Today is Wednesday, April 29, the 119th day of 1998. There are 246 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:On April 29, 1992, deadly rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.
On this date:
In 1429, Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a victory over the English.
In 1861, Maryland's House of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union.
In 1862, New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
In 1916, the Easter Rising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.
In 1945, American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp; that same day, Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun and designated Adm. Karl Doenitz his successor.
In 1946, 28 former Japanese leaders were indicted as war criminals.
In 1974, President Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of some secretly made White House tape recordings related to Watergate.
In 1983, Harold Washington was sworn in as the first black mayor of Chicago.
In 1996, former CIA Director William Colby was missing and presumed drowned after an apparent boating accident in Maryland; his body was later recovered.
Ten years ago: McDonald's announced it would open its first restaurants in Moscow.
Five years ago: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II announced that, for the first time, Buckingham Palace would be opened to tourists to help raise money for repairs at fire-damaged Windsor Castle.
One year ago: Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, a drill instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, was convicted of raping six female trainees. Sentenced to 25 years in prison, he was dishonorably discharged. A worldwide treaty to ban chemical weapons went into effect. Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first U.S.-Russian space walk. Newspaper columnist Mike Royko died in Chicago at age 64.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Don Mills (The Mills Brothers) is 83. Actress Celeste Holm is 79. Musician Danny Davis (The Nashville Brass) is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Gardner (The Coasters) is 70. Singer-musician Lonnie Donegan is 67. Poet Rod McKuen is 65. Actor Keith Baxter is 65. Bluesman Otis Rush is 64. Conductor Zubin Mehta is 62. Actor Lane Smith is 62. Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 55. Singer Tommy James is 51. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 44. Actress Kate Mulgrew is 43. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 41. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 41. Actress Eve Plumb ("The Brady Bunch") is 40. Rock musician Phil King (Lush) is 38. Country singer Stephanie Bentley is 35. Singer Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 30. Actress Uma Thurman is 28. Tennis player Andre Agassi is 28. Rapper Master P is 28. Country singer James Bonamy is 26. Rock musician Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) is 25. Actor Zane Carney ("Dave's World") is 14.
Thought for Today: "Too long a sacrifice / Can make a stone of the heart. / O when may it suffice?" - William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and playwright (1865-1939).