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Saturday, January 25, 1997

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  • "You're running out of clean clothes, you are running out of ideas and what to do and how to save things. You only have so much room to put things up on top of beds, stereo equipment. It gets real tiring, because you just don't know what else to do."

    -- -- flood victim Shelby Saenz.

    Today's Events

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

  • Final day for withdrawal of the last Russian federal and Interior Ministry troops from breakaway Chechnya; fighting began on December 1 in Grozny, Russia.

  • House Speaker Newt Gingrich is scheduled to hold town hall meetings in Roswell, Marietta and Woodstock, Georgia.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 in Moscow.

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    On this day

  • In 1533, King Henry VIII of England, defying Rome, married his second wife, Anne Boleyn.

  • In 1878, a Turkish steamer became the first ship to be sunk by a torpedo, fired from a Russian boat.

  • In 1919, the League of Nations, forerunner of the U.N., was founded.

  • In 1924, the first Winter Olympics began at Chamonix, France.

  • In 1947, Al Capone, best known gangster who dominated the Chicago area, died. Indicted for tax evasion and imprisoned, Capone was released in 1939.

  • In 1950, U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss was found guilty of perjury after he concealed his membership in the Communist Party.

  • In 1969, the latest phase of Vietnam peace talks opened in Paris, the Allies pushing for the restoration of the de-militarized zone and the Communists for total withdrawal of American troops.

  • In 1971, Army officers led by Idi Amin deposed Milton Obote, and he became president of Uganda.

  • In 1971, Charles Manson was found guilty of masterminding the killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others.

  • In 1975, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman became president of Bangladesh and established a one-party state.

  • In 1980, Abolhassan Bani-Sadr won Iran's first presidential election with 70 percent of the vote.

  • In 1983, China commuted the death sentence, imposed on this day in 1981, on Mao Zedong's widow Jiang Qing.

  • In 1990, Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto gave birth to a girl, the first-ever head of government to give birth while still in office.

  • In 1994, Michael Jackson reached a multimillion dollar settlement with a boy who had accused him of sexual molestation.

  • In 1995, a missile fired by Norway as part of a scientific research program triggered an air defense alert in Russia.

  • In 1996, the Council of Europe parliamentary assembly voted to admit Russia to the 38-nation body despite fierce criticism of its military crackdown in Chechnya and its human rights record.

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    National Football League veteran Nick Lowery of the New York Jets is scheduled to attempt a football kick between twin 97-foot-tall smokestacks of the "American Queen" steamboat in New Orleans. The "Steamboat Stacks Football Kickoff" is part of the first ever "Super Bowl Sunday Steamboatin' Showdown," an NFL-sanctioned game-day event that pits the AFC (American Queen) against the NFC (Natchez) in a 2-mile race. To learn everything you'd ever want to know about the Super Bowl, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Holidays and more

  • It's the Commemoration Birthday of G.F. Croes in Aruba.

  • Today is Foundation Day in Brazil.

  • Actress Elizabeth Allen is 63.

  • The former president of the Philippines Corazon "Cory" Aquino is 74.

  • Actor Dean Jones is 66.

  • Actress Dinah Manoff is 39.

  • Former Russian minister of foreign affairs Eduard Shevardnadze is 69.

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

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