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Saturday, December 20, 1997

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  • "The jurors need time to take care of their families, so that's okay. We can wait. We've waited almost three years."

    -- -- Jannie Coverdale", grandmother of two OKC bombing victims, on the jury deliberating Terry Nichols' fate.

    Today's events

  • The Progress M-37 cargo ship is to launch from Kazakhstan on its way to the Mir space station.

  • A countdown clock for the handover of the Portuguese colony of Macau back to China will be set up in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, December 25, much of the world celebrates Christmas.

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    On this day

  • In 1046, by the Synod at Sutri in Italy, King Henry III dismissed Pope Gregory VI and four days later Clement II was elected as pope.

  • In 1560, the first General Assembly of the Church of Scotland took place.

  • In 1699, Peter the Great announced a reorganization of the Russian calendar, decreeing that the New Year would begin on January 1 and not September 1.

  • In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the American Union; it was not readmitted until 1868.

  • In 1914, in World War I, the first battle of Champagne began with the French attacking German machinegun positions.

  • In 1945, Karl Renner was elected first president of the new Second Austrian republic.

  • In 1970, in Poland, Communist leader Wladyslaw Gomulka resigned after riots and was replaced by Edward Gierek.

  • In 1971, Pakistani President Mohammad Yahya Khan resigned and handed power to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

  • In 1973, in Spain, General Franco's prime minister and right-hand man, Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, was assassinated as he rode through a Madrid street.

  • In 1979, Kim Jae-kyu, head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, was sentenced to death for the assassination of President Park Chung-hee in Seoul.

  • In 1981, Romuald Spasowski, Polish ambassador in Washington, was granted political asylum in the United States.

  • In 1989, the United States invaded Panama and installed a new government but initially failed in its key objective of seizing strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega.

  • In 1990, Russian Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, a key figure in five years of Soviet reform that helped end the Cold War, resigned.

  • In 1995, NATO took over peacekeeping from the U.N. in Yugoslavia and moved quickly to sweep away key roadblocks in Sarajevo.

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    Holidays and more

  • Actress Jenny Agutter is 45.

  • Psychic Uri Geller is 51.

  • Actor John Hillerman is 65.

  • Actor Mark Keyloun is 37.

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

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