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Friday, March 13, 1998

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  • "It's just one of the things we have to put up with in this business. God rules."

    -- Steve Bennett -- general manager of Riverbend Nurseries in Tennessee -- commenting on the nasty weather

    Today's event

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

  • Graveside services for Whitewater figure Jim McDougal, who died of an apparent heart attack while in prison, are scheduled to be held in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

  • Today is the scheduled date for the final taping of the hit CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown."

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    On the horizon

  • On Saturday, March 14, conservative Republicans, lead by U.S. 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.

  • On Wednesday, March 18, a drug-use trial begins in Berlin, Germany, against four former East German swimming coaches and two doctors.

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    On this day

  • In 1569, in the Third French Religious War, the Huguenots under Prince de Conde were defeated by the Catholics at the Battle of Jarnac. Conde died in the battle.

  • In 1781, the German-born English astronomer Sir William Herschel discovered the planet Georgium Sidus, later known as Uranus.

  • In 1809, King Gustavus IV of Sweden was overthrown in a coup d'etat and was succeeded by his uncle Charles XIII.

  • In 1813, Sweden joined the Grand Alliance against Napoleon and his allies.

  • In 1848, after demonstrations and riots in Vienna, Prince Metternich resigned as chancellor.

  • In 1858, Felice Orsini, Italian revolutionary, was executed for his part in the assassination attempt on Napoleon III of France.

  • In 1865, during the U.S. Civil War, the Confederate Congress under President Jefferson Davis signed a bill allowing slaves to join the army in exchange for freedom.

  • In 1881, Czar Alexander II of Russia, died after a bomb was thrown at him near the Winter Palace.

  • In 1900, the British under Lord Frederick Roberts captured Bloemfontein in the Boer War.

  • In 1915, the British under General Haig were denied a breakthrough at the end of the Battle of Neuve-Chappelle when the Germans rushed in more troops in and prevented a British advance.

  • In 1928, the St. Francis dam 40 miles north of Los Angeles burst and flooded the valley; at least 450 people were drowned.

  • In 1938, in Austria, Chancellor Seyss-Inquart introduced a law re-unifying Austria with the German Reich.

  • In 1938, in France, Leon Blum became prime minister and formed the Popular Front ministry.

  • In 1940, hostilities between Russia and Finland ceased at noon.

  • In 1961, Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, 79, married his model Jacqueline Rocque, 37, in Nice, France.

  • In 1972, Britain and China resumed full diplomatic relations after 22 years; Britain withdrew its consulate from Taiwan.

  • In 1972, Clifford Irving admitted to a New York court that he had fabricated his autobiography of Howard Hughes and defrauded his publisher McGraw Hill.

  • In 1974, the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris was inaugurated.

  • In 1990, the Soviet parliament voted to end the political monopoly of the Communist Party after 72 years.

  • In 1992, Pravda, founded in 1912 by Lenin and the official newspaper of the Soviet Communist Party, ceased publication because of lack of funds.

  • In 1995, General Olusegun Obasanjo, the only Nigerian military ruler to have voluntarily handed over power to elected civilians, was arrested.

  • In 1996, a man with four guns shot dead 16 children and a woman teacher in a school in Dunblane, Scotland. He then shot himself.

  • In 1997, a Jordanian soldier shot dead seven Israeli girls on a school trip to an area called "The Island of Peace" on the border with Jordan.

  • In 1997, Sister Nirmala was elected as the new Superior-General of the Missionaries of Charity, succeeding Mother Teresa.

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    Is a mile-wide asteroid on a collision course with the Earth in the year 2028? Dr. Brian Marsden of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) says, "Chances are it will miss," but there's not much scientists can do but wait and see. To find out more, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is the anniversary of the Revolutionary Attack on the Presidential Palace in Cuba.

  • It's National Youth Day in Fiji.

  • Golfer Andy Bean is 45.

  • Musician Adam Clayton is 38.

  • Actress Dana Delany is 42.

  • Actress Deborah Raffin is 45.

  • Singer Neil Sedaka is 59.

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

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