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Saturday, February 8, 1997

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  • "At this moment the world must be thinking that we are not a serious country because everyone is proclaiming himself president,"

    -- Ecuador's deposed president, Abdala Bucaram.

    Today's events

  • The annual Snow Festival will begin in Japan.

  • Meeting of Finance ministers and central bank governors of G7 nations are to meet in Berlin.

  • The National Basketball Association’s All-Star Weekend continues in Cleveland.

  • The annual NAACP Image Awards are scheduled to be presented in Los Angeles.

  • The closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics' sixth World Winter Games takes place in Toronto.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 1587, after 19 years imprisonment, Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded for her part in a plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth.

  • In 1861, the southern states which had seceded from the Union agree to set up the Confederate States of America.

  • In 1924, the gas chamber was used for the first time as a form of execution. Gee Jon was put to death in Nevada for murder.

  • In 1937, in the Spanish Civil War, General Franco captured Malaga with the help of 15,000 Italians.

  • In 1942, Dr. Albert Speer succeeded Dr. Fritz Todt as German minister for armaments and war production. Todt was killed in a plane crash.

  • In 1943, advancing Russian troops recaptured Kursk, which they had lost to the Germans in November 1941.

  • In 1949, Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, Primate of Hungary, was sentenced to life imprisonment for anti-state activities.

  • In 1955, Georgi Malenkov was forced to resign the Soviet premiership, replaced by Nikolai Bulganin.

  • In 1974, America's final Skylab mission, with Gerald Carr, Edward Gibson and William Pogue, returned to earth.

  • In 1983, the Kahan Report on the Beirut Sabra and Shatila massacres in September 1982, condemned the Israeli government and Defense Minister Ariel Sharon.

  • In 1989, a Boeing 707 crashed into a mountain on Santa Maria Island, The Azores.

  • In 1993, the newly divided Czech and Slovak republics began using separate currencies for the first time.

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    The closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics' sixth World Winter Games, involving more than 2,000 athletes from more than 80 countries, takes place in Toronto today. Check out the action at the Special Olympic’s web site by clicking


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Shab-e-Qadr in Bangladesh.

  • It’s the 8th February Revolution Day in Iraq .

  • Taiwan, Korea, Mongolia, China, and Hong Kong celebrate the Lunar New Year's Holiday today.

  • It’s the Chinese New Year today in Brunei Darussalam, Macua and Singapore.

  • Actress Brooke Adams is 48.

  • Actor Gary Coleman is 29.

  • Comedian Robert Klein is 55.

  • Journalist Ted Koppel is 57.

  • Actor Jack Lemmon is 72.

  • Actor Nick Nolte is 56.

  • Actress Mary Steenburgen is 44.

  • Musician John Williams is 65.

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

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