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Sunday, February 2, 1997

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  • "These kids need support and love. They need the respect and dignity to allow them to decide for themselves what really happened, what the truth is and how they're going to live with it."

    -- -- Sam R. Sheppard on O.J. Simpson's children.

    Today's events

  • The Missionaries of Charity religious order announces a possible successor to the ailing Mother Teresa.

  • French President Jacques Chirac is scheduled to visit Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Moscow.

  • The Missionaries of Charity religious order is expected to announce a possible successor to ailing Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India.

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    On the horizon

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

  • On Tuesday, February 4, U.S. 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.

  • On Friday, February 7, the Chess International Tournament is scheduled to take place in Ubeda, Spain.

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    On this day

  • In 962, Emperor Otto I the Great, king of Germany, was crowned Holy Roman emperor by Pope John XII.

  • In 1509, the Portuguese, led by Francisco de Almeida, destroyed the Muslim fleet in the Battle of Diu, establishing Portuguese control of Indian waters.

  • In 1536, Spanish explorer Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires.

  • In 1556, the world's worst earthquake, in China's Shaanxi, Shansi and Henan provinces, killed an estimated 830,000 people.

  • In 1801, the British parliament assembled, including for the first time Irish representatives.

  • In 1848, the war between Mexico and the United States ended after the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo.

  • In 1920, Russia signed the Treaty of Tartu (Dorpat), under which Russia recognized Estonian independence in perpetuity.

  • In 1943, German General Friedrich Paulus surrendered to the Russian army at Stalingrad, ignoring Hitler's orders to fight on.

  • In 1967, Gen. Anastasio Somoza Debayle was elected president of Nicaragua.

  • In 1971, Ugandan army strongman Major-General Idi Amin took full powers as military head of state and formed an 18-man cabinet to run the country.

  • In 1972, the British Embassy in Dublin was burned down after a day of anti-British demonstrations.

  • In 1973, the West German government imposed foreign exchange controls following the massive flight from the dollar and buying of marks.

  • In 1978, two Soviet cosmonauts carried out the first ever refueling in outer space of Salyut engines.

  • In 1979, Sid Vicious, guitarist with notorious British punk group the Sex Pistols, died of a drugs overdose.

  • In 1983, The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) resumed in Geneva.

  • In 1986, Liechtenstein's women voted for the first time in parliamentary elections.

  • In 1986, Oscar Arias Sanchez won Costa Rica's presidential election.

  • In 1989, Carlos Andres Perez took office as Venezuela's president.

  • In 1989, Marshal Viktor Kulikov, Commander-in-Chief of Warsaw Pact forces since 1971, stepped down and was replaced by General Pyotr Lushev.

  • In 1989, South African President P.W. Botha resigned as leader of the ruling all-white National Party.

  • In 1990, four top aides to executed Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu were jailed for life on genocide charges.

  • In 1992, Italy's President Francesco Cossiga dissolved parliament five months early to prepare for elections.

  • In 1993, loss-making Dutch truck maker DAF placed itself in the hands of court-appointed administrators.

  • In 1994, Venezuelan elder statesman Rafael Caldera was sworn in as president.

  • In 1994, Russian ultra-nationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky said he was giving orders to test a new top-secret weapon that would kill Muslim soldiers in Bosnia.

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    Holidays and more

  • It's a Religious Holiday in Brazil.

  • Today is Candlemas Day in Liechtenstein.

  • Today is Groundhog Dog in the United States.

  • Mexico celebrates Dia De La Candelaria today.

  • Model Christie Brinkley is 44.

  • Actress Farrah Fawcett is 50.

  • Actor Bo Hopkins is 55.

  • Musician Graham Nash is 55.

  • Journalist Liz Smith is 74.

  • Comedian Tom Smothers is 60.

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

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