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Thursday, March 19, 1998

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  • "I wouldn't care if the president was involved in bestiality, if he runs the country right,"

    -- actor Billy Bob Thornton

    Today's event

  • Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles on misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment charges. The charges may be put on permanent hold as Abdul-Jabbar has settled a civil suit with victim and agreed to undergo 36 hours of anger counseling.

  • The annual return of the swallows to San Juan Capistrano, California, is scheduled to begin.

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    On the horizon

  • On Friday, March 20, the arraignment of Scott Malsky, accused of raping a 14-year-old girl and stabbing her over 30 times, is scheduled in Sarasota, Florida. He was acquitted on previous rape charges in Massachusetts.

  • On Saturday, March 21, a celebrity-studded ball benefiting the late Princess Diana's charities is scheduled in Los Angeles.

  • On Sunday, March 22, the winners of the 18th annual Golden Raspberry Foundation's worst-in-film awards or "Razzies" are scheduled to be announced in Los Angeles.

  • On Monday, March 23, comedian Billy Crystal will host the 70th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

  • On Tuesday, March 24, the National Book Critics Circle Award winners are scheduled to be announced in New York.

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    On this day

  • In 1563, in France, the Peace of Amboise ended the First War of Religion. The Huguenots were granted a limited amount of toleration.

  • In 1853, during the Taiping Rebellion in China, the rebels captured Nanking and renamed it T'ien-ching (Heavenly Capital).

  • In 1861, the Maori insurrection in New Zealand ended when they finally surrendered.

  • In 1920, the U.S. refused to sign the Versailles Treaty and join the League of Nations, for fear of being drawn into a war if another member country was invaded.

  • In 1932, Australia's Sydney Harbor Bridge was officially opened.

  • In 1944, in World War II under pressure from Hitler, Hungary allows German troops to cross the border into the country.

  • In 1964, the Great St. Bernard Tunnel under the Alps between Switzerland and Italy was opened to traffic.

  • In 1969, British troops took over the island of Anguilla following internal political wranglings.

  • In 1970, the heads of the West and East German governments, Willy Brandt and Willi Stoph, met at Erfurt. It was the first east-west meeting since Germany was divided.

  • In 1972, a Treaty of friendship and mutual defense was signed between India and Bangladesh.

  • In 1978, U.N. Security Council voted to send an Interim Force to Lebanon after a massive Israeli air raid on 14 March.

  • In 1982, an Argentine scrap metal dealer landed on South Georgia and planted an Argentinean flag. The situation escalated and eventually led to the Falklands war.

  • In 1988, two British soldiers who drove into a Republican area of Belfast during a funeral procession, were seized and killed.

  • In 1991, in Iraq, Kurdish rebels captured the northern oil town of Kirkuk.

  • In 1994, a powerful bomb blast tore through a crowded metro train in the Azerbaijan capital Baku, killing 12 people and injuring 53.

  • In 1995, Britain's Queen Elizabeth started an historic state visit to post-apartheid South Africa.

  • In 1996, Sarajevo became a united city again after four years when Moslem-Croat authorities took control of the last district held by Serbs.

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    A collector whose JFK memorabilia went on the block Wednesday reached a last-minute settlement with the late President Kennedy's children, agreeing to hand over several "intensely personal" items. To learn more about the auction, clickhere.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is St. Joseph's Day in Brazil, Liechtenstein, Malta, Spain, Switzerland, the Vatican City State and Venezuela.

  • Actress Ursula Andress is 62.

  • Actress Glenn Close is 51.

  • Composer Ornette Coleman is 68.

  • Director Patrick McGoohan is 70.

  • Author Philip Roth is 65.

  • Actress Renee Taylor is 63.

  • Actor Bruce Willis is 43.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan

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