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Saturday, April 11, 1998

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  • "I have been in politics for 30 years and never have I felt this sense of gratification and responsibility and gratitude that I feel today."

    -- U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, Northern Ireland peace broker

    Today's events

  • Russian President Boris Yeltsin travels to Japan.

  • Russian cosmonauts on the Mir space station are scheduled to make another spacewalk for additional repair work.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, April 16, space shuttle Columbia is scheduled to launch on a nearly 17-day Neurolab mission.

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    On this day

  • In 672, Deusdedit III began his reign as Catholic pope.

  • In 1814, Napoleon is exiled to Elba.

  • In 1862, rebels surrender Ft. Pulaski during the U.S. Civil War.

  • In 1876, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized.

  • In 1898, U.S. President William McKinley asked for the Spanish-American War declaration.

  • In 1914, George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" premieres.

  • In 1921, Iowa imposed the first state cigarette tax.

  • In 1941, Germany blitzed Conventry, England.

  • In 1942, the Distinguished Service Medal for Merchant Marines was authorized.

  • In 1945, U.S. soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald.

  • In 1951, U.S. President Harry Truman fired Gen. Douglas McArthur.

  • In 1956, singer Nat King Cole was attacked on stage in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • In 1965, 40 tornadoes struck the U.S. Midwest, killing 272 people and injuring 5,000.

  • In 1965, Jack Nicklaus scored a then-record 271 in his second Masters win.

  • In 1966, Emmett Ashford became the first African-American major league umpire.

  • In 1966, Jack Nicklaus becomes the first man to win consecutive Masters.

  • In 1968, U.S. President Lyndon B Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act.

  • In 1970, Apollo 13 was launched to the moon; unable to land, it returned in 6 days.

  • In 1979, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was overthrown.

  • In 1986, Halley's Comet made its closest approach to Earth.

  • In 1991, the U.N. Security Council issued a formal cease-fire with Iraq declaration.

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  • Jews around the world observe Passover today.

  • Today is Holy Saturday in the Christian religion.

  • Liberia observes National Fast and Prayer Day.

  • Fashion designer Oleg Cassini is 85.

  • Actor Joel Grey ("Caberet") is 66.

  • Actor Bill Irwin is 48.

  • Actress Louise Lasser ("Mart Hartman, Mary Hartman") is 59.

  • Actor Peter Riegert ("Local Hero") is 51.

  • Baseball player Bret Saberhagen is 34.

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

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