Saturday, January 10, 1998
Harvard's JFK School of Government holds a Russian
investment symposium with top figures from IMF, Russian
government and global corporations.
On the horizon
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 Thursday, January 15, about 12,000 Catholics are expected
to attend Convocation 2000, a three-day workshop in
Washington aimed at helping prepare for the year 2000.
On this day
In 1645, William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, was
beheaded for treason.
In 1861, Florida became the third state to secede from the
Union to join the Confederacy.
In 1862, Samuel Colt, firearms manufacturer who invented the
revolver that bears his name, died.
In 1863, the world's first underground railway service,
London's Metropolitan line between Paddington and
Farringdon, was opened.
In 1912, the first flying boat, designed by Glenn Curtiss,
made its maiden flight at Hammondsport, New York.
In 1917, William Frederick Cody, army scout and Indian
fighter known as Buffalo Bill, died.
In 1920, the League of Nations came into being.
In 1922, Arthur Griffith was elected president of the newly
formed Irish Free State.
In 1934, Marinus van der Lubbe was guillotined in Germany
for allegedly burning down the Reichstag.
In 1946, the League of Nations was officially superseded by
the United Nations when the first meeting of the General
Assembly began in London.
In 1957, Harold Macmillan was appointed British prime
minister after the resignation of Sir Anthony Eden.
In 1964, Panama severed diplomatic relations with the United
States after what it termed "unjustifiable aggression" by
U.S. troops the previous day.
In 1969, Sweden announced it had established diplomatic
relations with North Vietnam, the first Western country to
In 1984, Prince Souvanna Phouma, prime minister of Laos
several times before the Communists took over in 1975, died
at age 82.
In 1990, China lifted martial law, imposed after the June
1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
In 1994, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan agreed to abolish trade
tariffs and form a common market.
In 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton, visiting Kiev,
announced a deal under which Ukraine would give up the
world's third largest nuclear arsenal.
In 1996, Israel freed hundreds of Palestinian prisoners to
jubilant relatives in the West Bank and Gaza, days before
the first Palestinian national elections.
In 1997, right-winger Arnoldo Aleman was sworn in as
president of Nicaragua in what was billed as the first
democratic, peaceful transfer of power in the country's
Nearly 30 years ago, Belgian artist Herge's cartoon creation
Tintin and his dog, Snowy, made their first appearance, and
the rest is history, as they say. Visit the official Tintin site for a look back
at the classic cartoon.
Holidays and more
Today is a Traditional Day in Benin.
Singer Pat Benatar is 45.
Singer Rod Stewart is 53.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan