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Sunday, April 12, 1998

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  • "I do want people to know that the songs that I wrote when I was with women were really about women. And the songs that I've written since have been fairly obvious about men."

    -- Pop star George Michael

    Today's events

  • Today is Easter Sunday.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, April 17, former police officer Walter Budzyn is to be sentenced for involuntary manslaughter conviction in November 1992 beating death of motorist Malice Green.

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    On this day

  • In 1204, in the Fourth Crusade, Constantinople was captured by the Crusaders.

  • In 1577, Christian IV, King of Denmark and Norway whose disastrous reign led to the Thirty Years War, born.

  • In 1606, King James of England ordered a "Union Flag" combining the crosses of St. George of England and St. Andrew of Scotland.

  • In 1654, the Ordinance of Union came into effect, uniting Ireland and Scotland with England.

  • In 1777, Henry Clay, U.S. statesman and speaker of the House of Congress from 1811, born. He went on to become Secretary of State and was nicknamed "The Great Pacificator."

  • In 1796, Napoleon's forces defeated the Austrian and Sardinian armies at the end of the Battle of Montenotte; it was Napoleon's first significant victory.

  • In 1817, Charles Joseph Messier, French astronomer, died. He produced the first nebula catalogue in 1784.

  • In 1861, the American Civil War began with an attack on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

  • In 1871, Ioannis Metaxas, Greek dictator from 1936 to 1941, born.

  • In 1913, U.S. musician and bandleader Lionel Hampton was born. He recorded with Louis Armstrong and worked with Benny Goodman and was also responsible for introducing the vibraphone into jazz.

  • In 1914, George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion" opened in London with Mrs. Patrick Campbell as Eliza Doolittle and Sir Herbert Tree as Professor Higgins.

  • In 1944, King Victor Emmanuel of Italy announced his intention to abdicate in favor of the Prince of Piedmont when the Allies entered Rome.

  • In 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. president for a record four terms, died in office. Vice President Truman took over the presidency.

  • In 1954, Bill Haley and the Comets recorded the song "Rock Around the Clock"; it sold an estimated 25 million copies worldwide -- then the second biggest-selling single behind Bing Crosby's "White Christmas"

  • In 1961, the Soviet Union launched the first man into space; cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin was carried by the spacecraft Vostok I on a single orbit of the Earth in an 108-minute flight.

  • In 1980, Liberian President William Tolbert was assassinated in a military coup. Samuel K. Doe was installed as the new head of state.

  • In 1981, Joe Louis, heavywieght boxing champion, died aged 66. He held the world title for a record 12 years and won 68 of his 71 professional fights.

  • In 1981, the world's first re-usable space shuttle Columbia was launched at Cape Canaveral.

  • In 1989, Sugar Ray Robinson, five-time winner of the world middleweight boxing championship and unbeaten welterweight champion, died.

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  • Actor David Cassidy ("The Partridge Family") is 48.

  • Actress Claire Danes is 19.

  • Actress Shannen Doherty is 27.

  • Actor Andy Garcia (The Untouchables) is 42.

  • Musician Herbie Hancock is 58.

  • Comedian David Letterman is 51.

  • Writer Scott Turow is 49.

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

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