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Monday, August 18, 1997

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  • "Any activity that is seen to be nefarious or untoward will be on CNN in Sacramento five minutes after it happens in Lexington."

    -- Virginia Military Institute Superintendent Josiah Bunting





    Today's events


  • The first female cadets are scheduled to arrive at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

  • Pope John Paul is scheduled to attend the World Youth meeting in Paris.

  • The Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to land at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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    On the horizon


  • On Tuesday, August 19, U.S. President Bill Clinton celebrates his 51st birthday. Second Lady Tipper Gore celebrates her 49th birthday.

  • On Wednesday, August 20, Morocco's King Hassan addresses the nation ahead of legislative elections scheduled for October.

  • On Thursday, August 21, the International Stamp Show opens in Beijing, China.

  • On Friday, August 22, the foreign ministers of the Rio Group meet in Asuncion, Paraguay.

  • On Saturday, August 23, the Rio Group summit is scheduled to take place in Asuncion.

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    On this day


  • In 1743, the first rules of boxing were approved; they were drafted by John Broughton, third heavyweight boxing champion of England.

  • In 1759, a French fleet was destroyed at Lagos, Portugal, by the British under Admiral Boscawen.

  • In 1825, Scottish explorer Alexander Gordon Laing became the first European to reach Timbuktu, now in Mali. He was murdered there the following month.

  • In 1862, the Sioux Indians began an uprising in Minnesota; it was later crushed.

  • In 1870,a major battle of the Franco-Prussian war took place at Gravelotte where the French were defeated; over 30,000 died.

  • In 1932, Scottish aviator Jim Mollison made the first westbound transatlantic solo flight, from Portmarnock, Ireland, to Pennfield, New Brunswick.

  • In 1954, James E. Wilkins became the first black to attend a U.S. cabinet meeting. He was Assistant Secretary of Labor and attended because the Secretary and Under-Secretary were away.

  • In 1960, the first commercially-produced oral contraceptive, Enovid 10, was launched in Skokie, Illinois.

  • In 1964, South Africa banned from the Olympic Games because of its apartheid policies.

  • In 1976, two American soldiers were killed by North Korean soldiers in a skirmish in the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom. Both sides immediately placed their forces on a state of war-readiness but the situation was resolved.

  • In 1989, Colombian presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan was assassinated.

  • In 1990, British warships were authorized to use force to enforce U.N. sanctions against Iraq. U.S. frigates fired warning shots for the first time across bows of two Iraqi tankers.

  • In 1993, the U.S. told Sudan that it had been placed on the list of nations accused of sponsoring terrorism.

  • In 1994, more than 120 people were killed by an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale which struck in the Mascara region of western Algeria.

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    Newslink


    For the first time in its history, the Virginia Military Institute is opening its doors to female cadets today. To learn more about this historic military college, click here.


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    Holidays and more


  • Today is Discovery Day in Canada.

  • It's Sino-Japanese War Victory Day in Hong Kong.

  • Today is a Bank Holiday in Macau.

  • Former First Lady Rosalynn Smith Carter is 70.

  • Actor Martin Mull is 54.

  • Filmmaker Roman Polanski is 64.

  • Actor Robert Redford is 60.

  • Actor Christian Slater is 28.

  • Actress Madeleine Stowe is 39.

  • Actor Patrick Swayze is 43.

  • Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 27.

  • Actress Shelley Winters is 75.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan



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