Sunday, April 19, 1998
The Third Big Stinkin' International Improv and Sketch Comedy Festival opens in Austin, Texas.
On the horizon
On Monday, April 20, the U.S. Senate returns from spring
On Tuesday, April 21, the United States and North Korea
begin the first of five joint operations to recover remains
of U.S. servicemen lost during the Korean War.
Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day.
Thursday, April 23, is the 6th annual Take Our Daughters
to Work Day in the United States.
On Friday, April 24, the 1998 American Lung Association/American Thoracic Society International Conference is to begin in Chicago.
On this day
In 1012, Aelfheah, who became the 29th Archbishop of Canterbury in 1005, was murdered by Danes who had been ravaging the south of England including Canterbury since 1011.
In 1539, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, signed the Truce of Frankfurt with rebellious protestant princes who demanded a permanent settlement of the religious situation.
In 1587, English admiral Sir Francis Drake entered Cadiz harbor and sank the Spanish fleet, an action he referred to "as singeing the king of Spain's beard."
In 1588, Paolo Veronese, one of the major painters of the 16th century Venetian school, died.
In 1689, Queen Christina of Sweden died. Queen from 1644-54, she abdicated because of her secret conversion to Roman Catholicism, which was proscribed in Sweden.
In 1713, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issued the Pragmatic Sanction, giving women the rights of succession to Hapsburg possessions.
In 1775, the British under Thomas Gage at Concord and Captain John Parker at Lexington were defeated by the Americans and attacked on their return march to Boston. It was these events that started the American Revolution.
In 1824, English poet Lord Byron died of a fever while aiding Greek rebels fighting the Turks.
In 1839, the Treaty of London was signed, establishing recognition of the Kingdom of Belgium by all the states of Europe.
In 1850, the Clayton-Bulwer agreement was signed under which Britain and the U.S. agreed not to obtain exclusive control of a proposed Panama canal.
In 1882, Charles Darwin, English naturalist who developed the theory of evolution expressed in "The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection," died.
In 1906, Pierre Curie, French chemist and physicist, was run over and killed in Paris. Together with his wife, Marie, he had worked on magnetism and radioactivity.
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation removing the U.S. from the gold standard.
In 1956, Prince Rainier of Monaco married U.S. film actress Grace Kelly.
In 1960, a student uprising toppled the authoritarian government of South Korean President Syngman Rhee.
In 1967, the unmanned U.S. spacecraft Surveyor 3 landed on the moon.
In 1989, Daphne du Maurier, British novelist, died. Among the world's best-selling authors for half a century, her period romances and adventure stories include "Jamaica Inn," "Rebecca" and "Frenchman's Creek."
In 1993, more than 80 Branch Davidians including their leader David Koresh died when federal agents stormed their compound in Waco, Texas after a 51-day standoff.
In 1995, the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil occurred when a Ryder truck packed with an explosive-fertilizer compound blew up, gutting the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City and killing 168 people.
Tornadoes have uprooted hundreds of trees at the historic home of Andrew Jackson in Nashville. Read more about The Hermitage by clicking here.
- Eastern Orthodox Churches mark Easter Sunday.
- It's Constitution Day in Venezuela.
- Actor Don Adams ("Get Smart") is 71.
- Actor Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) is 52.
- Actress Elinor Donahue ("Father Knows Best") is 61.
- Actor Dudley Moore (Arthur) is 63.
- Racing legend Al Unser Jr. is 36.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan