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Tuesday, February 25, 1997

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  • "I expect in the fullness of time, we will be trying to do the same experiments on cattle and pigs."

    -- Roslin Institute Director Grahame Bulfield

    Today's Events

  • "Dolly," the world's first-ever cloned adult mammal, is presented to the media in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • 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.

  • Disney holds its annual stockholders meeting in Anaheim, California, amid controversy surrounding the multi-million dollar pay packages awarded Disney's top executives.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Colombia stays on a list of nations not cooperating in international anti-drug efforts.

  • On Friday, February 28, the Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held in Alpine, Texas.

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

  • On Sunday, March 2, Irish President Mary Robinson arrives in Kigali, Rwanda, where she will address a pan-African conference on peace, gender and development.

  • On Monday, March 3, Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with European Union leaders to discuss mutual relations and security issues.

  • On Tuesday, March 4, German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel begins a visit to Middle East that sees him set foot in Jordan, Israel and regions governed by the Palestinian Authority.

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    On this day

  • In 1308, the coronation of Edward II of England took place.

  • In 1570, Pope Pius V issued the papal bull Regnans in Excelsis, excommunicating Queen Elizabeth I of England.

  • In 1914, Sir John Tenniel, the English artist and illustrator of "Alice in Wonderland," died.

  • In 1948, Czechoslovakian President Edvard Benes accepted the resignations of non-Communists from his cabinet. The Communists legally took control of the government in what was called the "February Coup."

  • In 1950, Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca starred as "Your Show of Shows" premiered on NBC.

  • In 1956, in a sensational speech to the Communist Party Congress, Nikita Khrushchev denounced Stalin as a demigod and tyrant.

  • In 1964, Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, became world heavyweight boxing champion for the first time after he knocked out Sonny Liston in Miami.

  • In 1972, the Soviet Union's Luna 20 spacecraft returned to Earth with samples of the moon's surface.

  • In 1983, Tennesee Williams, the U.S. playwright notable for "A Streetcar Named Desire," died.

  • In 1993, Kim Young-sam was sworn in as South Korea's first civilian president in 32 years.

  • In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a Jewish settler, massacred 43 Muslim worshippers at a Hebron mosque. He was beaten to death at the scene.

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    New York's landmark Empire State Building was the site of a fatal shooting Sunday. But that's not likely to stem the tide of people seeking to catch a glimpse of the view from its observation level. For those afraid of heights, however, there is the Manhattan Skyline Webcam. Camera's stationed on the Empire State's 77th floor provide real-time images of the Big Apple.


    Holidays and more

  • Kuwait celebrates National Day/Liberation Days.

  • Surinam celebrates Revolution Day.

  • Author Anthony Burgess is 80.

  • Writer-producer Larry Gelbart of "M*A*S*H" fame is 69.

  • Actress Karen Grassle, who played Caroline Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie," is 53.

  • Diplomat Philip Habib is 77.

  • Former Beatle George Harrison is 54.

  • Basketball player Kurt Rambis is 39.

  • Talk-show host Sally Jessy Raphael is 54.

  • Singer Faron Young is 65.

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

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