Saturday, January 18, 1997
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Chateau-d'Oex, Switzerland, holds an international hot air
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.
On the horizon
On Sunday, January 19, the annual Golden Globe Awards
will be held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in
On Monday, January 20, President Bill Clinton will be
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 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
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
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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it's pretty entertaining. Check out the wandering wallaby on our site which took police in
Hamburg, Germany on a wild and woolly chase.
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan