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Sunday, April 5, 1998

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  • "We are all satisfied at the progress that has been made, and our report will be before the Security Council very shortly."

    -- Jayantha Dhanapala, U.N. undersecretary-general for disarmament

    Today's events

  • Most of the United States returns to daylight-saving time.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 1355, Charles IV was crowned in Rome as Holy Roman Emperor.

  • In 1513, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian, Henry VIII of England, Ferdinand of Aragon and Pope Leo X signed the Treaty of Mechlin, forming an alliance to invade France.

  • In 1588, Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher, born. He developed his ideas in "Leviathan, or the Matter, Form, Power of a Commonwealth" (1651).

  • In 1614, in the United States, Pocahontas, daughter of King Powahatan, married the farmer John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia.

  • In 1676, John Winthrop, British-born colonial governor, born. He later obtained the charter uniting the colonies of Connecticut and New Haven. He was governor of Connecticut at the time of his death.

  • In 1724, Giovanni Jacopo Casanova de Seingalt, Italian lover and adventurer, born. During his life he was a seminarian, a secretary to a cardinal, a Venetian ensign, an abbe, a gambler, an alchemist, a violinist, a spy and a librarian.

  • In 1794, French revolutionary leader Georges Jacques Danton was guillotined for treason. He tried to temper the Revolutionary Tribunal's severity, which he himself had set up and by which he was ultimately sentenced.

  • In 1827, Joseph Lister, British surgeon and scientist, born; the pioneer of antiseptics, he revolutionised modern surgery.

  • In 1900, actor Spencer Tracy born. He was the first actor to win an Academy Award in successive years, for his performances in "Captains Courageous" (1937) and "Boy's Town" (1938).

  • In 1901, Melvyn Douglas, U.S. actor of stage and screen, born as Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg; famed for his appearance with Greta Garbo in "Ninotchka."

  • In 1908, Bette Davis, U.S. film actress, born. She won Oscars for "Dangerous" and "Jezebel" but was perhaps best remembered for her role in the film "All About Eve."

  • In 1916, Gregory Peck, U.S. film actor, born. Best known for his role as a liberal Southern lawyer in "To Kill a Mockingbird" for which he won an Oscar.

  • In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for giving atomic secrets away to the Russians.

  • In 1955, in England, Winston Churchill resigned as prime minister.

  • In 1964, Douglas MacArthur, U.S. general and Pacific commander in World War II, died.

  • In 1970, Count Carl von Spreti, West German ambassador to Guatemala, was found murdered six days after his kidnapping by guerrillas.

  • In 1975, Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese military and political leader, died; Chiang fled to Taiwan after his Nationalist forces lost the Chinese civil war against Mao Zedong in 1949.

  • In 1976, Howard Hughes, U.S. millionaire industrialist and film producer who later became a recluse, died.

  • In 1988, Arab gunmen seized a Kuwait Airways Boeing 747 carrying 115 passengers and killed two Kuwaitis.

  • In 1989, the Polish government legalized the Solidarity union, and introduced democratic measures into the political system.

  • In 1992, Suada Dilberovic, a 24-year-old Croat medical student who was shot and killed by a sniper on the Vrbania bridge in Sarajevo, became the first woman casualty of the war in Bosnia.

  • In 1997, Allen Ginsberg, poet laureate of the beat generation, died. In 1956, he published "Howl and Other Poems," a book of free verse considered the preeminent poetic work of the beat movement of the 1950s.

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    Holidays and more

  • Taiwan celebrates Ching Ming Fest.

  • Gen. Colin Powell is 61.

  • Actor Gregory Peck ("To Kill a Mockingbird") is 82.

  • Actor Michael Moriarty ("The Last Detail") is 56.

  • Actor Nigel Hawthorne ("Gandhi") is 69.

  • Author Arthur Hailey ("Airport") is 78.

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

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