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Thursday, March 26, 1998

  • Today's Events
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  • "He told us that tomorrow you will find out if you live or die."

    -- seventh-grader Melinda Henson, speaking of boy suspected in an Arkansas school shooting spree

    Today's events

  • U.S. President Clinton will address a joint session of South Africa's houses of Parliament.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Monday, March 30, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether discrimination against HIV-positive people violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • On Tuesday, March 31, the major-league baseball season opens.

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    On this day

  • In 1026, Conrad II was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope John XIX.

  • In 1780, the British Gazette and Sunday Monitor, the first Sunday newspaper in Britain, was published.

  • In 1793, the Holy Roman Emperor formally declared war on France.

  • In 1827, Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer, died in Vienna. One of the great composers in the history of Western music, he composed many of his finest works after he had become totally deaf.

  • In 1828, Austrian composer Franz Schubert gave his only public concert, in Vienna.

  • In 1854, Charles III, duke of Parma, was attacked by an assassin and died the next day.

  • In 1871, the Paris Commune, an insurrection of Paris against the French government, was formally set up.

  • In 1892, Walt Whitman, U.S. poet and essayist, died. He became a revolutionary figure in American literature after the publication of his "Leaves of Grass."

  • In 1898, the world's first game reserve, the Sabi Game reserve, was designated in South Africa.

  • In 1902, Cecil Rhodes, British-born statesman and financier, died. He became enormously wealthy from his commercial exploitation of the British African empire.

  • In 1913, the Bulgarians took Adrianople in the Balkan War.

  • In 1917, at the start of the battle of Gaza, the British cavalry under Murray withdrew when 17,000 Turks blocked their advance.

  • In 1923, Sarah Bernhardt, French actress, died. The greatest "tragedienne" of her day, she had her leg amputated in 1915 but continued her acting career.

  • In 1940, Michael Savage, New Zealand statesman and prime minister, died. He led the country into World War II but died in office and was succeeded by Peter Fraser.

  • In 1945, the battle of Iwo Jima ended; about 22,000 Japanese troops were killed or captured in the fighting and more than 4,500 U.S. troops were killed.

  • In 1945, David Lloyd George, British statesman and Liberal prime minister, died; he also negotiated Irish independence in 1921.

  • In 1945, the Japanese attempted to reinforce a garrison at Kiska in the Aleutians but were intercepted by a U.S. naval force at the battle of Komandorski Islands.

  • In 1957, Edouard Herriot, French statesman and twice prime minister, died. He was imprisoned by the Germans in 1942 for protesting against the French collaborationist regime in Vichy.

  • In 1959, Raymond Chandler, U.S. crime writer, died. Creator of the private detective character Philip Marlowe in his novels including, "The Big Sleep" and "Farewell My Lovely."

  • In 1971, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared East Pakistan the independent republic of Bangladesh.

  • In 1973, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt took over the premiership, saying "the stage of total confrontation (with Israel) has become inevitable."

  • In 1973, women were allowed on to the floor of the London Stock Exchange for the first time.

  • In 1973, English playwright Noel Coward died; he produced several films based on his own scripts, including "In Which We Serve" and "Brief Encounter."

  • In 1979, in a ceremony at the White House, President Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Begin of Israel signed a peace treaty ending 30 years of war between the two countries.

  • In 1992, former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison for rape.

  • In 1996, former U.S. Secretary of State Edmund Muskie died after a heart attack.

  • In 1996, the International Monetary Fund approved a $10.2 billion loan for Russia to help the country further transform its economy.

  • In 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult were found after killing themselves in a mass suicide; they said they hoped they would join aliens following the Hale Bopp comet.

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    Holidays and more

  • Football player Marcus Allen is 38.

  • Actor Alan Arkin ("Chicago Hope") is 64.

  • Actor James Caan ("The Godfather") is 58.

  • TV host Leeza Gibbons is 41.

  • Actress Jennifer Grey ("Dirty Dancing") is 38.

  • Author Erica Jong ("Fear of Flying") is 56.

  • Actress Vicki Lawrence ("Mama's Family") is 49.

  • Actor Leonard Nimoy ("Star Trek") is 67.

  • Singer Teddy Pendergrass is 48.

  • Singer Diana Ross ("Keep Me Hangin' On") is 54.

  • Actor Martin Short ("The Three Amigos") is 48.

  • Journalist Bob Woodward is 55.

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

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