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Wednesday, April 15, 1998

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  • "I go home happy every day, because I can be dumb as wall paint about a lot of things, but I'm at least smart enough to know I'm really lucky to have this job."

    -- CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather

    Today's events

  • Income tax returns must be postmarked by midnight.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 an involuntary manslaughter conviction in the November 1992 beating death of motorist Malice Green.

  • On Saturday, April 18, the National Football League draft begins.

  • On Sunday, April 19, the Third Big Stinkin' International Improv and Sketch Comedy Festival opens in Austin, Texas.

  • On Monday, April 20, the U.S. Senate returns from spring recess.

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    On this day

  • In 1450, the French under Comte de Clermont attacked 4,000 new English troops under Sir Thomas Kyriel at the Battle of Formigny in the last phase of the 100 Years' War. The French victory ended English domination of northern France.

  • In 1469, Nanak, Indian spiritual teacher who founded Sikhism, was born near Lahore, India.

  • In 1755, Dr. Samuel Johnson, English poet, journalist and lexicographer, published his dictionary.

  • In 1764, Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, French courtier and mistress of King Louis XV, died.

  • In 1797, British naval personnel mutinied at Spithead, in the English Channel.

  • In 1834, in the United States, President Andrew Jackson signed the first presidential protest. He protested against a Senate resolution drawn up against him.

  • In 1865, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln died at 7:21 a.m. after being shot at Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth the previous night.

  • In 1865, Andrew Johnson became the 17th president of the United States following the death of Abraham Lincoln.

  • In 1888, Matthew Arnold, British poet and inspector of schools, died.

  • In 1891, the Katanga Co. was formed in Brussels to exploit copper deposits in the Katanga area of central Africa.

  • In 1912, the White Star passenger liner Titanic sank on her maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg off Newfoundland; 1,523 of the 2,200 passengers and crew lost their lives in the supposedly unsinkable vessel.

  • In 1920, Richard von Weizsaecker, German politician and statesman, was born; he served as president of West Germany from 1984-94.

  • In 1923, at the Rialto Theatre in New York, Lee De Forest screened a selection of musical shorts demonstrating his sound-on-film process, the first sound films to be demonstrated before a paying audience.

  • In 1938, Gen. Francisco Franco's forces captured Vinaroz in the Spanish Civil War.

  • In 1942, the George Cross, Britain's highest accolade for civilian gallantry, was conferred on Malta by King George VI for bravery in withstanding Italian and German attacks.

  • In 1945, British troops liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

  • In 1949, Wallace Beery, U.S. film actor and Oscar winner for his part in the film "The Champ," died.

  • In 1963, 70,000 marchers arrived in London from Aldermarston in a huge demonstration against nuclear weapons.

  • In 1966, Ugandan Prime Minister Milton Obote was declared president under a new constitution.

  • In 1968, two unmanned Soviet satellites, Cosmos 212 and 213, found each other and docked automatically while in Earth's orbit.

  • In 1971, the British and Chinese governments agreed to the reopening of a telephone link between London and Shanghai which had been closed for 22 years.

  • In 1974, the 15-year rule of President Hamani Diori in Niger came to end when he was deposed in a coup.

  • In 1980, French philosopher, novelist and poet Jean-Paul Sartre died. He was awarded, but declined to accept, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964.

  • In 1986, U.S. warplanes bombed targets in Tripoli and Benghazi. Some 40 people were killed, including a girl adopted by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The United States said the raids were in response to an explosion at a Berlin discotheque in which two Americans were killed.

  • In 1989, at the Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield, northern England, 96 people died when a gate was opened to let in supporters onto an already crowded terrace.

  • In 1990, Greta Garbo, enigmatic Swedish-born film star, died.

  • In 1991, European Community foreign ministers agreed to lift most remaining sanctions against South Africa.

  • In 1992, governments across the world applied U.N. sanctions against Libya because of its alleged involvement in the destruction of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie in 1988 and the bombing of a French plane over Niger in 1989.

  • In 1994, ministers from the world's trading nations signed the GATT pact (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), the biggest market-opening treaty in history.

  • In 1996, South Africa's "truth commission," looking into abuses during the apartheid era, began its public hearings.

  • In 1996, Japan and the United States announced the closure of six more U.S. military facilities on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, reducing the amount of land occupied by American forces there by a fifth.

  • In 1997, during the hajj, a huge fire at a temporary camp in Saudi Arabia, at the plain of Mena, near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, killed 343 Muslim pilgrims.

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  • Today is Recollection of the Deceased Day in Georgia.

  • Olympic gold medalist Evelyn Ashford is 41.

  • Producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason ("Designing Women") is 51.

  • Actress Claudia Cardinale ("The Pink Panther") is 60.

  • Singer and guitarist Roy Clark ("Hee Haw") is 65.

  • Newspaper columnist Heloise Cruse Evans ("Hints from Heloise") is 47.

  • Actress Amy Wright ("Breaking Away") is 48.

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

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