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Wednesday, June 3, 1998

quote   "This is a scenario from hell"

-- Martin Griffiths, U.N. deputy emergency relief coordinator, talking about getting aid to earthquake victims in Afghanistan


today's events

  • Chief U.N. weapons inspector Richard Butler will update the Security Council on Iraqi weapons inspections.

on the horizon

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

  • On Friday, June 5, U.S. President Bill Clinton is to deliver the commencement address at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • On Saturday, June 6, it's the running of the Belmont Stakes, the third in racing's Triple Crown.

  • On Sunday, June 7, the Tony Awards will be presented in New York.

  • On Monday, June 8, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in Kenneth Starr's request for notes taken by White House aide Vincent Foster in 1993.


Interested in earthquakes? Check out the United States Geological Survey site for quake updates, preparedness tips, and more.

  • Actor Tom Arnold ("True Lies") is 39.
  • TV producer Chuck Barris ("The Gong Show") is 69.
  • Actor Tony Curtis ("Some Like It Hot") is 73.
  • Singer Curtis Mayfield is 56.
  • Actor Scott Valentine ("Family Ties") is 40.
  • Singer Deniece Williams ("Free") is 47.

on this day

  • In 1083, Henry IV of Germany stormed Rome, capturing St. Peter's Cathedral.

  • In 1098, after a five-month siege in the First Crusade, the Crusaders took Antioch.

  • In 1769, Capt. James Cook, a year into his circumnavigation of the world, observed the transit of Venus over the sun's disc, the main purpose of his voyage.

  • In 1818, the last of the Maratha Wars between the British and the Maratha Confederacy in India ended, securing British supremacy in India.

  • In 1937, the Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated as King Edward VIII of England, married Wallis Simpson in France.

  • In 1940, in World War II, the evacuation of allied troops from Dunkirk was completed. Over 335,000 British, French and Belgian troops were rescued.

  • In 1944, Gens. Giraud and de Gaulle reached agreement on the constitution of the French Committee of Liberation under their joint presidency.

  • In 1950, a French expedition reached the top of the Himalayan peak of Annapurna in Nepal for the first time.

  • In 1963, Pope John XXIII, known for his progressive views, died.

  • In 1965, Maj. Edward White became the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space when he stepped outside his Gemini 4 spacecraft.

  • In 1973, at the Paris air show, the Tupolev 144, a Soviet supersonic airliner, crashed, killing 15 people.

  • In 1979, the worlds's worst oil spillage occurred as a result of a marine blow-out beneath the drilling rig Ixtoc 1 in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • In 1982, Israel's ambassador to London, Shlomo Argov, was shot and seriously wounded.

  • In 1989, China's crackdown on pro-democracy dissidents protesting in Tiananmen Square began.

  • In 1990, Presidents Bush and Gorbachev wound up a superpower summit in the United States with agreement on a number of arms control and trade issues.

  • In 1992, the world's largest environmental summit opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with 178 nations taking part.

  • In 1995, defense ministers from NATO and European Union countries agreed to set up a "rapid reaction force" to protect embattled U.N. peacekeeping troops from Bosnian Serb aggression.

  • In 1996, NATO foreign ministers backed a path-breaking deal that boosted the role of European members within the Atlantic alliance.

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