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Thursday, June 18, 1998

quote   "For most people around the world, the rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are little more than a paper promise."

-- Pierre Sane, Amnesty International's secretary-general


today's events

  • Nine commemorative U.S. postage stamps considered to be the most classically beautiful examples of stamp engraving are to be reissued.

  • President Clinton meets with French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin in Washington.

  • A parade will be held for the Detroit Red Wings, who won their second NHL Stanley Cup championship in as many years on Tuesday night.

on the horizon

  • On Friday, June 19, jurors in Timothy McVeigh's bombing trial arrive for a visit with bombing victims and survivors in Oklahoma City and tour of the bomb site.

  • On Saturday, June 20, it is World Juggling Day. Participating cities include Cleveland; Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, California; Bedfordshire, England; Cologne, Germany; and the South Pole.

  • On Sunday, June 21, a presidential runoff is scheduled to be held in Bogota, Colombia.

  • On Monday, June 22, the 75th National Marbles Tournament begins in Wildwood, New Jersey.

  • Tuesday, June 23, is the trial date for Christina Marie Riggs, accused of killing her two children. She blames the murders on the trauma she experienced as an emergency nurse in the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.


Nearly 20 years ago, U.S. President Carter and Soviet President Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) 2 Treaty in Vienna, helping to put the brakes on the arms race.

  • It is National Day in the Seychelles.
  • Film critic Roger Ebert is 56.
  • Actress Carol Kane ("Taxi") is 46.
  • Singer and songwriter Paul McCartney is 56.
  • U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller is 61.
  • Model and actress Isabella Rossellini ("Cousins") is 46.

on this day

  • In 1155, Frederick I Barbarossa was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Adrian IV.

  • In 1429, the English, retreating after the siege of Orleans, were attacked and defeated by French forces under Joan of Arc and Duc D'Alencon at the battle of Patay.

  • In 1769, Viscount Castlereagh, notable British statesman, was born in Ireland as Robert Stewart. Foreign secretary from 1812, he negotiated the Treaty of Paris and participated strongly at the Congress of Vienna following the end of Napoleon.

  • In 1812, the U.S. Congress approved a declaration of war on Great Britain over trade restrictions.

  • In 1815, Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by a joint British, German and Dutch force under the command of the Duke of Wellington and General Gebhard von Bluecher. Napoleon abdicated on June 22.

  • In 1817, London's Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames opened; it was designed by John Rennie.

  • In 1821, "Der Freischutz," an opera by Carl Maria von Weber, was first performed in Berlin.

  • In 1884, Edouard Daladier, French politician, was born. Three times premier and minister of war, he signed the Munich pact with British Prime Minister Chamberlain which gave Hitler posession of the Sudetenland.

  • In 1915, the second battle of Artois ended in World War I; There were huge losses on both sides.

  • In 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman passenger to fly across the Atlantic. She landed near Llanelli in Wales from Newfoundland.

  • In 1942, Paul McCartney of the Beatles was born.

  • In 1953, Egypt was proclaimed a republic with Gen. Neguib as its first president.

  • In 1959, Ethel Barrymore, U.S. actress of stage and screen, died; she was the sister of screen stars Lionel and John Barrymore and appeared with them in the film "Rasputin and the Empress."

  • In 1972, a BEA Trident crashed minutes after takeoff from London Airport, killing all 118 on board.

  • In 1979, U.S. President Carter and Soviet President Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) 2 Treaty in Vienna.

  • In 1991, a new Algerian government took office, replacing one sacked on June 5 after fundamentalist unrest.

  • In 1993, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa lost a crucial no-confidence vote and dissolved parliament to trigger snap elections in July.

  • In 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as Israel's youngest prime minister.

  • In 1996, the U.S. Senate's Whitewater Committee issued a scathing final report accusing President and Mrs. Clinton of a wide range of questionable conduct.

  • In 1997, Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated presidential candidate Robert Kennedy in 1968, was denied parole for the 10th time.

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