Monday, April 6, 1998
The Muslim spiritual event Hajj reaches its climax when about 2 million pilgrims
go to Mount Arafat, where Prophet Mohammed is said to have given his last sermon 14 centuries ago.
The National Association of Broadcasters meets in Las Vegas.
On the horizon
On Tuesday, April 7, a special election for Sonny Bono's congressional
seat will be held. His widow, Mary Bono, and actor Ralph Waite are the announced candidates.
On Wednesday, April 8, the final episode of the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld" will be filmed in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, April 9, the Dogwood Arts Festival begins in Maryville, Tennessee.
On Friday, April 10, most of the Christian world mark Good Friday.
On this day
In 648 BC, the earliest total solar eclipse -- chronicled by Greeks -- was recorded.
In 1663, King Charles II signs Carolina Charter.
In 1789, the first U.S. Congress began regular sessions at Federal Hall in New York City.
In 1830, Joseph Smith and five others organized the Mormon church in Seneca, New York.
In 1862, in the American Civil War, the Confederacy suffered a crushing blow at the Battle of Shiloh
in southwest Tennessee.
In 1868, Brigham Young marries his 27th and final wife.
In 1886, the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, is incorporated.
In 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and entered World War I.
In 1943, the British and U.S. armies linked up in Africa during World War II.
In 1958, Arnold Palmer who later became one of the best golfers in history won his first major golf tournament,
The hajj, or Muslim pilgrimage, reaches its climax today. Learn more about the event by clicking
Holidays and more
Actor John Ratzenberger (Cliff on "Cheers") is 51.
Singer Merle Haggard is 61.
Actress Candace Cameron ("Full House") is 22.
Director Barry Levinson ("The Carol Burnett Show") is 56.
Actor Billy Dee Williams (Return of the Jedi) is 61.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan