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Wednesday, February 25, 1998

  • Today's Events
  • On Horizon
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  • "I'm gay, the character's gay. It's just too controversial; nobody wants to deal with it."

    -- Ellen DeGeneres





    Today's events


  • President Clinton is expected to travel to Florida to view tornado damage.

  • The 40th annual Grammy Awards will be presented in New York City.

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    On the horizon


  • Thursday, February 26, marks the five year anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing in New York City.

  • On Friday, February 27, an estimated 600,000 teen-agers are expected to participate in a World Hunger Day event designed to teach children about global hunger issues.

  • On Saturday, February 28, Clint Eastwood is the guest of honor at the Cesars, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards in Paris.

  • On Sunday, March 1, Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS begins in the United States.

  • On Monday, March 2, a court appearance is scheduled for Michael Carneal, the 14-year-old charged with the December 1, 1997, shootings at his high school in Paducah, Kentucky.

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    On this day


  • In 1308, Edward II was enthroned as King of England.

  • In 1723, Sir Christopher Wren, English architect and designer, died. He became a prolific designer of buildings following the Great Fire of London in 1666, notably of the new St. Paul's cathedral.

  • In 1841, explorer Edward John Eyre left Fowlers Bay in South Australia on an overland trip around the Great Australian Bight. He reached Albany in July.

  • In 1899, Paul Julius Reuter, German founder of the news agency that bears his name, died. In 1850 he set up a pigeon post service from Aachen to Brussels to bridge the last gap in the expanding European telegraph system.

  • In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. constitution was ratified, providing for an income tax.

  • In 1914, Sir John Tenniel, English artist and illustrator of "Alice in Wonderland," died.

  • In 1948, in Czechoslovakia, President Edvard Benes accepted the resignations of non-Communists from his cabinet. The Communists legally took control of the government in what was called the "February Coup."

  • In 1954, Mohammad Naguib resigned as president of Egypt; Gamal Abdel Nasser assumed full powers as prime minister and chief of the Revolutionary Council.

  • In 1954, it was announced that Syrian President Adib Shishakli had fled the country after riots and a revolt by the army.

  • In 1956, in a sensational speech to the Communist Party Congress, Nikita Khrushchev denounced Stalin as a demigod and tyrant.

  • In 1964, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion for the first time by knocking out Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.

  • In 1972, President Kenneth Kaunda announced his cabinet's decision to impose a one-party state in Zambia.

  • In 1972, the Soviet Union's Luna 20 spacecraft returned to Earth with samples of the Moon's surface.

  • In 1983, Tennessee Williams, U.S. playwright noted for "A Streetcar Named Desire," died.

  • In 1986, in the face of overwhelming military and civil opposition, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, his wife and several others, were airlifted to safety from the presidential palace to the U.S. Clark Air Base.

  • In 1991, an Iraqi scud missile scored a direct hit on the U.S. base at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 28 soldiers.

  • In 1993, Kim Young-sam was sworn in as South Korea's first civilian president in 32 years.

  • In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a Jewish settler, massacred 43 Muslim worshippers at a Hebron mosque. He was beaten to death at the scene.

  • In 1994, Malaysia banned British firms from government contracts following British media stories alleging corrupt business dealings.

  • In 1994, the United States expelled Russian diplomat Aleksandr Iosifovich Lysenko, identified as Moscow's chief intelligence officer in Washington.

  • In 1995, North Korea's defense minister, O Jin-u, No. 2 man in North Korea's ruling hierarchy, died of cancer.

  • In 1996, Haing Ngor, a Cambodian refugee whose Academy Award-winning performance in the film "The Killing Fields" mirrored his own ordeal at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, was murdered.

  • In 1997, Russian novelist Andrei Sinyavsky, whose 1966 trial for writing "anti-Soviet works" is widely considered the start of dissidence against communist rule, died in a Paris suburb of cancer.

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    Newslink


    Oh, the waiting. Will Paula Cole take home Grammy gold? Will Bob Dylan and Hanson play an impromptu performance together? Tonight's the night. Check out our comprehensive 1998 Grammys site. Mmmbop.


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    Holidays and more


  • Today is Ash Wednesday.

  • Kuwait celebrates National Day.

  • Mauritius and Sri Lanka celebrate Maha Shivaratree.

  • Actor Tom Courtenay is 61.

  • Musician George Harrison is 55.

  • Talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael is 55.

  • Actor Bert Remsen is 73.

  • Singer Faron Young is 66.

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

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