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Tuesday, January 21, 1997

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  • "Today we can declare government is not the problem, and government is not the solution. We, the American people, we are the solution."

    -- President Bill Clinton

    Today's Events

  • The trial of millionaire John du Pont for the slaying of Olympic champion wrestler David Schultz begins in Pennsylvania.

  • The United Nations-sponsored Disarmament Conference starts its first 1997 session in Geneva.

  • South Korean President Kim Yong-sam meets opposition leaders.

  • The meeting of the general council of the Socialist International takes place in Rome, Italy.

  • President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana makes his state of the nation address to parliament following his January 7 inauguration for his second and final term.

  • The U.S. International Snow Sculpting Competition opens in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the Performing Arts Center grounds.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 a 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 to death by British paratroopers in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

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

  • On Tuesday, January 28, the International Toxic and Hazardous Waste Congress opens in Manila.

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    On this day

  • In 1769, the mysterious Letters of Junius began appearing in the London Public Advertiser. Commenting on and warning about public affairs and personalities, their author was never definitely established.

  • In 1793, King Louis XVI of France was guillotined for treason. He had ruled since 1774 and had remained king for three years after the Revolution of 1789.

  • In 1824, Thomas Jonathan "StonewallČ Jackson, the American confederate general, was born.

  • In 1829, Oscar II, king of Norway and Sweden, was born. Unable to maintain the union of Norway and Sweden, he surrendered the former crown to Prince Carl of Denmark.

  • In 1901, Elisha Gray, the U.S. inventor who contested the first patent for the telephone with Alexander Graham Bell, died.

  • In 1911, the first Monte Carlo motor rally began.

  • In 1924, the Soviet leader Lenin died of a brain hemorrhage. He had led the Bolsheviks to victory in the 1917 October Revolution and in its aftermath, had grappled with anarchy and war.

  • In 1950, George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair), the Indian-born British novelist and essayist, notably of "Animal Farm" and "1984," died.

  • In 1954, Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, was launched.

  • In 1959, Cecil B. de Mille, the U.S. film director and screenwriter, died. His reputation was based on vast film spectaculars, such as "The Ten Commandments."

  • In 1965, Hassan Ali Mansur, the prime minister of Persia, was assassinated.

  • In 1976, two Concorde aircraft entered service simultaneously with flights from London to Bahrain and Paris to Rio de Janeiro. These were the first scheduled passenger services by supersonic aircraft.

  • In 1976, western newspapers, including the Financial Times and The New York Times went on sale in the Soviet Union for the first time.

  • In 1984, Britain's first test-tube triplets -- a girl and two boys -- were born to a couple in London. The mother was Anne Maaye.

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    The United Nations sponsored Conference on Disarmament opens its annual conference in Geneva Tuesday, putting the spotlight on the U.N.'s Swiss-based activities. Visit the U.N. Office at Geneva Web site to stay up to date on the conference's efforts. In addition to the Conference on Disarmament, the U.N.'s Geneva office is heavily involved in many other diplomatic initiatives that show up regularly as conferences on the shore of Lake Geneva. Check out the site for everything from photo galleries documenting their work to policy documents.


    Holidays and more

  • Barbados celebrates Errol Barrow Day.

  • The Dominican Republic celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Altagracia.

  • Actor Robbie Benson, born Robert Segal, is 41.

  • Actress Geena Davis is 40.

  • Opera singer Placido Domingo is 56.

  • Actress Jill Eikenberry is 50.

  • Golfer Jack Nicklaus is 57.

  • Singer Billy Ocean is 47.

  • Basketball player Hakeem Olajuwon is 34.

  • Basketball player Detlef Schrempf is 34.

  • Actor Paul Scofield is 75.

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

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