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Tuesday, February 4, 1997

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  • "Complete civil disobedience is the only way."

    -- Serbian opposition leader Vuk Draskovic

    Today's events

  • President Clinton delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.

  • German Chancellor Helmut Kohl officially launches construction of the new Chancellory building in Berlin.

  • Iranian dissident Ayatollah Ganjei visits Copenhagen, Denmark; he is expected to address parliament where he will argue that the fatwa against Salman Rushdie is theologically invalid.

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    On the horizon

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

  • On Thursday, February 6, President Lee Teng-hui will deliver his Chinese New Year speech in Taipei.

  • On Friday, February 7, the Chess International Tournament will begin in Ubeda, Spain.

  • On Saturday, February 8, the annual Snow Festival will begin in Japan.

  • On Sunday, February 9, the MILIA new media fair opens in Cannes, France.

  • On Monday, February 10, jury selection begins in the retrial of alleged Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss on state pandering charges.

  • On Tuesday, February 11, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces Oscar nominations in Hollywood.

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    On this day

  • In 211, Lucius Septimius Severus, the Roman emperor responsible for making the empire's government a military monarchy, died.

  • In 1615, Giovanni Battista della Porta, the Italian physicist, philosopher and writer on the properties of lenses, died.

  • In 1746, Tadeusz Andrezei Bonawentura Kosciuszko, the Polish soldier and patriot, was born. As well as battling the Russians at home, he fought in the American War of Independence.

  • In 1787, Shays' Rebellion, an uprising of Massachusetts farmers led by Daniel Shays, ended with defeat at Petersham.

  • In 1789, presidential electors met and chose George Washington as America's first president.

  • In 1861, America's 25-year-long Apache wars began with the arrest of the Apache Chief Cochise.

  • In 1874, the Battle of Kumasi ended the Ashanti War between Britain and Ghana.

  • In 1902, Charles Lindbergh, the U.S. aviator and the first person to make a solo flight across the Atlantic in May 1927, was born.

  • In 1904, the Russo-Japanese War began when Japan laid siege to Port Arthur.

  • In 1906, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian, philosopher and prominent anti-Nazi, was born; he was executed in Flossenberg concentration camp for his part in the failed plot to assassinate Hitler.

  • In 1924, Mahatma Gandhi was released after spending two years in jail in Bombay.

  • In 1927, British driver Malcolm Campbell broke the world land speed record in his car Bluebird, driving at 174.224 miles per hour.

  • In 1938, Adolf Hitler became Germany's war minister and Joachim von Ribbentrop took over foreign affairs.

  • In 1945, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin met at Yalta in the Crimea to discuss plans for the defeat of the Axis powers and to decide on the post-war future.

  • In 1948, Ceylon became a self-governing independent state within the British Commonwealth.

  • In 1971, British carmaker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt.

  • In 1974, Patricia Hearst, the grand-daughter of the late William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

  • In 1976, Lourenco Marques, the capital of Mozambique, was renamed Maputo.

  • In 1978, Junius Jayawardene was sworn in as Sri Lanka's first president.

  • In 1982, Great Britain's Laker Airways, a pioneer of cheap transatlantic air fares, collapsed.

  • In 1987, Liberace, the U.S. pianist and showman, died.

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    President Clinton delivers America's annual State of the Union address tonight. One of the Internet's more popular sites is the White House Web page. Explore it for news on the president's latest initiatives, White House history, a tour and other executive branch information.


    Holidays and more

  • Angola celebrates the Commencement of the Armed Struggle.

  • Sri Lanka celebrates National Day.

  • Singer-songwriter Alice Cooper is 49.

  • Actress Pamela Franklin is 47.

  • Author and feminist Betty Friedan is 76.

  • Artist Russel Hoban is 72.

  • Civil rights figure Rosa Parks is 84.

  • Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 50.

  • Former football star Lawrence Taylor is 38.

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

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