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1998 Jan 13
The National Football League completed a blockbuster $9.2 billion deal with the Walt Disney Co., which got to keep "Monday Night Football" for ABC and won the entire Sunday night cable package for ESPN.
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1998 Jan 13
Linda Tripp, a Pentagon aide, met with Monica Lewinsky while wearing a secret listening device, and recorded a conversation concerning Lewinsky’s 1995 alleged affair with Pres. Clinton. It was later reported that she had visited the White House over 3 dozen times after leaving her job there to work at the Pentagon in 1996. Tripp came forward with allegations that Lewinsky was planning to commit perjury in the Jones vs. Clinton case.
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1998 Jan 13
Three robbers stole $1.17 million at the NYC World Trade Center from guards delivering money to a currency exchange center. They returned to their Brooklyn neighborhood where neighbors reported them and 2/3 were arrested. The robbers were dubbed the blundering bandits after authorities said they removed their masks while under video surveillance; three suspects were arrested.
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1998 Jan 13
In SF four to five men robbed a jewelry salesman in Chinatown near 3 plainclothes police officers for some $2 million in jewels and escaped.
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1998 Jan 13
It was reported that scientists at Geron Corp. demonstrated a method to reproduce human cells without signs of aging. the process incorporated the use of the telomerase protein.
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1998 Jan 13
It was reported that bycatch (unintended catch that is discarded) from overfishing depletes the world’s oceans of 20 million tons a year, or roughly one of every four pounds caught. This wasted bycatch is equivalent to about 10 pounds of food for every person on Earth.
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1998 Jan 13
In Australia a federal court upheld the armed forces’ right to expel HIV-positive soldiers.
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1998 Jan 13
Iraq blocked a UN weapons inspection tem led by an American.
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1998 Jan 13
In Israel the Cabinet adopted a 12-page list of conditions for the Palestinians to meet before the transfer of any more West Bank land.
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1998 Jan 13
From Rwanda The government reported that 9 Roman Catholic nuns were killed last week by Hutu rebels near the Congo border.
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1999 Jan 13
The expedition to reach the South Pole by Jon Muir, Peter Hillary and Eric Phillips, called in outside support for food.
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1999 Jan 13
Brazil was forced to allow its currency to slide and global markets fell in response. Gustavo Franco, head of the central bank, quit and was replaced by Francisco Lopes ('Chico'). Lopes announced a new trading range for the real between 1.2 and 1.32 to the dollar.
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1999 Jan 13
Dozens of illegal refugees on Crete went on a hunger strike to support their de-mand for political asylum. A boat that was to take them to Italy ran aground in a storm Nov 27. The refugees were Kurds, Indians and Sudanese.
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1999 Jan 13
60 Minutes II premiered on TV.
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1999 Jan 13
Michael Jordan announced his retirement from basketball and the Chicago Bulls.
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1999 Jan 13
President Clinton's legal team dispatched a formal trial brief to the Senate, arguing that neither "fact or law" warranted his removal from office; House officials sent the Senate all public evidence in the case.
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1999 Jan 13
Lawyers filed suit against major garment retailers for inhumane working conditions for thousands of Asian women on Saipan, a US commonwealth island.
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1999 Jan 13
An explosion on Smackover, Ark., killed 3 men working on a naphtha tank valve.
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1999 Jan 13
A KC-135 refueling tanker crashed while landing near Geilenkirchen, Germany, and 4 US airmen were killed. They were attached to an Air national Guard unit based in Spokane.
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1999 Jan 13
In Kosovo rebels freed 8 Yugoslav soldiers after getting private incentives from int'l. officials.
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1999 Jan 13
1999 Jan 14
In Moscow agreements were signed with Iraq to reinforce air defenses and upgrade squadrons of MiG fighters. The $160 million deal had been reportedly approved by Prime Minister Primakov on Dec 7.
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1999 Jan 13
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Marvin Kalb covered this period of the Monicagate story in his 2001 book: "One Scandalous Story: Clinton, Lewinsky, and 13 Days That Tarnished American Journalism."
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2000 Jan 13
In Algeria the deadline for the surrender of Islamic militants expired.
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2000 Jan 13
In Brazil Mexican singer Gloria Trevi was arrested with her manager Sergio Andrade and Maria Raquenal Portillo on Mexican charges of corrupting Karina Yapor (17). Trevi became pregnant in May and rape was suspected. Brasilia federal police chief Paulo Magalhaes was removed from his post in October.
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2000 Jan 13
Bill Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft and handed the leadership over to Steve Ballmer.
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2000 Jan 13
In France a 50 member surgical team performed the world's first double-hand and forearm transplant at Edouard-Herriot Hospital in a 17-hour operation led by Dr. Jean-Michel Dubernard.
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2000 Jan 13
Serbian authorities charged 144 jailed ethnic Albanians with terrorism in Kosovo during 1999.
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2000 Jan 13
In Vitina, Kosovo, Merita Shabiu, an 11-year-old Albanian girl, was raped and murdered. On Jan 16 American soldier, Staff Sgt. Frank J. Ronghi (35), was charged for the rape and murder. Ronghi later confessed and was sentenced to life in prison.
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2000 Jan 13
A Swiss Shorts 300-360 airplane carrying Libyan oil workers to a refinery at Marsa el-Brega crashed off the Libya coast and at least 15 of 41 people were killed.
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2001 Jan 13
The lower chamber of parliament dismissed the council that oversaw Czech Television and amended a law on how the council is appointed.
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2001 Jan 13
In El Salvador a 7.6 earthquake hit near San Salvador. Some 1200 people were not accounted for in the buried Las Colinas neighborhood. The “slab earthquake” originated 24-36 miles below the surface. The earthquake death toll later climbed to over 840. Damages were estimated at $1 billion.

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2001 Jan 13
In Utah a small plane crashed into the Great Salt Lake and all 9 people aboard were killed.
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2001 Jan 13
In El Salvador a 7.6 earthquake hit near San Salvador and at least 79 people were known killed. Some 1200 people were not accounted for in the buried Las Colinas neighborhood. The "slab earthquake" originated 24-36 miles below the surface. The earthquake death toll later climbed to over 707 an damages were estimated at $1 billion.
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2001 Jan 13
The Palestinian Authority executed the 1st 2 Palestinians ever convicted of collaborating with Israel.
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2002 Jan 13
The off-Broadway musical "The Fantasticks" was performed for the last time, ending a run of nearly 42 years and 17,162 shows.
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2002 Jan 13
Pres. Bush lost consciousness briefly after he choked on a cookie while watch-ing a football game on TV.
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2002 Jan 13
Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Commerce Secretary Don Evans said on talk shows they had never considered intervening in Enron's spiral toward bankruptcy, nor informed President Bush of requests for help from the fallen energy giant.
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2002 Jan 13
Christian Michael Longo (27), wanted on charges of killing his wife and three children in 2001 and dumping their bodies into coastal waters off Oregon, was arrested in Mexico. Longo had fled the US and impersonated journalist Michael Finkel while abroad. Finkel was fired by the NY Times Magazine in February for creating a composite character in a story on child slavery in West Africa. In 2005 Finkel authored “True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa.”
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2002 Jan 13
Ted Demme, film and TV director, died at age 38 while playing in a celebrity basketball game in Santa Monica.
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2002 Jan 13
In India armed militants in Tripura state killed 16 and wounded 10 in the Singicherra area. The outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura targeted Bengali immi-grants.
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2002 Jan 13
Muslim scholars concluded a 6-day conference in Mecca and issued a definition of terrorism as: "all acts of aggression committed by individuals, groups or states against human beings, including attacks on their religion, life, intellect or property.
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2003 Jan 13
Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman jumped into the 2004 race for president.
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2003 Jan 13
The owners of FAO Schwarz filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
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2003 Jan 13
Rock musician Pete Townshend was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. Townshend acknowledged using an Internet Web site advertising child pornography, but said he was not a pedophile and was only doing research for an autobiography dealing with his own suspected childhood sexual abuse; he was eventually cleared of possessing pornographic images of children.
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2003 Jan 13
US warplanes struck an anti-ship missile launcher in southern Iraq. US planes also dropped leaflets over An Najaf, about 85 miles southeast of Baghdad. It was the 14th drop in 3 months.
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2003 Jan 13
It was reported that Iraq has experienced a dramatic increase in child cancers in recent years. Blame was cast on the US use of depleted uranium during the 1991 Gulf War.
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2003 Jan 13
Dutch Foreign Minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer took over as head of the 55-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for 2003. He said the Vienna-based OSCE would sharpen its efforts to improve border security and police cooperation and cut off the flow of cash to terrorist groups.
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2003 Jan 13
UN inspectors took their hunt for banned arms to science and technology colleges in Baghdad, and the top nuclear inspector said his teams' mission would take several more months.
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2003 Jan 13
An Indonesia court sentenced Ang Kiem Soei, a Dutch citizen of Chinese descent, to death for operating what police say was one of the biggest ecstasy factories in Southeast Asia.
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2003 Jan 13
Two Palestinians threw grenades at an Israeli bus in the Gaza Strip and were shot dead by Israeli troops, and an Islamic Jihad activist was killed in an explosion in the West Bank.
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2003 Jan 13
Protesters waved Puerto Rican flags and shouted "Navy get out!" as fighter jets dropped inert bombs over Vieques in what the Navy says will be its last round of training on the island.
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2003 Jan 13
Togo's Pres. Gnassingbe Eyadema, celebrated 36 years in power Monday with a military parade, a display derided by opposition groups as "a sheer waste of time."
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2003 Jan 13
The body of Marisa Zuras (31), a Lafayette-based dominatrix, was found stuffed into a recycling bin on the 10000 block of Empire Rd. in Oakland, Ca. In 2005 Jimmy Blunt (23), her bodyguard, was sentenced 50 years to life in prison for 1st degree murder.
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2004 Jan 13
A Human Rights Watch report said more than $4 billion in oil revenue disappeared from Angolan state coffers between 1997 and 2002, even as the country was struggling to recover from 27 years of civil war.
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2004 Jan 13
The US Supreme Court endorsed the use of police road blocks as an investigational tool for finding witnesses to recent crimes.
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2004 Jan 13
In Maryland a fiery explosion killed five on the northbound lanes of Interstate 95. A tanker carrying flammable material plunged off an overpass on Interstate 895, landing in the northbound lane of I-95.
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2004 Jan 13
Canada's PM Paul Martin met U.S. President George W. Bush officially for the 1st time. Bush announced that Canada will be allowed into a second round of bidding for contracts to rebuild Iraq.
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2004 Jan 13
Joe Darby, a US soldier at Abu Ghraib prison, reported US abuses of Iraqi prisoners. Criminal charges were lodged against 6 soldiers on Mar 20. In 2005 Spc. Charles Graner was convicted on 5 counts of assault and sentenced to 10 years in a military stockade. Graner said he had operated under orders from superior officers.
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2004 Jan 13
Hostile fire brought down a U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter in Iraq, but the two crew members escaped injury.
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2004 Jan 13
In Mexico the 34-nation Summit of the Americas ended. The United States reached out to its neighbors on free trade and battling corruption, smoothing tense relations with Latin American leaders.
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