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Sunday, March 1, 1998

  • Today's Events
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  • "No one should expect to hear anything new from the president on this subject soon because the president has forcefully denied the allegations against him and he is concentrating on the job the American public elected him to do."

    -- White House spokesman Joe Lockhart





    Today's events


    Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS begins in the United States.

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    On the horizon


  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, March 3, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee meets to discuss the nominations -- this year a record 130 -- for the 1998 prize.

  • On Wednesday, March 4, there is a tentatively scheduled House floor vote on admitting Puerto Rico as the 51st U.S. state.

  • On Thursday, March 5, the VII Paralympic Winter Games open in Nagano, Japan.

  • On Friday, March 6, the Massachusetts State Supreme Judicial Court hears appeal in case of Louise Woodward, the 19-year-old au pair accused of killing a baby in her care.

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    On this day


  • In 1498, Vasco de Gama landed at what is now Mozambique, on his travels to India.

  • In 1562, Catholics massacred over 1,000 Huguenots as they prayed at Vassy, France, starting the First War of Religion.

  • In 1792, Leopold II, reformist Holy Roman Emperor from 1790-92, died.

  • In 1803, Ohio became the 17th state of the Union.

  • In 1810, Sweden became the first country to appoint an Ombudsman, Lars August Mannerheim.

  • In 1811, Egypt's ruler Mohammed Ali massacred the leaders of the Mameluke dynasty.

  • In 1815, Napoleon landed in France after returning from the island of Elba, where he had retired after being forced to abdicate in April 1814.

  • In 1862, Prussia formally recognized the Kingdom of Italy.

  • In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state of the Union.

  • In 1871, Napoleon III was deposed as emperor of France.

  • In 1872, Yellowstone, the World's first National Park, was set up in the United States.

  • In 1896, Italian forces were defeated by the Ethiopians at the Battle of Adowa, dealing a blow to Italian hopes of building an empire in Africa.

  • In 1904, Glenn Miller, American bandleader, born. He led a number of dance bands before World War II. While flying with the U.S. Air Force band in 1944, his plane disappeared and he was never seen again.

  • In 1919, the Samil Independence Movement began in Korea, demonstrating against Japanese rule. It was also known as the March First Movement and lasted a year.

  • In 1932, the 20-month-old son of American aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped. He was found dead in May.

  • In 1941, Bulgaria joined the Axis Powers and allowed German forces to enter the country.

  • In 1950, in Britain, Dr. Klaus Fuchs was convicted for giving British and American atomic secrets to the Soviet government.

  • In 1950, Chiang Kai-shek resumed the presidency of the Nationalist Chinese government.

  • In 1954, the United States announced it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test on the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

  • In 1959, Archbishop Makarios returned to Cyprus from exile.

  • In 1962, Pakistan announced a new constitution, setting up a presidential system of government.

  • In 1966, the Soviet spacecraft Venus III landed on Venus. It was the first spacecraft to land on another planet.

  • In 1966, Ghana ordered all Soviet, East German and Chinese technicians to leave the country.

  • In 1967, the government of Gen. Oscar Gestido, elected the previous November, took office in Uruguay.

  • In 1974, American Grand Jury issued indictments against President Richard Nixon's top aides, including John Ehrlichman, in the Watergate case.

  • In 1988, Soviet troops were sent into Azerbaijan after ethnic riots between Armenians and Azerbaijanis.

  • In 1992, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia unveiled major political reforms, ceding some powers after 10 years of disciplined rule.

  • In 1992, Bosnian Muslims and Croats voted to secede from Yugoslavia.

  • In 1994, Israel released about 500 Arab prisoners in the hope it would placate Palestinian outrage over the Hebron massacre.

  • In 1997, Albania's government resigned after the deadliest violence in two months of angry unrest.

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    Newslink


    Yellowstone National Park turns 126 today. For more on the world's first national park, click here.


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    Holidays and more


  • Bosnia and Herzegovina mark Independence Day.

  • Paraguay celebrates Heroes Day.

  • Actress Catherine Bach ("Dukes of Hazzard") is 44.

  • Actor-director Ron Howard (Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show," Apollo 13) is 44.

  • Singer Harry Belafonte is 71.

  • Actor Robert Conrad ("The Wild Wild West") is 63.

  • Singer Roger Daltrey (The Who) is 54.

  • Actor Timothy Daly (Diner, "Wings") is 42.

  • Actor Alan Thicke ("Growing Pains") is 51.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

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