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Thursday, April 9, 1998

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  • "She just really enjoys the film."

    -- Adelaide, Australia, theater employee Pia Vogrin, of a woman who has seen "Titanic" more than 100 times

    Today's events

  • Today is the deadline for a peace agreement for Northern Ireland, as set by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, chairman of the Northern Ireland peace talks.

  • Funeral services will be held in Nashville for country singer Tammy Wynette.

  • The Dogwood Arts Festival begins in Maryville, Tennessee.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • Monday, April 13, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund spring meeting begins.

  • On Tuesday, April 14, the winners of the 1998 Pulitzer Prizes will be announced.

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    On this day

  • In 715, Constantine ended his reign as pope.

  • In 1241, at the Battle of Liegnitz, Mongol armies defeated the Poles and the Germans.

  • In 1667, the first public art exhibition was held at the Palais-Royale in Paris.

  • In 1682, La Salle claimed lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France.

  • In 1770, Captain James Cook discovered Botany Bay (Australia).

  • In 1833, the first tax-supported public library in the United States was established in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

  • In 1838, the National Galley opened in London.

  • In 1865, Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops surrendered to U.S. Grant at Appomattox.

  • In 1866, the Civil Rights Bill passed over President Andrew Johnson's veto.

  • In 1869, the Hudson Bay Company ceded its territory to Canada.

  • In 1870, the American Anti-Slavery Society dissolved.

  • In 1912, the first exhibition baseball game was held at Fenway Park in Boston between the Red Sox and Harvard.

  • In 1913, the Brooklyn Dodgers' Ebbets Field opened.

  • In 1914, the first full-color film, "The World, The Flesh & the Devil," was shown in London.

  • In 1918, Latvia proclaimed its independence.

  • In 1940, Germany invaded Norway and Denmark during World War II.

  • In 1941, the PGA established the Golf Hall of Fame.

  • In 1945, the Liberty ship at Bari, Italy, carrying aerial bombs exploded, killing 360 people.

  • In 1947, tornadoes struck west Texas and Oklahoma, killing 169 and injuring 1,300.

  • In 1950, Bob Hope made his first TV appearance.

  • In 1953, TV Guide published its first issue.

  • In 1957, the Suez Canal was cleared for all shipping.

  • In 1959, the Boston Celtics won their eighth consecutive NBA championship.

  • In 1963, Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. citizen, posthumously.

  • In 1967, the first Boeing 737 rolled out.

  • In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was buried.

  • In 1970, Paul McCartney announced the official split of the Beatles.

  • In 1976, the United States and Russia agreed on the size of nuclear tests for peaceful use.

  • In 1983, the sixth space shuttle mission, Challenger 1, returned to Earth.

  • In 1986, "Dallas" announced it would revive the killed Bobby Ewing character.

  • In 1987, Wayne Gretsky passed Jean Beliveau as the all-time hockey playoff scoring champ.

  • In 1988, the United States imposed economic sanctions on Panama.

  • In 1991, Georgia voted to seceede from the USSR.

  • In 1992, John Major was elected prime minister of England.

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  • Today is Holy Thursday in much of the world.

  • It is Memorial Day in Georgia.

  • It is Martyrs Day in Tunisia.

  • Golfer Steve Ballesteros is 41.

  • Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is 72.

  • Actress Michael Learned ("The Waltons") is 59.

  • Actress Cynthia Nixon ("Tatto") is 32.

  • Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam ("The Cosby Show") is 19.

  • Actor Dennis Quaid ("Everybody's All-American") is 44.

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

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