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Saturday, January 18, 1997

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  • "The most remarkable thing about this case is that no one was killed. It's pure fortuity that one person drove from the front of the building to the back and parked his car next to where the second bomb went off."

    -- U.S. Attorney Kent Alexander

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    Today's Events

  • Chateau-d'Oex, Switzerland, holds an international hot air balloon festival.

  • The Christian Defense Coalition plans a prayer vigil and demonstration against President Clinton's support for abortion rights in Washington.

  • In Salina, Kansas, the Ku Klux Klan is scheduled to hold a protest against Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • 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

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    On this day

  • In 1401, King Wladislaw II Jagiello of Poland appointed his cousin, Witold Grand Prince of Lithuania.

  • In 1486, Henry VII of England married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV, uniting the houses of Lancaster and York.

  • In 1701, Frederick III of Brandenburg was crowned Frederick I, King of Prussia.

  • In 1871, William I of Prussia proclaimed the first Emperor of Germany in the hall of mirrors at the Palace of Versailles.

  • In 1911, U.S. pilot Eugene Ely became the first person to land a plane on the deck of a ship. He landed a Curtiss aircraft on a platform on the cruiser Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay.

  • In 1919, the Versailles Peace conference ending World War One opened. It was chaired by French Premier Georges Clemenceau.

  • In 1943, in World War Two, after seven days of heavy fighting, Soviet troops relieved Leningrad after a 16-month German siege.

  • In 1972, former Rhodesian prime minister Garfield Todd and his daughter were arrested for campaigning against the granting of legal independence to the country.

  • In 1977, at least 80 people were killed in Sydney when a locomotive rammed a bridge bringing it crashing down on to a commuter train. It was Australia's worst rail crash.

  • In 1991, Iraq fired at least eight missiles at Israel in a bid to drag the Jewish state into the Gulf War the day after the allies had launched operation "Desert Storm."

  • In 1995, Silvio Berlusconi handed over to Italy's new prime minister, Lamberto Dini.

  • In 1995, the European Parliament endorsed the new 20-strong European Commission, in a vote marking the Strasbourg-based assembly's political coming of age.

  • In 1996, Greece's ruling socialist party elected Costas Simitis, an avid party reformer, to replace its ailing founder Andreas Papandreou as prime minister.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Revolution Day in Tunisia.

  • Filmmaker John Boorman is 64.

  • Actor Kevin Costner is 42.

  • Opera singer Evelyn Lear is 66.

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

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