Tuesday, January 13, 1998
The Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on whether to
dismiss a wrongful imprisonment suit brought by Sam Reese Sheppard
on behalf of his father, Dr. Sam Sheppard.
A hearing is scheduled in Washington on whether Microsoft is in contempt of court in its antitrust lawsuit.
On the horizon
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 Saturday, January 17, NAACP holds Summit on Employment
Discrimination in the Federal Workplace.
On Sunday, January 18, the Golden Globe awards are presented in Los Angeles.
On this day
In 1691, George Fox, British founder of the Society of
Friends, or Quakers, died.
In 1733, British MP James Edward Oglethorpe arrived at
Charleston with 130 settlers to found a colony; he said he
intended to call it Georgia in honor of King George II.
In 1838, William Lyon Mackenzie, after a failed rebellion
against the British in Upper Canada, was arrested in the U.S.
for violating neutrality laws.
In 1842, at the end of an attempted retreat from Kabul, about 9,000
British troops were massacred in the Khyber Pass.
In 1849, British forces under Lord Gough defeated the Sikhs at
the Battle of Chillianwallah, India.
In 1864, Stephen Foster, American composer of songs such as
"Swanee River," died.
In 1864, the Zemstvo, or provincial assembly, was introduced
In 1886, the Gold Coast in Africa was separated into the two
colonies of Lagos and the Gold Coast.
In 1893, the British Independent Labor Party was founded with
Keir Hardie as its leader.
In 1898, French author Emile Zola published his "J'Accuse"
letter, accusing the French government of a cover-up in the
Alfred Dreyfus treason case.
In 1910, New York's Metropolitan Opera took part in the first
live radio broadcast of opera, presenting "Pagliacci" and
In 1915, South African troops under Louis Botha occupied
Swakopmund in German South West Africa.
In 1935, in a plebiscite, the Saar region voted for
incorporation into Germany.
In 1963, Sylvanus Olympio, president of the Republic of Togo,
was killed in a successful army coup led by Nicolas Grunitzky;
Grunitzky was ousted by Etienne Eyedema on the same date in
In 1972, in Ghana, a military coup by Colonel I.K. Acheampong
deposed civilian prime minister K.A. Busia, who was in London
for medical treatment.
In 1976, Britain applied for credit of almost 1 billion
pounds from the International Monetary Fund.
In 1978, former U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey died.
In 1981, a U.N.-sponsored Conference on Namibia in Geneva
failed to agree on implementation of a plan for Namibia's
In 1982, 77 people died in an air crash in the Potomac River,
in Washington, D.C.
In 1989, computers across Britain were hit by the "Friday the
In 1992, U.S. serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer pleaded guilty but
insane to the murders of 15 young men and boys.
In 1993, former East German leader Erich Honecker, under whom
the Berlin Wall was built, left a Berlin prison to fly to Chile
after a court freed him because he was dying.
A true American legend, Wyatt Earp, died on this day, almost 50 years after the famous gunfight at the OK Corral. Learn more about Earp, his brothers and the Clanton boys with this animated reconstruction of the fight.
Holidays and more
Puerto Rico celebrates Hostos' Birthday.
It is National Liberation Day in Togo.
Actor Kevin Anderson is 38.
Actor Keith Coogan is 28.
Actor Patrick Dempsey is 32.
Artist Frank Gallo is 65.
Writer Jay McInerney is 43.
Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 34.
Actor Richard Moll is 55.
Actor Charles Nelson Reilly is 67.
Actor Robert Stack is 79.
Actress Frances Sternhagen is 68.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan