Friday, January 31, 1997
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 WWII.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin in Sydney, Australia, against former NSW Rugby Union executive director Ken Elphick, found guilty in November
of defrauding the union of $850,000.
An environmental report on the Sydney 2000 Olympics is scheduled to be released by Canadian Maurice Strong.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Jose Mesa is scheduled to be arraigned on rape and other charges.
On the horizon
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.
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.
On this day
In 1885, C.D. Wright was appointed as the first Commissioner of Labor in the United States.
In 1930, Lt. Ralph S. Barnaby of the U.S. Navy became the first glider pilot to have his craft released from a large blimp at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
In 1940, the first Social Security check was issued, by the U.S. Government on this day, to Ida Fuller of Brattlesboro, Vermont. Her check number was 00-000-001 and was for $22.54.
In 1950, Paul Pettit signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates setting a record for baseball bonuses by collecting nearly $100,000 in bonuses and guarantees.
In 1958, the first U.S. earth satellite, Explorer I, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The Emperor has not been defeated as previously thought. A new Deathstar has been built and his forces are returning to theaters during the months of February and March. Celebrate the birth of the Empire 20 years ago by clicking here.
Holidays and more
Today is Independence Day in Nauru.
Baseball Hall of Famer Earnest Banks is 66.
Actress Carol Channing is 74.
Musician Phil Collins is 46.
Singer Johnny Lydon is 41.
Author Norman Mailer is 74.
Actress Suzanne Pleshette is 60.
Former baseball player Nolan Ryan is 50.
Sources: Reuters, the History Channel
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan