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Friday, April 24, 1998

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  • "We will say to the victims -- our fathers and mothers who died there: 'We remember you, we speak for you.'"

    -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking of Holocaust victims

    Today's events

  • The 1998 American Lung Association/American Thoracic Society International Conference is to begin in Chicago.

  • The 1998 National Elementary Chess Championships will be held in Peoria, Illinois.

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    On the horizon

  • On Saturday, April 25, Pope John Paul II plans to fast in solidarity with famine victims in North Korea.

  • Sunday, April 26, is the 12th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

  • On Monday, April 27, the American Women in Radio and Television annual awards ceremony is held in New York.

  • On Tuesday, April 28, oral arguments in convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's appeal are scheduled to start.

  • On Wednesday, April 29, a hearing for the boys accused in the Jonesboro, Arkansas, school shootings will be held.

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    On this day

  • In 1533, William the Silent, prince of Orange, was born. He led the revolt against Spanish rule and helped create an autonomous Netherlands.

  • In 1547, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V defeated the Protestants at Muehlberg, near Leipzig, Germany.

  • In 1558, Mary Queen of Scots, aged 16, married the dauphin of France, the future Francois II.

  • In 1704, the Boston News-Letter, one of the earliest newspapers in the American colonies, was first published.

  • In 1731, Daniel Defoe, British journalist and author of "Robinson Crusoe," died.

  • In 1800, the U.S. Congress voted to establish a Library of Congress.

  • In 1815, Anthony Trollope, English novelist, was born; he was best known for the Barchester novels, a series of books set in the fictional English county of Barsetshire.

  • In 1856, Philippe Petain, French statesman, was born. A national hero after his victory at Verdun in World War I, he was later discredited as a Nazi collaborator for heading the Vichy government in World War II.

  • In 1882, Lord Dowding, British air force commander who directed the 1940 Battle of Britain, was born.

  • In 1898, Spain declared war on the United States after receiving an ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.

  • In 1905, Robert Penn Warren, U.S. poet and novelist ("All The King's Men"), was born.

  • In 1906, William Joyce, U.S.-born British Nazi collaborator during World War II, was born. He broadcast German propaganda to Britain, where he earned the derisive nickname "Lord Haw-Haw," and was later hanged for treason.

  • In 1916, the Easter Rising in Dublin, an insurrection aimed at setting up an Irish Republic, began.

  • In 1921, the Tyrol region of central Europe voted for union with Germany.

  • In 1932, in German elections, the Nazis made gains in Prussia, Bavaria, Wurttemberg and Hamburg.

  • In 1945, American forces liberated Dachau concentration camp.

  • In 1950, the state of Jordan was formed by the union of Jordanian-occupied Palestine and the Kingdom of Transjordan.

  • In 1955, the Bandung Conference, organized by five Asian states, ended. It condemned colonialism in both the West and the Soviet Union.

  • In 1965, the body of murdered Portuguese opposition leader Humberto Delgado was found in Spain.

  • In 1965, the Indonesian government formally took control of all foreign companies in the country.

  • In 1967, Vladimir Komarov, the first Russian to fly in the Soyuz craft, was killed when he crash-landed in Russia after his 17th orbit of Earth.

  • In 1970, The Gambia was proclaimed a republic within the British Commonwealth.

  • In 1970, China launched its first satellite into orbit.

  • In 1975, three people died when Baader-Meinhof terrorists attacked the German embassy in Stockholm.

  • In 1986, the Duchess of Windsor (Wallis Warfield) died. As Wallis Simpson, her romance with King Edward VIII led to his abdication in 1936.

  • In 1990, East and West Germany agreed on July 2 as the date for economic union, a prelude to full political unification.

  • In 1990, Michael Milken, former junk bond chief at the defunct Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., pleaded guilty to six felony charges, settling a massive criminal racketeering and securities fraud suit brought by the U.S. government.

  • In 1991, Kurdish rebel leaders reached an agreement in principle with Saddam Hussein on greater autonomy.

  • In 1992, guerrilla leaders in Afghanistan agreed on a 50-member council to take power in Kabul.

  • In 1993, a huge IRA bomb exploded in the heart of London's financial district, killing one person.

  • In 1995, A U.N. tribunal named Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and two of his senior aides as war crimes suspects.

  • In 1996, the Palestinian parliament-in-exile voted to amend clauses in the PLO charter which call for Israel's destruction.

  • In 1996, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met Chinese President Jiang Zemin at the start of a visit to Beijing hailed by both sides as signaling a new relationship between them.

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    Nearly 200 years ago, the U.S. Congress voted to establish a Library of Congress. Today, the massive collection of documents and other archives is accessible on the Web.



  • Today is Armenian Genocide Memorial Day in Armenia.

  • It is National Day in Niger.

  • It is Carnival in the Virgin Islands.

  • Actress Shirley MacLaine ("Terms of Endearment") is 64.

  • Singer Barbra Streisand ("Funny Girl") is 56.

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

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