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Monday, January 20, 1997

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  • "He (Arafat) knows that we will never allow Jerusalem to be ever re-divided again. We'll never allow a Berlin Wall to be struck in the center of the city."

    -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    Today's Events

  • President Bill Clinton will be inaugurated for his second term in Washington.

  • The European Union's foreign ministers gather for a meeting in Brussels.

  • Breckenridge, Colorado, opens its annual Ullr Fest, a celebration of winter.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Saturday, January 25, South Korean President Kim Young-sam holds summit with Japan's Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto on the island of Kyushu.

  • On Sunday, January 26, a march and rally are planned to mark the 25th anniversary of Bloody Sunday when 14 marchers were shot dead by British paratroopers in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

  • On Monday, January 27, Russia's rebellious province Chechnya plans to hold presidential and parliamentary elections.

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    On this day

  • In 1320, Wladislaw I, also known as Wladislaw the Short, was crowned king of Poland. In defeating the Knights of the Teutonic Order, he created strong foundations for one Polish nation.

  • In 1327, King Edward II of England was forced to abdicate by powerful barons in favor of his son Edward III.

  • In 1612, Rudolf II, the Holy Roman Emperor from 1576, died. Suffering from depression, he was unable to reconcile Roman Catholic and Protestant factions which eventually led to the Thirty Years War.

  • In 1649, British king Charles I was brought before a high court of justice at Westminster Hall on charges of treason following the civil war against parliamentarian forces.

  • In 1778, Captain James Cook discovered Hawaii when he landed first at Waimea on Kauai Island.

  • In 1841, after lengthy talks between Britain and China concerning the Opium Wars, the convention of Chuanbi was signed by which Hong Kong island was ceded to the British by China.

  • In 1936, Britain's King George V died. He was succeeded by his son Edward VIII who caused a crisis later the same year by abdicating.

  • In 1942, Nazi leaders of the security police and various ministries met at the Wannsee conference to set up the bureaucratic apparatus for the Final Solution and complete the systematic destruction of the Jews.

  • In 1945, with his inauguration, Franklin Delano Roosevelt began a record fourth term in office as president of the U.S.

  • In 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States. He was elected by the closest vote ever and he was the youngest presidential nominee elected.

  • In 1973, inauguration of President Nixon for a second term. He was the first president to resign from office after the Watergate scandal.

  • In 1981, Ronald Reagan became president of the United States at the age of 69 and 349 days. He was the oldest president to take office.

  • In 1981, fifty-two American hostages seized in their embassy in Tehran were released after 444 days in captivity.

  • In 1987, Terry Waite, the Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy in Lebanon, was kidnapped. He was not released until November 1991.

  • In 1996, Palestinians voted for the first time in elections that consolidated PLO chief Yasser Arafat's rule of the West Bank and Gaza under a peace deal with Israel. He became the first democratically-elected leader of the Palestinian people with 88.1 percent of the vote.

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    There is only one game in town today and that is the 53rd inauguration of the president of the United States of America. Check out the official Web site for a live Webcast and other goodies celebrating the renewal and triumph of the American political process.


    Holidays and more

  • The United States of America celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  • Brazil celebrates Foundation Day.

  • Cape Verde Islands celebrates its National Heroes today.

  • Guinea-Bissau celebrates National Heroes Day

  • Mali celebrates Army Day.

  • Former astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin is 67.

  • Actress Shelley Fabares is 55.

  • Comedian Arte Johnson is 63.

  • Actor Lorenzo Lamas is 39.

  • Actor DeForest Kelley is 77.

  • Director David Lynch is 51.

  • Actress Patricia Neal is 71.

  • Singer Otis Dewey "Slim" Whitman is 73.

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

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