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Monday, February 10, 1997

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  • "The tobacco industry sees this as the first shot over the bow in the effort to outlaw cigarettes."

    -- Wake Forest University law professor David Logan

    Today's events

  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces Oscar nominations in Hollywood.

  • Mardi Gras celebrations enliven the spirits in New Orleans, Mobile, Alabama, and other Deep South towns.

  • The space shuttle Discovery blasts off from Florida on a mission primarily concerned with servicing the Hubble Space Telescope.

  • Colombia's leading public sector unions, representing about 800,000 state employees, stage a nationwide strike to press for wage hike above the 13.5 percent offered by government for 1997.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, February 18, Korea's outlawed Confederation of Trade Unions is due to start a series of nationwide strikes.

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    On this day

  • In 1573, the English explorer Francis Drake first saw the Pacific Ocean.

  • In 1847, Thomas Alva Edison, the U.S. inventor who registered over 1,000 patents, was born; his patents included those on the gramophone and the incandescent light bulb.

  • In 1858, Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, originally Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, first saw a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France, leading to the foundation of the shrine of Lourdes.

  • In 1873, Spanish King Amadeo abdicated, leading to the proclamation of the first Spanish republic.

  • In 1889, the Japanese constitution was granted, with a two-chamber parliament, but the emperor retained extensive powers.

  • In 1919, Friedrich Ebert was elected first president of the German republic. He helped bring about the Weimar constitution that tried to unite Germany after World War I.

  • In 1922, Honduras was declared an independent republic.

  • In 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed establishing an independent Vatican State in Rome.

  • In 1945, the Yalta Conference between Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt ended with agreement on the founding of the U.N., as well as plans for the defeat of Germany.

  • In 1970, Japan became the fourth country to put a satellite into orbit.

  • In 1975, Margaret Thatcher became the first female leader of a British political party when she was elected leader of the Conservatives.

  • In 1976, Britain and the Organization of African Unity recognized the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola.

  • In 1979, Iranian Prime Minister Dr. Shahpur Bakhtiar resigned after two days of fighting in the streets of Tehran.

  • In 1990, Nelson Mandela, a black nationalist leader in South Africa, was released from prison after serving 27 years.

  • In 1993, former Prime Minister Bettino Craxi resigned as leader of Italy's Socialists over a corruption scandal that had rocked the government.

  • In 1994, five astronauts and a cosmonaut returned to Earth aboard Discovery after the first joint U.S.-Russian space shuttle mission.

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    It's Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent and time to celebrate for most Christians. In the United States, no one does it bigger or better than the people of New Orleans and southern Louisiana. To get a cybertaste of the biggest party this side of Rio, visit the Net Orleans Mardi Gras Guide. Here you'll find all the ingredients of Mardi Gras -- without the hangover.


    Holidays and more

  • Much of the Christian world celebrates Shrove Tuesday with Carnival or Mardi Gras.

  • Cameroon celebrates Youth Day.

  • Iran celebrates Revolution Day.

  • Japan celebrates National Foundation Day.

  • Liberia celebrates Armed Forces Day.

  • The Vatican City State celebrates the Anniversary of Lateranensi Pacts.

  • Chef Paul Bocuse is 71.

  • Psychologist Virginia Johnson is 72.

  • Actress Tina Louise is 63.

  • Musician Sergio Mendes is 56.

  • Actor Leslie Nielsen is 75.

  • Actor Burt Reynolds is 61.

  • Author Sidney Sheldon is 80.

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

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