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Saturday, April 4, 1998

  • Today's Events
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  • "Sometimes a young female may be inexperienced in her attempts to mate -- she definitely was not. She backed him clear across this pen one day."

    -- Donald Lindburg, a behaviorist at the San Diego zoo

    Today's events

  • Memphis, Tennessee, holds all-day events commemorating the 30th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

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    On the horizon

  • On Sunday, April 5, most of the United States returns to daylight-saving time.

  • On Monday, April 6, the National Association of Broadcasters meets in Las Vegas.

  • On Tuesday, April 7, a special election for Sonny Bono's congressional seat will be held. His widow, Mary Bono, and actor Ralph Waite are the announced candidates.

  • On Wednesday, April 8, the final episode of the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld" will be filmed in Los Angeles.

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    On this day

  • In 896, Formosus ended his reign as pope.

  • In 1541, Ignatius of Loyola became the first superior-general of the Jesuits.

  • In 1581, Frances Drake completed the circumnavigation of the world.

  • In 1687, King James II ordered his declaration of indulgence read in church.

  • In 1818, Congress declared the U.S. flag to be 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars.

  • In 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated.

  • In 1862, the Battle of Yorktown began.

  • In 1887, Susanna Medora Salter was elected the first U.S. woman mayor, in Argonia, Kansas.

  • In 1905, an earthquake in Kangra India, killed 370,000 people.

  • In 1932, Vitamin C was first isolated in Pittsburgh.

  • In 1945, Hungary was liberated from Nazi occupation.

  • In 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty was signed.

  • In 1969, Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart.

  • In 1974, Hank Aaron hit his 714th home run, tying Babe Ruth's record.

  • In 1986, Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record with 213th point of season.

  • In 1990, securities law violator Ivan Boesky was released from federal custody.

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    How well do you know your literature? This First Lines quiz gives you the opening sentences. You guess the title.


    Holidays and more

  • Hungary celebrates Liberation Day.

  • It is National Day in Senegal.

  • Poet Maya Angelou is 70.

  • Actor Robert Downey Jr. ("Chaplin") is 33.

  • Author Kitty Kelley ("Jackie Oh!") is 56.

  • Actress Christine Lahti ("Chicago Hope") is 48.

  • Actress Nancy McKeon ("The Facts of Life") is 32.

  • Actor Craig T. Nelson ("Coach") is 52.

  • Actor Michael Parks ("Twin Peaks") is 60.

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

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