Friday, January 9, 1998
British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives in Tokyo for a state visit, the first such trip by
a British leader in four years.
On the horizon
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 Monday, January 12, the European Parliament holds a
On Tuesday, January 13, a hearing is scheduled in Washington
on whether Microsoft is in contempt of court in its
On Wednesday, January 14, a motion is expected to be filed by attorneys for Timothy
McVeigh, sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.
On this day
In 1788, Connecticut ratified the U.S. constitution and became
the fifth member state.
In 1792, the Treaty of Jassy ended the Russo-Turkish War; the
Russian frontier was extended and the Ottomans also gained
In 1793, French aeronaut Jean-Pierre Blanchard made the first
balloon flight over the North American continent.
In 1806, Lord Horatio Nelson, British naval hero, was buried
at St Paul's Cathedral in London; he led the British fleet
against the French at Trafalgar in October 1805 and was mortally
wounded in the victory.
In 1873, Napoleon III, Emperor of France and nephew of
Napoleon I, died; his defeat by Prussia in 1871 forced him into
exile in England, where he lived until his death.
In 1875, Alfonso XII landed at Barcelona after being
proclaimed King of Spain.
In 1878, Victor Emmanuel died and was succeeded as King of
Italy by Umberto I.
In 1923, Don Juan de la Cierva, Spanish flier and inventor,
made the first successful flight of an autogyro, forerunner of
In 1945, U.S. forces landed on Luzon island in the
In 1957, Anthony Eden resigned as British prime minister just
months after the Suez Canal crisis.
In 1960, construction work started on the Aswan High Dam in
In 1962, Japan and the United States signed an agreement for
Japan to pay $290 million in settlement of its debt for post-war
In 1964, 22 Panamanian students died during riots
which began after U.S. residents of the Panama Canal zone
prevented them from hoisting their flag there.
In 1972, fire destroyed the liner Queen Elizabeth in waters
off Hong Kong.
In 1973, Rhodesia closed its Zambesi river border with Zambia
due to guerrilla attacks.
In 1980, in Saudi Arabia, 63 Muslim fanatics were beheaded for
their part in the siege of the Great Mosque in Mecca in November
In 1984, the Jordanian parliament was reconvened for the first
time in ten years.
In 1992, Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina declared a separate
republic and said it would be part of federal Yugoslavia.
In 1994, gunmen in South Africa shot and killed a journalist and
wounded two in an attack on a party of officials, including ANC
General-Secretary Cyril Ramaphosa.
In 1996, Chechen rebels seized some 2,000 hostages in a
southern Russian town and threatened to kill them if their
demands were not met.
In 1996, international donors pledged a total of $1.37 billion
in aid to the new Palestinian Authority.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair heads to Tokyo for a state visit today. Curious to see what he'll see? Check out Hirofumi Inomata's Panorama Photograph Art Gallery for a wide-angled look at the city.
Holidays and more
Today is Martyrs Day in Panama.
Singer Joan Baez is 57.
Basketball player Muggsy Bogues is 33.
Actor Bob Denver is 63.
Sportscaster Dick Enberg is 63.
Singer Crystal Gayle is 47.
Author Judith Krantz is 70.
Former football coach Bart Starr is 64.
Actress Susannah York is 57.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan