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Sunday, January 11, 1998

  • Today's Events
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  • "The common attribute of real genius and real crackpot is the ability to find improbable connections."

    -- University of Chicago academic adviser Joseph Walsh.





    Today's events


  • A Canadian delegation, including provincial premiers and businessmen, arrives in Mexico City; after three days in Mexico, the group will travel on to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

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    On the horizon


  • On Monday, January 12, the European Parliament holds a plenary session.

  • On Tuesday, January 13, a hearing is scheduled in Washington on whether Microsoft is in contempt of court in its antitrust lawsuit.

  • 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 Friday, January 16, President Clinton plans to meet with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to sign a Charter of Partnership.

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    On this day


  • In 1569, the draw for prizes in Britain's first National lottery began at St. Paul's Cathedral in London under a royal proclamation issued by Queen Elizabeth I in 1567; the proceeds were used to repair fortifications, harbors and other public works.

  • In 1814, Joachim Murat, King of Naples, ended his association with Napoleon and entered into an alliance with the Austrians.

  • In 1861, Alabama seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy.

  • In 1866, the steamship London sank in a storm off Land's End, England, killing more than 220 people.

  • In 1904, the Herero people of South West Africa, now Namibia, began an uprising against the German colonizers.

  • In 1922, a 14-year-old-boy, Canadian Leonard Thompson, became the first person to have his diabetes successfully treated with insulin.

  • In 1942, Kuala Lumpur fell to the Japanese in World War II.

  • In 1943, the United States and Britain signed treaties with China, renouncing their extra-territorial rights.

  • In 1946, Albania became a people's republic after King Zog was overthrown.

  • In 1962, more than 3,000 people were killed in a landslide in Huascaran, Peru.

  • In 1963, the first discotheque, the Whisky-A-Go-Go, opened in Los Angeles.

  • In 1970, Biafran rebel leader Gen. Ojukwu flew into exile after Nigerian troops captured the capital, Owerri.

  • In 1974, the first sextuplets to survive were born to Sue Rosenkowitz in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • In 1976, A three-man military junta seized power from President Guillermo Rodriguez Lara in Ecuador.

  • In 1981, three-man British team led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes completed the longest and fastest crossing of Antarctica, reaching Scott base after 75 days and 2,500 miles.

  • In 1990, some 200,000 people demanded a return of Lithuania's independence, ended by the Red Army in 1940, after visiting Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that separatism could lead to tragedy.

  • In 1991, Soviet troops stormed strategic buildings in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, to block a bid for independence.

  • In 1992, Algeria's President Chadli announced his resignation amid a political crisis following gains by the Islamic Salvation Front in the first round of general elections.

  • In 1994, the Irish government announced the end of a 20-year broadcasting ban on the IRA and its political arm, Sinn Fein.

  • In 1995, a 9-year-old girl escaped from a plane crash when she was thrown clear of the jet as it plunged into a lake before it was due to land in the Colombian Caribbean resort of Cartagena. All 51 other passengers died.

  • In 1996, Italian Prime Minister Lamberto Dini announced his resignation.

  • In 1996, Parliament elected Ryutaro Hashimoto as Japan's new prime minister.

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    Newslink


    The Baltic States -- Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia -- were absorbed into the Soviet Union after a brief period of independence between the world wars. Next week, President Clinton will meet with the leaders of the three tiny states to sign a Charter of Partnership. Find out more about the Baltics from pages on Latvia, Lithuania, and