Milestones Aug. 10, 1998

SWORN IN. MARTIN LUTHER KING III, 40, eldest son of the late civil rights leader; as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; in Maryland. The younger King, who replaced the Rev. Joseph Lowery, vowed to reinvigorate the group his father helped found in 1957.

APPOINTED. PATRICIA FILI-KRUSHEL, 44; as president of ABC Television; in New York City. Fili-Krushel, formerly an executive at Lifetime Television and HBO, is the first woman to lead a major TV network.

DIED. "BUFFALO BOB" SMITH, 80, revered TV icon and host of the medium's first smash hit, The Howdy Doody Show; in North Carolina. Starting...

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