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1998 Jan 12
The music groups Santana, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Mamas and the Papas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also inducted were rockabilly legend Gene Vincent, and New Orleans musician Lloyd Price as well as jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton and New Orleans producer Allen Toussaint.
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1998 Jan 12
Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
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1998 Jan 12
Former Senator Robert Dole signed a $30,000 per month contract as a foreign agent for Taiwan.
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1998 Jan 12
CBS signed a $4 billion eight-year deal to televise American Football Conference games on Sunday afternoons; Fox signed a $4.4 billion eight-year contract to continue showing National Football Conference games on Sunday afternoons.
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1998 Jan 12
A human-cloning ban was signed in Paris by 19 European nations.
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1998 Jan 12
Stocks plunged 222 points on the Dow Jones to 7580. [see Jan 9]
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1998 Jan 12
Britain and Ireland proposed a power-sharing compromise to reconcile the divided Protestants and Roman Catholics. Home rule was offered to Northern Ireland under an assembly elected by proportional representation.
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1998 Jan 12
Germany announced that it will pay $110 million over 5 years in pensions to Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe.
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1998 Jan 12
In Hong Kong the Peregrine finance house collapsed due to a debt burden to an Indonesian cab company of $260 million.
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1998 Jan 12
Iraq authorities said they would block a UN inspection team led by former US Marine captain Scott Ritter.
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1998 Jan 12
Japan announced that the nationís banks carried only about $580 billion in bad or questionable loans.
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1998 Jan 12
In Mexico Chiapas state police opened fire on stone-throwing Indian protestors and 1 woman was killed and 2 others wounded. The government said the army arrested 27 state police at the site of the shooting near Ocosingo. Separately Chiapas state police commander Felipe Vazquez Espinosa was indicted for helping arm the paramilitary gunmen of the Acteal massacre.
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1998 Jan 12
In Nigeria an underwater pipeline from a Mobil Oil production platform broke and released 40,000 barrels of oil into the Niger delta.
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1998 Jan 12
It was reported that Turkish police rounded up 1,374 people, mostly Kurds, around Istanbul in an effort to stem illegal emigration.
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1998 Jan 12
From Venezuela it was reported that over 140 dead dolphins were recently washed ashore on La Tortuga Island. There were no external wounds other than some reddish marks on the abdomen.
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1999 Jan 12
The Mark McGwire 70th home run ball was auctioned off for $3.005 million. The high bid was $2.7 million plus commission. Todd McFarlane, creator of "Spawn" comic books, was the buyer.
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1999 Jan 12
The US Supreme Court limited state regulation of voter initiatives, striking down several methods used by Colorado to police such measures.
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1999 Jan 12
In Haiti 2 gunmen on motorcycle opened fire on a vehicle carrying the sister of Pres. Rene Preval. She was seriously wounded and her driver was killed.
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1999 Jan 12
In Iraq a US F-16 jet encountered an active radar site and fired a HARM anti-radiation missile at it.
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1999 Jan 12
In Zimbabwe military police detained a newspaper editor who printed an article saying 23 soldiers were arrested for plotting to overthrow Pres. Mugabe last month. The government denied any coup attempt.
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1999 Jan 12
Leo Cherne, American humanitarian activist, died. He founded the Intíl. Rescue Committee as well as the Research Institute of America, one of the 1st companies to produce economic and tax analysis. In 2002 Andrew F. Smith authored a biography of Cherne: "Rescuing the World."
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2000 Jan 12
An Argentine a tour bus crashed into a 2nd local bus in Brazil and 42 people were killed.
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2000 Jan 12
In Colombia rebels ended a holiday truce and 24 people were feared dead in attacks on southern mountain towns.
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2000 Jan 12
US Attorney General Janet Reno said that the Florida court order granting temporary custody of Elian Gonzalez to his great uncle had no force or effect on the INS decision that the boy should be returned to his father in Cuba.
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2000 Jan 12
The US Supreme Court gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer.
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2000 Jan 12
Scientists reported that the temperature of the Earth's surface had risen 0.7-1.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century and that the Earth has been warming for the past 300 years.
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2000 Jan 12
Charlotte Hornets guard Bobby Phills was killed in a crash during a drag race.
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2000 Jan 12
Forced to act by a European court ruling, the British government ended its ban on gay men and women serving in the armed forces.
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2000 Jan 12
In Malaysia police arrested 3 vocal critics of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
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2000 Jan 12
Turkish leaders postponed the execution of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.
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2001 Jan 12
Johnny Warangkula, Papunya Tula school Aborigine artist, died at age 75. His dot paintings included "Water Dreaming at Kalipinypa, 1972."
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2001 Jan 12
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights concluded a two-day hearing on Florida's presidential election, with members accusing Secretary of State Katherine Harris of presiding over a "disaster" and trying to shift blame to others.
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2001 Jan 12
The FERC approved a corporate restructure for Californiaís PG&E that allowed the parent company to shield profits from the mounting debts of its utility subsidiary.
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2001 Jan 12
William Hewlett (b.1913), co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Corp., died in Palo Alto, Calif.
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2002 Jan 12
The United States intensified its anti-terror campaign in eastern Afghanistan, dropping bombs on suspected al-Qaida and Taliban hideouts.
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2002 Jan 12
Police fired on some 5,000 opposition supporters in Buhera, Zimbabwe. Opposition MDC offices were set on fire in Kwekwe.
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2002 Jan 12
Michelle Kwan won her fifth successive U.S. Figure Skating Championships crown and sixth overall.
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2002 Jan 12
Cyrus R. Vance (84), former US Sec. of State under Jimmy Carter, died in New York.
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2002 Jan 12
The World Food Program halted aid shipments to Afghanistan this week due to theft and looting by bandits and warlords.
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2002 Jan 12
In Colombia Pres. Pastrana rejected a last minute FARC proposal to save the peace process.
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2002 Jan 12
Israeli missile boats hit a Palestinian fuel depot in a 4th day of reprisals.
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2002 Jan 12
Malaysia announced the arrests of 2 more suspected militants tied to al Qaeda and linked to a cell in Singapore.
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2002 Jan 13
In Mexico a rain storm was followed by a freeze and as many as 270 million monarch butterflies were killed at the Rosario and Sierra Chincua colonies in Mi-choacan state.
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2002 Jan 12
In Nigeria fighting broke out in Owo when members of the Odua People's Congress approached the palace of a Yoruba tribal leader. Dozens were feared dead.
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2002 Jan 12
In Northern Ireland Protestant militants, the Red Hand Defenders, killed a Catholic postman, Daniel McColgan (20). On Jan 16 the group announced that it was disbanding and lifting its threat to kill Catholic workers.
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2002 Jan 12
Pakistan's Pres. Musharraf vowed to crack down on militant Islamists using Pakistan as a base of operations in Kashmir. Musharraf also announced new regulations on education criteria for the estimated 6,000 madrassas, the Islamic schools.
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2002 Jan 12
In Zimbabwe police fired on some 5,000 opposition supporters in Buhera. Op-position MDC offices were wet on fire in Kwekwe.
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2003 Jan 12
In Argentina former military dictator Leopoldo F. Galtieri (76), who in 1982 led Argentina into the Falkland Islands war against Britain, died.
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2003 Jan 12
It was reported that the $250 billion-a-year US Medicare program was riddled with conflicts of interest and fraud estimated at $50-75 billion.
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2003 Jan 12
Steve Case announced he was stepping down as chairman of the conglomerate he'd helped to create. Shareholders blamed him for AOL Time Warner's sharp fall in fortunes. The Board soon named Richard Parsons as chairman.
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2003 Jan 12
Maurice Gibb (53), member of the Bee Gees musical group, died in Miami following surgery for a blocked intestine. The group's work included the 1977 "Saturday Night Fever" album.
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2003 Jan 12
The death toll from a month-long cold spell rose to 986 people in northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
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2003 Jan 12
Three missiles fired from an Israeli helicopter missed their apparent target, Islamic militants riding in a car, and killed two 15 year-old Palestinian boys, seriously wounding another teen. In Israel 7 Palestinians, two other Arab attackers and two Israelis were killed in raids and infiltrations.
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2003 Jan 12
Kinji Fukasaku (72), Japanese film director, died. His films included "Battle without Honor and Humanity" (1973), "Cops vs. Thugs" (1975), "Yakuza Graveyard" (1976) and "Graveyard of Honor" (1976) and "The Geisha House" (1999).
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2004 Jan 12
In Afghanistan dozens of suspected Taliban fighters armed with assault rifles attacked a police checkpoint and killed four policemen.
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2004 Jan 12
Juan Barrionuevo, Argentine legislator from Tierra del Fuego, was arrested and charged with committing crimes and torture during the 1976-83 military dictatorship.
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2004 Jan 12
In Burundi Hutu rebels killed 17 people, including five soldiers, in attacks northwest of Bujumbura over the last 2 days.
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2004 Jan 12
It was reported that China might inject $40 billion into its Industrial and Commercial Bank. 2 other state-run lenders, Bank of China and China Construction Bank, split $45 billion in transfers from foreign exchange reserves a week earlier.
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2004 Jan 12
In northwest Colombia suspected FARC rebels using a grenade launcher and guns killed at least five paramilitary fighters inside a bar in Anza.
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2004 Jan 12
President Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox forged agreement on the contentious issues of immigration and Iraq, meeting in Monterrey before the opening of a 34-nation hemispheric summit.
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