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Friday, December 12, 1997

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  • "Here you have a Hollywood studio promoting an R-rated film by sending out study materials that are not accurate."

    -- -- film critic Michael Medved

    Today's events

  • U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is to arrive in Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire, from Rwanda as part of a six-country tour of Africa.

  • Guerrilla mastermind Ilich Ramirez Sanchez "Carlos the Jackal" goes on trial in Paris over the 1975 murder of two French counter-intelligence agents.

  • A special synod of Roman Catholic bishops from North and South America ends.

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    On the horizon

  • On Saturday, December 13, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visits South Africa.

  • On Sunday, December 14, the South African Truth Commission is due to expire.

  • On Monday, December 15, Guyana holds presidential and parliamentary elections.

  • On Tuesday, December 16, Nelson Mandela steps down as South Africa's African National Congress president.

  • On Wednesday, December 17, the undocking of the Progress M-36 cargo ship from the Mir space station is scheduled.

  • On Thursday, December 18, South Korea holds presidential elections.

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    On this day

  • In 1719, the Aurora Borealis was first recorded.

  • In 1844, Dr. Horace Wells, of Hartford, Connecticut, was the first to receive an anesthetic for a dental procedure.

  • In 1882, the Bijou Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, became the first theater to be lighted by electricity.

  • In 1939, singer Betty Grable and her famous legs were featured on the cover of Life Magazine.

  • In 1946, John D. Rockefeller Jr. offered up a six-block area of land in New York City for use as headquarters of the United Nations.

  • In 1951, Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from the New York Yankees.

  • In 1985, the most expensive non-oil acquisition in U.S. history took place this day. General Electric Company agreed to buy RCA Corporation for $6.3 billion.

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    Life Magazine made thousands of soldiers happy by running on its cover a photo of Betty Grable and her famous legs. Find out more about the magazine here.


    Holidays and more

  • Kenya celebrates Jamhuri Day.

  • Russia celebrates Constitution Day.

  • Tennis player Tracy Austin is 35.

  • TV personality Bob Barker is 74.

  • Musician Sheila E is 38.

  • Singer Connie Francis is 59.

  • Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is 73.

  • Actor Robert Lindsay is 48.

  • Former gymnast Cathy Rigby is 45.

  • Singer Frank Sinatra is 82.

  • Singer Dionne Warwick is 56.

  • Musician Grover Washington is 54.

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

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