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

Sunday, June 28, 1998

quote   President Clinton is a strong defender of the American interests, and I am a strong defender of the Chinese interests. But despite that, we still can have very friendly exchanges of views and discussion. And I think that is democracy.

-- Chinese President Jiang Zemin

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today's events

  • The 12th annual World AIDS Conference begins in Geneva.


on the horizon

  • 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.
  • On Friday, July 3, leaders of Russia, China and three Central Asian countries meet in Kazakstan to discuss regional security.


NEWSLINK:   NOTABLE:

The 12th annual World AIDS Conference begins today in Geneva. Visit its Web site by clicking here.

  • Actress Kathy Bates (Misery) is 50.
  • Baseball manager Don Baylor is 49.
  • Actress Danielle Brisebois ("All in the Family") is 29.
  • Actor Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles) is 70.
  • Actor John Cusack (Say Anything) is 32.
  • Actor Bruce Davison (Six Degrees of Separation) is 52.
  • Football star John Elway is 38.
  • Baseball player Mark Grace is 34.
  • Actress Alice Krige (Chariots of Fire) is 44.
  • Actress Mary Stuart Masterson (Fried Green Tomatoes) is 32.
  • Actor Pat Morita (The Karate Kid) is 66.


on this day

  • In 1519, Charles I of Spain became Holy Roman Emperor and ruled until 1556 as Charles V.

  • In 1629, the Peace of Alais ended the Huguenot revolt in France.

  • In 1776, during the American Revolution, the British were defeated at the first Battle of Charleston; on the same day in 1778, the British thwarted an American attack at the Battle of Monmouth.

  • In 1838, the coronation of Queen Victoria took place in Westminster Abbey, a year after she had ascended the throne.

  • In 1861, Robert (O'Hara) Burke, the Irish-born Australian explorer who crossed Australia from south to north, died on the return journey.

  • In 1862, the siege of the Confederate city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, began when Union naval forces took up position off of the city.

  • In 1902, the U.S. bought the concession to build a Panama canal from a French company for $40 million.

  • In 1914, a Serbian nationalist assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife in Sarajevo; the incident was widely held to have sparked World War I.

  • In 1919, the end of World War I was marked by the signing of the Treaty of Versailles between Germany and the allies.

  • In 1935, President Roosevelt ordered a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

  • In 1940, Soviet troops occupied the Romanian regions of Bessarabia and Bucovina.

  • In 1948, the Yugoslav Communist Party was expelled from COMINFORM at a meeting in Bucharest. It marked the formal breach in relations between Yugoslavia and the rest of the Communist bloc.

  • In 1950, North Korean troops captured Seoul.

  • In 1951, the TV show "Amos and Andy" premiered.

  • In 1970, U.S. troops began their withdrawal from Cambodia.

  • In 1976, the Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles became an independent republic within the Commonwealth after 160 years of British rule.

  • In 1981, seventy-four people, including Chief Justice Ayatollah Beheshti, were killed in Iran by a bomb attack on the headquarters of the Islamic Republican Party.

  • In 1992, two earthquakes, including the third strongest in the U.S. this century at 7.4 on the Richter scale, rocked southern California.

  • In 1996, President Suleyman Demirel approved Welfare Party leader Necmettin Erbakan as Turkey's first Islamist prime minister in a coalition with conservative Tansu Ciller.


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