Superman's kids launch campaign for spinal...

PEOPLE AND PLACES

January 11, 1996

Superman's kids launch campaign for spinal research

Christopher Reeve's two elder children have launched a campaign -- with a little push from their dad -- to help people leave their wheelchairs behind.

Matthew, 16, and Alexandra, 12, announced the Push 2000 campaign -- a project of the International Spinal Research Trust -- yesterday in London. They're hoping for medical breakthroughs involving spinal injuries.

Mr. Reeve, 42, was paralyzed from the neck down in a May 27 fall from a horse.

Photographers chase Diana down London street

Princess Diana was shown running down a London street unprotected by security men as she fled photographers, in a videotape broadcast in England yesterday.

Sky Television's footage was shot by an amateur, it said, and what sounded like sobbing could be heard as the princess hid her face with a clipboard and leaned against a wall for support, surrounded by exploding flashes.

The incident happened Monday night when the princess, who is followed everywhere by the news media, left the north London home of her psychotherapist.

Christian Brando leaves prison after five years

Marlon Brando's son Christian, 37, was freed from state prison in San Luis Obispo early yesterday after serving nearly five years of a 10-year term for killing the boyfriend of his half-sister.

Brando, who will be on parole for three years, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the May 16, 1990, shooting of Dag Drollet, 26, boyfriend of Cheyenne Brando, at Marlon Brando's ,, Mulholland Drive hilltop estate.

Brando said he was angry with Drollet for allegedly beating his pregnant half-sister. Ms. Brando, 25, hanged herself on April 26, 1995.

Almanac

Today in history: Jan. 11

In 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began a trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., that made her the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.

In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying smoking may be hazardous to health.

In 1977, France set off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

In 1984, the first black to be elected lieutenant governor of a state since Reconstruction, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia, was sworn into office along with Governor-elect Gerald L. Baliles.

Today's birthdays

Producer Grant Tinker is 70. Producer David L. Wolper is 68. Actor Rod Taylor is 67. The prime minister of Canada, Jean Chretien is 62. Country singer Naomi Judd is 50. Golfer Ben Crenshaw is 44.

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