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Saturday, February 28, 1998

  • Today's Events
  • On Horizon
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  • "Harry's cathedral was the people, the fans of baseball."

    -- Rev. John Smyth, about Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray

    Today's events

  • Clint Eastwood is the guest of honor at the Cesars, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards in Paris.

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    On the horizon

  • On Sunday, March 1, Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS begins in the United States.

  • On Monday, March 2, a court appearance is scheduled for Michael Carneal, the 14-year-old charged with the December 1, 1997, shootings at his high school in Paducah, Kentucky.

  • On Tuesday, March 3, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee meets to discuss the nominations -- this year a record 130 -- for the 1998 prize.

  • On Wednesday, March 4, there is a tentatively scheduled House floor vote on admitting Puerto Rico as the 51st U.S. state.

  • On Thursday, March 5, the VII Paralympic Winter Games open in Nagano, Japan.

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    On this day

  • In 1784, John Wesley signed the "deed of declaration" formalizing the establishment of the Wesleyan faith, or Methodists.

  • In 1825, a treaty was signed between Britain and Russia settling the border between Canada and Alaska, then a Russia possession.

  • In 1844, on the Potomac River the U.S. navy was demonstrating its new frigate Princeton when one of its guns exploded, killing the Secretary of State, Navy Secretary and other government officials.

  • In 1854, opponents of slavery in the United States met at Ripon, Wisconsin, and agreed to form a new political party; the Republican Party was born later in the year.

  • In 1900, in the Boer War, Ladysmith was relieved by Gen. Redvers Buller.

  • In 1916, Henry James, American novelist, died in England.

  • In 1921, Russia and Afghanistan signed a treaty of friendship providing political and financial aid for the Afghans.

  • In 1921, the Kronstadt Rebellion began in Russia when sailors of the Baltic Fleet and workers at Kronstadt naval base rose up against the Communist government.

  • In 1922, Britain formally declared Egypt's independence, although it still retained control of the Suez Canal and the country's defense.

  • In 1931, in Britain Sir Oswald Mosley formed the "New Party" which he said was dedicated to turning parliament "from a talk-shop into a workshop"; the party later evolved into the British Union of Fascists.

  • In 1933, a day after the Reichstag burned down, Adolf Hitler persuaded President Hindenburg to sign a decree suspending guarantees of personal liberty, freedom of speech and the press and the right of assembly.

  • In 1941, Alfonso XIII, ex-king of Spain, died in exile. After elections in 1931 which voted in the Republicans, Alfonso refused to abdicate and was forced to leave Spain.

  • In 1948, the last British troops left India.

  • In 1952, Vincent Massey took office as governor-general of Canada, the first Canadian to hold the office.

  • In 1967, Henry Luce, American publisher, died. He was a co-founder of Time magazine and also founded Life and Fortune.

  • In 1971, the male voters of Liechtenstein defeated a referendum on giving women the vote.

  • In 1974, a general election in Britain produced a minority Labour government under Harold Wilson.

  • In 1975, in the worst underground train crash in Britain, 42 people died when a train crashed into the buffers at Moorgate station, London.

  • In 1976, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand signed a treaty of Friendship and co-operation.

  • In 1983, the final episode of "M*A*S*H" was aired on CBS.

  • In 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated by a gunman in central Stockholm.

  • In 1991, after 42 days of the Gulf War, U.S.-led forces ceased fire at 8 a.m. Kuwait time and Iraq told its army to stop fighting.

  • In 1993, the seige at Waco, Texas, began after federal aqents tried to serve an arrest warrant for weapons charges on Branch Davidian sect leader David Koresh.

  • In 1994, NATO jets shot down four warplanes violating Bosnia's no-fly zone.

  • In 1994, Moldova's main independence party claimed a clear victory in the country's first post-Soviet parliamentary elections.

  • In 1996, calling it the saddest day of her life, Britain's Princess Diana agreed to divorce her estranged husband, Prince Charles.

  • In 1996, Russia was admitted as the 39th member of the Council of Europe.

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    Nothing brightens dreary winter days like the emergence of daffodils. The American Daffodil Society has all you need to know about the yellow harbingers of spring.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Heritage Day in Canada.

  • Auto racer Mario Andretti is 58.

  • Actor Charles Durning ("Evening Shade") is 75.

  • Actor Robert Sean Leonard ("Dead Poets Society") is 29.

  • Singer and actress Bernadette Peters is 54.

  • Actor Alex Rocco ("The Godfather") is 62.

  • Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. ("Earth 2") is 26.

  • Performer Tommy Tune is 59.

  • Actor John Turturro ("Quiz Show") is 41.

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

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