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Sunday, April 26, 1998

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  • "What I did was wrong, and I feel very, very bad about it now. My behavior was inappropriate -- that's just the bottom line."

    -- Elizabeth Ward Gracen, a former Miss America who says she had a one-night stand with then-Governor Bill Clinton

    Today's events

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

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, May 1, much of the world marks International Labor Day, or May Day.

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    On this day

  • In 121, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Roman Emperor, born. Emperor from 161 to 180, he was revered by his subjects for his justice and humanity, and is remembered for his "Meditations" on Stoic philosophy.

  • In 1452, Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, engineer, sculptor and architect, born. His paintings included "Mona Lisa" and "Last Supper."

  • In 1726, Jeremy Collier, English historian and opponent of the theater, died. In 1698, he published his notorious "Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage."

  • In 1798, Eugene Delacroix, greatest of the French romantic painters, born.

  • In 1807, Russia and Prussia signed the Convention at Bartenstein, forming an alliance to drive France out of German states.

  • In 1812, Alfred Krupp, German armaments manufacturer, born. He perfected the technique of casting steel and went on to supply arms to at least 46 countries.

  • In 1828, Russia declared war on Turkey to support Greece's battle for independence.

  • In 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, died in a shootout with Federal troops 11 days after Lincoln's death.

  • In 1894, Rudolf Hess, Nazi leader and Hitler's deputy, was born in Alexandria, Egypt. In May 1941, he flew alone to Scotland, to plead the case for a negotiated Anglo-German peace, and was interned.

  • In 1915, Italy secretly signed the Pact of London with Britain, France and Russia which would put them on the side of the allies in World War I.

  • In 1923, the Duke of York -- Britain's future King George VI -- married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in Westminster Abbey.

  • In 1937, the Spanish Basque town of Guernica was bombed by German planes sent by Hitler to help Franco during the Spanish Civil War.

  • In 1945, Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy collaborationist regime during World War II, was arrested on treason charges.

  • In 1964, Tanganyika, Zanzibar and Pemba joined to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. It was re-named Tanzania on October 29.

  • In 1984, Count Basie (William Basie), U.S. jazz pianist and big band leader, died. He led his orchestra from 1937. Among its members were trumpeter Buck Clayton and singer Billie Holiday.

  • In 1986, the fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear complex in the Ukraine exploded and caught fire, spreading a radioactive cloud across Europe in the world's worst nuclear disaster.

  • In 1992, thousands of Russians celebrated Orthodox Easter, bells ringing out from the walled Kremlin for the first time since Bolshevik leaders vowed to crush Christianity for ever.

  • In 1994, South Africa held its first all-race elections for the national assembly and provincial parliaments.

  • In 1996, China, Russia and three former Soviet Republics signed a treaty aimed at reducing tensions along their common borders.

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    The NBA playoffs are in full swing. For all the highlights, check out the Official Site of the National Basketball Association.



  • Actress Carol Burnett is 62.

  • Musician Duane Eddy is 60.

  • TV journalist Boyd Matson (host of "National Geographic Explorer") is 51.

  • Singer Bobby Rydell ("Wild One") is 56.

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

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