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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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    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.


    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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