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Friday, March 27, 1998

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  • "She looks like the pictures of the Virgin Mary I remember from my childhood."

    -- Writer-director Neil Jordan says of controversial singer Sinead O'Connor

    Today's events

  • U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is scheduled to visit Russia.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, March 31, the major-league baseball season opens.

  • Wednesday, April 1, is April Fool's Day.

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    On this day

  • In 1625, Charles I, king of England, Scotland and Ireland, ascends to throne.

  • In 1794, Congress authorizes the U.S. president to provide a navy.

  • In 1802, Pallas (asteroid) is discovered by Heinrich Olbers.

  • In 1836, the first Mormon temple dedicated in Kirtland, Ohio.

  • In 1841, the first U.S. steam fire engine tested in New York City.

  • In 1855, Abraham Gesner patents kerosene

  • In 1861, black demonstrators in Charleston, South Carolina, stage ride-ins on street cars.

  • In 1866, President Johnson vetoes civil rights bill; it later becomes 14th amendment.

  • In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans becomes the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.

  • In 1933, the Farm Credit Administration is authorized.

  • In 1941, Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to United States for 99 years.

  • In 1944, 1,000 Jews leave France for Auschwitz concentration camp.

  • In 1945, Gen. Eisenhower declares German defenses on Western front broken.

  • In 1952, Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee, begins releasing records.

  • In 1958, Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet premier and first secretary of the Communist Party.

  • In 1964, the most violent quake (8.3) in North America strikes Anchorage, Alaska.

  • In 1977, 570 people killed when two planes collide on ground in Canary Islands.

  • In 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington state becomes active after 123 years.

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    Photographer Neil Garcia documented the life of a homeless man in a photo project, Charlie: A Photo Essay. Check it out.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is Resistance Day in Burma.

  • Singer Mariah Carey ("Butterfly") is 28.

  • Actor Austin Pendleton ("Guarding Tess") is 58.

  • Actress Maria Schneider ("Last Tango in Paris") is 46.

  • Director Quentin Tarantino ("Pulp Fiction") is 35.

  • Actor Michael York ("Cabaret") is 56.

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

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