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

Saturday, June 27, 1998

quote   "It's hard to keep working when you see someone lying by a pool."

-- Richard Babington, a landscaper in Montgomery, Alabama, on the intense heat there


today's events

  • U.S. President Clinton will meet with Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Beijing.

  • A U.N. panel is to meet in Montreal to begin negotiating a treaty to phase out toxic manmade chemicals.

on the horizon

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

  • On Monday, June 29, the 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.

  • On Thursday, July 2, University of Pittsburgh physics professor David Willey will try to set new distance record for walking on hot coals.


Twelve children from different cultural backgrounds, with the help of professional photographers, photographed their worlds. You can see the results online in Through the Eyes of a Child.

  • Djibouti celebrates Independence Day.
  • Actress Isabelle Adjani ("Camille Claudel") is 43.
  • Actress Julia Duffy ("Newhart") is 47.
  • Actress Shirley-Anne Field ("Alfie") is 60.
  • Fashion designer Norma Kamali is 53.
  • TV personality Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) is 71.
  • Opera singer Anna Moffo is 64.
  • Billionaire H. Ross Perot is 68.
  • Basketball player Chuck Person is 34.

on this day

  • In 1693, the first women's magazine, The Ladies' Mercury, was published by John Dunton in London. It contained a question-and-answer column which became known as a "problem page."

  • In 1743, George II of Britain defeated the French at Dettingen in the War of the Austrian Succession. He was the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle.

  • In 1787, Edward Gibbon wrote the last lines of his classic "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," which was published the following May.

  • In 1801, British forces defeated the French and took control of Cairo, Egypt.

  • In 1844, Joseph Smith, the American religious leader and founder of the Mormon Church, was killed by a mob in an Illinois jail.

  • In 1893, a major stock market plunge began in the United States, leading to an economic depression in which 600 banks and 74 railroads went out of business by the end of the year.

  • In 1905, mutinous Russian soldiers seized the battleship Potemkin in the Black Sea, throwing the commander and several other officers overboard.

  • In 1944, allied forces captured Cherbourg, their biggest prize to date in World War II's Normandy Campaign.

  • In 1950, President Harry S. Truman ordered U.S. forces into battle in aid of South Korea; the U.N. urged all member nations to assist the South following the invasion by the North.

  • In 1954, the world's first atomic power station opened at Obninsk, near Moscow.

  • In 1961, Arthur Michael Ramsey was enthroned as the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • In 1976, Palestinian extremists hijacked an Air France plane in Greece with 246 passengers and 12 crew. They eventually took it to Entebbe, Uganda, where a daring raid by Israeli commandos stormed it on July 4.

  • In 1986, the World Court ruled that the U.S. had broken international law by aiding Nicaraguan rebels.

  • In 1991, Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall resigned from the U.S. Supreme Court; Marshall was appointed to the court in 1967 by President Lyndon Johnson.

  • In 1995, Qatar's Crown Prince Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani ousted his father in a bloodless palace coup. But the deposed emir declared defiantly that he remained the legitimate ruler of the Gulf state.

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