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

Monday, June 29, 1998

quote   We're on a high, definitely a high.

-- Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel after his team routed Nigeria 4-1 in the World Cup


today's events

  • The United Auto Workers holds its triennial constitutional convention in Las Vegas.

on the horizon

  • On Tuesday, June 30, President Clinton is to meet with community leaders from the Shanghai area, including the Chinese city's mayor.

  • 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 a new distance record for walking on hot coals.

  • On Friday, July 3, U.S. President Bill Clinton is to address business and local leaders of Hong Kong and hold a news conference before returning to Washington.

  • On Saturday, July 4, fireworks displays throughout much of the United States light up the skies to mark American Independence.


Follow U.S. President Bill Clinton's historic trip to China at the United States Information Agency's official site.

  • The Seychelles Islands mark Independence Day.
  • The Vatican, Rome, Chile, Peru and Colombia observe Saints Peter and Paul's Day.
  • Ukraine marks Constitution Day observance.
  • Tahiti observes Independence Day.
  • Actor Gary Busey (The Buddy Holly Story) is 54.
  • Elizabeth Dole is 62.
  • Former baseballer Pedro Guerrero is 42.
  • Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew is 62.

on this day

  • In 1613, the original Globe Theater in London burned down during the first performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII.

  • In 1855, the Daily Telegraph was first published in London.

  • In 1868, the British news agency the Press Association was founded.

  • In 1880, the Pacific island of Otaheite, now better known as Tahiti, was formally annexed by France, having been a French protectorate since 1842.

  • In 1916, Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement was found guilty of treason and sentenced to death for conspiracy with Germany.

  • In 1943, Germany began to withdraw its U-Boats from the North Atlantic in anticipation of the Allied invasion of Europe; U.S. forces landed at Nassau Bay, near Salamaua, New Guinea.

  • In 1966, U.S. planes bombed Hanoi and Haiphong for the first time in the Vietnam war.

  • In 1967, Jayne Mansfield (Vera Jayne Palmer), the U.S. film actress, was decapitated in a car crash near New Orleans.

  • In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was contrary to the constitution.

  • In 1974, Isabel Peron was sworn in as president of Argentina, taking over from her husband Juan Peron who became ill.

  • In 1978, Vietnam became the 10th member of COMECON.

  • In 1980, Vigdis Finnbogadotir was elected Iceland's president, Europe's first democratically elected woman Head of State.

  • In 1981, Hu Yaobang succeeded Hua Guofeng as Chinese Communist Party chairman.

  • In 1990, Lithuania suspended its declaration of independence for 100 days, pending sovereignty talks with Moscow.

  • In 1992, Algerian head of state Mohamed Boudiaf was assassinated as he opened a cultural center in the eastern Algerian town of Annaba.

  • In 1994, Japan's parliament chose Socialist Tomiichi Murayama as prime minister at the head of a three-party alliance dominated by conservatives.

  • In 1995, a department store in Seoul collapsed killing 502 people in South Korea's worst peacetime disaster.

  • In 1996, the Bosnian Serb ruling Democratic Party re-elected Radovan Karadzic as leader.

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