Monday, January 27, 1997
Russia's rebellious Chechnya province plans to hold presidential and parliamentary elections.
The year's first session of the U.N.-sponsored Disarmament Conference opens in Geneva with an agenda including negotiations on fissile material.
The trial of self-confessed serial killer Moses Sithole resumes in Pretoria, South Africa.
The 24th annual American Music Awards takes place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
On the horizon
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.
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.
On 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.
On Monday, February 3, an international congress on education opens in Havana, Cuba.
On this day
In 1731, Bartolomeo Cristofori, the Italian harpsichord manufacturer generally credited with the invention of the piano, died.
In 1756, Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born.
In 1822, Greece proclaimed its independence from Turkey.
In 1832, Lewis Carroll, the English novelist, was born as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. As well as writing "Alice in Wonderland," Carroll lectured in mathematics and was a pioneer photographer.
In 1859, Kaiser Wilhelm II, German emperor 1888-1918, was born; he was forced to abdicate after World War I and fled to the Netherlands, where he lived until 1941.
In 1885, Jerome Kern, the U.S. composer regarded as the father of the modern musical, was born.
In 1901, Giuseppe Verdi, a major Italian opera composer of the 19th century, died. His operas include "Rigoletto," "La Traviata," and "Aida."
In 1926, John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television in London.
In 1944, Russian General Govorov announced the complete lifting of the siege of Leningrad.
In 1945, the Russians liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp, where the Nazis had murdered 1.5 million men, women and children, including more than one million Jews.
In 1962, the Soviet government changed the names of all places honoring Molotov, Kaganovich and Malenkov, participants in an attempt to oust Nikita Khrushchev in 1957.
In 1964, France established diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.
In 1967, three U.S. astronauts died in a flash fire aboard Apollo 1 during a simulated launch at Cape Canaveral.
In 1973, a cease-fire agreement signed in Paris brought an end to the U.S. military role in Vietnam.
In 1976, ABC's sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" premiered. It was a spin-off of the hit sitcom "Happy Days."
In 1994, former Prime Minister Bettino Craxi became the highest-ranking politician committed for trial in Italy's graft scandal.
Did the Super Bowl party leave you itching to take a trip down south to the City of New Orleans? If so, check out the Web's Virtual Library site for New Orleans before hitting the trail. New Orleans, Louisiana - A Virtual Library is chock full of information on music, food and events.
Holidays and more
Australia celebrates Australia Day.
Malaysia holds its Nuzel-Al-Quran observance.
Monaco honors St. Devote.
Ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is 49.
Pacifist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan is 53.
Actress Bridget Fonda is 33.
Band leader Skitch Henderson is 79.
Actress Mimi Rodgers is 41.
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan