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Saturday, June 20, 1998
I asked the deputy prime minister: 'Do you have, do you deny you have nuclear weapons?' He said, 'Absolutely, we have no nuclear weapons.'
Rolf Ekeus, a former
U.N. arms inspector, on Iraq's capacity for nuclear arms
- It is World Juggling Day. Participating cities include Cleveland; Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, California; Bedfordshire, England; Cologne, Germany; and the South Pole.
- The Great American Think-Off, an annual philosophy contest, starts in New York Mills, Minnesota.
- 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.
- On Wednesday, June 24, the annual NAACP Legislative Report Card will be released in Washington.
- On Thursday, June 25, U.S. President Clinton is expected to leave on a trip to China.
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- It is Flag Day in Argentina.
- Actor Danny Aiello ("Moonstruck") is 65.
- Actress Olympia Dukakis ("Steel Magnolias") is 67.
- Actor John Goodman ("Roseanne") is 46.
- Actress Nicole Kidman ("To Die For") is 31.
- Actor Martin Landau ("Ed Wood") is 67.
- Singer Cyndi Lauper ("Girls Just Wanna Have Fun") is 45.
- Actor John Mahoney ("Frasier") is 58.
- Singer Anne Murray ("Snowbird") is 53.
- Singer Lionel Richie ("Truly") is 49.
- Actor James Tolkan ("Serpico") is 67.
- Concert pianist Andre Watts is 52.
- Singer Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys) is 56.
- In 1597, William Barents, the Dutch explorer who tried to search for the north-east passage, died in the Arctic in the attempt when his ship became trapped in ice.
- In 1624, France and the United Provinces (Netherlands) signed a treaty of non-aggression at Compiegne.
- In 1756, more than 140 people who were defending Calcutta were imprisoned by the Nawab of Bengal in the East India Company's
jail; 23 survived this imprisonment in what later became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta.
- In 1782, the Great Seal of the United States government,
designed by William Barton, was adopted on this day.
- In 1789, the newly proclaimed National Assembly in France met
on the Jeu de Paume tennis court in Paris.
- In 1792, a huge crowd of at least 20,000 stormed the
Tuilieries in Paris and tried to negotiate with King Louis XVI.
- In 1819, the 320-ton paddle-wheel steamship Savannah became
the first steamship to cross the Atlantic. It arrived in Liverpool after a journey from Savannah, Georgia, of 27 days and 11 hours.
- In 1837, with the accession of Queen Victoria to the British
throne, Hanover was automatically separated from Great Britain as its law forbade women to accede to the throne.
- In 1863, West Virginia was admitted to the Union as the 35th
- In 1900, the German ambassador in Peking, Baron von Ketteler,
was assassinated by Chinese troops setting off the Boxer Rebellion which sought to remove foreign influence in China.
- In 1923, Pancho Villa, the Mexican revolutionary leader, was
assassinated on his farm.
- In 1944, the battle of the Philippine Sea ended with Japan
losing almost all its remaining trained pilots and at least 4,000 seamen.
- In 1963, Russia and the United States agreed to establish a
hot-line telephone link; it was opened on August 30.
- In 1994, a bomb tore through Muslim worshippers at the Imam
Reza mausoleum in Mashhad, in northeast Iran, killing at least 25 people and wounding 70.
- In 1995, after mounting pressure from the environmental group
Greenpeace and government ministers in Germany, Sweden, Denmark and elsewhere, Shell oil company decided not to dump the disused oil rig Brent Spar in the North Atlantic.
- In 1997, Russia pledged to stop targeting Japan with nuclear
missiles in a major step to repair uneasy relations with Tokyo.
- In 1997, Uganda's only Olympic gold medallist, John Akii-Bua,
died. Akii-Bua won the 400 metres hurdles at the 1972 Munich
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