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Sunday, January 18, 1998

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  • "Dr. King was one of those particular human beings ... who could see a universality. Today, there are blacks, whites, Hispanics, just everyone walking along Auburn Avenue."

    -- -- Alexis Scott-Reeves on the revival of "Sweet Auburn," the Atlanta neighborhood where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up.





    Today's events


  • The Golden Globe awards are presented in Los Angeles.

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    On the horizon


  • On Monday, January 19, the Conference on Disarmament holds its first session in Geneva.

  • On Tuesday, January 20, the trial of Melissa Drexler, a 19-year-old accused of killing her newborn after giving birth during her high school prom, is scheduled to start.

  • On Wednesday, January 21, Pope John Paul II begins his first visit to Cuba.

  • On Thursday, January 22, National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League chapters hold events marking the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision.

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    On this day


  • In 1779, Peter Roget, the author of "Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases," was born. His book, tremendously helpful for the verbally challenged, was first published in 1852.

  • In 1882, A.A. Milne was born. He is especially remembered for his children's stories, "Winnie the Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner."

  • In 1892, Oliver Hardy was born. He later teamed up with Stan Laurel to form the comedy team of "Laurel & Hardy."

  • In 1966, Robert Clifton Weaver was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, becoming the first African-American Cabinet member in American history. He was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

  • In 1975, "The Jeffersons" premiered on television, one of the first sitcoms about an African-American family. Formerly neighbors of the Bunkers on "All in the Family," the Jeffersons moved to Manhattan's East Side where they "finally got a piece of the pie."

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    Newslink


    Pope John Paul II makes a historic trip to Cuba this week. Visit the Vatican's home page at The Holy See.


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    Holidays and more


  • Filmmaker John Boorman is 65.

  • Actor Kevin Costner is 43.

  • Inventor Ray Dolby is 65.

  • Opera Singer Evelyn Lear is 67.

  • Hockey star Mark Messier is 37.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

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