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Tuesday, February 18, 1997

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  • "We are getting more 'nos' than 'yeses;' that's a reality we have to live with."

    -- Army recruiter and Staff Sgt. Thomas Masten

    Today's events

  • Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Moscow.

  • Education Secretary Richard Riley visits Atlanta where he will deliver the annual secretary's annual State of Education address.

  • The Chicago Board of Trade holds the grand opening of its state-of-the-art trading facility.

  • Korea's outlawed Confederation of Trade Unions says it will start a series of nationwide strikes.

  • Sweden's King Carl Gustaf and Queen Sylvia begin a state visit to South Africa.

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    On the horizon

  • On Wednesday, February 19, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visits Russia.

  • On Thursday, February 20, Formula One team chief Frank Williams and five other people are due to go on trial, charged with manslaughter in the death of Brazil's world champion driver Ayrton Senna in a 1994 San Marino Grand Prix crash.

  • On Friday, February 21, World Vision is scheduled to hold its annual “30-Hour Famine" fund-raiser to increase awareness of world hunger.

  • On Saturday, February 22, the Third Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony takes place in Los Angeles.

  • On Sunday, February 23, the 15th FESPACO Panafrican film and television festival takes place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; this year's theme is "Cinema, Childhood and Youth."

  • On Monday, February 24, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright continues an international tour with a visit to China.

  • On Tuesday, February 25, a 33-year-old Bosnian Serb, identified only as Novislav D., goes on trial at the Bavarian high court on charges of complicity in genocide and murder during the Bosnian war.

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    On this day

  • In 1455, Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro), the Dominican friar and Italian painter of many religious works, died. Famed for his "Last Judgment" at Orvieto as well as his contemplative frescoes in Florence.

  • In 1478, George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his brother Edward IV, was murdered in the Tower of London. He was drowned in a wine butt.

  • In 1516, Mary I, Queen of England, was born. The daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, she became known as "Bloody Mary" after her campaign against Protestants in England.

  • In 1546, Martin Luther, German Augustinian friar and leader of the 16th century Protestant reformation, died.

  • In 1564, Italian painter, sculptor and architect Michelangelo Buonarotti died. Described as the most brilliant representative of the Italian Renaissance, he was famed for his work on the Sistine Chapel, his painting of "The Last Judgment" and his statue of "David."

  • In 1861, the first Italian parliament met and proclaimed Victor Emmanuel a king.

  • In 1865, after being besieged, the Union fleet took the town of Charleston, South Carolina, in the Civil War.

  • In 1915, Germany began its World War I blockade of England with submarines.

  • In 1918, the German Army launched an offensive against Russia and within a week occupied the Baltic States.

  • In 1951, a new Council of Ministers was sworn in thus ending century-old Rana domination and starting a new democracy in Nepal.

  • In 1960, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay agreed to set up a Latin American Free Trade Association.

  • In 1965, Gambia became an independent state within the Commonwealth.

  • In 1967, Robert Oppenheimer, U.S. physicist and father of the atomic bomb, died.

  • In 1981, President Ronald Reagan's first budget proposed the largest tax cuts and spending curbs ever for an administration, but also a $90 billion increase in defense spending over four years.

  • In 1994, delegates from 130 countries agreed at a United Nations conference that there must be new cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to halt global warming.

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    The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) leaps into the future today with the opening of its gleaming new trading facility. The move should solidify the board's role as the leading futures market in the world. With futures sales on staples ranging from wheat to energy, the CBOT has an indirect effect on the life of just about every American. Whether you’re an active player in the futures market or an interested bystander, the CBOT Web site is the place to get a handle on the world's most important futures market.


    Holidays and more

  • Gambia celebrates Independence Day.

  • Nepal celebrates National Democracy Day.

  • Newly retired Cosmopolitan impresario Helen Gurley Brown is 75.

  • Actor Matt Dillon is 33.

  • Film director Milos Forman is 65.

  • Actor George Kennedy is 70.

  • Novelist Toni Morrison is 66.

  • Singer Juice Newton is 45.

  • Artist and musician Yoko Ono is 64.

  • Actor Jack Palance is 77.

  • Actress Molly Ringwald is 29.

  • Actress Greta Scacchi is 37.

  • Actress Cybill Shepherd is 47.

  • Actor John Travolta is 42.

  • "Wheel of Fortune" fixture Vanna White is 40.

  • Cartoonist Gahan Wilson is 67.

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

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