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Friday, February 22, 1997

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  • "Do I wish we could have gotten there in nine minutes? Yes. Do I think it would have changed anything? No."

    -- Sheriff Cal Henderson, on why it took deputies so long to reach the home of accused murderer Larry Singleton.





    Today's Events


  • The Third Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony takes place in Los Angeles.

  • Hong Kong’s post-handover Provisional Legislature meets in Shenzhen, China.

  • Britain's Prince Charles makes the keynote address at a seminar on Economic Liberation aboard the royal yacht Britannia at the end of visit to Kuwait.

  • Maltese Deputy Prime Minister George Vella holds talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa in Cairo.

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    On the horizon


  • 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.

  • Friday, February 28, is the deadline for U.S. government to announce whether Colombia should remain on a virtual blacklist of countries "decertified" for their failure to cooperate fully in the anti-drug fight.

  • On Saturday, March 1, South African President Nelson Mandela visits the Philippines.

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    On this day


  • In 1370, Robert II succeeded his uncle, David II, as king of Scotland, inaugurating the Stuart dynasty.

  • In 1512, Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer of the New World, died.

  • In 1732, George Washington, U.S. soldier and statesman, was born.

  • In 1784, the Empress of China, the first trading ship sent to China from the United States, set sail from New York, arriving in China on August 28.

  • In 1787, in France, the Assembly of Notables met for the first time.

  • In 1788 - German philosopher Artur Schopenhauer was born. His best known work was "The World as Will and Idea," written in 1819. He greatly influenced both Nietzsche and Freud.

  • In 1819, the United States acquired Florida from Spain under the terms of an accord signed by Secretary of State John Quincy Adams and Spanish minister Don Luis de Onis.

  • In 1847, in the American-Mexican War, U.S. forces under General Zachary Taylor defeated the Mexicans at the battle of Buena Vista.

  • In 1857, Lord (Robert) Baden-Powell, British army officer and founder of the Boy Scout movement, was born.

  • In 1862, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as president of the Confederate States of America.

  • In 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened his first "Great Five Cent Store" store in Utica, New York.

  • In 1886, The Times became the first British newspaper to institute a personal column on its classified page.

  • In 1900, Spanish surrealist filmmaker Luis Bunuel was born. "Un Chien Andalou" and "L'Age d'or," collaborations with Salvador Dali, established Bunuel's reputation.

  • In 1913, Francisco Madero, revolutionary president of Mexico, was assassinated by the military, along with Vice President Pino Suarez.

  • In 1966, Ugandan Prime Minister Milton Obote took full powers and had five ministers arrested.

  • In 1967, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces launched Operation Junction City, the biggest combined operation of the Vietnam War, attacking communist forces in Tayninh Province north of Saigon.

  • In 1967, Indonesia's President Achmad Sukarno surrendered all power to premier General Suharto, remaining president in name only.

  • In 1979, the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia gained full independence from Britain after 165 years. It became the 40th member state of the British Commonwealth.

  • In 1980, the Israeli government introduced a new currency, the shekel, which replaced the Israeli pound.

  • In 1987, U.S. pop artist Andy Warhol died.

  • In 1991, in the Gulf War, the United States gave Iraq 24 hours to quit Kuwait or face an all-out ground war.

  • In 1994, Aldrich Ames, a highly experienced CIA officer, and his wife were charged with being "moles." The couple received $1.5 million over a 10-year period in exchange for passing secrets to the Russians.

  • In 1994, scientists from Canada reported finding evidence of cigarette smoke in fetal hair, the first biochemical proof that the offspring of non-smoking mothers can be affected by passive cigarette smoke.

  • In 1996, France became the first European Union country to restore diplomatic ties with rump Yugoslavia to the level of ambassadors.

  • In 1996, a court found Cambodian Prince Norodom Sirivudh, King Norodom Sihanouk's exiled half-brother, guilty of criminal conspiracy and illegal weapons possession and sentenced him in his absence to 10 years in jail.

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    Newslink


    Artist Andy Warhol, who died on this date 10 years ago, is considered one of the most influential members of the pop art movement. Visit the Andy Warhol Museum for a look at his art and his personal collections.


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    Holidays and more


  • Today is Independence Day in Saint Lucia.

  • Golfer Amy Scott Alcott is 41.

  • Actress Drew Barrymore is 22.

  • Actor Paul Dooley is 69.

  • Former basketball star Julius Winfield ("Dr. J") Irving is 47.

  • U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy is 65.

  • Auto racer Niki Lauda is 48.

  • Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 38.

  • Actress Miou Miou is 47.

  • Actress Julie Walters is 47.

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



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