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Saturday, April 25, 1998

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  • "I plead with you to respect the privacy and the dignity of my son and my family. He has been through so much already."

    -- Jennifer, the mother of a 7-year-old boy allegedly injected with the AIDS virus by his father

    Today's events

  • Pope John Paul II plans to fast in solidarity with famine victims in North Korea.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • Thursday, April 30, is the official date of the 50th anniversary of Israel.

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    On this day

  • In 1859, ground was broken for the Suez Canal.

  • In 1867, Tokyo was opened for international trade.

  • In 1876, the Chicago Cubs held their first National League game, beating Louisville 4-0.

  • In 1898, the United States declared war on Spain.

  • In 1901, New York became the first state to require auto license plates.

  • In 1938, the first seeing eye dog was used.

  • In 1945, the last Boeing B-17 attack against Nazi Germany occured.

  • In 1945, U.S. and Soviet forces met at Torgau, Germany, on the Elbe River.

  • In 1950, Chuck Cooper became the first black man to play in the NBA.

  • In 1952, the American Bowling Congress approved the use of an automatic pinsetter.

  • In 1956, Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" went No. 1.

  • In 1961, an unmanned Mercury test rocket exploded on its launch pad.

  • In 1967, Britain granted internal self-government to Swaziland.

  • In 1974, dictator Antonio Salazar was overthrown in Portugal.

  • In 1978, the Phillie Phanatic made his first appearance.

  • In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that pension plans can't require women to pay more.

  • In 1982, in accordance with Camp David, Israel completes Sinai withdrawl.

  • In 1990, the Hubble space telescope was placed into orbit by the shuttle Discovery.

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  • Portugal marks Revolution Day.

  • Italy celebrates Liberation Day.

  • It is Flag Day in Swaziland.

  • Actor Jeffrey De Munn ("Ragtime") is 51.

  • Director Paul Mazursky ("An Unmarried Woman") is 68.

  • Actor Al Pacino ("The Godfather") is 58.

  • Actress Talia Shire ("The Godfather") is 52.

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

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