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Monday, April 6, 1998

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  • "He says it over and over. 'I'm sorry. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hurt nobody. I never meant to hit anybody.'"

    -- Gretchen Woodward, accused Arkansas shooter's mom

    Today's events

  • The Muslim spiritual event Hajj reaches its climax when about 2 million pilgrims go to Mount Arafat, where Prophet Mohammed is said to have given his last sermon 14 centuries ago.

  • The National Association of Broadcasters meets in Las Vegas.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, April 9, the Dogwood Arts Festival begins in Maryville, Tennessee.

  • On Friday, April 10, most of the Christian world mark Good Friday.

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    On this day

  • In 648 BC, the earliest total solar eclipse -- chronicled by Greeks -- was recorded.

  • In 1663, King Charles II signs Carolina Charter.

  • In 1789, the first U.S. Congress began regular sessions at Federal Hall in New York City.

  • In 1830, Joseph Smith and five others organized the Mormon church in Seneca, New York.

  • In 1862, in the American Civil War, the Confederacy suffered a crushing blow at the Battle of Shiloh in southwest Tennessee.

  • In 1868, Brigham Young marries his 27th and final wife.

  • In 1886, the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, is incorporated.

  • In 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and entered World War I.

  • In 1943, the British and U.S. armies linked up in Africa during World War II.

  • In 1958, Arnold Palmer who later became one of the best golfers in history won his first major golf tournament, The Masters.

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    The hajj, or Muslim pilgrimage, reaches its climax today. Learn more about the event by clicking here.


    Holidays and more

  • Actor John Ratzenberger (Cliff on "Cheers") is 51.

  • Singer Merle Haggard is 61.

  • Actress Candace Cameron ("Full House") is 22.

  • Director Barry Levinson ("The Carol Burnett Show") is 56.

  • Actor Billy Dee Williams (Return of the Jedi) is 61.

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

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