Saturday, January 3, 1998
A private funeral will be held for Michael Kennedy in Brookline, Massachusetts.
NFL divisional playoffs begin.
Pope John Paul II visits Assisi, Italy.
On the horizon
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 a 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.
On Thursday, January 8, the International Winter Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas.
On this day
In 1322, Philip V of France died and was succeeded by his
brother, Charles IV.
In 1777, in the American Revolution, George
Washington defeated the British under Lord Cornwallis at the
Battle of Princeton.
In 1857, in France, Sebour, the Archbishop of Paris, was
assassinated by a priest.
In 1872, in the United States, the first weekly patent list
was issued. The Official Gazette of the U.S. Patent Office
showed the numbers and titles of patents issued during the
In 1874, Marshal Francisco Serrano became dictator of Spain.
In 1911, in London, three anarchists who had killed policemen
were besieged at 100 Sydney Street by authorities and killed in the early afternoon.
In 1924, Howard Carter, British egyptologist, found the
sarcophagus of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings near
In 1926, Theodoros Pangalos proclaimed himself dictator of
Greece following a coup the previous June. He was deposed in
In 1945, following the civil war in Greece, a new government
was formed under Gen. Plastiras, who immediately appealed for
In 1946, William Joyce, the "Lord Haw Haw" who broadcast
Nazi propaganda to Britain during World War II, was hanged for
treason in London.
In 1959, Alaska became the 49th state to be admitted to the
In 1961, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower broke off diplomatic
relations with Cuba.
In 1967, Jack Ruby, who shot Lee Harvey Oswald before he could
be tried for the assassination of President John Kennedy, died in
In 1990, in Panama, deposed leader Manuel Antonio Noriega
surrendered to U.S. authorities after spending 10 days under
siege in the Vatican embassy following the U.S. invasion.
In 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin and U.S. President George Bush signed the
Start-II Treaty, eliminating about two-thirds of the nations' nuclear stockpiles.
The countdown to the Super Bowl begins Saturday with NFL Divisional Playoffs. Check the
Nationall Football League site for stats, schedules and trivia.
Holidays and more
It is People's Uprising Day in Burkina Faso.
Japan and Taiwan mark a bank holiday.
Actor Mel Gibson is 47.
Actor Dabney Coleman is 66.
Football player Jim Everett III is 35.
NHL Hall of Famer Bobby Hull is 59.
Actor Robert Loggia is 68.
Actress Victoria Principal is 48.
Musician Stephen Stills is 53.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan