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

Friday, June 26, 1998

quote   "It's like walking on Kellogg's Corn Flakes, it's so dry."

-- Florida resident Robert Johnson


today's events

  • 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.

  • A pre-trial hearing for presidential friend Webster Hubbell, his wife and two associates will be held in Washington.

on the horizon

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

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

  • On Monday, June 29, United Auto Workers hold their triennial constitutional convention in Las Vegas.

  • On Tuesday, June 30, Caribbean leaders meet in St. Lucia to plan the future for the small island economies.

  • On Wednesday, July 1, the family of Princess Diana is scheduled to open to the public her childhood home and burial site in England.


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  • It is National Day in Bhutan.
  • Madagascar and the Somali Democratic Republic celebrate Independence Day.
  • Cyclist Greg LeMond is 37.
  • Actor Chris O'Donnell ("Circle of Friends") is 28.
  • Actress Eleanor Parker ("The Sound of Music") is 76.
  • Children's author Charlotte Zolotow ("The Moon Was the Best") is 83.

on this day

  • In 1483, Richard III of England began his rule, after deposing his nephew Edward V. Edward and his brother Richard were later murdered.

  • In 1541, Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conqueror of Peru, was assassinated in his palace in Lima.

  • In 1794, the Austrians were defeated by the French at Fleurus, halting their conquest of Belgium.

  • In 1843, Hong Kong was proclaimed a British crown colony with Sir Henry Pottinger as its first governor.

  • In 1858, the Treaty of Tientsin was signed, ending hostilities between China and Great Britain and granting the latter trade rights.

  • In 1906, the first grand prix motor race was held, over two days at Le Mans, France.

  • In 1945, the United Nations Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, succeeding the League of Nations.

  • In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic, was opened by Queen Elizabeth II and President Eisenhower.

  • In 1960, the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar became independent from France as the Malagasy Republic.

  • In 1960, British Somaliland became independent and five days later merged with Italian Somaliland to become the Somali Republic.

  • In 1975, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency and arrested hundreds of political opponents.

  • In 1976, a devastating earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck Indonesia's Irian Jaya province; estimates of the death toll varied from 400 to 9,000.

  • In 1977, after 117 years of French rule, the East African state of Djibouti became independent.

  • In 1978, South Yemeni President Salim Rubai Ali was overthrown and executed.

  • In 1988, an Airbus A320 crashed after making a low pass over an air show in eastern France, killing three.

  • In 1989, a Soviet nuclear submarine carrying atomic weapons was crippled off the coast of Norway when a pipe burst in its reactor.

  • In 1995, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak survived an assassination bid unscathed when gunmen sprayed bullets at his armored limousine in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

  • In 1996, Afghan guerrilla leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to Kabul and took over as prime minister.

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