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Wednesday, March 4, 1998

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  • "Mr. Gates, no one -- no matter how powerful-- is above the law."

    -- Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin

    Today's events

  • There is a tentatively scheduled House floor vote on admitting Puerto Rico as the 51st U.S. state.

  • Public Citizen releases its annual listing of "Questionable Doctors."

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    On the horizon

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

  • On Friday, March 6, the Massachusetts State Supreme Judicial Court hears appeal in case of Louise Woodward, the 19-year-old au pair accused of killing a baby in her care.

  • On Saturday, March 7, the start of the annual sled dog race begins in Anchorage, Alaska.

  • On Sunday, March 8, the annual Screen Actors Guild awards will be presented in Los Angeles.

  • Monday, March 9, is the deadline for motions in Microsoft's appeal of an injunction restricting distribution of its browser program.

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    On this day

  • In 1193, Saladin, sultan of Egypt and Syria, died; his forces captured Jerusalem in 1187, ending its 88-year occupation by the Franks.

  • In 1152, Frederick I Barbarossa was elected king of Germany in succession to his uncle Conrad III. He later became a crusader and opponent of the pope.

  • In 1461, in the English Wars of the Roses, Edward of York took the English throne as Edward IV.

  • In 1678, Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer, was born. Best known for "The Four Seasons," he wrote more than 230 violin concertos and 120 concertos for other solo instruments.

  • In 1681, King Charles II granted William Penn by charter almost all of what is now Pennsylvania.

  • In 1789, the first U.S. Congress convened in New York City until September 29; 28 senators and 65 representatives sat for the 13 states.

  • In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state of the United States.

  • In 1793, George Washington was inaugurated in Philadelphia for a second term as president of the United States.

  • In 1801, Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated as the third president of the United States; he was the first to be inaugurated in the new capital of Washington.

  • In 1832, Jean-Francois Champollion, French historian and Egyptologist, died.

  • In 1877, Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" was first performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

  • In 1890, in Scotland the Forth Bridge was opened by the prince of Wales. The bridge, more than one mile long with the track 157 feet above the water, cost almost 3 million pounds.

  • In 1913, Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as the 28th U.S. president, only the second Democrat since the American Civil War.

  • In 1927, some 25,000 diggers participated in a rush to stake their claims in new diamond fields at Grasfontein, South Africa.

  • In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in as 32nd U.S. president and the first to be elected for a third and fourth term.

  • In 1941, a British naval raid on the German-occupied Lofoten Islands off Norway sank 11 German ships.

  • In 1964, U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution to appoint a mediator and establish a U.N. peace-keeping force in Cyprus.

  • In 1970, the French submarine Eurydice sank off the coast of Toulon. All 57 aboard died.

  • In 1971, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau secretly married Margaret Sinclair.

  • In 1974, in Britain, Prime Minister Edward Heath resigned and Labour leader Harold Wilson formed a new government.

  • In 1975, actor Charlie Chaplin was knighted at Buckingham Palace.

  • In 1976, in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Convention was formally dissolved and Northern Ireland came under direct rule from London.

  • In 1977, more than 1,570 people were killed in Romania by an earthquake which registered 7.2 on the Richter scale; 35,000 families were made homeless.

  • In 1980, Rhodesian Gov. Lord Soames invited Robert Mugabe to form a government after his ZANU-PF party won a decisive election victory.

  • In 1990, President Lennox Sebe was ousted in a military coup in the South African homeland of Ciskei.

  • In 1991, coup leader Idriss Deby was sworn in as Chad's new president.

  • In 1991, the Soviet parliament ratified a six-nation treaty, setting the legal seal on German unification after two years of revolutionary change in central Europe.

  • In 1991, miners in the two largest Soviet coalfields went on strike to support demands for the resignation of President Mikhail Gorbachev and for pay raises.

  • In 1991, Crown Prince Sheikh Saad al-Abdulla al-Sabah became the first senior member of the Kuwaiti ruling family to return to the homeland liberated from Iraqi occupation.

  • In 1994, four Muslim fundamentalists were found guilty of bombing the landmark World Trade Center in New York.

  • In 1994, Zulu chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi and white separatist Constand Viljoen signed up at the last moment to contest South Africa's multiracial elections.

  • In 1996, a Muslim suicide bomber killed 13 people and wounded 100, including children, outside a crowded Tel Aviv shopping mall.

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    Holidays and more

  • It is Discovery Day in Guam.

  • It is Carnival in Switzerland.

  • Anthropologist Jane Goodall is 64.

  • Actress Patsy Kensit ("The Great Gatsby") is 30.

  • Actress Kay Lenz ("Rich Man, Poor Man") is 45.

  • Singer/actress Barbara McNair is 64.

  • Actress Catherine O'Hara ("Home Alone") is 44.

  • Actress Paula Prentiss ("What's New Pussycat?") is 59.

  • Singer Mary Wilson is 54.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

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