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Sunday, January 26, 1997

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  • "Can't take it with you as far as I know."

    -- media baron Michael Bloomberg

    Today's Events

  • The National Football League of the U.S. crowns a champion at the Super Bowl in New Orleans.

  • 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.

  • Israeli Trade Minister and Soviet-era dissident Natan Sharansky visits Russia.

  • Italian haute couture fashion shows begin.

  • The Augusta Futurity opens in Augusta, Georgia, bringing together the world's top cutting horses and riders.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, January 31, the verdict is expected in a Bonn court on whether 21 Jewish former slave laborers should get compensation for their unpaid work in Nazi forced labor camps during WW II.

  • Saturday, February 1, is the last day of official campaigning for national and provincial elections in Pakistan.

  • On Sunday, February 2, the Missionaries of Charity religious order announces a possible successor to the ailing Mother Teresa.

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    On this day

  • In 1500, Brazil was discovered by Spanish navigator Vicente Yanes Pinzon.

  • In 1788, the first settlers from England, including a group of convicts, arrived in Sydney, Australia.

  • In 1790, Mozart's opera Cosi Fan Tutte premiered in Vienna.

  • In 1802, the Cisalpine Republic was renamed the Italian Republic with Napoleon Bonaparte as president.

  • In 1827, Peru ended its union with Colombia and declared independence.

  • In 1837, Michigan became the 26th U.S. state.

  • In 1841, the British flag was raised on Hong Kong island, six days after China had agreed to cede it to Britain.

  • In 1891, Nikolaus August Otto, the German engineer and developer of the four-stroke internal combustion engine, died.

  • In 1905, the world's largest diamond, the Cullinan, was discovered near Pretoria, weighing 3,106 carats.

  • In 1931, Mahatma Gandhi was released from prison to hold talks with the government during his civil disobedience campaign.

  • In 1936, Franco and his forces captured Barcelona in the Spanish Civil War.

  • In 1950, India was formally proclaimed a republic within the Commonwealth.

  • In 1965, Hindi became the official language of India leading to riots in the south of the country. The following month the government announced that English would continue as an associate official language.

  • In 1973, Edward G. Robinson, the U.S. film actor, died. Most famous for his portrayal of gangsters, Robinson's career was harmed by the McCarthy witchhunts. He received a posthumous Academy Award.

  • In 1986, Yoweri Museveni triumphed after a five-year guerrilla war in Uganda against former military ruler Tito Okello.

  • In 1991, the Chinese student leader Wang Dan was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the 1989 pro-democracy movement.

  • In 1994, Romania became the first former Cold War foe of NATO to sign a partnership document with the military alliance.

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    Holidays and more

  • Holidays and more

  • Brazil celebrates Foundation Day.

  • The Dominican Republic celebrates Duarte's Day.

  • India celebrates Republic Day.

  • Malaysia celebrates Nuzel-Al-Quran.

  • Uganda celebrates Liberation Day.

  • Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino is 74.

  • Former Football player Mark "Super" Duper is 38.

  • Sportscaster Ernie Harwell is 79.

  • Actress Dinah Manoff is 39.

  • Journalist Edwin Newman is 78.

  • Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 52.

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

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