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Sunday, March 8, 1998

  • Today's Events
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  • "With our blood and souls, we will defend you, Saddam."

    -- Crowds in Iraq

    Today's event

  • The annual Screen Actors Guild awards will be presented in Los Angeles.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • Friday, March 13, is the deadline for Paula Jones' attorneys to respond to U.S. President Bill Clinton's move for dismissal of her sexual harassment suit.

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    On this day

  • In 1801, in the Napoleonic Wars, the British under Sir Ralph Abercromby took Aboukir Bay from defending French forces. More than 1,100 British died, including Abercromby.

  • In 1844, Charles XIV John, king of Sweden and Norway, died and was succeeded by his son Oscar I.

  • In 1849, in the United States, Thomas Ewing of Ohio was appointed by President Zachary Taylor as the first Secretary of the Interior Department.

  • In 1862, in the American Civil War, the Confederate frigate Merrimac under Captain Buchanan sank the Federal ship Cumberland in the Battle of Hampton Roads in Virginia.

  • In 1874, Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States, died. He was only the second vice president to succeed on the death of the incumbent president.

  • In 1879, Otto Hahn, German Nobel prize winner for chemistry (1944) and co-discoverer of nuclear fission, born.

  • In 1889, John Ericsson, Swedish-born U.S. ship designer and inventor of the first successful screw propeller, died.

  • In 1910, the Royal Aero Club issued the first British pilot's license to J.T.C Moore Brabazon.

  • In 1917, riots and strikes in St. Petersburg, Russia, marked the start of the February Revolution.

  • In 1921, following Germany's failure to pay reparations from World War I, French troops occupied Duesseldorf and other towns in the Ruhr.

  • In 1921, Spanish Prime Minister Eduardo Dato was assassinated by anarchists near his home in Madrid.

  • In 1930, William Howard Taft, 27th president of the United States (1909-13), died. He was the first president to become Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • In 1942, in World War II, the Japanese marched into Rangoon the day after it was evacuated by British forces.

  • In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in public schools violated the constitution.

  • In 1950, the Soviet Union claimed to be in possession of the atomic bomb.

  • In 1961, Sir Thomas Beecham, English conductor, died. He was founder of several British orchestras including the London Philharmonic. He was best known for his interpretations of Mozart and Sibelius.

  • In 1963, a group of officers led by Col. Ziad Hariri overthrew the Syrian government and established a National Council of Revolution.

  • In 1973, IRA car bombs exploded outside the Old Bailey courthouse and Scotland Yard police headquarters in London, killing one and injuring 238. On the same day, a referendum in Northern Ireland favored maintaining ties with the United Kingdom.

  • In 1978, Belgian millionaire Charles Bracht was kidnapped. His body was found on April 10.

  • In 1996, the U.N. flag was lowered to mark the end of the United Nations peacekeeping mandate in Rwanda.

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    Serb police have vowed to push ahead with their campaign against "terrorists" in the Kosovo province of Yugoslavia. Learn more about Kosovo by clicking here.


    Holidays and more

  • It's International Women's Day throughout much of the world.

  • Singer Charley Pride is 60.

  • Actor Aidan Quinn ("Desperately Seeking Susan") is 39.

  • Actress Lynn Redgrave ("Georgy Girl") is 55.

  • Singer Mickey Dolenz ("I'm a Believer") is 53.

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

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