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Wednesday, April 8, 1998

  • Today's Events
  • On Horizon
  • On This Day
  • Newslink
  • Holidays & more
  • Almanac archive
  • "I don't consider myself a legend. I think it's kind of overused."

    -- Country singer Tammy Wynette, who died Monday night





    Today's events


  • The final episode of the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld" will be filmed in Los Angeles.

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    On the horizon


  • On Thursday, April 9, the Dogwood Arts Festival begins in Maryville, Tennessee.

  • On Friday, April 10, most of the Christian world marks Good Friday.

  • On Saturday, April 11, Russian President Boris Yeltsin travels to Japan.

  • Sunday, April 12, is Easter Sunday.

  • Monday, April 13, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund spring meeting begins.

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    On this day


  • In 217, Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Antonius), Roman emperor noted for his brutality, was assassinated as he launched a second campaign against the Parthians.

  • In 1513, Florida was discovered and claimed for Spain by Juan Ponce de Leon.

  • In 1818, August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist noted for his work on formaldehyde and coal-tar products, was born.

  • In 1838, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 236-foot steamship Great Western sailed from Bristol, England, on her maiden voyage. It was the first to cross the Atlantic regularly.

  • In 1889, Sir Adrian Boult, English conductor, was born. In 1918 Gustav Holst asked him to conduct the first performance of "The Planets."

  • In 1893, actress Mary Pickford was born in Canada as Gladys Smith. An astute businesswoman, she formed the United Artists company in 1919 with Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks.

  • In 1904, the Anglo-French agreement known as the "Entente Cordiale" was signed. It settled all global differences between Britain and France, including disputes over Newfoundland, West Africa, Egypt and Morocco.

  • In 1913, the opening of China's first parliament took place in Peking.

  • In 1939, one day after invading Albania, Italian troops took the capital, Tirana, and King Zog fled to Greece.

  • In 1953, in Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta was convicted of involvement with the Mau Mau insurrection and was sentenced with five others to seven years' hard labor.

  • In 1973, Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter, sculptor and pioneer of Cubism, died. Refusing to return to Spain during the Franco regime, he spent most of his life in France. His most noted works were "Demoiselles d'Avignon" and "Guernica."

  • In 1974, Henry "Hank" Aaron hit the 715th home run of his career, breaking Babe Ruth's record. The home run was hit in Atlanta against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • In 1977, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin admitted he had violated the country's currency laws; he later resigned.

  • In 1986, film actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California.

  • In 1986, Jennifer Guinness of the well-known brewing family was kidnapped in Ireland for a 2 million pound ransom.

  • In 1992, PLO leader Yasser Arafat survived a plane crash in the Sahara desert; the plane's three crew members were killed.

  • In 1994, Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa resigned over a loan scandal.

  • In 1994, South Africa's four key political leaders met at a bush camp in lion country for a peace summit aimed at stopping violence threatening free and fair elections.

  • In 1996, Yugoslavia and its former republic of Macedonia signed a treaty to normalize relations.

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    Newslink


    There's more in the universe than most of us know. Fortunately, there's a Web site that lets us see a bit of it every day. NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day has archives of daily pictures going back to June of 1995, so you can catch up with what you've missed.


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    Notable


  • Today is celebrated as the birthday of Siddhartha, who became the Buddha, founder of Buddhism.

  • Former first lady Betty (Elizabeth) Ford is 80.

  • Comedian Shecky Greene is 72.

  • Basketball Hall of Famer John Havlicek is 58.

  • Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim ("Catfish") Hunter is 52.

  • Singer and songwriter Julian Lennon is 35.

  • Actor Stuart Pankin ("Not Necessarily the News") is 52.

  • Actor John Schneider ("Dukes of Hazzard") is 44.

  • Actor Taran Noah Smith ("Home Improvement") is 14.

  • Actress Connie Stevens ("Back to the Beach") is 60.

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

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