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

Wednesday, June 10, 1998

quote   "We will meet and discuss the question of how to get out of the situation without getting into a big war."

-- Russian President Boris Yeltsin on the crisis in Kosovo

  quote

today's events

  • The Center for Science in the Public Interest holds news conference on the side effects of the fat substitute olestra.


on the horizon

  • Thursday, June 11, the first National Ocean Conference to be held in 30 years opens in Monterey, California.

  • On Friday, June 12, the arraignment of Brian Stewart, charged with intentionally infecting his son with the AIDS virus, is set in St. Charles, Missouri.

  • On Saturday, June 13, U.N. weapons inspector Richard Butler is scheduled to hold talks with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz.

  • On Sunday, June 14, the two-month display of the Shroud of Turin in Turin, Italy, ends.

  • On Monday, June 15, the International Country Music Fan Fair begins in Nashville.


NEWSLINK:   NOTABLE:

More than 200 years ago, the first public zoo, the Jardin des Plantes, opened in Paris. Today, there's an at-your-fingertips way to get a glimpse at the animal kingdom. Check out the Virtual Zoo.

  • It is Esclavage Abolition Day in French Guiana.
  • It is Arab Revolution and Army Day in Jordan.
  • It is Camoes Day in Macau.
  • It is Portugal Day in Portugal.
  • Lawyer F. Lee Bailey is 65.
  • Model Linda Evangelista is 33.
  • CNN anchor Jeff Greenfield is 55.
  • Actor Doug McKeon ("On Golden Pond") is 32.
  • Britain's Prince Philip is 77.
  • Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak ("Where the Wild Things Are") is 70.


on this day

  • In 1190, Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, Holy Roman emperor (1155-90), drowned trying to cross the Saleph River in Cilicia (now in Turkey) while on the Third Crusade to free Jerusalem.

  • In 1376, Wenceslas, eldest son of Holy Roman emperor Charles IV, was elected king of the Romans.

  • In 1793, the first public zoo, the Jardin des Plantes, opened in Paris.

  • In 1836, Andre-Marie Ampere, French physicist known for his work on electrodynamics, died. He was the first man to develop measuring techniques for electricity.

  • In 1865, the first performance of Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde" took place in Munich.

  • In 1868, Prince Michael of Serbia was assassinated in Belgrade and was replaced by Milan IV.

  • In 1906, Richard John Seddon, prime minister of New Zealand (1893-1906), died.

  • In 1909, the SOS distress signal was used for the first time by the Cunard liner SS Slavonia, wrecked off the Azores.

  • In 1921, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth of England, was born as Philippos Schleswig- Holstein Soenderburg-Glucksburg on the Greek island of Corfu.

  • In 1922, Judy Garland, U.S. singer and actress, was born as Frances Gumm. She starred in "The Wizard of Oz" in which she sang "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"; she won an Academy Award for her performance.

  • In 1924, Giacomo Matteotti, Italian Socialist leader, was kidnapped and murdered by Fascists.

  • In 1934, Frederick Delius, English composer, died.

  • In 1937, Sir Robert Laird Borden, eighth Canadian prime minister (1911-20), died.

  • In 1940, Italy declared itself at war with France and Britain, effective June 11.

  • In 1942, the Germans destroyed the Czech village of Lidice in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, protector of Bohemia and Moravia, by Czech resistance fighters.

  • In 1943, Hungarian journalist Laszlo Biro patented his ballpoint pen.

  • In 1946, U.S. boxer Jack Johnson, the first black to hold the heavyweight boxing championship of the world, died.

  • In 1967, Spencer Tracy, U.S. actor and Oscar winner for his roles in "Captains Courageous" and "Boys' Town," died.

  • In 1967, the Six-Day War ended. Israel capturing Syrian, Jordanian and Egyptian territories, including eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Sinai peninsula; the Soviet Union broke off diplomatic relations with Israel and threatened sanctions unless Israeli forces stopped their advance towards Damascus.

  • In 1971, the U.S. formally ended its 20-year-old embargo on trade with China.

  • In 1990, Alberto Fujimori, of Japanese ancestry, won Peru's presidential election, defeating Mario Vargas Llosa.

  • In 1990, the Civic Forum movement founded by President Vaclav Havel won Czechoslovakia's first free elections since 1946.

  • In 1990, Bulgaria's former Communist Party won the country's first free elections in more than four decades.

  • In 1996, Britain and Ireland opened Northern Ireland peace talks; the IRA's political arm Sinn Fein was excluded.

  • In 1997, Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot killed his defense chief Son Sen and 11 members of his family and fled his northern stronghold. The news did not emerge for three days.


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