Wednesday, March 18, 1998
A drug-use trial begins in Berlin, Germany, against four former East German swimming coaches and two doctors.
An auction of more than 500 articles of John F. Kennedy documents and artifacts, many of them personal possessions of the late president, is scheduled to take place in New York City.
On the horizon
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 the 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 Saturday, March 21, a celebrity-studded ball benefiting the late Princess Diana's charities is scheduled in Los Angeles.
On Sunday, March 22, the winners of the 18th annual Golden Raspberry Foundation's worst-in-film awards or "Razzies" are scheduled to be handed out in Los Angeles.
On Monday, March 23, comedian Billy Crystal will host the 70th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
On this day
In 978, St. Edward the Martyr, King of the English, murdered at Corfe Castle on the orders of his stepmother who was eager to see her son Ethelred crowned.
In 1229, Roman Emperor Frederick II crowned himself king of
Jerusalem during the Sixth Crusade.
In 1584, Ivan IV, first to assume the title of czar of Russia, died. He inaugurated domestic reforms and conducted successful campaigns against the Tartars, but his cruelty and oppression earned him the nickname Ivan the Terrible.
In 1776, Britain repealed the Stamp Act, despised in its
colonies, but retained the right to impose taxes in the future.
In 1834, in Dorset, England, six laborers were sentenced to
seven years banishment to a penal colony in Australia for
forming a trade union. They became known as the Tolpuddle
In 1848, a five-day revolution began in Milan against Austrian rule, forcing the governor, Joseph Radetzky, to withdraw from the city.
In 1871, the insurrection of Paris against the French government began. The rebels, known as the Communards, were finally defeated in May.
In 1913, King George I of Greece was assassinated at Salonika.
In 1916, the Battle of Naroch Lake, an attempt by the Russians to divert German forces from the Western front, began.
In 1921, Russian soldiers finally put down a rebellion by sailors at Kronstadt, the chief base of the Russian Baltic fleet near Petrograd.
In 1940, Hitler and Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agreed that Italy would eventually join the war.
In 1949, the text of the North Atlantic Treaty was published
for the first time.
In 1962, the war in Algeria ended when agreements were signed
with the French leading to Algeria's independence.
In 1965, ex-King Farouk I of Egypt died in exile in Italy.
In 1965, Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov made the first spacewalk.
In 1967, the oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked off the
Cornish coast of England, spilling 919,000 barrels of oil into the sea.
In 1970, Cambodian head of state Prince Norodom Sihanouk was
In 1978, former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was found guilty of ordering the assassination of an opponent
and sentenced to death.
In 1983, King Umberto II of Italy died in exile in
In 1990, Christian Democrats won a landslide victory in the
first democratic elections held in East Germany.
In 1993, after six days of deadlock, security forces stormed a hijacked Ethiopian airliner in the eastern town of Dire Dawa, killing two of the four hijackers.
In 1996, the Palestinian Authority renamed the Gaza Strip and
West Bank as District of Gaza and the Northern Counties of
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Holidays and more
Today is Aruba Day in Aruba.
Olympic gold medal speed skater Bonnie Blair is 34.
Singer Irene Cara is 39.
Former president of South Africa F.W. de Klerk is 62.
Actor Kevin Dobson is 54.
Actor Brad Dourif is 48.
Actor Peter Graves is 72.
Actor Shashi Kapoor is 60.
Rap artist Queen Latifah is 28.
Singer Wilson Pickett is 57.
Author George Plimpton is 71.
Author John Updike is 66.
Singer Vanessa Williams is 35.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan