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Friday, December 5, 1997

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  • "If you had to pick which ones were going to get the most toys in a nursery, I think the girls will win hands down."

    -- McCaughey septulets' neonatologist Dr. Holley Bzdega

    Today's events

  • The 5th China International Environmental Protection Exhibition and Conference opens in Beijing.

  • The United Nations holds an International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development.

  • A national parliamentary inquiry into the World War II sinking of HMAS Sydney off the Western Australia coast opens in Canberra.

  • Opposition left-wing politician Cuauhtemoc Cardenas is scheduled to be sworn in as mayor of Mexico City.

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    On the horizon

  • On Saturday, December 6, about 50 heads of state are expected to attend the Organization of the Islamic Conference summit in Tehran.

  • On Sunday, December 7, the Eleventh International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa opens.

  • On Monday. December 8, amnesty hearings resume into the death in detention of black consciousness activist Steve Biko in South Africa.

  • On Tuesday, December 9, the Steering Board of Bosnia's Peace Implementation Council meets in Germany.

  • On Wednesday, December 10, the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize is presented in Oslo.

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    On this day

  • In 1776, Phi Beta Kappa, the first American scholastic fraternity, was founded.

  • In 1782, eighth U.S. President Martin Van Buren was born.

  • In 1839, U.S. military officer George Custer was born.

  • In 1908, numerals were first used on football uniforms worn by college football players. The University of Pittsburgh Panthers proudly displayed their new numbers in a game with Washington and Jefferson.

  • In 1933, the United States repealed Prohibition with the ratification of the 21st Amendment.

  • In 1936, Bing Crosby took over as host of "The Kraft Music Hall."

  • In 1955, the labor union AFL-CIO was founded.

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    Sixty-four years ago, the United States ended Prohibition, much to the distress of groups like the Anti-Saloon League. For a glimpse into the dry days, check out Ohio State University's Prohibition project.


    Holidays and more

  • It's Farmers Day in Ghana.

  • Haiti celebrates Discovery Day.

  • It's Flag Day in Netherlands Antilles.

  • Thailand celebrates the king's birthday.

  • Actress Morgan Brittany is 47.

  • Actress Margaret Cho is 29.

  • Author Joan Didion is 63.

  • Actress Carrie Hamilton is 34.

  • Actor Jeroen Krabbe is 53.

  • Singer Jim Messina is 50.

  • Singer Chad Mitchell is 61.

  • Football player Art Monk is 40.

  • U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond is 95.

  • Author Calvin Trillin is 62.

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

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