Tuesday, January 6, 1998
The court martial for former sergeant major of the Army Gene
McKinney on sexual misconduct charges is scheduled to start.
A European Monetary Institute council meeting will be held
in Frankfurt, Germany.
On the horizon
On Wednesday, January 7, Nation of Islam leader Louis
Farrakhan is tentatively scheduled to visit Israel and
On Thursday, January 8, the International Winter Consumer
Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas.
On Friday, January 9, British Prime Minister Tony Blair is
to arrive in Tokyo for a state visit, the first such trip by
a British leader in four years.
On Saturday, January 10, Harvard's JFK School of Government
holds a Russian investment symposium with top figures from
IMF, Russian government and global corporations.
On Sunday, January 11, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien
On this day
In 871, the Danes were defeated by the West Saxons under
Ethelred and Alfred the Great at the battle of Ashdown.
In 1066, Harold was crowned king of England following the
death of his brother-in-law Edward the Confessor; he was
England's last Anglo-Saxon king.
In 1099, Henry V, second son of Henry IV and his first wife,
Bertha of Turin, was crowned king of Germany.
In 1169, England and France agreed to peace when Louis VII
and Henry II met at Montmirail.
In 1540, Henry VIII of England married Anne of Cleves, his
In 1884, Gregor Mendel, Austrian Augustine monk, biologist
and botanist, died. He pioneered the study of biological
heredity and laid the mathematical foundation of the science
In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state admitted to the United States.
In 1919, Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president
(1901-1909), died. An expansionist politician, he acquired
the Panama Canal Zone (1903); he also made an unsuccessful
run for president in 1912.
In 1929, King Alexander of Yugoslavia abolished the
constitution, dissolved the government and established a
In 1941, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt addressed
Congress, offering support for all who strove for four
essential freedoms -- freedom of speech and religion and
freedom from want and fear.
In 1950, Britain formally recognized China's Communist
In 1969, President Charles de Gaulle imposed a total ban on
French arms supplies to Israel.
In 1981, Gaston Thorn succeeded Roy Jenkins as president of
the European Commission.
In 1990, Poland's Communist Party leaders gave the green
light to its dissolution and replacement by a non-Marxist
In 1992,President Zviad Gamsakhurdia fled Georgia after a
bloody two-week power struggle, leaving his parliament
burning and in the hands of jubilant rebel gunmen.
In 1993, Dizzy Gillespie, U.S. jazz trumpeter, died. He was
one of the founding fathers of the 1940s revolutionary
be-bop style and influenced generations of musicians.
Lunar Prospector is scheduled to lift off Tuesday, beginning a journey back to the moon for the
first time in 25 years. Learn more about the space agency's
most cost-effective mission ever at NASA'sLunar Prospector page.
Holidays and more
Today is Epiphany Day in most of the world.
It is Armenian Christmas Day.
It is the Feast of Three Kings in the Dominican Republic.
Iraq marks Army Day.
Uruguay celebrates Children's Day.
The Virgin Islands celebrates Three Kings' Day.
Writer E.L. Doctorow is 67.
Actress Bonnie Franklin is 54.
Football player Charles Lewis Haley is 34.
Former football coach Lou Holtz is 61.
Sportscaster and actor Howie Long is 38.
Golfer Nancy Lopez is 41.
Musician Earl Scruggs is 74.
Director John Singleton is 30.
Actress Loretta Young is 85.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan