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Sunday, March 22, 1998

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  • "We have more volunteers right now than we know what to do with. I don't have a count on it, but I know the outpouring of caring and offers for help have been absolutely tremendous."

    -- Elaine Sexton, Hall County Emergency Management Agency.

    Today's events

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

  • The National Football League begins its annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

  • The second round of voting begins in French local elections.

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to leave on a first-ever Presidential visit to sub-Saharan Africa.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 1622, Indians killed nearly 350 settlers in the James River area of Virginia.

  • In 1848, after an insurrection, the Venetian Republic declared its independence from Austria.

  • In 1859, the first political party dedicated to the working class, the Political Labour League of Victoria, was founded in Melbourne.

  • In 1895, Auguste and Louis Lumiere first demonstrated motion pictures using celluloid film in Paris.

  • In 1915, the Russians captured the Austrian fortress of Przemysl, Poland.

  • In 1917, the United States became the first country to recognise the provisional revolutionary government of Russia, following the overthrow of the monarchy.

  • In 1935, the first High Definition Television service was officially inaugurated by the director-general of German broadcasting in Berlin.

  • In 1944, Germany announces its occupation of Hungary and the formation of a new government under Dome Sztojay.

  • In 1945, the Arab League was formed in Cairo by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.

  • In 1946, Britain recognised the independence of the protectorate of Transjordan.

  • In 1979, Irish gunmen shot dead Sir Richard Sykes, British ambassador to the Netherlands, in The Hague.

  • In 1983, Labour Party candidate Chaim Herzog was elected president of Israel.

  • In 1984, the Israeli government was defeated in parliament, forcing it into early general elections.

  • In 1994, South Africa's Ciskei black homeland collapsed when Brigadier Oupa Gqozo resigned after a police revolt.

  • In 1996, gunmen massacred 11 people in a political attack in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa's Zulu heartland, hours after President Mandela visited the province.

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    Early Monday, U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to arrive in Ghana. For another prespective on the visit, Joy FM in the capitol city of Accra plans to offer live coverage via RealAudio.


    Holidays and more

  • Albania observes Nevruz Day

  • Puerto Rico celebrates Emancipation Day

  • Singer George Benson is 55.

  • Sportscaster Bob Costas is 46.

  • Actor Bruno Ganz is 57.

  • Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is 64.

  • Actor Werner Klemperer is 78.

  • Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 50.

  • Actor Karl Malden is 84.

  • Actor and mime Marcel Marceau is 75.

  • Actor Matthew Modine is 39.

  • Evangelist and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson is 68.

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

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