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Saturday, January 3, 1998

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  • "At first I thought Charlie was lying on the phone -- then I realized where it was. I couldn't believe he'd swallowed it."

    -- Rachel Murray, whose friend's dog swallowed a cell phone





    Today's events


  • A private funeral will be held for Michael Kennedy in Brookline, Massachusetts.

  • NFL divisional playoffs begin.

  • Pope John Paul II visits Assisi, Italy.

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    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.

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    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 previous week.

  • 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 Luxor.

  • In 1926, Theodoros Pangalos proclaimed himself dictator of Greece following a coup the previous June. He was deposed in August 1926.

  • In 1945, following the civil war in Greece, a new government was formed under Gen. Plastiras, who immediately appealed for calm.

  • 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 United States.

  • 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 the hospital.

  • 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.

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    Newslink


    The countdown to the Super Bowl begins Saturday with NFL Divisional Playoffs. Check the official Nationall Football League site for stats, schedules and trivia.

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    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.

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



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