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Sunday, February 23, 1997

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  • "We will be searching out the possibility that we have a serial bomber.""

    -- Woody Johnson, the special agent in charge of the Atlanta FBI office

    Today's Events

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

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

  • U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright visits Japan where she is expected to meet Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto.

  • A demonstration is scheduled in Neckarwestheim, Germany, against the planned transportation of nuclear waste containers from the Neckarwestheim nuclear power station.

  • Turner Broadcasting System broadcasts its fifth annual Trumpet Awards ceremony in Atlanta.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 1820, the Cato Street Conspiracy, an attempt to assassinate British cabinet ministers, was discovered with hours to spare. The plotters were executed.

  • In 1836, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna with several thousand Mexican troops began besieging the Alamo mission settlement held by a force of 145 Texans led by Colonel Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. The siege ended on March 6 with all the Texans killed.

  • In 1848, John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, died.

  • In 1866, King Alexander Cuza of Romania was forced to abdicate and was succeeded by Charles, Prince of Hohenzollern as Carol I.

  • In 1898, in France, novelist Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

  • In 1905, the Rotary Club was founded by lawyer Paul Percy Harris in Chicago.

  • In 1917, Russians staged an enormous demonstration in Petrograd in protest against food shortages.

  • In 1919, Benito Mussolini broke with the Socialist party and founded his own Fasci del Comattimento (Fascist) party in Italy.

  • In 1944, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin forced one million Chechens into exile and dissolved the republic, accusing them of collaboration with Nazi Germany.

  • In 1945, the Japanese island of Iwo Jima fell to the Americans after severe fighting.

  • In 1970, Guyana, formerly British Guiana, became an independent republic within the Commonwealth.

  • In 1981, Lt. Col. Antonio Tejero and a group of civil guards burst into the Spanish parliament firing shots in a failed coup attempt.

  • In 1991, Thailand's armed forces seized power in a bloodless coup and arrested prime minister Chatichai Choonhaven.

  • In 1994, Bosnia's government and separatist Bosnian Croat forces agreed a comprehensive cease-fire under U.N. auspices.

  • In 1994, the Russian parliament voted to pardon participants in an armed rebellion against President Boris Yeltsin in October 1993 and a hard-line Soviet coup attempt in 1991.

  • In 1996, Pope John Paul issued an updated code for electing Popes, introducing modern comforts for cardinals in conclave and reaffirming rules against electronic bugging to safeguard their secrecy.

  • In 1996, two top-level Iraqi dissidents were murdered by relatives only days after returning home to a pardon from President Saddam Hussein.

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    Deng Xiaoping's legacy will be debated for years to come. To get a leg up on the discussions, check out TIME magazine's retrospective Deng: One in a Billion.


    Holidays and more

  • Today, Guyana celebrates its Republic Anniversary.

  • Today, Malaysia celebrates the Birthday of the Sultan.

  • It's National Day in Brunei Darussalam.

  • Baseball player Bobby Bonilla is 34.

  • Newscaster Sylvia Chase is 59.

  • Actor Peter Fonda is 58.

  • Singer Howard Jones is 42.

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

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