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Sunday, January 19, 1997

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  • "Paul Tsongas was a great American. He cared deeply about his beloved state of Massachusetts and about our country and its future. In a life devoted to public service, he set an unparalleled example of integrity, candor and commitment."

    -- President Clinton

    | Paul Tsongas dead at 55 |

    Today's Events

  • The annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Los Angeles.

  • President-elect Petar Stoyanov is to be sworn into office in Sofia.

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    On the horizon

  • 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

  • On Friday, January 24, A Papal message for world communications day is scheduled.

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    On this day

  • In 1419, in the Hundred Years War between England and France, the French city of Rouen surrendered to Henry V thus completing his conquest of Normandy.

  • In 1493, Treaty of Barcelona signed, France cedes Roussillon and Cerdagne to Spain.

  • In 1853, Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" had its first performance in Rome.

  • In 1899, Britain and Egypt established joint control over Sudan.

  • In 1915, the first casualties to result from an air raid over Britain occurred when a Zeppelin dropped six bombs on Great Yarmouth. Two people died and three were injured.

  • In 1966, Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India in succession to Lal Shastri who had died on January 11. Shastri had succeeded Gandhi's father, Jawaharlal Nehru.

  • In 1975, twenty people were injured at France's Paris-Orly Airport in a battle which erupted after Arab gunmen attempted a grenade attack on an El Al jumbo jet and then seized three hostages.

  • In 1983, South Africa resumed direct rule of Namibia after five years of semi-autonomous rule.

  • In 1983, Klaus Barbie, notorious SS chief of Lyon in Nazi-occupied France, was arrested in Bolivia.

  • In 1995, in Chechnya, Russian forces hoisted the national tricolor over Grozny's battered presidential palace after seizing the building from Chechen irregulars.

  • In 1996, four-day hijack of the Black Sea ferry Avrasya by pro-Chechen gunmen ended near Istanbul without a shot being fired with the surrender of the attackers who had threatened to blow up themselves and their 200 hostages.

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    Today is the 188th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe. Born in Boston in 1809, he has been called "America's most famous man of letters." To experience his poetry all over again, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Ethiopian Epiphany in Ethiopia.

  • It's Confederate Heroes Day in Texas.

  • Singer Desi Arnaz is 44.

  • Actor Michael Crawford is 55.

  • Singer Phil Everly is 58.

  • Actor Gary Madison is 75.

  • Singer Dolly Parton is 51.

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

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