, Nigeria expelled an estimated two million illegal
immigrants from Ghana; Ghana reopened its border to nationals
at the end of January.
In 1991, in the Gulf War, U.S.-led allied forces launched
"Operation Desert Storm," an air and missile offensive against
Iraqi positions and installations in Iraq and occupied Kuwait.
In 1994, an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale
struck Los Angeles, killing 61 people and causing extensive
In 1994, Russian President Boris Yeltsin accepted the
resignation of Economics Minister Yegor Gaidar.
In 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed after a strong
earthquake ripped through central Japan. Measuring 7.2 on the
Richter scale, the earthquake, centered around the port of Kobe,
was the biggest quake to hit Japan in half a century.
In 1996, Italy's former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, went
on trial for corruption on charges; he said the accusations were
trumped up by magistrates seeking to wreck his political career.
Holidays and more
The Northern Lights Festival begins today in Norway.
Today is Constitution Day in the Philippines.
It's Liberation Day in Poland.
Former heavyweight champion boxer Muhammed Ali is 55.
Actor Jim Carrey is 35.
Actor David Caruso is 41.
Actor Troy Donahue is 60.
Actor James Earl Jones is 66.
Puppeteer Shari Lewis is 63.
Hair stylist Vidal Sassoon is 69.
Actress Betty White is 73.
Former baseball player Don Zimmer is 66.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan