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Friday, March 20, 1998

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  • "They are not loud. They keep up their places nice. We could use more neighbors like them."

    -- Bonnie Nichols on having members of a cult in the neighborhood

    Today's event

  • The arraignment of Scott Malsky, accused of raping a 14-year-old girl and stabbing her over 30 times, is scheduled in Sarasota, Florida. He was acquitted on previous rape charges in Massachusetts.

  • Former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington is due to begin serving a 2 1/2 year federal prison sentence for fraud.

  • Today is the Great American Meatout when people are asked to kick the meat habit for at least one day.

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    On the horizon

  • On Saturday, March 21, a celebrity-studded ball benefiting the late Princess Diana's charities is scheduled in Los Angeles.

  • On Sunday, March 22, the winners of the 18th annual Golden Raspberry Foundation's worst-in-film awards or "Razzies" are scheduled to be announced in Los Angeles.

  • On Monday, March 23, comedian Billy Crystal will host the 70th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

  • On Tuesday, March 24, the National Book Critics Circle Award winners are scheduled to be announced in New York.

  • On Wednesday, March 25, Judge Richard Matsch is scheduled to hold a hearing on sentencing guidelines in the Terry Nichols case.

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    On this day

  • In 1413, England's King Henry IV died; he was succeeded by Henry V.

  • In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris, beginning his "Hundred Days" rule.

  • In 1816, the Supreme Court affirmed its right to review state court decisions.

  • In 1896, U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to protect U.S. citizens in the wake of a revolution.

  • In 1976, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup.

  • In 1987, the Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of AZT, a drug shown to prolong the lives of some AIDS patients.

  • In 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin declared emergency rule, setting a referendum on whether the people trusted him or the hard-line Congress to govern.

  • In 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, and more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leaked on five separate subway trains.

  • In 1997, President Clinton and Boris Yeltsin opened talks in Helsinki, Finland, on the issue of NATO expansion.

  • In 1997, Liggett Group, the maker of Chesterfield cigarettes, settled 22 state lawsuits by agreeing to warn on every pack that smoking is addictive and admitting the industry markets cigarettes to teen-agers.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today is Independence Day in Tunisia.

  • Producer, director and comedian Carl Reiner ("The Dick Van Dyke Show") is 76.

  • Children's TV host Fred Rogers is 70.

  • Actor Hal Linden ("Barney Miler") is 67.

  • Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr is 50.

  • Actor William Hurt ("The Accidental Tourist") is 48.

  • Rock musician Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 48.

  • Rock musician Jimmie Vaughan (formerly with The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 47.

  • Movie director Spike Lee ("Do The Right Thing") is 41.

  • Actress Holly Hunter ("Broadcast News") is 40.

  • Actress, talk show host Rosie O'Donnell is 36.

  • Basketball coach Pat Riley is 53.

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

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