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Tuesday, June 23, 1998

quote   I hope that people will use their good judgment and not attend to the comments of a convicted killer.

-- Paul Spellman, Matthew Eappen's uncle on Louise Woodward


today's events

  • 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 the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, June 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments on whether three Secret Service employees can be forced to testify in Monica Lewinsky investigation.

  • On Saturday, June 27, a U.N. panel is to meet in Montreal to begin negotiating a treaty to phase out toxic manmade chemicals.

  • On Sunday, June 28, the start of the 12th annual World AIDS Conference begins in Geneva.


The American Film Institute recently released its list of top 100 movies. See for yourself at their site -- it's an offer you can't refuse.

  • Estonia marks Victory Day.
  • Latvia observes Midsummer Eve.
  • Luxembourg celebrates National holiday.
  • It's Independence Day in Switzerland.
  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 50.
  • Actor Bryan Brown (F/X) is 51.
  • Singer June Carter Cash is 69.
  • Actress Frances McDormand (Fargo) is 41.
  • Actor Ted Schackelford ("Dallas") is 52.

on this day

  • In 1372, Henry of Castile, allied to France, destroyed an English fleet at the battle of La Rochelle.

  • In 1501, Pedro Cabral returned to Portugal after a voyage during which he claimed Brazil for Portugal.

  • In 1537, Pedro de Mendoza, Spanish explorer, died. He headed an expedition to explore South America which reached the Rio de la Plata area of Argentina and founded Buenos Aires; Mendoza died on his return to Spain.

  • In 1611, English navigator Henry Hudson, famous for attempting to find a route from Europe to Asia via the Arctic Ocean, was set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery; he was never seen again.

  • In 1757, Robert Clive defeated Surajah Dowlah, the Nawab of Bengal, and his forces at the battle of Plassey which laid the foundations of the British Empire in India.

  • In 1763, Joesephine, future Empress of France, born in Martinique as Marie-Joseph-Rose Tascher de la Pagerie. She married Napoleon in 1796 and in 1804 they re-married in a religious ceremony.

  • In 1894, Edward, Duke of Windsor, born; he became King Edward VIII in 1936 but abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson.

  • In 1945, Japanese commander Lt. Gen. Ushijima committed suicide at Okinawa, site of the bloodiest battle of the Pacific theater of World War II; 234,183 people were officially recorded as killed in the battles.

  • In 1947, U.S. Congress passed the Taft-Hartley Act, regulating union administration and prohibiting closed shops.

  • In 1959, Klaus Fuchs, a German communist spy and naturalized Briton, was released from prison in England after serving nine years of a 14-year sentence for passing atomic secrets to Russia.

  • In 1967, Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical Sacerdotalis Caelibatus, reaffirming the traditional law on celibacy.

  • In 1980, Sanjay Gandhi, eldest son of Indian prime minister, Indira Gandhi, was killed while flying his plane.

  • In 1982, in Argentina, the army assumed total control following the resignation from the ruling junta of the naval and air force commanders; their resignations followed the defeat by Britain over the Falkland Islands.

  • In 1983, t he U.S. Supreme court ruled that the U.S. Congress could not veto presidential decisions.

  • In 1992, Mafia godfather John Gotti was sentenced to life in prison.

  • In 1992, Nelson Mandela's African National Congress pulled out of democracy talks with the South African government, accusing it of waging a terror campaign against blacks.

  • In 1994, Moshood Abiola, widely viewed as the likely winner of Nigeria's 1993 presidential elections before the poll was halted, was arrested and jailed by the country's military rulers.

  • In 1994, after decades as an international outcast, South Africa reclaimed its seat in the U.N. General Assembly.

  • In 1995, Jonas Salk, the medical pioneer who developed the first vaccine against polio, died.

  • In 1996, Andreas Papandreou, Greece's former socialist prime minister, died after a long illness.

  • In 1997, Betty Shabazz, widow of murdered civil rights leader Malcolm X, died from severe burns suffered in a fire set by her grandson.

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