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Saturday, March 14, 1998

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  • "Artichokes can stand a little water, but they can't swim."

    -- Mary Comfort on the cancellation of the annual Castroville Artichoke Festival

    Today's event

  • Conservative Republicans, lead by U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, R-Georgia, hold the National Town Hall Meeting on Impeachment in Marietta, Georgia, to discuss allegations of misconduct against U.S. President Bill Clinton.

  • The Broadway musicians union is scheduled to meet in New York to discuss a possible strike.

  • A 100-year-old castle provides the backdrop for a pre-St. Patrick's Day Irish Renaissance Banquet in Newport, Rhode Island.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 for talks on the future of the Korean Peninsula.

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, March 19, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles on misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment charges. The charges may be put on permanent hold as Abdul-Jabbar has settled a civil suit with victim and agreed to undergo 36 hours of anger counseling.

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    On this day

  • In 1369, Henry of Trastamare defeated Pedro I of Castile at the battle of Montiel in the Castilian Civil War. Pedro was executed nine days later.

  • In 1489, Catherine Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus and last of the Lusignan dynasty, sold her kingdom to Venice.

  • In 1558, Ferdinand I assumed the title of Holy Roman Emperor without being crowned by the pope.

  • In 1590, in the French Religious Wars, Henry IV, with an army of 13,000, defeated the 25,000-strong army of the Duc de Mayenne at the battle of Ivry.

  • In 1647, in the Thirty Years War, a Treaty of Neutrality was signed at Ulm between France, Sweden, Bavaria and Cologne.

  • In 1757, British Admiral John Byng was executed by firing squad for his bungled attempt to relieve the island of Minorca threatened by the French fleet.

  • In 1864, Samuel Baker discovered another source of the Nile in East Africa and named it Lake Albert Nyanza.

  • In 1883, Karl Marx, German philosopher and economist, died in London. He published, with Friedrich Engels, the Communist Manifesto.

  • In 1885, "The Mikado," the comic operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan, premiered at the Savoy Theatre, London.

  • In 1891, the submarine Monarch laid telephone cable along the English Channel bed to prepare for the first telephone links across the Channel.

  • In 1900, the United States adopted the gold standard.

  • In 1915, in World War I, the German cruiser Dresden was sunk by the Royal Navy in the Pacific.

  • In 1932, George Eastman, American photographic pioneer who founded the Kodak company, committed suicide.

  • In 1938, Nikolai Bukharin, a leading Bolshevik, was executed after being found guilty of counter-revolutionary activities of espionage in one of the most famous show trials of the 1930s.

  • In 1939, Hungary occupied the Carpatho-Ukraine and Slovakia declared its independence.

  • In 1945, the heaviest bomb of World War II, the 22,000-pound "Grand Slam," was dropped by the RAF's Dambuster Squadron in Germany on the Bielefeld railway viaduct.

  • In 1954, the Vietnamese took the Gabrielle strongpoint against the French in the battle of Dien Bien Phu.

  • In 1964, Jack Ruby was found guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

  • In 1965, Israel accepted West Germany's request to establish diplomatic relations.

  • In 1976, Egypt formally abrogated the 1971 Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with the Soviet Union.

  • In 1978, Dutch marines succeeded in freeing 71 hostages held by South Moluccans for 29 hours. On June 30, the South Moluccans were jailed for 15 years.

  • In 1980, 87 people including a 14-man U.S. boxing team died in an air crash in Warsaw.

  • In 1983, OPEC agreed to cut its oil prices by 15 percent for the first time in its 23-year history.

  • In 1991, the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah, returned to his war-devastated homeland two weeks to the day after the Gulf War ended.

  • In 1991, the "Birmingham Six," six Irishmen wrongly accused of the 1974 bombing of pubs in Birmingham, England, were freed after 16 years in jail.

  • In 1995, Norman Thagard, the first American astronaut to fly in a Russian rocket, blasted off from the icy windswept plains of Kazakhstan.

  • In 1996, U.S. President Bill Clinton committed $100 million for an anti-terrorism pact with Israel to track down and root out Islamic militants.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Constitution Day in Andorra.

  • It's the Birthday of the Sultan in Malaysia.

  • Former astronaut Frank Borman is 70.

  • Actor Michael Caine is 65.

  • Actor Billy Crystal is 51.

  • Composer, producer Quincy Jones is 65.

  • Cartoonist Hank Ketcham is 78.

  • Former baseball player Kirby Puckett is 37.

  • Actress Rita Tushingham is 56.

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

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