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Tuesday, April 7, 1998

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  • "I tell them that it's just important that they know that I'm gay and a good person."

    -- Assistant principal Larry Alegre in San Francisco

    Today's events

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

  • Today is World Health Day.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 marks Good Friday.

  • On Saturday, April 11, Russian President Boris Yeltsin travels to Japan.

  • Sunday, April 12, is Easter Sunday.

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    On this day

  • In 1118, Pope Gelasius II excommunicated Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, at Capua.

  • In 1348, Prague University, the first in central Europe, was founded by Charles IV, King of Bohemia.

  • In 1506, St. Francis Xavier, Spanish Jesuit missionary, was born. One of the best known Roman Catholic missionaries, he brought Christianity to Japan and India.

  • In 1739, Dick Turpin, English highwayman, was hanged for murder at York. Before turning into a highwayman, he was a butcher's apprentice.

  • In 1770, William Wordsworth, English poet, was born. The English Lake District supplied the inspiration for much of his best poetry.

  • In 1823, French forces under Louis de Bourbon invaded Spain, beginning the Franco-Spanish war.

  • In 1831, Pedro I of Brazil abdicated in favor of his son Pedro II in order to return to Portugal.

  • In 1862, in the U.S. civil war, the Federal army under Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates under Albert Johnston at the Battle of Shiloh.

  • In 1891, Phineas T. Barnum, U.S. showman, died. Famed for his amusements and spectacular circuses, he also brought Swedish operatic soprano Jenny Lind to tour America in 1850.

  • In 1927, the first successful long-distance demonstration of television took place in the United States. Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover made a speech in Washington, which was seen and heard on a television in New York.

  • In 1934, in India, Mahatma Gandhi suspended his campaign of civil disobedience.

  • In 1939, Italian troops began their invasion of Albania.

  • In 1939, Francis Ford Coppola, U.S. film director and Oscar winner for "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now," was born.

  • In 1943, the drug LSD was first produced at Sandoz Laboratorie in Basel, Switzerland, by Albert Hofman.

  • In 1943, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met for an Axis conference in Salzburg.

  • In 1945, U.S. navy aircraft sank Japan's largest battleship, the Yamato.

  • In 1947, Henry Ford, U.S. motor manufacturer, died. He pioneered the assembly line mass production technique.

  • In 1948, the constitution of the World Health Organization came into force.

  • In 1953, Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden was elected Secretary General of the United Nations by 57 votes to one.

  • In 1955, Theda Bara (Theodosia Goodman), U.S. silent film actress, died. In films from 1915, she was best known for her exotic roles in films notably "Carmen" and "Cleopatra."

  • In 1956, a declaration signed by Morocco and Spain recognized the independence of Morocco.

  • In 1963, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was established with Marshall Tito as its president for life.

  • In 1970, a U.S. federal court confirmed it had closed the investigation of Sen. Edward Kennedy over the car crash in which Mary Jo Kopechne died at Chappaquiddick in 1969.

  • In 1972, Sheikh Abeid Karume, Tanzanian vice president and ruler of Zanzibar, was assassinated.

  • In 1976, after unprecedented riots in Peking, Deng Xiaoping was removed as a deputy prime minister and Hua Guofeng was promoted to full premier.

  • In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter broke off diplomatic relations with Iran and ordered out all Iranian embassy staff because of the detention of U.S. embassy hostages in Tehran.

  • In 1981, voters approved a new constitution in the Philippines, giving President Marcos sweeping powers.

  • In 1990, the Scandinavian Star, a Bahamas-registered ferry operated by the Da No Line, caught fire while on a journey between Norway and Denmark; 158 people were killed.

  • In 1994, Rwandan Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana was killed as troops, presidential guards, police and gangs of youths rampaged through the capital Kigali in a chaotic orgy of bloodletting.

  • In 1994, Israel sealed off the occupied West bank and Gaza Strip, banning Palestinians from entering Israel and East Jerusalem after two Arab guerrilla attacks.

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    Holidays and more

  • The hajj continues for Muslims around the world.

  • Mozambique observes Women's Day.

  • It is National Mourning Day in Rwanda.

  • Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather") is 59.

  • Interviewer David Frost is 59.

  • Actor James Garner ("The Rockford Files") is 70.

  • Singer John Oates (of Hall & Oates) is 50.

  • Actor Wayne Rogers ("M*A*S*H") is 65.

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

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