Thursday, April 9, 1998
Today is the deadline for a peace agreement for Northern Ireland, as set by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, chairman of the Northern Ireland peace talks.
Funeral services will be held in Nashville for country singer Tammy Wynette.
The Dogwood Arts Festival begins in Maryville, Tennessee.
On the horizon
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.
On Tuesday, April 14, the winners of the 1998 Pulitzer Prizes will be announced.
On this day
In 715, Constantine ended his reign as pope.
In 1241, at the Battle of Liegnitz, Mongol armies defeated the Poles and the Germans.
In 1667, the first public art exhibition was held at the Palais-Royale in Paris.
In 1682, La Salle claimed lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France.
In 1770, Captain James Cook discovered Botany Bay (Australia).
In 1833, the first tax-supported public library in the United States was established in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
In 1838, the National Galley opened in London.
In 1865, Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops surrendered to U.S. Grant at Appomattox.
In 1866, the Civil Rights Bill passed over President Andrew Johnson's veto.
In 1869, the Hudson Bay Company ceded its territory to Canada.
In 1870, the American Anti-Slavery Society dissolved.
In 1912, the first exhibition baseball game was held at Fenway Park in Boston between the Red Sox and Harvard.
In 1913, the Brooklyn Dodgers' Ebbets Field opened.
In 1914, the first full-color film, "The World, The Flesh & the Devil," was shown in London.
In 1918, Latvia proclaimed its independence.
In 1940, Germany invaded Norway and Denmark during World War II.
In 1941, the PGA established the Golf Hall of Fame.
In 1945, the Liberty ship at Bari, Italy, carrying aerial bombs exploded, killing 360 people.
In 1947, tornadoes struck west Texas and Oklahoma, killing 169 and injuring 1,300.
In 1950, Bob Hope made his first TV appearance.
In 1953, TV Guide published its first issue.
In 1957, the Suez Canal was cleared for all shipping.
In 1959, the Boston Celtics won their eighth consecutive NBA championship.
In 1963, Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. citizen, posthumously.
In 1967, the first Boeing 737 rolled out.
In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was buried.
In 1970, Paul McCartney announced the official split of the Beatles.
In 1976, the United States and Russia agreed on the size of nuclear tests for peaceful use.
In 1983, the sixth space shuttle mission, Challenger 1, returned to Earth.
In 1986, "Dallas" announced it would revive the killed Bobby Ewing character.
In 1987, Wayne Gretsky passed Jean Beliveau as the all-time hockey playoff scoring champ.
In 1988, the United States imposed economic sanctions on Panama.
In 1991, Georgia voted to seceede from the USSR.
In 1992, John Major was elected prime minister of England.
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Today is Holy Thursday in much of the world.
It is Memorial Day in Georgia.
It is Martyrs Day in Tunisia.
Golfer Steve Ballesteros is 41.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is 72.
Actress Michael Learned ("The Waltons") is 59.
Actress Cynthia Nixon ("Tatto") is 32.
Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam ("The Cosby Show") is 19.
Actor Dennis Quaid ("Everybody's All-American") is 44.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan