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Tuesday, March 10, 1998

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  • "I think we've emptied the Gulf of Mexico over these Southern states the past few days."

    -- emergency management spokesman Jerry Bange

    Today's event

  • 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, is scheduled to begin in Idaho.

  • Robert Earl Carter is scheduled to be executed in Huntsville, Texas, for the August 1992 slayings of six members of a family.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Saturday, March 14, conservative Republicans, lead by Rep. Bob Barr (R-Georgia), hold the National Town Hall Meeting on Impeachment to discuss allegations of misconduct against U.S. President Bill Clinton.

  • On Sunday, March 15, the buzzards are scheduled to make their annual return to Hinckley, Ohio.

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    On this day

  • In 1528, Balthasar Hubmaier, one of the foremost leaders of the Austrian Anabaptists, was burned at the stake as a heretic in Vienna.

  • In 1862, Britain and France recognized the independence of Zanzibar.

  • In 1862, the first paper money of the U.S. government was issued.

  • In 1863, Prince Albert Edward (later King Edward VII) of England married Princess Alexandra of Denmark.

  • In 1893, the French colonies of French Guinea and Ivory Coast were formally established.

  • In 1912, Yuan Shi-kai was installed as the provisional president of the Republic of China.

  • In 1914, suffragette Mary Richardson slashed Velazquez's "Rokeby Venus" at London's National Gallery as a protest against the British government's treatment of Emmeline Pankhurst.

  • In 1915, the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle, an unsuccessful British offensive on the Western Front, began during World War I.

  • In 1922, Mahatma Gandhi was arrested by the British governors of India, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years imprisonment.

  • In 1945, 300 U.S. B-29 bombers devastated Japan's capital in what became known as the Great Tokyo Air Raid in World War II. The firestorm they created killed 100,000 people.

  • In 1948, Jan Masaryk, Czech statesman and foreign minister, apparently committed suicide by throwing himself from a window at his office in Prague.

  • In 1952, the government of Cuba was overthrown by former president Fulgencio Batista, who ruled as a dictator until 1959.

  • In 1966, anti-German protests marred the wedding of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands to Claus von Amsberg, a West German diplomat, in Amsterdam.

  • In 1969, James Earl Ray was sentenced in Memphis, Tennessee, to 99 years in prison for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968.

  • In 1972, Marshal Lon Nol took over as Cambodian head of state.

  • In 1973, the Governor of Bermuda, Sir Richard Sharples, was assassinated in the grounds of Government House.

  • In 1982, in South Africa, the trial opened of 43 mercenaries accused of hijacking an Air India plane after a foiled coup in the Seychelles in November 1981.

  • In 1985, Russian leader Konstantin Chernenko died after only 13 months in office.

  • In 1990, an Iraqi court condemned British journalist Farzad Bazoft to death for espionage. He was executed on the 15th.

  • In 1990, Haitian President Prosper Avril resigned 18 months after seizing power in a coup.

  • In 1990, American Jennifer Capriati, at 13 years and 11 months, became the youngest player ever to reach the final of a professional tennis tournament, an event in Florida.

  • In 1992, NATO and its former Soviet enemies pledged that a treaty slashing conventional forces in Europe would be put into effect within four months.

  • In 1993, President Suharto of Indonesia was re-elected for a sixth five-year term of office.

  • In 1995, the EU responded angrily to Canada's seizure of a Spanish fishing boat in international waters, demanding its release and calling for retaliatory measures.

  • In 1996, five Latin American presidents approved the creation of an Andean Community economic bloc to replace the Andean Pact trade group.

  • In 1997, a jobless journalist hijacked a Taiwanese airliner to China to request asylum -- the first defection from Taiwan to China since 1986.

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    Twenty-nine years ago, James Earl Ray was sentenced to 99 years in prison for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. Controversy over his sentence still abounds. To find out more about the latest conspiracy theories surrounding Ray, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is the Birth of Iman Reza in Iran.

  • It's Commonwealth Day in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

  • First female prime minister of Canada Kim Campbell is 51.

  • Prince Edward is 34.

  • Actress Sharon Stone is 40.

  • Actor Chuck Norris is 58.

  • Playwright David Rabe is 58.

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

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