Monday, March 16, 1998
The Vatican is to release a landmark document on the Holocaust -- the first time the Catholic Church has touched on Jewish relations in such magnitude since a 1965 statement.
Six Montana Freemen head to court for the first trial resulting from the anti-government group's 1996 armed standoff with the FBI.
Representatives of the United States, China, North Korea and South Korea are to meet in Geneva for talks on the future of the Korean Peninsula.
On the horizon
On Tuesday, March 17, Major League Baseball owners are scheduled to meet in St. Petersburg, Florida.
On Wednesday, March 18, a drug-use trial begins in Berlin, Germany, against four former East German swimming coaches and two doctors.
On Thursday, March 19, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles on misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment charges. The charges may be put on permanent hold as Abdul-Jabbar has settled a civil suit with victim and agreed to undergo 36 hours of anger counseling.
On Friday, March 20, the arraignment of Scott Malsky, accused of raping a 14-year-old girl and stabbing her over 30 times, is scheduled in Sarasota, Florida. He was acquitted on previous rape charges in Massachusetts.
On this day
In 37, the Roman Emperor Tiberius, having retired to Capri, died on a visit to the mainland near the Bay of Naples.
In 1751, James Madison, American statesman and fourth U.S. president (1809-1817), born; he was the first and only president to exercise his rank as commander-in-chief in an actual battle.
In 1787, Georg Ohm, German physicist, born. He gave his name to the unit which measures electrical resistance.
In 1792, Gustavus III of Sweden was shot by Captain Anckarstroem at a masked ball and died on March 29. His rule was known as the "Gustavian Enlightenment" and he was a great patron of the arts.
In 1802, the United States Congress passed an act establishing a military academy at West Point, New York.
In 1827, Freedom's Journal, the first newspaper for blacks in the United States, was published in New York.
In 1851, Spain signed a concordat with the Papacy under which Roman Catholicism became the only authorized faith. It also gave control of education and the press to the Church.
In 1872, the first English Football Association (F.A.) Cup final was played at the Kennington Oval in London; the Wanderers beat the Royal Engineers 1-0.
In 1898, Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, British artist and illustrator, died of consumption at age 25. Together with Oscar Wilde, he was prominent in the "Aesthetic" movement toward the end of the century.
In 1917, Grand Duke Michael, brother of former Czar Nicholas II who had abdicated the day before, refused to take the Russian throne; the provisional government under Prince Georgi Lvov then formally took office.
In 1926, the first liquid-fuel rocket was successfully launched by Prof. Robert Goddard at Auburn, Massachusetts. The rocket traveled 184 feet in 2.5 seconds.
In 1926, Jerry Lewis, American star of more than 60 films including "The Nutty Professor" and "The King of Comedy," born.
In 1930, Miguel Primo de Rivera y Orbaneja, Marques de Estella, general and dictator of Spain (1923-30), died. He was forced to resign in January 1930 after losing the support of the army.
In 1935, German leader Adolf Hitler renounced the disarmament clauses in the Versailles Treaty and introduced conscription.
In 1937, Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain, British statesman, died. As British foreign secretary he negotiated the Locarno Pact (1925) and together with U.S. Vice President Charles Gates Dawes, he won the 1925 Nobel peace prize.
In 1939, Slovakia was placed under German control; Hungary annexed Ruthenia (formerly part of Czechoslovakia).
In 1940, Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian film director, born. His films included "Last Tango in Paris," "1900" and "The Last Emperor."
In 1968, in the Vietnam War, during an operation in the village of My Lai, a platoon of U.S. troops massacred at least 100 Vietnamese civilians.
In 1982, Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev announced that the Soviet Union was freezing deployment of SS-20 missiles west of the Urals.
In 1985, U.S. journalist Terry Anderson was kidnapped in Beirut; he was not released until December 4, 1991 after 2,454 days in captivity.
In 1988, in Panama, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega survived a coup attempt that he said was U.S.-inspired.
In 1995, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams met President Bill Clinton for the first time.
The Vatican is to release a landmark document on the Holocaust today. Visit the Church's home page,
The Holy See
Holidays and more
Australia marks Canberra Day.
Actor Erik Estrada ("CHiPS") is 49.
Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris) is 57.
Comedian-actor Jerry Lewis is 73.
Actress Kate Nelligan (The Prince of Tides) is 47.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan