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Wednesday, January 28, 1998

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  • "I guess I've just been through it so many times. I mean, Bill and I have been accused of everything, including murder, by some of the very same people who are behind these allegations."

    -- First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Today's events

  • The American Bar Association holds its midyear meeting in Nashville.

  • A memorial will be held in Washington, D.C., for Sonny Bono.

  • The U.S. Conference of Mayors convenes its winter meeting in Washington, D.C.

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    On the horizon

  • On Thursday, January 29, the 25th annual Conservative Political Action Conference will be held in Arlington, Virginia.

  • On Friday, January 30, International Olympics Committee executive board meet 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 Monday, February 2, President Clinton is scheduled to submit his budget to Congress.

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    On this day

  • In 814, Emperor Charlemagne, king of the Franks 768-814, died.

  • In 1547, King Henry VIII of England died and was succeeded by his son, Edward VI.

  • In 1596, Sir Francis Drake, seaman and adventurer who circumnavigated the world, died.

  • In 1621, Camillo Borghese, Pope Paul V from 1605 to 1621, died. His reign was noted for his conflicts with the Kingdom of Naples and the Venetian Republic.

  • In 1807, London's Pall Mall became the first street to be illuminated by gaslight.

  • In 1829, Irish murderer and body-snatcher William Burke was hanged.

  • In 1871, Paris surrendered to the Prussians in the Franco-Prussian War.

  • In 1878, the first commercial telephone switchboard went into operation in New Haven, Connecticut.

  • In 1885, a British relief force arrived in Khartoum following its capture by the Mahdi and the killing of British General Gordon two days earlier.

  • In 1902, Scottish steel industrialist Andrew Carnegie established the Carnegie Institution in Washington.

  • In 1915, Congress passed legislation creating the U.S. Coast Guard, combining the Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service.

  • In 1928, Vicente Blasco Ibanez, Spanish politician and writer, most notably "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," died.

  • In 1930, the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera ended in Spain.

  • In 1932, the Japanese army occupied Shanghai to force an end to a Chinese boycott of Japanese goods.

  • In 1935, Iceland became the first country to legalise abortion on medical-social grounds.

  • In 1939, William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and dramatist, died; he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.

  • In 1943, Adolf Hitler mobilized the entire German adult population for the country's war effort.

  • In 1944, Charles de Gaulle made his landmark appeal for a new relationship between France and Africa.

  • In 1945, a convoy of U.S. trucks from India crossed the Burmese-Chinese border, opening the Burma Road. </