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Thursday, March 12, 1998

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  • "This case is about abuse of power."

    -- Prosecutor Lt. Col. Michael Child on the McKinney sexual abuse court-martial

    Today's event

  • The first annual Europe Conference is scheduled to be held in London.

  • An estimated 15,000 Albanian demonstrators are expected to protest in Kosovo, Albania.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, March 16, representatives of the United States, China, North Korea and South Korea are to meet in Geneva to for talks on the future of Korea.

  • On Tuesday, March 17, Major League Baseball owners are scheduled to meet in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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    On this day

  • In 1470, in the Wars of the Roses, Edward IV defeated the rebels at the battle of Empingham.

  • In 1507, Cesare Borgia, Italian politician, cardinal and adventurer was killed in a battle with rebels of Navarre near Viana, Italy.

  • In 1799, in the War of the Second Coalition, Austria declared war on France.

  • In 1814, British troops under Wellington captured Bordeaux in France.

  • In 1849, in India, the Sikhs surrendered to the British at Rawalpindi.

  • In 1854, Britain and France concluded an alliance with the Ottoman Empire against Russia in the Crimean War.

  • In 1868, Britain annexed Basutoland (Lesotho).

  • In 1907, at Toulon, France, the battleship Iena exploded killing at least 118 men.

  • In 1913, Canberra became the capital of Australia when the foundation stone of the Federal Parliament building was laid.

  • In 1930, in India, Mahatma Gandhi began a 300-mile protest journey to defy a British law establishing a monopoly in producing salt.

  • In 1933, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt gave the first of his nation-wide "fireside chats" on radio.

  • In 1938, one day after Artur Seyss-Inquart became Chancellor of Austria, German troops invaded the country.

  • In 1940, Finland signed a peace treaty with the Soviet Union, ending the 14-week war which the Russians won by sheer weight of numbers.

  • In 1945, Anne Frank, the Dutch Jewish teenager who kept a diary of her wartime experiences, died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. She was 15.

  • In 1966, the Indonesian Congress stripped Dr. Sukarno of all powers including the title of president. Gen. Suharto became acting president until general elections in 1968.

  • In 1968, Mauritius became an independent member of the British Commonwealth, having been a British colony since 1810.

  • In 1971, Syrian Premier Hafez al-Assad was elected president in a national referendum.

  • In 1973, in Syria, a new and permanent constitution was endorsed by over 97 per cent of voters in a national referendum.

  • In 1978, in the first round of French parliamentary elections, the Left claimed an absolute majority for the first time in French history.

  • In 1979, in Grenada, Prime Minister Sir Erik Gairy and his government were overthrown and replaced by Maurice Bishop of the New Jewel Movement.

  • In 1979, Luis Herrera Campins was sworn in as president of Venezuela.

  • In 1984, a nationwide strike of British miners began.

  • In 1990, Mongolia's ruling Politburo resigned and Communist leader Zhambyn Batmunkh proposed amending a constitutional clause guaranteeing the party's "leading role."

  • In 1992, the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius became a republic dropping its links with the British crown 24 years to the day after independence.

  • In 1993, nearly 200 people were killed when up to 13 bombs went off across the city of Bombay in India.

  • In 1994, the South African government and the ANC agreed to depose Bophuthatswana homeland President Lucas Mangope.

  • In 1994, the Church of England broke with 460 years of male dominance when it ordained its first women priests in Bristol Cathedral.

  • In 1996, China began new war games in the Taiwan Strait in a show of force, using jets and warships to drive home its warning to Taiwan not to seek independence.

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    U.S. novelist Jack Kerouac was born today in 1922. Best known for "On the Road," he revolutionized the beat generation. To learn more about this legendary author, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Purim in Israel.

  • It's Decoration Day in Liberia.

  • Today is Independence Day in Mauritius.

  • It's Medin Full Moon Poya Day in Sri Lanka.

  • Today is Full Moon of Tabaung in the Union of Myanmar.

  • It's Youth Day in Zambia.

  • Playwright Edward Albee is 70.

  • Actress Barbara Feldon is 57.

  • Singer Marlon Jackson is 41.

  • Singer Al Jarreau is 58.

  • Singer Liza Minnelli is 52.

  • Baseball player Darryl Strawberry is 36.

  • Singer James Taylor is 50.

  • Civil rights leader Andrew Young is 66.

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

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