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Thursday, January 23, 1997

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  • "Not withstanding our differences, Mrs. Albright is a lady who understands Congress. She understands the important role that Congress must play in developing U.S. foreign policy."

    -- North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms

    Today's Events

  • New U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan meets with North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms during a three-day visit to Washington.

  • A Paris court rules on racism charges against former film star Brigitte Bardot.

  • The French Supreme Court rules on attempt by former Cabinet Minister Maurice Papon to avoid trial for crimes against humanity over the World War II deportation of Jews.

  • German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel visits India.

  • The Florida Citrus Festival opens in Winter Haven, Florida.

  • The International Finals Rodeo opens in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, January 30, the Commonwealth of Independent States summit opens its summit in Moscow.

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    On this day

  • In 1516, Ferdinand II of Aragon died and was succeeded as king of Spain by his grandson Charles V.

  • In 1622, William Baffin, the British navigator and explorer who gave his name to Baffin Island, died.

  • In 1668, Holland, Britain and Sweden signed the Alliance of the Hague, known as the Triple Alliance, under which they agreed to aid one another if attacked.

  • In 1793, Russia and Prussia agreed to a second partition of Poland.

  • In 1806, William Pitt the Younger, British prime minister, died. At the age of 24, he became Britain's youngest prime minister.

  • In 1832, Edouard Manet, the French painter, was born. His "Dejeuner sur l'herbe" scandalized the critics but won him the enthusiasm of a group of young painters who became the forerunners of the Impressionists.

  • In 1898, Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein, the Russian film director, was born. His films include "The Battleship Potemkin" and "Ten Days that Shook the World."

  • In 1931, Anna Pavlova, the Russian dancer and one of the most celebrated prima ballerinas of her time, died.

  • In 1943, after nine days of talks in Casablanca, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill agreed to put an invasion of Italy ahead of opening a second front in northwestern Europe.

  • In 1944, Edvard Munch, the Norwegian painter, died. His most notable work is "The Scream."

  • In 1960, the U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste dived to a record depth of 10,916 meters (35,810 feet) in the Pacific Ocean.

  • In 1963, Harold "Kim" Philby, British journalist in Beirut, disappeared. Later in the year it was revealed that he was the third man in the Burgess-Maclean espionage affair and had been granted asylum in Moscow.

  • In 1968, the North Koreans seized the American ship USS Pueblo, claiming it was spying. The crew were held until December.

  • In 1976, Paul Robeson, the U.S. singer and actor, died. Best known for the song "Ole Man River," he turned increasingly to politics after World War II and his left-wing views led to him being ostracized at home. He left for Europe in 1958.

  • In 1978, Baron Edouard-Jean Empain, one of Europe's most powerful industrialists, was kidnapped in Paris. He was freed on March 26.

  • In 1989, the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali died. He was buried in a crypt under a glass dome in the Dali museum in Figueras, in Catalonia.

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    French sex kitten and film star Brigitte Bardot will be judged today on racism charges in a Paris court. Already controversial with her work in animal rights, Bardot still has legions of fans across the world. Robin Wessels of the Netherlands has taken his zeal for the actress so far as create a Web page dedicated entirely to the actress. Take a gander at his site to get an eyeful of vintage Bardot and read up on her body of work.


    Holidays and more

  • Bulgaria celebrates Babin Den, or the Day of the Midwives.

  • Israel celebrates Tu B'Shevat.

  • Malaysia celebrates Thaipusam.

  • Mauritius celebrates Thaipoosam Cavadee.

  • Sri Lanka celebrates Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day.

  • Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 47.

  • Princess Caroline of Monaco is 40.

  • Photojournalist David Douglas Duncan is 81.

  • Actor Rutger Hauer is 53.

  • Actress Jeanne Moreau is 69.

  • Actress Gail O'Grady is 34.

  • Singer Chita Rivera is 64.

  • Model and actress Tiffani-Amber Thiessen is 23.

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

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