Friday, January 2, 1998
The World Chess Championship finals begin in Lausanne, Switzerland.
On the horizon
On Saturday, January 3, NFL divisional playoffs begin.
On Sunday, January 4, the Palestinian Authority is scheduled
to announce the results of the first West Bank and Gaza
On Monday, January 5, Iraq faces deadline to submit a new
aid distribution plan to be executed under the oil-for-food
On Tuesday, January 6, the court martial for former
sergeant major of the Army Gene McKinney on sexual misconduct
charges is scheduled to start.
On Wednesday, January 7, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is tentatively
scheduled to visit Israel and Palestinian regions.
On this day
In 1492, Spain recaptured the southern city of Granada from
the Moors, consolidating the monarchy under Ferdinand of Aragon.
In 1757, Clive of India recaptured Calcutta after it had been
seized by the Nawab of Bengal who used the "Black Hole" to
imprison British captives.
In 1788, Georgia became the fourth U.S. state to be admitted
to the Union.
In 1811, U.S. Senator Thomas Pickering became the first
senator to be censured when he revealed confidential documents
communicated by the president of the United States.
In 1839, French pioneering photographer Louis Daguerre took
the first photograph of the moon.
In 1896, Leander Starr Jameson surrendered and was captured by
the Boers after his attempted raid on Johannesburg.
In 1905, in the Russian-Japanese War, the Russians surrendered
to the Japanese after the battle of Port Arthur.
In 1942, in World War Two, the Japanese captured the
Philippines capital of Manila and the nearby air base at Cavite.
In 1959, the first lunar space shot, the unmanned Luna I, was
launched by the Soviet Union. It passed to within 4,600 miles of
the moon before moving on to a solar orbit.
In 1971, a barrier collapsed at Ibrox Park football ground at
the end of the Rangers vs. Celtic soccer match in Glasgow,
Scotland, killing 66 people.
In 1980, Britain's first national steel strike since 1926
began. It was not settled until April 2.
In 1994, more than 70 people were killed and at least 670 were
injured after two days of factional battles in the Afghan
In 1995, the most distant galaxy yet discovered was found by
scientists using the Keck telescope in Hawaii. It was estimated
to be 15 billion light years away.
In 1995, former Somali president Mohamed Siad Barre died in
exile. He seized power in a 1969 coup and was toppled in January
1991 by forces loyal to faction leader Mohamed Farah Aideed.
In 1996, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appointed Kamal
Ganzouri to be his new prime minister after the resignation of
Atef Sedki who had been his prime minister for nine years.
The holiday of New Year's is one of the most celebrated in Japan. Take a close look at the traditions.
Holidays and more
It is Ancestry Day in Haiti.
It is Bridge Day in New Caledonia.
It is Carnival in Saint Kitts-Nevis.
It is Berchtoldstag in Switzerland.
Former TV evangelist Jim Bakker is 59.
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 30.
Actress Diane Lane is 33.
Actress Wendy Phillips is 46.
Singer Renata Tebaldi is 76.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan