Tuesday, January 27, 1998
President Clinton is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress.
On the horizon
On Wednesday, January 28, the American Bar Association holds its midyear meeting in Nashville.
On Thursday, January 29, the 25th annual Conservative Political
Action Conference will be held in Arlington, Virginia.
On Friday, January 30, the International Olympics Committee executive board
meets in Nagano, Japan.
On Saturday, January 31, National Religious Broadcasters Association holds
its annual meeting in Washington.
On Sunday, February 1, the NFL Pro Bowl is held in Honolulu.
On this day
In 1186, Henry VI of Germany married Constance of Sicily and was crowned King of Burgundy, Germany and Italy.
In 1731, Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian harpsichord manufacturer generally credited with the invention of the piano, died.
In 1822, Greece proclaimed its independence from Turkey.
In 1880, U.S. Patent No 223,898 was granted to Thomas Alva Edison, for his electric lamp.
In 1901, Giuseppe Verdi, major Italian opera composer of the 19th century, died. His operas include "Rigoletto," "La Traviata," and "Aida."
In 1916, the Spartacus League, forerunner of the German Communist Party, was formed in Berlin.
In 1926, John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television in London.
In 1943, the U.S. Eighth Air Force made the first all-American bombing raid on Germany with a daylight raid on Wilhelmshaven.
In 1944, Russian Gen. Govorov announced the complete lifting of the siege of Leningrad.
In 1945, the Russians liberated Auschwitz concentration camp, where the Nazis had murdered 1.5 million men, women and children, including more than one million Jews.
In 1951, Gustaf Mannerheim, Finnish president from 1944-46 and military leader in the campaigns against Russia, died.
In 1952, after serious rioting in Cairo the previous day, Egyptian Prime Minister Nahhas Pasha was dismissed and replaced with Aly maher Pasha.
In 1962, the Soviet government changed all place names honouring Molotov, Kaganovich and Malenkov, who had been involved in an attempt to oust Nikita Khrushchev in 1957.
In 1964, France established diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.
In 1967, three U.S. astronauts died in a flash fire aboard Apollo 1 during a simulated launch at Cape Canaveral.
In 1967, 60 nations signed a U.N. treaty on the peaceful uses of outer space and the banning of weapons of mass destruction there.
In 1969, 14 men, nine of them Jews, were executed in Baghdad for spying for Israel.
In 1973, a ceasefire agreement signed in Paris brought an end to the U.S. military role in Vietnam.
In 1974, 8,000 people were evacuated from their homes as floodwaters flowed through the main streets of Brisbane.
In 1981, in Indonesia, 500 people died when the motor ferry Tampomas II sank in the Java Sea, following a fire.
In 1982, in Ireland, the minority government of Garret Fitzgerald was defeated over the budget.
In 1991, Somalian President Mohamed Siad Barre fled after rebels overrun his palace and captured the capital.
In 1994, the Mexican government and eight political parties signed an agreement calling for electoral change in a bid to end a peasant uprising in the southern state of Chiapas.
In 1994, former Prime Minister Bettino Craxi became the highest-ranking politician committed for trial in Italy's graft scandal.
In 1996, the military seized power in Niger, ousting the country's first elected president.
Forget sports screw-ups and silly animal antics. A professor at Clemson University has gathered a collection of Classical Music Bloopers for our enjoyment. Oh, those crazy classical music students!
Holidays and more
It is Shab-e-Qadr in Bangladesh.
Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Monaco celebrates Saint Devote Day.
Ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is 50.
Sportscaster Anthony Cris Collinsworth is 39.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan is 54.
Actress Bridget Fonda is 34.
Actress Mimi Rogers is 42.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan