Saturday, April 18, 1998
The National Football League draft begins.
Heads of state meet for the second Summit of the
Americas in Santiago, Chile.
On the horizon
On Sunday, April 19, the Third Big Stinkin'
International Improv and Sketch Comedy Festival opens in
On Monday, April 20, the U.S. Senate returns from spring
On Tuesday, April 21, the United States and North Korea
begin the first of five joint operations to recover remains
of U.S. servicemen lost during the Korean War.
Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day.
Thursday, April 23, is the 6th annual Take Our Daughters
to Work Day in the United States.
On this day
In 1328, Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV, or Louis the Bavarian,
deposed Pope John XXII in Rome in a quarrel over who
exercised superior authority. Peter of Corbara was elected
anti-pope as Nicholas V.
In 1480, Lucrezia Borgia, Italian noblewoman and
illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI, was born.
In 1504, Filippino Lippi, early Renaissance painter and son
of Fra Lippi, died. Famed for his work in the Caraffa Chapel
in Rome, his most popular painting is "The Vision of St.
In 1689, British Chief Justice Judge George Jeffreys died in
the Tower of London. He presided over the "Bloody Assizes"
following the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.
In 1775, Paul Revere rode from Charlestown to Lexington to
warn the Massachussetts colonists of the arrival of British
troops at the start of the American Revolution.
In 1797, Louis-Adolph Thiers, French statesman, was born. He
was the founder and first president of the Third Republic.
In 1820, Franz von Suppe, Austrian composer of light operas,
was born. His most successful operettas include "Leichte
Kavallerie" and "Boccaccio."
In 1847, in the American-Mexican War, Gen. Winfield Scott
with 8,500 men attacked and defeated Gen. Santa Anna with
12,000 men at the battle of Cerro-Gordo.
In 1882, Leopold Stokowski, orchestral conductor, was born
in London. Founder of the American Symphony Orchestra, he
made three films, including Walt Disney's "Fantasia," with
the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In 1906, an earthquake struck San Francisco. The quake and
resulting fires devastated the city, leaving more than
200,000 people homeless and more than 1,000 dead.
In 1909, 15th century French heroine Joan of Arc was
beatified at a ceremony at the Vatican.
In 1923, Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees
baseball team, was opened.
In 1934, the first launderette, the "Washateria," was opened
at Fort Worth, Texas, by J.F. Cantrell.
In 1936, Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer, died. He is best
known for his orchestral pieces including the "Pines of
In 1942, in World War II, U.S. aircraft commanded by James
Doolittle bombed Tokyo for the first time as well as
Yokohama and Nagoya.
In 1945, Ernie Pyle, one of the most famous war
correspondents of World War II, was killed by Japanese
machine-gun fire on the island of Ii Shima in the Pacific.
The 1945 film "G.I. Joe" was about his coverage of the
In 1946, the League of Nations dissolved itself and all its
assets were handed over to the United Nations.
In 1949, Southern Ireland came into being with the
passing of the Republic of Ireland Act.
In 1951, France, West Germany, Italy and the three Benelux
countries signed a treaty in Paris setting up the European
Coal and Steel Community.
In 1954, Gamal Abdel Nasser became prime minister of Egypt.
In 1955, Albert Einstein, German-born scientist, died. He
formulated the Theory of Relativity and won the Nobel Prize
for Physics in 1921.
In 1968, London Bridge was sold to American Robert
McCullough for 1 million pounds. It was later re-erected
In 1974, the Washington District Court conducting the
Watergate proceedings issued a subpoena on President Richard
Nixon to produce tape recordings and other material demanded
by the special prosecutor.
In 1978, the U.S. Senate ratified the second Panama Canal
Treaty, providing for the operation and defense of the canal
In 1978, Chilean President Augusto Pinochet announced a new
Cabinet composed for the first time since the 1973 coup
mainly of civilians.
In 1980, Rhodesia gained legal independence as Zimbabwe
under President Canaan Banana.
In 1982, the name of the capital of Zimbabwe was changed
from Salisbury to Harare.
In 1983, a suicide bomb shattered the U.S. embassy in
Beirut, killing at least 63 people.
In 1988, an Israeli court convicted John Demjanjuk of Nazi
war crimes, saying he was the gas chamber operator "Ivan The
Terrible" at the Treblinka death camp in World War II.
In 1993, in Pakistan, the government of Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif was dismissed by President Ishaq Khan.
In 1996, more than 100 Lebanese refugees were killed when
Israeli artillery shells ripped into a crowded U.N.
peacekeepers base where they were sheltering.
In 1996, Britain withdrew an expulsion order on Saudi
dissident Mohammed al-Masari, whose presence had threatened
lucrative arms deals with Riyadh, and said he could stay in
the country for four more years.
Seventy-five years ago, one of baseball's greatest ballpark was born in the Bronx. Take a trip back in history to Yankee Stadium.
It is Health Day in Kiribati.
It is Independence Day in Zimbabwe.
Actress Barbara Hale (Della Street on "Perry Mason") is 76.
Actress Melissa Joan Hart ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch") is 22.
Actor John James ("Dynasty") is 42.
Actress Dorothy Lyman ("Mama's Family," "All My Children") is 51.
Actress Hayley Mills ("The Parent Trap") is 52/
Actor and writer Rick Moranis ("Honey, I Shrunk the Kids") is 44.
TV host Conan O'Brien is 35.
Actor Eric Roberts ("Star 80") is 42.
Actor James Woods ("The Onion Field") is 51.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan