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Friday, December 26, 1997

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  • "More distressing today is the tense silence of the ever-growing multitude of the new poor."

    -- -- Pope John Paul II

    Today's events

  • Consumers rushing to grab after-Christmas bargains makes this one of the busiest U.S. shopping days of the year.

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    On the horizon

  • On Saturday, December 27, National Football League wild-card playoff games are held.

  • On Monday, December 29, Kenya holds presidential and general elections.

  • On Tuesday, December 30, World Universities' Debating Championships will be held in Athens, Greece.

  • On Wednesday, December 31, Luxembourg relinquishes its six-month rotating presidency of the European Union.

  • On Thursday, January 1, Britain assumes presidency of the European Union.

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    On this day

  • In 1492, the first Spanish settlement in New World was founded by Columbus.

  • In 1773, tea ships were expelled from Philadelphia.

  • In 1848, the first gold seekers arrived in Panama en route to San Francisco.

  • In 1865, James Mason invented the first American coffee percolator.

  • In 1917, the federal government took over operation of American railroads for the duration of World War I.

  • In 1972, Harry Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, died at 88.

  • In 1973, Soyuz 13 returned to Earth.

  • In 1997, JonBenet Ramsey, 6, was found murdered in her Boulder, Colorado, home.

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    Holidays and more

  • It is Boxing Day in Britain and British territories.

  • Ireland, Liechtenstein, San Marino, the Slovak Republic, Switzerland and Italy celebrate St. Stephen's Day.

  • It is Family Day in Namibia and Vanuatu.

  • It is Independence Day in Slovenia.

  • It is a national Day of Thanksgiving in the Solomon Islands.

  • South Africa celebrates a Day of Goodwill.

  • It is a Public Holiday in Zimbabwe.

  • Comedian Alan King is 70.

  • Music producer Phil Spector is 57.

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

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