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Monday, January 27, 1997

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  • "Our lives are programmed at conception and are endowed with purpose and meaning."

    -- Astrologer Jeane L. Dixon, 1918-1997

    Today's Events

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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