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Friday, January 2, 1998

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  • "Ladies and gentlemen, you are all officially breaking the law if you are smoking,"

    -- Gerry Sherman, owner of the Pine Cove Inn in Sacramento, California

    Today's events

  • The World Chess Championship finals begin in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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    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 Strip census.

  • On Monday, January 5, Iraq faces deadline to submit a new aid distribution plan to be executed under the oil-for-food plan.

  • 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.

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    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 capital Kabul.

  • 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.

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    The holiday of New Year's is one of the most celebrated in Japan. Take a close look at the traditions. Shogatsu.


    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.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan

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