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Thursday, February 6, 1997

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  • "One of its beauties is the way the people around here live in harmony with it, use it, respect it, look after it."

    -- Dr. Karen Ross of Conservation International

    Today's events

  • President Bill Clinton submits his fiscal 1998 budget plan to the U.S. Congress.

  • President Lee Teng-hui will deliver his Chinese New Year speech in Taipei.

  • The American Heart Association hosts a conference on strokes.

  • The Chilean Navy commander, Admiral Jorge Martinez Busch, visits the Chilean base in Antarctica to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

  • The Florida State Fair opens at the Florida State Fair Grounds in Tampa.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, February 13, the Berlin International Film Festival opens in Germany.

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    On this day

  • In 1515, Italian editor and printer Aldus Manutius died; he produced the first paperbacks and invented italics.

  • In 1665, Anne, queen of England from 1702-14, was born; the last of the Stuart monarchs, she was on the throne for the union of England and Scotland in 1707.

  • In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state of the United States.

  • In 1802, Charles Wheatstone, the English physicist and pioneer of telegraphy, was born.

  • In 1804, English cleric and chemist Joseph Priestley, one of the discoverers of oxygen, died.

  • In 1838, during the Boers' Great Trek, Boer leader Piet Retief was murdered by the Zulu king Dingane's warriors.

  • In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed under which New Zealand's Maori population accepted Queen Victoria's sovereignty in their lands.

  • In 1895, legendary baseball player George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born.

  • In 1912, Eva Braun, the wife of Adolf Hitler, was born; they married the day before they committed suicide in their Berlin bunker in April 1945.

  • In 1922, the Washington Conference between U.S., France, Japan, Italy and Britain ended with agreement on restricting use of poison gas and submarine warfare.

  • In 1931, Isabel Peron, the Argentine dancer who became a political leader and followed her husband Juan as president from 1974-76, was born.

  • In 1952, King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland died and was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II.

  • In 1958, seven members of Britain's Manchester United football team were among 21 killed in a plane crash in Munich. Nicknamed the "Busby Babes" after their manager Matt Busby, they were returning from a European Cup match.

  • In 1976, the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation admitted it had bribed officials in the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden and Italy.

  • In 1994, Togo held its first multi-party election for parliament.

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    Babe Ruth was born on this day in 1895. The legendary Yankee virtually defines the term "Hall of Famer." Visit Cooperstown's Web site to bone up on the Babe and the hall's newest inductees.


    Holidays and more

  • China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau celebrate the Lunar New Year.

  • New Zealand celebrates Waitangi Day.

  • Switzerland celebrates Carnival.

  • Journalist Tom Brokaw is 57.

  • Singer Natalie Cole is 47.

  • Singer Fabian is 54.

  • Actor Mike Farrell is 58.

  • Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 78.

  • Actor Barry Miller is 39.

  • Actress Gigi Perreau is 56.

  • Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan is 86.

  • Actor Rip Torn is 66.

  • Actress Mamie Van Doren is 64.

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

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