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Friday, January 23, 1998

  • Today's Events
  • On Horizon
  • On This Day
  • Newslink
  • Holidays & more
  • Almanac archive
  • "The Unabomber's career is over."

    -- Prosecutor Robert Cleary





    Today's events


  • The formal sentencing for Mir Aimal Kasi is to be handed down. In November, a jury recommended he receive the death penalty for fatally shooting two CIA employees in January 1993.

  • NASA is scheduled to conduct a gravity-assist maneuver designed to guide the NEAR spacecraft -- launched in February 1996 -- toward its primary target, asteroid 433 Eros.

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    On the horizon


  • On Saturday, January 24, the National Research Council conducts a workshop on failed stars and super planets.

  • On Sunday, January 25, the Denver Broncos and defending champ Green Bay Packers battle it out in the Super Bowl in San Diego.

  • On Monday, January 26, European Union foreign ministers meet in Brussels.

  • On Tuesday, January 27, President Clinton is tentatively scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress.

  • On Wednesday, January 28, the American Bar Association holds its midyear meeting in Nashville.

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    On this day


  • In 1516, Ferdinand II of Aragon died and was succeeded as King of Spain by his grandson Charles V.

  • In 1570, James Stewart, the Earl of Moray, who was appointed Regent of Scotland on the abdication of Mary Queen of Scots, was assassinated by the Hamiltons at Linlithgow.

  • In 1668, Holland, Britain and Sweden signed the Alliance of the Hague, known as the Triple Alliance, under which they agreed to aid one another if attacked.

  • In 1719, the Principality of Liechtenstein was formed by the amalgamation of Vaduz and Schellenberg.

  • In 1793, Russia and Prussia agreed to a second partition of Poland.

  • In 1883, Gustave Dore, French artist and one of the most successful book illustrators of the 19th century, died.

  • In 1900, in the second British-Boer War, the British attempted to break through the Boer lines to relieve Ladysmith but were thwarted at the Battle of Spion Kop.

  • In 1907, the first American Indian senator, Charles Curtis of Kansas, began his term in office.

  • In 1937, the trial of 17 leading Communists began in Moscow after they were accused of involvement in a plot led by Leon Trotsky to overthrow the regime and assassinate its leaders.

  • In 1943, British forces under Field Marshal Montgomery captured Tripoli, Libya.

  • In 1943, after nine days of talks in Casablanca, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill agreed to put an invasion of Italy ahead of opening a second front in northwestern Europe.

  • In 1960, the U.S. navy bathyscaphe Trieste dived to a record depth of 35,810 feet (10,916 meters) in the Pacific Ocean..

  • In 1963, Harold "Kim" Philby, British journalist in Beirut, disappeared. Later in the year it was revealed that he was the third man in the Burgess-Maclean espionage affair and had been granted asylum in Moscow.

  • In 1968, North Koreans seized the American ship USS Pueblo, claiming it was spying. The crew were held until December.

  • In 1978, Baron Edouard-Jean Empain, one of Europe's most powerful industrialists, was kidnapped in Paris; he was freed on March 26.

  • In 1983, Soviet satellite Cosmos 1402 entered Earth's atmosphere and crashed into the Indian Ocean.

  • In 1989, Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali died.

  • In 1995, Jacques Delors formally stepped down as European Commission president, handing over to Jacques Santer after 10 years of steering Europe towards closer union.

  • In 1996, South Korean prosecutors formally charged ex-presidents Roh Tae-woo and Chun Doo Hwan with sedition over events surrounding the 1980 army massacre of pro-democracy activists in Kwangju.

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    Newslink


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    Holidays and more


  • Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 48.

  • Princess Caroline is 41.

  • Delaware Gov. Tom Carper is 51.

  • Actor Gil Gerard is 55.

  • Sportscaster Pat Haden is 45.

  • Actor Rutger Hauer is 54.

  • Actress Gail O'Grady is 35.

  • Singer Chita Rivera is 65.

  • Actress Tiffani-Amber Thiessen is 24.

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

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