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Saturday, March 21, 1998

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  • "The South seceding from the U.S. had a lot bigger implications and was a moral issue. It's hard to get people very excited about fish. I don't even like fish, so I don't care very much if they leave."

    -- explains Kent Weaver of the Brookings Institution on Minnesota seceding to Canada

    Today's event

  • A celebrity-studded ball benefiting the late Princess Diana's charities is scheduled in Los Angeles.

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts will host a video teleconference with President Clinton and Republican leaders in Congress to discuss Social Security. President Clinton and

  • Pope John Paul is scheduled to leave on a trip to Nigeria.

  • The African-American Civil War Memorial is unveiled in Washington as part of African-American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation tribute to 185,000 colored troops, their white officers and 30,000 sailors who served in Union Army of Civil War.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 1556, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was burned at the stake as a heretic.

  • In 1804, the French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was promulgated.

  • In 1871, Chancellor Otto von Bismarck opened the first Reichstag (parliament) in the newly created German Reich.

  • In 1917, Czar Nicholas II and his family were arrested by revolutionary forces in Russia.

  • In 1918, the Second Battle of the Somme, the last German offensive in World War I, began.

  • In 1919, a pro-Soviet coup headed by Bela Kun overthrew the government of Hungary.

  • In 1927, the Nationalist Chinese forces of Chiang Kai-shek took the city of Shanghai, communist forces and local warlords having fled before they arrived.

  • In 1945, British warplanes destroyed Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, killing over 70 Nazis. The raid also killed civilians, including 86 schoolchildren, in Denmark's worst civilian disaster of the war.

  • In 1952, Kwame Nkrumah became prime minister of the Gold Coast (later Ghana), the first African to be elected prime minister south of the Sahara.

  • In 1953, as part of the Anglo-Egyptian plan for the future of Sudan, a self-government statute was signed leading to elections and independence.

  • In 1960, almost 70 people were killed and more than 180 wounded when South African police fired on a peaceful black demonstration in Sharpeville in the Transvaal.

  • In 1963, Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay, a harsh maximum security jail which once housed gangster Al Capone, closed when the last 27 prisoners were transferred.

  • In 1965, Martin Luther King led the start of a 4,000-strong civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

  • In 1968, Israel launched an attack on Karameh in the Jordan Valley in retaliation for raids and sabotage in the occupied territories.

  • In 1989, Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke wept on television as he admitted to an extra-marital affair.

  • In 1990, Namibia, formerly known as South-West Africa, became independent after 75 years of South African rule.

  • In 1994, the last Italian soldiers ended their 15-month peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

  • In 1996, Goran Persson, a former finance minister, became Swedish prime minister.

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    A tornado hit northern Georgia Friday, killing at least 14 and injuring dozens as homes are destroyed, schools damaged and trees and power lines downed. To find out more about the weather in your area, check out the National Weather Service by clicking here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is New Year's Day in Afghanistan.

  • It's Nau-Roz Bayram in the Azerbaijan Republic, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

  • Today is Spring Day in Iraq.

  • It's Vernal Equinox Day in Japan.

  • Today is the Installation of the Sultan in Malaysia.

  • It's Independence Day in Namibia.

  • Today is Human Rights Day in South Africa.

  • It's Mother's Day in Syria.

  • Today is Youth Day in Tunisia.

  • Actor Al Freeman Jr. ("The Next Generation") is 64.

  • Actress Kathleen Widdoes ("As the World Turns") is 59.

  • Actor Timothy Dalton ("License to Kill") is 54.

  • Rock singer-musician Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) is 48.

  • Rock musician Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) is 47.

  • Actor Gary Oldman ("Sid and Nancy") is 40.

  • Actor Matthew Broderick ("War Games") is 36.

  • Musician MC Maxim (Prodigy) is 31.

  • Rock musician Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) is 30.

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

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