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Friday, March 6, 1998

  • Today's Events
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  • "To discover new worlds, we must break down old barriers."

    -- NASA Administrator Dan Goldin

    Today's events

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

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, March 10, the manslaughter trial of FBI sharpshooter Lon Horiuchi, charged in the death of white separatist Randy Weaver's wife during the 1992 siege at Ruby Ridge, begins in Idaho.

  • On Wednesday, March 11, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announces the nominees for the Daytime Emmy Awards.

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    On this day

  • In 1475, Michelangelo, the Italian painter, sculptor and architect, was born. Described as the most brilliant representative of the Italian Renaissance, his works include the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the painting of "The Last Judgment" and his statue of "David."

  • In 1480, the Treaty of Toledo was signed; under its terms, Spain recognized Portugal's conquest of Morocco and Portugal ceded claims to the Canary Islands.

  • In 1619, Cyrano de Bergerac, French satirist and dramatist, was born.

  • In 1834, the city of Toronto was incorporated with William Lyon Mackenzie as its first mayor.

  • In 1836, the siege of the Alamo ended when Mexican troops under Santa Anna captured the mission fort garrisoned by Davey Crockett and 154 Texans.

  • In 1882, Prince Milan IV proclaimed himself king of Serbia; seven years later on the same date he abdicated in favor of his son Alexander.

  • In 1888, Louisa May Alcott, U.S. novelist and author of "Little Women," died.

  • In 1900, Gottfried Daimler, motor engineer who made the first motorcycle, died.

  • In 1930, prepackaged frozen food produced by the company set up by Clarence Birdseye went on sale for the first time in 10 stores in Springfield Massachusetts.

  • In 1932, John Philip Sousa, U.S. bandmaster and composer of military marches, died.

  • In 1941, U.S. sculptor Gutzon Borglum died; he carved the heads of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt on Mount Rushmore, South Dakota.

  • In 1944, 658 U.S. bombers began a daylight attack on Berlin from bases in Britain and dropped 2,000 tons of bombs.

  • In 1953, Georgy Malenkov succeeded Stalin as premier and first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.

  • In 1957, Ghana became an independent country within the Commonwealth.

  • In 1964, King Constantine II of Greece succeeded to the throne after the death of his father, Paul I.

  • In 1967, Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly died.

  • In 1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Stalin's daughter, requested asylum at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi.

  • In 1973, Pearl Buck, U.S. author of "The Good Earth," died; she won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938.

  • In 1980, Belgian-born French author Marguerite Yourcenar became the first woman writer to be elected to the Academie Francaise.

  • In 1983, Chancellor Helmut Kohl and his Christian Democrats were returned to power in Germany.

  • In 1983, Donald Maclean, British diplomat and Soviet spy, died in Moscow.

  • In 1987, a Townsend Thoreson ferry, the Herald of Free Enterprise, capsized on its way out of Zeebrugge harbor in Belgium; 193 people drowned.

  • In 1988, three members of an Irish Republican Army unit were shot dead in a Gibraltar street by undercover SAS commandos.

  • In 1991, Indian Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, in office only four months, resigned after losing the support of Rajiv Gandhi's Congress (I) party.

  • In 1991, George Carey became Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the world's 70 million Anglicans.

  • In 1992, the president of Azerbaijan, Ayaz Mutalibov, resigned over his handling of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

  • In 1992, a computer virus called "Michelangelo" struck thousands of personal computers around the world.

  • In 1994, Melina Mercouri, Greek actress turned fiery Socialist politician, died after a long battle with lung cancer.

  • In 1997, King Birendra accepted Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's resignation after his center-right coalition was defeated in a confidence vote in parliament.

  • In 1997, Michael Manley, the former prime minister of Jamaica and a leading figure in Caribbean politics, died.

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    Holidays and more

  • Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez is 70.

  • Singer Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd is 54.

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is 72.

  • TV host sidekick Ed McMahon ("The Tonight Show") is 75.

  • Actor Ben Murphy ("Alias Smith and Jones") is 56.

  • Basketball player Shaquille O'Neal is 26.

  • Director Rob Reiner ("When Harry Met Sally") is 53.

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

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