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Friday, February 21, 1997

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  • "This is a stall tactic. We don't believe you. We don't trust you. This is political science pure and simple."

    -- marijuana legalization advocate Steve Michael of a panel's findings

    Today's Events

  • Russian former security chief Alexander Lebed holds a meeting with the press at the Geneva diplomatic club.

  • Britain's Prince Charles visits Kuwait traveling on board the royal yacht Britannia.

  • Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdel-Meguid visits United Arab Emirates for talks on its Sudan mediation offer.

  • The World UFO Congress is held in Zurich.

  • French President Jacques Chirac visits Romania, which relies on France to support its bid for early NATO membership.

  • Indonesia's President Suharto visits Burma.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, February 26, the 39th Annual Grammy Awards will be presented in New York City.

  • On Thursday, February 27, the U.S. government is expected to announce whether or not Colombia stays on a list of nations not cooperating in international anti-drug efforts.

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    On this day

  • In 1437, James I, king of Scotland, was assassinated by a group of conspirators led by Walter of Atholl after his efforts to break the influence of the Scottish nobility.

  • In 1613, Michael Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, beginning the Romanov rule in Russia.

  • In 1728, Peter III, tsar of Russia, was born as Karl Peter Ulrich, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp.

  • In 1741, English agriculturalist Jethro Tull died.

  • In 1794, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Mexican revolutionary, was born.

  • In 1801, John Henry Newman, English Roman Catholic Cardinal, was born.

  • In 1849, in the second British-Sikh war, the British inflicted a huge defeat on a force of 50,000 Sikhs under Shir Singh at the battle of Gujerat.

  • In 1885, the Washington Monument was dedicated.

  • In 1893, Spanish classical guitarist Andres Segovia was born.

  • In 1903, U.S. writer Anais Nin was born in Paris.

  • In 1907, poet W.H. Auden was born.

  • In 1911, a commercial treaty between Japan and the United States was signed limiting the flow of workers from Japan to the United States.

  • In 1916, the German army launched an attack on the fortress at Verdun in World War One.

  • In 1918, the Australian cavalry captured the city of Jericho in Jordan.

  • In 1924, Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, was born.

  • In 1941, Sir Frederick Banting, Canadian scientist, died in an air crash.

  • In 1965, black nationalist leader, Malcolm X (Malcolm Little) was murdered in New York as he was about to address a meeting of his Afro-American Unity Organization.

  • In 1970, a Palestine commando group claimed responsibility for blowing up a Swiss airliner which crashed in Baden, killing 47 passengers.

  • In 1972, President Richard Nixon became the first U.S. President to visit China.

  • In 1973, a Libyan Boeing 727 was shot down over an Israeli military airfield, killing 104 passengers.

  • In 1975, former U.S. President Nixon's aides, Attorney General John Mitchell and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman and domestic adviser John Ehrlichman were given prison sentences for obstructing the course of justice in the Watergate affair.

  • In 1983, in the Indian state of Assam, more than 800 lives lost were lost in ethnic rioting following state elections.

  • In 1989, two members of Winnie Mandela's guard were charged with the murder of 14-year-old Stompie Seipei in Soweto, South Africa.

  • In 1989, Czech dissident playwright Vaclav Havel was jailed for incitement and obstruction in Prague.

  • In 1994, Pakistani commandos stormed the Afghan embassy in Islamabad, killing three Afghan gunmen who had been holding hostage five schoolboys and a teacher.

  • In 1994, the Togolese opposition claimed victory in elections to the country's first multiparty parliament.

  • In 1994, British members of parliament voted overwhelmingly to reduce the age of consent for homosexual men from 21 to 18.

  • In 1996, Jeanne Calment, believed to be the world's oldest person, celebrated her 121st birthday with memories ranging from meeting Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh to her new career as a pop star.

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    Thirty-two years ago today, black nationalist leader Malcolm X was murdered in New York. Learn more about the controversial leader's teachings and actions at The Malcolm X Institute for Black Studies.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Martyrs Day in Bangladesh.

  • Actor Christopher Atkins is 36.

  • Musician Mary Chapin Carpenter is 39.

  • Actress Tyne Daly is 50.

  • Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy is 70.

  • Actor Gary Lockwood is 60.

  • Actress Rue McClanahan is 63.

  • Singer Nina Simone is 64.

  • Baseball player Alan Stuart Trammel is 39.

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

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