Milestones Mar. 26, 2001

ACQUITTED. JOHN GILLIGAN, Irish crime boss; of ordering the 1996 murder of journalist Veronica Guerin; in Dublin. Guerin, who had been investigating Gilligan's dealings, was fatally shot in her car. Despite "grave suspicions" of his guilt, a three-judge panel cleared Gilligan of murder but convicted him on 11 drug counts and gave him a 28-year sentence.

KILLED. FIVE U.S. SERVICEMEN and one New Zealand army officer; during training exercises in northwest Kuwait; when a Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet erroneously dropped unguided, 500-lb. bombs on them. The U.S. has sent a team to uncover why the tragedy occurred.

DIED. JAMES D....

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