Friday, March 20, 1998
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.
Former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington is due to begin serving a 2 1/2 year federal prison sentence for fraud.
Today is the Great American Meatout when people are asked to kick the meat habit for at least one day.
On the horizon
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 announced in Los Angeles.
On Monday, March 23, comedian Billy Crystal will host the 70th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
On Tuesday, March 24, the National Book Critics Circle Award winners are scheduled to be announced in New York.
On Wednesday, March 25, Judge Richard Matsch is scheduled to hold a hearing on sentencing guidelines in the Terry Nichols case.
On this day
In 1413, England's King Henry IV died; he was succeeded by Henry V.
In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris, beginning his "Hundred Days" rule.
In 1816, the Supreme Court affirmed its right to review state court decisions.
In 1896, U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to protect U.S. citizens in the wake of a revolution.
In 1976, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup.
In 1987, the Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of AZT, a drug shown to prolong the lives of some AIDS patients.
In 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin declared emergency rule, setting a referendum on whether the people trusted him or the hard-line Congress to govern.
In 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, and more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leaked on five separate subway trains.
In 1997, President Clinton and Boris Yeltsin opened talks in Helsinki, Finland, on the issue of NATO expansion.
In 1997, Liggett Group, the maker of Chesterfield cigarettes, settled 22 state lawsuits by agreeing to warn on every pack that smoking is addictive and admitting the industry markets cigarettes to teen-agers.
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Holidays and more
Today is Independence Day in Tunisia.
Producer, director and comedian Carl Reiner ("The Dick Van Dyke Show") is 76.
Children's TV host Fred Rogers is 70.
Actor Hal Linden ("Barney Miler") is 67.
Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr is 50.
Actor William Hurt ("The Accidental Tourist") is 48.
Rock musician Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 48.
Rock musician Jimmie Vaughan (formerly with The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 47.
Movie director Spike Lee ("Do The Right Thing") is 41.
Actress Holly Hunter ("Broadcast News") is 40.
Actress, talk show host Rosie O'Donnell is 36.
Basketball coach Pat Riley is 53.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan