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Today's Events | On Horizon | On This Day | Newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Saturday, May 30, 1998

quote   "Truly an American original. I never knew anybody quite like him."

-- Bill Clinton on Barry Goldwater.


today's events

  • Defense Secretary William Cohen addresses the U.S. Military Academy's class of 1998.

  • The MTV Movie Awards will be presented in Santa Monica, California.

  • The 23rd annual Great Wisconsin Dells Balloon Rally opens.

  • A "Thanks, Frank" Sinatra rally will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

on the horizon

  • On Sunday, May 31, Pope John Paul II visits Poland.

  • On Monday, June 1, the hurricane season begins in the Central Pacific.

  • On Tuesday, June 2, the space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch on a 10-day mission.

  • On Wednesday, June 3, Chief U.N. weapons inspector Richard Butler updates the Security Council on his team's progress.

  • On Thursday, June 4, Terry Nichols is to be sentenced in Denver for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.


Caps go flying at the end of each graduation ceremony at West Point, formally known as the United States Military Academy. More than 900 cadets are graduating today and gaining commissions as second lieutenants. Get a taste of life on campus at this tradition-steeped college that is more than just a college. See its official Web site here.

  • Today is Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • It is Mother's Day in Nicaragua.
  • The Tuen Ng Festival takes place in Hong Kong and Macau.
  • The Dragon Boat Festival takes place in Taiwan.
  • The Harvest Festival takes place in Malaysia.
  • Country singer Wynonna Judd is 34.
  • Actor Michael J. Pollard ("Melvin and Howard") is 59.
  • Actor Keir Dullea ("2001: A Space Odyssey") is 62.
  • NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers is 55.
  • Actor Clint Walker ("Cheyenne" TV series) is 71.
  • Actor Blake Bashoff ("Big Bully") is 17.
  • Actor Ted McGinley ("Married ... With Children") is 40.
  • Actor Colm Meaney ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") is 45.
  • Rap performer Cee-Lo (Goodie MoB) is 23.
  • Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (first human to walk in space) is 64.
  • Alternative rock performer Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) is 30.

on this day

  • In 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic by an English-dominated church court, was burned at the stake at Rouen. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920.

  • In 1498, Christopher Columbus set sail with six ships from Sanlucar in Spain on his third voyage of exploration to the Americas.

  • In 1536 in England, King Henry VIII married his third wife, Jane Seymour, 11 days after the execution of Anne Boleyn.

  • In 1778, Francois Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, died in Paris. French novelist, historian, playwright, and philosopher, he was regarded as the embodiment of 18th century enlightenment.

  • In 1848, the Piedmontese under Charles Albert defeated the Austrians under Radetsky at the battle of Goito in the Italian War of Independence.

  • In 1848, under a treaty signed in February 1848 and ratified on this day by Mexico, the United States received New Mexico and California as well as parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Colorado in return for $15 million.

  • In 1909, Benny Goodman, U.S. jazz clarinettist, was born. He became a leading player with his own bands during the 1930s. He also commissioned works from classical composers including Bartok and Copland.

  • In 1911, the first Indianapolis 500 motor race was run and won by Ray Harroun at an average speed of 74.59 mph.

  • In 1942, 1,047 R.A.F. bombers set off to bomb Cologne in the R.A.F.'s first 1,000-bomber raid of World War II.

  • In 1961, Gen. Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic, was cut down by machine gun fire on his way to his farm. He was 70.

  • In 1971, the U.S. space probe Mariner 9 was launched on its mission to Mars. It became the first artificial satellite of Mars, sending back more than 7,000 pictures.

  • In 1992, the United Nations Security Council voted to impose sanctions against Serb-led Yugoslavia in a bid to halt the fighting in Bosnia.

  • In 1996 in Britain, the marriage of Prince Andrew to the Duchess of York, known to millions as Fergie, ended by decree in a London court.

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