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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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    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.


    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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