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Wednesday, March 25, 1998

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  • "We're like the Titanic: We are huge, we are expensive and everyone wants us to go faster."

    -- Academy Awards ceremony host Billy Crystal

    Today's events

  • Judge Richard Matsch is scheduled to hold a hearing on sentencing guidelines in the Terry Nichols case.

  • French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl gather in Russia for a three-way summit with President Boris Yeltsin.

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    On the horizon

  • On Thursday, March 26, U.S. President Clinton will address a joint session of South Africa's houses of Parliament.

  • On Friday, March 27, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is scheduled to visit Russia.

  • On Saturday, March 28, the 1998 World Conference of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opens in Independence, Missouri.

  • On Sunday, March 29, a concert kicks off weeklong events marking the 30th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • On Monday, March 30, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether discrimination against HIV-positive people violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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    On this day

  • In 1306, Robert de Bruce was crowned Robert I the Bruce of Scotland at Scone. He led the forces that freed Scotland from English rule in 1328.

  • In 1409, the Council of Pisa, formed to try to resolve the schism in the Catholic church between the popes Gregory and Benedict, held its first meeting at Pisa.

  • In 1799, in the French Revolutionary Wars, 40,000 French troops under Jourdan were defeated near Baden and beaten back to the Rhine by 60,000 Austrians under Archduke Charles at the Battle of Stokach.

  • In 1807, the slave trade in England was abolished.

  • In 1895, Italian troops invaded Abyssinia (Ethiopia).

  • In 1900, in the United States the first Socialist Party was formed when the Socialist Labor Party merged with the Social-Democratic Party. Their first convention was held in Indianapolis in 1904.

  • In 1911, 146 immigrant women, mostly Jewish and Italian, died when New York's worst industrial fire swept through a factory owned by the Triangle Shirtwaist Co.

  • In 1914, Frederic Mistral, French poet and winner of the 1904 Nobel Prize for Literature, died. He helped in the 19th century revival of Provencal language and worked for some 20 years on a Provencal-French dictionary.

  • In 1918, Claude Debussy, French composer, died. His music, described as "musical Impressionism," explored original avenues of expression.

  • In 1924, King George of Greece was deposed and a republic proclaimed.

  • In 1935, Paul Van Zeeland became premier of Belgium.

  • In 1941, Yugoslavia joined the Tripartite Pact, a military alliance directed against the U.S. and Britain.

  • In 1949, Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet" became the first British film to win an Oscar.

  • In 1957, the Treaty of Rome was signed, providing for the establishment on January 1, 1958, of the Common Market in Europe.

  • In 1975, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was murdered by his nephew Prince Faisal. He was succeeded by his brother, Khaled ibn Abdul-aziz.

  • In 1980, Archbishop Robert Runcie was enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • In 1984, French troops began part of a phased withdrawal of its 1,300-man peacekeeping force from Beirut.

  • In 1990, fire swept through a packed, unlicensed nightclub in New York, killing 87 people.

  • In 1994, the last U.S. troops left Somalia after a 15-month peace mission, leaving only a depleted U.N. force behind.

  • In 1994, neo-Nazis firebombed a synagogue in the north German town of Luebeck, believed to be the first such incident in Germany since the end of the Second World War.

  • In 1995, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was freed from an Indiana prison three years after his conviction for rape.

  • In 1996, officials from the 15 European Union states agreed to recommend a ban on exports of British beef products because of concern over mad cow disease.

  • In 1996, France, Britain and the United States signed the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty.

  • In 1996, Abel Goodman, the world's first patient to receive a permanent electric heart, died in Britain.

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    Holidays and more

  • Cyprus celebrates Greek Independence Day today.

  • Today is a national holiday in Greece.

  • Today is Universal Vote day in San Marino.

  • Actress Bonnie Bedelia ("Die Hard") is 52.

  • Singer Anita Bryant is 58.

  • Singer Aretha Franklin ("Respect") is 56.

  • Actor Paul Michael Glaser ("Starsky and Hutch") is 55.

  • Comedienne Mary Gross ("Saturday Night Live") is 45.

  • Musician Elton John ("Candle in the Wind") is 51.

  • Actress Sarah Jessica Parker ("Honeymoon in Vegas") is 33.

  • Journalist Gloria Steinem is 63.

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

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