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Thursday, January 30, 1997

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  • "Just let me get to my house ... I swear to you I'll give you what -- I'll give you me. I'll give you my whole body."

    -- O.J. Simpson during 1994 Bronco chase

    Today's events

  • The World Economic Forum holds its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

  • German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar will hold talks in Bonn, Germany, with reform of the European Union likely to top the agenda.

  • The New United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will give a news conference in Geneva.

  • Mahatma Gandhi's great-grandson Tushar Arun Gandhi will immerse ashes of India's founding father in the Ganges River near Allahabad, India.

  • The Dutch EU presidency will launch its "Year Against Racism and Xenophobia."

  • The Christian Coalition will announce its legislative agenda for the 105th Congress.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, February 3, an international congress on education opens in Havana, Cuba.

  • On Tuesday, February 4, President Clinton delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.

  • On Wednesday, February 5, NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana is expected to visit Turkey.

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    On this day

  • In 1606, Sir Everard Digby, Thomas Winter, John Grant and Thomas Bates, conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the houses of Parliament, were executed.

  • In 1648, treaties were signed ending the Eighty Years War between Spain and the United Provinces of the Netherlands.

  • In 1649, King Charles I was beheaded in London for treason.

  • In 1790, the first purpose-built lifeboat, The Original, was launched on the River Tyne in England.

  • In 1835, President Andrew Jackson survived the first assassination attempt on a U.S. president.

  • In 1858, the Halle Orchestra was founded by Charles Halle in Manchester, England.

  • In 1889, Crown Prince Franz Karl Josef Rudolf of Austria and his mistress, Marie Vetsera, committed suicide at the imperial hunting lodge of Mayerling, Austria.

  • In 1902, Britain and Japan signed a treaty providing for the independence of China and Korea.

  • In 1933, German President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler chancellor.

  • In 1937, 13 leading Communists were sentenced to death for allegedly participating in a plot, led by Leon Trotsky, to overthrow the Soviet regime and assassinate its leaders.

  • In 1943, Adm. Karl Doenitz was appointed commander-in-chief of the German Navy in place of Adm. Erich Raeder.

  • In 1945, the Duke of Gloucester became Australia's first royal governor-general.

  • In 1964, a coup d'etat in South Vietnam by Gen. Nguyen Khanh displaces Gen. Duong Van Minh.

  • In 1965, the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill was held in London.

  • In 1967, Pope Paul VI met Soviet President Podgorny, the first Soviet head of state to visit the Vatican.

  • In 1968, Viet Cong guerrillas and North Vietnamese soldiers launched the Tet (New Year) offensive, targeting more than 100 towns and cities in South Vietnam. The offensive was militarily unsuccessful, but North Vietnam scored a psychological victory.

  • In 1970, Lesotho's prime minister, Chief Leabua Jonathan, declared a state of emergency and suspended the constitution, claiming malpractices had been discovered in recent elections.

  • In 1972, British soldiers shot 13 people to death at a banned Catholic civil rights march in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in a clash known as "Bloody Sunday."

  • In 1972, Pakistan left the Commonwealth in protest against imminent recognition of Bangladesh by Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

  • In 1973, Gordon Liddy and James McCord were convicted of burglary, wire-tapping and attempted bugging of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington, D.C.

  • In 1989, Lebanon's warring Shiite groups, the Syrian-backed Amal militia and the pro-Iranian Hizbollah, signed a peace accord, ending a yearlong feud.

  • In 1992, Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey announced he would resign after being accused of telephone-tapping.

  • In 1992, Argentina opened the files on scores of Nazis who fled to South America after World War II, a move Jewish leaders said would help the hunt for war criminals.

  • In 1994, the U.S. granted Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams a visa to attend a New York conference on Northern Ireland.

  • In 1996, Hasan Muratovic was formally appointed prime minister of Bosnia Herzegovina's central government.

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    On January 30, 1969, the Beatles performed together in public for the last time. The show took place on the roof of their Apple Studios in London, England, but it was interrupted by police after they received complaints from the neighbors about the noise. To revisit those magic times, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Richard B. Cheney is 56.

  • Actor Charles S. Dutton is 46.

  • Actor Gene Hackman is 67.

  • Actress Dorothy Malone is 72.

  • Comedian Dick Martin is 75.

  • Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 60.

  • Singer Jody Watley is 36.

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

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