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Thursday, March 12, 1998

  • Today's Events
  • On Horizon
  • On This Day
  • Newslink
  • Holidays & more
  • Almanac archive
  • "This case is about abuse of power."

    -- Prosecutor Lt. Col. Michael Child on the McKinney sexual abuse court-martial





    Today's event


  • The first annual Europe Conference is scheduled to be held in London.

  • An estimated 15,000 Albanian demonstrators are expected to protest in Kosovo, Albania.

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    On the horizon


  • Friday, March 13, is the deadline for Paula Jones' attorneys to respond to U.S. President Bill Clinton's move for dismissal of her sexual harassment suit.

  • On Saturday, March 14, conservative Republicans, lead by Rep. Bob Barr (R-Georgia), hold the National Town Hall Meeting on Impeachment to discuss allegations of misconduct against U.S. President Bill Clinton.

  • On Sunday, March 15, the buzzards are scheduled to make their annual return to Hinckley, Ohio.

  • On Monday, March 16, representatives of the United States, China, North Korea and South Korea are to meet in Geneva to for talks on the future of Korea.

  • On Tuesday, March 17, Major League Baseball owners are scheduled to meet in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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    On this day


  • In 1470, in the Wars of the Roses, Edward IV defeated the rebels at the battle of Empingham.

  • In 1507, Cesare Borgia, Italian politician, cardinal and adventurer was killed in a battle with rebels of Navarre near Viana, Italy.

  • In 1799, in the War of the Second Coalition, Austria declared war on France.

  • In 1814, British troops under Wellington captured Bordeaux in France.

  • In 1849, in India, the Sikhs surrendered to the British at Rawalpindi.

  • In 1854, Britain and France concluded an alliance with the Ottoman Empire against Russia in the Crimean War.

  • In 1868, Britain annexed Basutoland (Lesotho).

  • In 1907, at Toulon, France, the battleship Iena exploded killing at least 118 men.

  • In 1913, Canberra became the capital of Australia when the foundation stone of the Federal Parliament building was laid.

  • In 1930, in India, Mahatma Gandhi began a 300-mile protest journey to defy a British law establishing a monopoly in producing salt.

  • In 1933, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt gave the first of his nation-wide "fireside chats" on radio.

  • In 1938, one day after Artur Seyss-Inquart became Chancellor of Austria, German troops invaded the country.

  • In 1940, Finland signed a peace treaty with the Soviet Union, ending the 14-week war which the Russians won by sheer weight of numbers.

  • In 1945, Anne Frank, the Dutch Jewish teenager who kept a diary of her wartime experiences, died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. She was 15.

  • In 1966, the Indonesian Congress stripped Dr. Sukarno of all powers including the title of president. Gen. Suharto became acting president until general elections in 1968.

  • In 1968, Mauritius became an independent member of the British Commonwealth, having been a British colony since 1810.

  • In 1971, Syrian Premier Hafez al-Assad was elected president in a national referendum.

  • In 1973, in Syria, a new and permanent constitution was endorsed by over 97 per cent of voters in a national referendum.

  • In 1978, in the first round of French parliamentary elections, the Left claimed an absolute majority for the first time in French history.

  • In 1979, in Grenada, Prime Minister Sir Erik Gairy and his government were overthrown and replaced by Maurice Bishop of the New Jewel Movement.

  • In 1979, Luis Herrera Campins was sworn in as president of Venezuela.

  • In 1984, a nationwide strike of British miners began.

  • In 1990, Mongolia's ruling Politburo resigned and Communist leader Zhambyn Batmunkh proposed amending a constitutional clause guaranteeing the party's "leading role."

  • In 1992, the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius became a republic dropping its links with the British crown 24 years to the day after independence.

  • In 1993, nearly 200 people were killed when up to 13 bombs went off across the city of Bombay in India.

  • In 1994, the South African government and the ANC agreed to depose Bophuthatswana homeland President Lucas Mangope.

  • In 1994, the Church of England broke with 460 years of male dominance when it ordained its first women priests in Bristol Cathedral.

  • In 1996, China began new war games in the Taiwan Strait in a show of force, using jets and warships to drive home its warning to Taiwan not to seek independence.

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    Newslink


    U.S. novelist Jack Kerouac was born today in 1922. Best known for "On the Road," he revolutionized the beat generation. To learn more about this legendary author, click here.


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    Holidays and more


  • Today is Purim in Israel.

  • It's Decoration Day in Liberia.

  • Today is Independence Day in Mauritius.

  • It's Medin Full Moon Poya Day in Sri Lanka.

  • Today is Full Moon of Tabaung in the Union of Myanmar.

  • It's Youth Day in Zambia.

  • Playwright Edward Albee is 70.

  • Actress Barbara Feldon is 57.

  • Singer Marlon Jackson is 41.

  • Singer Al Jarreau is 58.

  • Singer Liza Minnelli is 52.

  • Baseball player Darryl Strawberry is 36.

  • Singer James Taylor is 50.

  • Civil rights leader Andrew Young is 66.

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

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