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Friday, April 10, 1998

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  • "It's hard to see any silver lining in this type of tragedy."

    -- Alabama Gov. Fob James

    Today's events

  • The Good Friday "Way of the Cross" procession will be held at the Colosseum in Rome.

  • Whitewater figure Susan McDougal is tentatively scheduled to go on trial in Santa Monica, California, on charges she embezzled money from symphony conductor Zubin Mehta.

  • The 139-year-old Cape May lighthouse reopens in Cape May Point, New Jersey, after a $900,000 restoration.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, April 15, income tax returns must be postmarked in the United States.

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    On this day

  • In 1512, James V of Scotland, who allied his country with France against the English, was born. He became king at the age of 17 months.

  • In 1741, Frederick II of Prussia defeated Maria Theresa's forces at Mollwitz and conquered Silesia.

  • In 1755, Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, German physician who pioneered homeopathic medicine, was born.

  • In 1778, William Hazlitt, English writer, essayist, philosopher and critic, was born.

  • In 1814, Napoleon's army was defeated by the British and Spanish at the Battle of Toulouse; the defeat led to his abdication and exile to Elba.

  • In 1827, Lew Wallace, U.S. novelist, soldier, diplomat and lawyer, was born; he was best known for "Ben Hur."

  • In 1829, William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was born. In 1865 he started the Christian Mission in London's East End, which in 1878 became the Salvation Army.

  • In 1847, Joseph Pulitzer, U.S. newspaper owner who instituted the Pulitzer Prizes, was born.

  • In 1854, the constitution of the Orange Free State in south Africa was proclaimed.

  • In 1864, Archduke Maximilian of Austria accepted the throne of Mexico.

  • In 1868, George Arliss, British actor of stage and screen, was born. He was famous for his portrayals of Disraeli, Voltaire, Richelieu and Wellington.

  • In 1919, Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata was ambushed and killed by government troops in Mexico.

  • In 1921, Sun Yat-sen was elected president of China.

  • In 1922, the Genoa Conference opened to discuss the reconstruction of Europe after World War I.

  • In 1932, Paul von Hindenburg received 19 million votes in German presidential elections, beating Adolf Hitler's 13 million votes.

  • In 1932, actor Omar Sharif was born in Egypt as Michael Shalhoub; he played the popular romantic leads in such films as "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago."

  • In 1938, in a referendum, 99.75 percent of Austrians voted for a merger with Germany.

  • In 1944, Russian troops recaptured Odessa from the Germans in World War II.

  • In 1944, a British midget submarine secretly entered Bergen harbor in Norway and sank the German merchant ship Barenfels.

  • In 1953, Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden was installed as secretary-general of the United Nations for a five-year term; he started a second term on the same date in 1958.

  • In 1954, pioneering French film director Auguste Lumiere died. Together with his brother Louis Jean, he was responsible for many early inventions in movie history, including making what is considered to be the first film.

  • In 1962, film director Michael Curtiz died; born in Hungary as Mihali Kertesz, he won an Oscar for "Casablanca."

  • In 1963, the U.S. submarine Thresher sank off Cape Cod in the Atlantic with the loss of 129 lives.

  • In 1966, Evelyn Waugh, English novelist, died; his works included "Scoop," "The Loved One" and "Brideshead Revisited."

  • In 1972, an earthquake struck southern Iran, killing more than 5,000 people.

  • In 1972, more than 50 countries signed a treaty outlawing the stockpiling of biological weapons.

  • In 1973, in Switzerland, 108 people died when a plane crashed while attempting to land at Basel.

  • In 1974, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir resigned over differences within her Labor Party.

  • In 1980, Spain and Britain agreed to reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain, closed in 1969.

  • In 1983, President Reagan's Middle East peace plan collapsed when King Hussein of Jordan failed to reach agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization on the terms of the deal.

  • In 1990, three European hostages kidnapped at sea in 1987 by Palestinian extremists were released in Beirut and handed to the French Embassy.

  • In 1992, a huge Irish Republican Army bomb exploded in London's financial district; three people were killed and 91 injured.

  • In 1993, South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani was assassinated.

  • In 1994, NATO warplanes launched air strikes for the first time on Serb forces advancing on the Bosnian Muslim town of Gorazde, a U.N.-declared safe area.

  • In 1994, Argentines approved a reform allowing President Carlos Menem to run for a second term.

  • In 1995, Morarji Desai, former India prime minister, died.

  • In 1995, veteran revolutionary Chen Yun, one of China's leading economic planners, died at 90.

  • In 1996, Chinese Premier Li Peng's visit to France was marred by a diplomatic wrangle with his French counterpart, Alain Juppe, over human rights.

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    "When we leave here we will have fighting to do and I haint afraid to fight the rebels." Isaac Overall left his home in Gallia County, Ohio, in 1862 to join the Civil War. Read Overall's letters home to his family, fascinating, firsthand looks at the war.



  • Christians around the world observe Good Friday.

  • Singer and songwriter Babyface (Kenneth Edmonds) is 41.

  • Author David Halberstam ("The Best and the Brightest") is 64.

  • Sportscaster John Madden is 62.

  • Actor Harry Morgan ("M*A*S*H") is 83.

  • Actor Steven Seagal ("Under Siege") is 47.

  • Actor Omar Sharif ("Lawrence of Arabia") is 66.

  • Author Paul Edward Theroux ("The Mosquito Coast") is 57.

  • Actor Max Von Sydow ("The Seventh Seal") is 69.

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

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