MONDAY: 50th anniversary of last German World War II victory. 8,000 Americans surrendered in the Schnee-Eifel near Schoeberg to the German 18th Infantry Division. NASA discusses new evidence that man-made chlorine in stratosphere is cause of Antarctic ozone hole.

TUESDAY: An alliance of 13 Islamic groups meets to demand death for exiled writer Taslima Nasrin.WEDNESDAY: Rally planned in Stalin's hometown of Gori, Georgia, to mark anniversary of his birth. City Council votes on added restrictions to public smoking in New York City.

THURSDAY: Fourth anniversary of President Lech Walesa in office. Golden Globe nominations from Beverly Hills.

FRIDAY: Romania opens its first Pizza Hut restaurant in Bucharest.

SATURDAY: Christmas Eve

SUNDAY: Christmas Day