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Saturday, February 1, 1997

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  • "If they think that the leadership of the Marine Corps believes that beating up on their fellow Marines makes for a better warrior they better find themselves a new occupation."

    -- -- Marine Commandant Gen. Charles Krulak said.

    Today's events

  • Today is the last day of official campaigning for national and provincial elections in Pakistan.

  • Today is Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s 66th birthday.

  • Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum of government and business leaders is scheduled to take place in Davos, Switzerland.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Thursday, February 6, President Lee Teng-hui is scheduled to deliver his Chinese New Year speech in Taipei.

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    On this day

  • In 1790, the U.S. Supreme Court met for the first time.

  • In 1793, France declared war on England and Holland.

  • In 1840, the world's first dental college opened in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • In 1861, Texas seceded from the Union and joined the Confederate states.

  • In 1884, the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.

  • In 1893, Thomas Edison opened the world's first film studio in West Orange, New Jersey.

  • In 1908, King Carlos I of Portugal was assassinated together with his son in Lisbon.

  • In 1915, passport photographs were first required in Great Britain.

  • In 1920, the North West Mounted Police ("The Mounties") became the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

  • In 1934, Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss dissolved all political parties except his own Fatherland Front.

  • In 1942, Vidkun Quisling became prime minister of Norway.

  • In 1958, Egypt and Syria proclaimed the union of their two countries in a state to be known as "The United Arab Republic."

  • In 1963, Kamuzu Banda was sworn in as the first prime minister of Nyasaland (Malawi).

  • In 1974, more than 220 people died in a fire in a newly built skyscraper in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

  • In 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Tehran from Paris after 15 years of exile spent mainly in Iraq.

  • In 1982, the Confederation of Senegambia was formally launched.

  • In 1990, Bulgaria's government resigned after the ruling Communists failed to entice the fledgling opposition movement into a power-sharing deal until free elections.

  • In 1990, Yugoslavia deployed troops, tanks and warplanes in Kosovo province, where police battled ethnic Albanians demanding political reforms.

  • In 1991, South African President F.W. De Klerk opened Parliament with a speech promising the demolition of the remaining pillars of apartheid.

  • In 1991, an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit Afghanistan and Pakistan, resulting in more than 1,200 people killed.

  • In 1994, United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali backed the use of air power in Bosnia.

  • In 1995, Communist Vietnam raised its red flag in Washington for the first time 20 years after the end of the Vietnam War as the two old foes began a new chapter, opening liaison offices in each others' capital.

  • In 1996, Poland's president named Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, an ex-communist leader who had often stood outside his dominant party's mainstream, as prime minister to lead the country out of political crisis.

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    Today is Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s 66th birthday. Although he's not been seen in public much lately, there's sure to be a celebration going on somewhere. To learn more about the country he governs, check out Russia Alive!, an Internet journey through the ever-constant, yet ever-changing country of Russia.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is City Day in Malaysia.

  • Singer Don Everly is 60.

  • Actress Sherilynn Fenn is 32.

  • Actor Sherman Hemsley is 59.

  • Singer Rick James is 45.

  • Actor Terry Jones is 55.

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

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