Tuesday, March 24, 1998
The National Book Critics Circle Award winners are scheduled to be announced in New York.
U.S. President Clinton arrives in Uganda for a two-day visit.
On the horizon
On Wednesday, March 25, Judge Richard Matsch is scheduled to hold a hearing on sentencing guidelines in the Terry Nichols case.
On Thursday, March 26, U.S. President Clinton will address a joint session of South Africa's houses of Parliament.
On Friday, March 27, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is scheduled to visit Russia.
On Saturday, March 28, the 1998 World Conference of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints opens in Independence, Missouri.
On Sunday, March 29, a concert kicks off weeklong events marking the 30th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee.
On this day
In 1401, in his sweep through Asia and the Mediterranean, the Tatar ruler Tamerlane conquered Damascus.
In 1449, England broke a truce and captured Fougeres from the French, leading Charles VII to renew the Hundred Years War.
In 1603, Queen Elizabeth I died after ruling England for more than 40 years. James VI of Scotland acceded to the throne as James I, uniting the thrones of Scotland and England.
In 1644, Britain granted a charter to Roger Williams for the colony of Rhode Island.
In 1828, in United States, a government act authorized the building of the first state-owned railway; the Philadelphia to Columbia railroad via Lancaster opened in 1834.
In 1882, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, U.S. poet and author of "Song of Hiawatha," died.
In 1934, the United States adopted the Tydings-McDuffie Act providing for Philippines independence in 1945.
In 1944, General Orde Wingate was killed in a plane crash in Burma. He had led his "Chindits," a band of British, Gurkha and Burmese guerrillas, in raids behind Japanese lines from 1943-44.
In 1945, the Allies made four crossings of the Lower Rhine between Rees and Wesel with airborne troops later making contact with British infantry.
In 1949, in the Oscar ceremony, a father and son won awards for the first time when Walter Huston and his son John won the Oscars for the film "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."
In 1953, a resident of Ten Rillington Place, London, discovered a body in a cupboard. It led to the arrest of mass murderer John Christie.
In 1958, rock 'n' roll star Elvis Presley joined the U.S. army for two years.
In 1965, the U.S. spacecraft Ranger 9 crash-landed on the moon. Some of the 5,000 pictures it sent back were broadcast live on TV for the first time.
In 1976, President Isabel Peron of Argentina was deposed in a bloodless military coup; Gen. Jorge Videla was named as president.
In 1976, Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery died; he defeated the Germans at El Alamein.
In 1977, Morarji Desai was sworn in as India prime minister, replacing Indira Gandhi.
In 1978, the oil tanker Amoco Cadiz, aground in the English Channel since March 16, split in two, spilling the last of her 1.6 million barrels of oil.
In 1980, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was shot dead by right-wing hit squads while preparing for Mass in San Salvador.
In 1982, Lt. Gen Mohammad Hossain Ershad declared himself martial law leader of Bangladesh after a military coup.
In 1988, former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu was found guilty in an Israeli court of treason for revealing Israel's nuclear secrets.
In 1990, 2,000 Indian troops, the last of an original contingent of some 50,000, left Trincomalee after a two-and-a-half-year operation to put down a separatist revolt by the minority Tamil community.
In 1993, Ezer Weizman was elected Israel's seventh president.
In 1994, the self-proclaimed Bosnian Serb republic refused to join a Muslim-Croat federation until U.N. sanctions on Serbia were lifted.
In 1995, Britain said it was halting all routine army patrols in Belfast for the first time in 25 years.
In 1996, Iraqis voted in the country's first parliamentary elections since the 1991 Gulf War. Most of the candidates registered as independents.
In 1996, former Marxist military ruler Mathieu Kerekou, staging a dramatic comeback in Benin, was proclaimed winner of the West African nation's second multi-party presidential election.
Check out the Smithsonian Institution's first exhibit created exclusively for the Internet. "Revealing Things" uses common, everyday objects to tell stories about people, their cultures, and the meanings they associate with their possessions.
Holidays and more
Actress Lara Flynn Boyle ("The Practice") is 28.
Actor Norman Fell ("Three's Company") is 74.
Fashion designer Bob Mackie is 58.
Actress Donna Pescow ("Saturday Night Fever") is 44.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan