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Saturday, March 7, 1998

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  • "These people were looking at me for help, and there was no way I could turn my back on them."

    -- Hugh Thompson, "forgotten hero" of Vietnam War

    Today's event

  • The annual Iditarod sled dog race begins in Anchorage, Alaska.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, March 12, the first annual Europe Conference will be held in London.

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    On this day

  • In 1080, Pope Gregory VII deposed Henry IV as King of Germany over the investiture of bishops and appointed Rudolf of Swabia.

  • In 1793, the ruling Convention in France declared war on Spain during the Revolution.

  • In 1809, Jean-Pierre-Francois Blanchard, French adventurer, died. With John Jeffries, he was the first man to cross the English channel by balloon. Also inventor of the parachute, he died in Paris shortly after falling from his balloon at The Hague.

  • In 1814, Napoleon with a force of 37,000 defeated 90,000 Prussians under Bluecher at the Battle of Craonne in France.

  • In 1821, the Austrians with a force of 80,000, trying to restore Ferdinand IV to the throne in Naples, heavily defeated a force of 12,000 Neapolitans under Pepe at the Battle of Rieti.

  • In 1838, Jenny Lind, famed operatic soprano, known as the "Swedish Nightingale," made her debut in Weber's opera "Der Freischuetz."

  • In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his invention of the telephone.

  • In 1917, the world's first jazz record, "The Dixie Jazz Band One Step," recorded by Nick LaRocca's Original Dixieland Jazz Band, was released by RCA Victor in Camden, New Jersey.

  • In 1918, the Bolsheviks changed their name to the Russian Communist Party.

  • In 1932, French Prime Minister Aristide Briand, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1926, died.

  • In 1936, Germany violated the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact by re-occupying the demilitarized zone of Rhineland.

  • In 1942, in World War II, the British evacuated Rangoon, having completed all essential demolition. The Japanese entered the city the next day.

  • In 1945, the U.S. 9th Armored Division captured and crossed the key bridge over the Rhine at Remagen in Germany, which helped shorten World War II.

  • In 1951, Iranian Prime Minister Ali Razmara was assassinated by a religious fanatic in a mosque in Tehran.

  • In 1965, West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard said West Germany would seek to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

  • In 1973, the government of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman won a landslide victory in Bangladesh's first general election.

  • In 1989, Iran broke off diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's novel, "Satanic Verses."

  • In 1992, former Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze returned to his native Georgia.

  • In 1993, Afghanistan's rival leaders signed a peace accord to end months of bloody fighting in Kabul that had left thousands dead.

  • In 1994, Poland said it would join Hungary in applying for membership of the European Union.

  • In 1994, ANC chief Nelson Mandela rejected a demand by white right-wingers for a separate homeland in South Africa, saying it would never happen in his lifetime.

  • In 1995, French polar explorer Paul-Emile Victor, who over a 53-year span covered 312,000 miles (500,000 km) on Antarctica, died.

  • In 1996, three U.S. servicemen were jailed in Japan for up to seven years for the abduction and rape of an Okinawa schoolgirl a year earlier.

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    Mush! The annual Iditarod International Sled Dog Race begins this morning. See what it's about at the official Iditarod site.


    Holidays and more

  • Baseball player Joe Carter is 38.

  • Auto racer Janet Guthrie is 60.

  • Pro football Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris is 48.

  • Actor John Heard ("The Pelican Brief") is 52.

  • Tennis player Ivan Lendl is 38.

  • Weatherman Willard Scott is 64.

  • Actor Daniel J. Travanti ("Hill Street Blues") is 58.

  • Singer Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band) is 52.

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

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