Sunday, January 11, 1998
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.
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.
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.
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