Friday, April 10, 1998
The Good Friday "Way of the Cross" procession will be held at the
Colosseum in Rome.
Whitewater figure Susan McDougal is tentatively scheduled to go on trial in Santa Monica, California, on charges she embezzled money from symphony conductor Zubin Mehta.
The 139-year-old Cape May lighthouse reopens in Cape May Point, New Jersey, after a $900,000 restoration.
On the horizon
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 Wednesday, April 15, income tax returns must be postmarked in the United States.
On this day
In 1512, James V of Scotland, who allied his country with
France against the English, was born. He became king at the age
of 17 months.
In 1741, Frederick II of Prussia defeated Maria Theresa's
forces at Mollwitz and conquered Silesia.
In 1755, Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, German
physician who pioneered homeopathic medicine, was born.
In 1778, William Hazlitt, English writer, essayist,
philosopher and critic, was born.
In 1814, Napoleon's army was defeated by the British and
Spanish at the Battle of Toulouse; the defeat led to his
abdication and exile to Elba.
In 1827, Lew Wallace, U.S. novelist, soldier, diplomat and
lawyer, was born; he was best known for "Ben Hur."
In 1829, William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was born.
In 1865 he started the Christian Mission in London's East End,
which in 1878 became the Salvation Army.
In 1847, Joseph Pulitzer, U.S. newspaper owner who instituted
the Pulitzer Prizes, was born.
In 1854, the constitution of the Orange Free State in south
Africa was proclaimed.
In 1864, Archduke Maximilian of Austria accepted the throne of
In 1868, George Arliss, British actor of stage and screen,
was born. He was famous for his portrayals of Disraeli, Voltaire,
Richelieu and Wellington.
In 1919, Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata was ambushed and
killed by government troops in Mexico.
In 1921, Sun Yat-sen was elected president of China.
In 1922, the Genoa Conference opened to discuss the
reconstruction of Europe after World War I.
In 1932, Paul von Hindenburg received 19 million votes in
German presidential elections, beating Adolf Hitler's 13 million
In 1932, actor Omar Sharif was born in Egypt as Michael
Shalhoub; he played the popular romantic leads in such films as
"Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago."
In 1938, in a referendum, 99.75 percent of Austrians voted for
a merger with Germany.
In 1944, Russian troops recaptured Odessa from the Germans in
World War II.
In 1944, a British midget submarine secretly entered Bergen
harbor in Norway and sank the German merchant ship Barenfels.
In 1953, Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden was installed as
secretary-general of the United Nations for a five-year term; he
started a second term on the same date in 1958.
In 1954, pioneering French film director Auguste Lumiere died.
Together with his brother Louis Jean, he was responsible for
many early inventions in movie history, including making what is
considered to be the first film.
In 1962, film director Michael Curtiz died; born in Hungary as Mihali Kertesz, he won an Oscar for "Casablanca."
In 1963, the U.S. submarine Thresher sank off Cape Cod in the
Atlantic with the loss of 129 lives.
In 1966, Evelyn Waugh, English novelist, died; his works
included "Scoop," "The Loved One" and "Brideshead
In 1972, an earthquake struck southern Iran, killing more than
In 1972, more than 50 countries signed a treaty outlawing the
stockpiling of biological weapons.
In 1973, in Switzerland, 108 people died when a plane crashed
while attempting to land at Basel.
In 1974, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir resigned over
differences within her Labor Party.
In 1980, Spain and Britain agreed to reopen the border between
Gibraltar and Spain, closed in 1969.
In 1983, President Reagan's Middle East peace plan collapsed
when King Hussein of Jordan failed to reach agreement with the
Palestine Liberation Organization on the terms of the deal.
In 1990, three European hostages kidnapped at sea in 1987 by
Palestinian extremists were released in
Beirut and handed to the French Embassy.
In 1992, a huge Irish Republican Army bomb exploded in
London's financial district; three people were killed and 91
In 1993, South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani was
In 1994, NATO warplanes launched air strikes for the first
time on Serb forces advancing on the Bosnian Muslim town of
Gorazde, a U.N.-declared safe area.
In 1994, Argentines approved a reform allowing President
Carlos Menem to run for a second term.
In 1995, Morarji Desai, former India prime minister, died.
In 1995, veteran revolutionary Chen Yun, one of China's
leading economic planners, died at 90.
In 1996, Chinese Premier Li Peng's visit to France was marred
by a diplomatic wrangle with his French counterpart, Alain
Juppe, over human rights.
"When we leave here we will have fighting to do and I haint afraid to fight the rebels." Isaac Overall left his home in Gallia County, Ohio, in 1862 to join the Civil War. Read Overall's letters home to his family, fascinating, firsthand looks at the war.
Christians around the world observe Good Friday.
Singer and songwriter Babyface (Kenneth Edmonds) is 41.
Author David Halberstam ("The Best and the Brightest") is 64.
Sportscaster John Madden is 62.
Actor Harry Morgan ("M*A*S*H") is 83.
Actor Steven Seagal ("Under Siege") is 47.
Actor Omar Sharif ("Lawrence of Arabia") is 66.
Author Paul Edward Theroux ("The Mosquito Coast") is 57.
Actor Max Von Sydow ("The Seventh Seal") is 69.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan