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Wednesday, February 5, 1997

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  • "We are not talking about trainee-on -trainee sex here in the allegations that came out of Aberdeen and elsewhere. We are talking about allegations that leaders did not do their jobs."

    -- Secretary of the Army Togo West

    Today's events

  • Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin visits the United States.

  • The Alzheimer's Association meets in New York.

  • A juvenile court is tentatively expected to set terms of probation for Marianne Platt, one of two British girls arrested on charges they smuggled heroin into Italy.

  • NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana is expected to visit Turkey.

  • The Northwest Flower and Garden Show opens in Seattle with a 1997 theme titled "Romance in Bloom."

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, February 12, a verdict is tentatively expected in the false accounting trial of Fiat president Cesare Romiti and Fiat finance director Francesco Paolo Mattioli.

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    On this day

  • In 1788, Sir Robert Peel, a British prime minister and founder of London's Metropolitan police force, was born.

  • In 1811, after George III was declared insane, the Prince of Wales became Prince Regent of England, later to be George IV.

  • In 1840, Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, the prolific U.S. inventor whose credits include the gun that bears his name, was born.

  • In 1881, English author and historian Thomas Carlyle died. Carlyle published "Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches," which revised contemporary attitudes toward the Protector.

  • In 1900, U.S. statesman Adlai Stevenson was born; he was the unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate in 1952 and 1956.

  • In 1914, U.S. novelist William Burroughs was born. Many of his books were based on his own experiences as a drug addict, including "Naked Lunch."

  • In 1941, Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson, the Australian poet widely credited as the author of "Waltzing Matilda," died.

  • In 1946, British stage and film actor George Arliss died; he won an Oscar for the leading role in "Disraeli."

  • In 1975, the United States cut off military aid to Turkey as a result of delays in a peace settlement of the Cyprus dispute.

  • In 1983, Klaus Barbie, wanted as a Nazi war criminal, was imprisoned in Lyons, France, following extradition from Bolivia.

  • In 1989, Rupert Murdoch launched his satellite station Sky Television in Britain.

  • In 1990, opposition candidate Rafael Calderon Fournier won Costa Rica's presidential election.

  • In 1994, a mortar bomb devastated a Sarajevo street market, killing 68.

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    The Alzheimer's Association meets in New York today to discuss the progress of its work with the most common form of human dementia. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disease affecting the brain. Former President Ronald Reagan is one of its more notable victims. The Alzheimer's Association home page offers medical information, family support information, political positions, and other resources online.


    Holidays and more

  • Burundi celebrates Unity Day.

  • Mexico celebrates Constitution Day.

  • San Marino celebrates a day in memory of St. Agatha.

  • Baseball Hall of Famer and all-time home-run leader Hank Aaron is 63.

  • Actor Red Buttons is 78.

  • Author Andrew Greeley is 69.

  • Writer and comedian Christopher Guest is 49.

  • Actress Barbara Hershey is 49.

  • Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 35.

  • Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach is 55.

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

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