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Wednesday, January 22, 1997

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  • "These crucial bits of evidence are the voices of Ron and Nicole speaking to us from the grave, telling all of you there is a killer in this courtroom."

    -- Lawyer Daniel Petrocelli

    Today's Events

  • Steve Jones, the best-selling writer on genetics and professor at University College London, gives a speech in London on "What Sex Really Means."

  • Argentine relatives of war dead visit Falkland Islands graves.

  • Croatian President Franjo Tudjman addresses parliament session with annual "state-of-the-nation" speech.

  • An exhibition opens in Lima documenting the pre-Inca, gold-rich archaeological find "The Royal Tomb of Sipan."

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Chechnya province plans to hold presidential and parliamentary elections.

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

  • On Wednesday, January 29, the foreign ministers of Italy, Britain, France, German, Spain and Turkey meet for talks on Turkey's relations with Europe.

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    On this day

  • In 1440, Ivan III the Great, Grand Duke of Muscovy, was born. He strengthened the monarchy and made Muscovy a great power, initiating the conquest of Ukraine.

  • In 1561, Francis Bacon, the English statesman, essayist and philosopher, was born. His most celebrated work was his "Novum Organum," a broad investigation of knowledge.

  • In 1771, Spain reluctantly agreed that the Falkland Islands were British territory. The islands had been in dispute since they were discovered in 1592.

  • In 1775, Andre Ampere, the French physicist and founder of electromagnetics, was born.

  • In 1788, Lord (George Gordon) Byron, the English romantic poet, was born. Also much admired in Europe for his aspirations for political liberty, he joined in the fight for Greek independence shortly before his death.

  • In 1840, the first British colonists arrived at Port Nicholson, New Zealand.

  • In 1901, Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for 63 years. She holds the record for longest-reigning queen in the world, and is fourth in the list of longest-reigning monarchs.

  • In 1905, "Bloody Sunday" occurred in St. Petersburg, when the Czar's troops killed 500 protesting workers.

  • In 1909, U Thant, the Burmese diplomat and secretary-general of the U.N., was born. Thant played a major role during the Cuban missile crisis.

  • In 1945, the land route to China, the Ledo road across Burma from India to China, was reopened.

  • In 1964, Kenneth Kaunda was sworn in as Northern Rhodesia's first prime minister.

  • In 1968, a U.S. B-52 bomber carrying unarmed hydrogen bombs crashed near Thule, Greenland.

  • In 1972, the Treaty of Accession to the EEC was signed in Brussels by Britain, Denmark, Ireland and Norway, effective January 1, 1973.

  • In 1973, Lyndon B. Johnson, the Democratic U.S. president from 1963-69, died.

  • In 1980, Soviet dissident physicist Dr. Andrei Sakharov was arrested, stripped of his honors and exiled to Gorky from Moscow.

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    The aircraft manufacturer Boeing said Tuesday it was dropping out of the race to build the first generation of super-jumbo jets. But Europe's Airbus Indudustrie is still keen to produce a 550-650 seat aircraft it is calling the A3XX. Visit the Airbus site for a glimpse of its plans for the A3XX and a taste of what Boeing's only significant rival in the civilian aviation industry has to offer.


    Holidays and more

  • Spain celebrates the day of St. Vincent.

  • St. Vincent and the Grenadine celebrate National Heroes Day.

  • Actress Linda Blair is 38.

  • Actor Seymour Cassel is 60.

  • Boxer George Foreman is 48.

  • Actor John Hurt is 57.

  • Actress Piper Laurie, born Rosetta Jacobs, is 65.

  • Singer Steve Perry is 48.

  • Author Joseph Wambaugh is 60.

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

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