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Monday, February 10, 1997

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  • "We want to agree on preparations to resume final-status talks which should commence in the middle of next month."

    -- Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat

    Today's events

  • President Clinton addresses the Maryland Legislature in Annapolis.

  • Jury selection begins in the retrial of alleged Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss on state pandering charges.

  • Italy's highest court to decide whether detained former SS officer Erich Priebke should be tried in a civilian or military court for the Ardeatine caves killings, Italy's worst WW II massacre.

  • The World Trade Organization meets in Paris.

  • The Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens in New York.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, February 14, Valentine's Day is celebrated in several countries.

  • On Saturday, February 15, a refurbished British Army World War II underground operations center, known as the "Battle Box," opens at Fort Canning Hill in Singapore.

  • On Sunday, February 16, the Laurence Olivier Theater Awards are announced in London.

  • On Monday, February 17, more than 250 magicians from around the world, including 28 international stars, convene in Bogota, Colombia, for the International Magic Congress.

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    On this day

  • In 1364, the Treaty of Brno was signed which guaranteed that Tyrol would be kept in the families of the Luxemburgs and Hapsburgs.

  • In 1567, Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary Queen of Scots, was murdered.

  • In 1763, the Peace of Paris between Britain, France and Spain ended the Seven Years War. Canada was ceded to Britain, France received various West Indies possessions and Spain won Louisiana and Havana.

  • In 1837, Russian poet and novelist Alexander Pushkin was killed in a duel. Regarded as Russia's greatest poet, his works include the historical tragedy "Boris Godunov."

  • In 1840, Queen Victoria of England married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg.

  • In 1841, the Act of Union, uniting Upper and Lower Canada, came into effect.

  • In 1890, Boris Pasternak, the Russian author of "Dr. Zhivago," was born.

  • In 1942, Glenn Miller received the first ever gold disc for selling one million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo."

  • In 1962, Francis Gary Powers, the U.S. pilot of a U-2 plane shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, was exchanged for KGB agent Rudolf Abel in Berlin.

  • In 1975, Pakistan banned the opposition National Awami Party and arrested its leaders.

  • In 1977, Physicist Yuri Orlov, a leader of a Soviet dissident group monitoring implementation of the 1975 Helsinki human rights accord, was arrested.

  • In 1981, Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo was named Spanish prime minister by King Juan Carlos.

  • In 1989, Michael Manley became prime minister of Jamaica.

  • In 1991, Lithuanians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union. Parliament had already declared independence in March 1990.

  • In 1992, Alex Haley, author of the book "Roots," died.

  • In 1994, Russia called for a Security Council meeting to consider putting Sarajevo under U.N. administration.

  • In 1996, an IBM computer called Deep Blue made chess history by comfortably beating world champion Garry Kasparov, a machine's first victory under classic tournament rules.

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    The 121st Westminster Kennel Club dog show opens at New York's Madison Square Garden today. For a bowlful of dog-related information and links, visit the World Wide Woof Web site. The "Woof" even has last year's Westminster results.


    Holidays and more

  • Algeria, Djibouti and Indonesia celebrate Id al-Fitr.

  • Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, Germany, the Netherlands Antilles, Panama, St. Lucia, Switzerland and Venezuela celebrate Carnival.

  • China celebrates the Lunar New Year.

  • Iran marks the Martyrdom of Imam Ali.

  • Malta celebrates the Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck.

  • Singapore holds its Hari Raya Puasa observance.

  • Actress Laura Dern is 30.

  • Singer Donovan is 51.

  • Singer Roberta Flack is 58.

  • Golfer Greg Norman is 42.

  • Opera singer Leontyne Price is 70.

  • Olympic gold medal swimmer Mark Spitz is 47.

  • Actor Robert Wagner is 67.

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

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