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Friday, December 19, 1997

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  • "He was a sweet, big-hearted man. He was the most self-effacing comedian I had ever seen."

    -- Comedian Al Franken about Chris Farley

    Today's events

  • The verdict in the trial of a 75-year-old German charged with participating in a World War II massacre of Jews in Ukraine is expected in a Cologne courtroom.

  • Gueorgui Makharadze, the Georgian diplomat who pleaded guilty October 8 to aggravated assault and manslaughter in the drunken-driving related death of a Maryland teen-ager, is scheduled to be sentenced.

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    On the horizon

  • On Saturday, December 20, the Progress M-37 cargo ship is to launch from Kazakhstan on its way to the Mir space station.

  • On Sunday, December 21, presidential elections are held in Lithuania.

  • On Monday, December 22, the Progress M-37 cargo ship is scheduled to dock with the Mir space station.

  • On Tuesday, December 23, the National Menorah will be lit in Washington, D.C.

  • On Wednesday, December 24, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins.

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    On this day

  • In 1732, Benjamin Frankin began the publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack."

  • In 1741, Vitus Bering, Dutch navigator and explorer, died.

  • In 1776, Thomas Paine published his first "American Crisis" essay.

  • In 1777, Washington settled his troops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for the winter.

  • In 1842, the United States recognized the independence of Hawaii.

  • In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corp. began transmitting overseas.

  • In 1946, war broke out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacked the French.

  • In 1950, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was named NATO commander.

  • In 1957 "The Music Man," starring Robert Preston, opened on Broadway.

  • In 1971, NASA launched Intelsat 4 F-3 for COMSAT Corp.

  • In 1972, Apollo 17 returned to Earth.

  • In 1977, Nellie Tayloe Ross, first female U.S. governor, dies at 101.

  • In 1986, Russia freed dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile.

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    Holidays and more

  • Actress Jennifer Beals is 34.

  • Singer Janie Frickie is 45.

  • Anthropologist Richard Leakey is 53.

  • Former basketball player Kevin McHale is 40.

  • Actress Alyssa Milano is 25.

  • Actor Tim Reid is 53.

  • Actress Helen Slater is 34.

  • Actress Cicely Tyson is 58.

  • Actor Robert Urich is 52.

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

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