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Wednesday, April 29, 1998

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  • "Why did God let that happen? It seems that faithfulness doesn't guarantee you safety or a trouble-free life."

    -- the Rev. John Jacquel, speaking of the shooting death of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, teacher John Gillette

    Today's events

  • A hearing for the boys accused in the Jonesboro, Arkansas, school shootings will be held.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Sunday, May 3, the National Cable Television Association opens its annual convention in Atlanta.

  • On Monday, May 4, the Kent State Students Memorial Day will be observed.

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    On this day

  • In 1429, Joan of Arc entered Orleans with supplies seven months into the siege of the city in the Hundred Years War; the siege was lifted a week later.

  • In 1628, Sweden and Denmark signed a treaty for the defense of Stralsund, bringing Sweden into the Thirty Years War.

  • In 1769, the first Duke of Wellington, victor of the Battle of Waterloo, was born in Dublin as Arthur Wellesley.

  • In 1818, Alexander II, czar of Russia, was born; he emancipated the serfs in 1861 but severe repression of political opposition led to his assassination in 1881.

  • In 1913, the improved version of the zipper was patented by Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback as a "separable fastener."

  • In 1916, after a siege of 143 days, the British surrendered Kut-el-Amara to the Turks.

  • In 1942, the Japanese army captured the town of Lashio, cutting off the Burma Road between China and India.

  • In 1944, U.S. forces attacked Truk in the Caroline Islands, dropping more than 800 tons of bombs.

  • In 1945, the terms of surrender of the German armies in Italy were signed; Venice and Mestre were captured by the Allies; in Berlin, Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun, but also made his will naming Admiral Doenitz as his successor; American forces liberated the Dachau concentration camp.

  • In 1965, the Australian government announced it had decided to send troops to Vietnam.

  • In 1965, Malta became the 18th member of the Council of Europe.

  • In 1972, in Burundi, the deposed King Ntare V was killed in an abortive coup.

  • In 1975, in the closing hours of the Vietnam War, the last U.S. troops were evacuated from Saigon.

  • In 1979, Jaime Roldos of the Concentration of Popular Forces party was elected president of Ecuador.

  • In 1980, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, British-born film director best known for his suspense thrillers, notably "Psycho," died.

  • In 1981, in England, Peter Sutcliffe admitted he was the Yorkshire Ripper, murderer of 13 women.

  • In 1981, in a whites-only election, the National Party was returned to power in South Africa but with a reduced majority.

  • In 1989, 14 Liverpool football supporters were sentenced to jail terms for their part in the 1985 Heysel stadium tragedy in Belgium.

  • In 1992, a jury acquitted four Los Angeles police officers accused of beating motorist Rodney King. The verdict sparked rioting and looting.

  • In 1993, in Costa Rica, 18 Supreme Court justices were freed after being held captive by gunmen for three days.

  • In 1996, Russia finally reached agreement with the Paris Club of creditor nations to reschedule $40 million in debt.

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  • Today is Remembrance Day in Israel.

  • It is Greenery Day in Japan.

  • Malaysia celebrates Birthday of the Sultan.

  • Tennis star Andre Agassi is 28.

  • Actor Daniel Day-Lewis ("My Left Foot") is 41.

  • Actress Celeste Holm ("All About Eve") is 79.

  • Poet and singer Rod McKuen is 65.

  • Conductor Zubin Mehta is 62.

  • Actress Kate Mulgrew ("Star Trek: Voyager") is 43.

  • Actress Michelle Pfeiffer ("Batman Returns") is 40.

  • Comedian Jerry Seinfeld ("Seinfeld") is 44.

  • Actress Uma Thurman ("Pulp Fiction") is 28.

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

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