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Monday, April 27, 1998

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  • "The winds of change are blowing through our hemisphere and indeed around the world, and we must all adapt."

    -- Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien after being greeted by Fidel Castro

    Today's events

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

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Saturday, May 2, the Kentucky Derby, the first in racing's Triple Crown, is to be held in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    On this day

  • In 1296, the English under Edward I heavily defeated a Scottish army under the Earl of Athol at the battle of Dunbar.

  • In 1521, Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese navigator, was killed by natives on the island of Mactan in the Philippines while on a pioneering round-the-world voyage.

  • In 1791, Samuel Morse, U.S. inventor of the Morse Code, born. He inaugurated its commercial use on May 24, 1844, sending the message "What hath God wrought?" down the first telegraph line between Washington and Baltimore.

  • In 1822, Ulysses Simpson Grant, American general and politician, born. He took the surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in 1865 to end the American Civil War and went on to win two terms as U.S. president, serving from 1869 to 1877.

  • In 1909, a group known as the "Young Turks" deposed Sultan Abdul Hamid three days after a liberation army had taken then-Constantinople.

  • In 1932, Anouk Aimee, French film actress, born as Francoise Doria. Best known for her roles in "La Dolce Vita" and "Un Homme et Une Femme" ("A Man and a Woman").

  • In 1932, Roelof (Pik) Botha, South Africa's former foreign minister, born. As foreign minister for 17 years, he fought a losing battle to persuade the world that apartheid was a rational solution to ethnic strife.

  • In 1941, German tanks rolled into Athens in World War II.

  • In 1945, Allies rejected peace offers by German SS chief Heinrich Himmler, insisting on unconditional surrender.

  • In 1950, Britain recognized the state of Israel.

  • In 1956, Rocky Marciano retired as undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion.

  • In 1960, the French-administered U.N. Trust Territory of Togoland gained independence as the Republic of Togo.

  • In 1961, Sierra Leone gained independence within the Commonwealth from Great Britain and parliament held its first session with Sir Milton Margai as prime minister.

  • In 1969, Bolivian President Rene Barrientos Ortuno was killed in a helicopter crash near the village of Arque. He had been president since 1964.

  • In 1972, Kwame Nkrumah, former Ghanaian prime minister and president from 1960, died in Bucharest.

  • In 1978, Afghanistan's armed forces seized power, establishing a government based on Islamic principles. President Daoud was killed and new President Nur Mohammed Taraki proclaimed the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.

  • In 1990, Joe Slovo, South African Communist leader, returned home to join peace talks after 27 years in exile.

  • In 1992, a Zambian air force plane carrying Zambia's national soccer team crashed into the Atlantic off Gabon, killing all 30 aboard.

  • In 1992, Russia and most of the other former Soviet republics were welcomed into the free-market fold as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank approved them for membership.

  • In 1993, Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia after 30 years of civil war following a U.N.-monitored referendum.

  • In 1993, China and Taiwan opened two days of talks in Singapore, their highest-level negotiations since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

  • In 1997, Hong Kong officially opened the world's longest road-rail suspension bridge, linking the colony to its new offshore airport.

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    Long before the Internet, many people communicated by using the Morse Code. Its inventor, Samuel Morse, was born on this day in 1791. Learn more about the Morse telegraph by clicking here.



  • Sierra Leone marks Independence Anniversary Day.

  • It's Freedom Day in South Africa.

  • Togo celebrates Independence Day.

  • Slovenia marks Resistance Anniversary.

  • Radio and TV host Casey Kasem ("America's Top 40") is 66.

  • Actress Anouk Aimee (A Man and a Woman) is 64.

  • Singer Sheena Easton ("Morning Train") is 39.

  • MLK Jr. widow Coretta Scott King is 71.

  • Actor Jack Klugman ("The Odd Couple") is 76.

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

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