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

Tuesday, June 30, 1998

quote   "I believe it would be far better for the people of the United States to have a partnership on equal respectful terms with China in the 21st century than to have to spend enormous amounts of time and money trying to contain China."

-- U.S. President Bill Clinton in a speech at Beijing University

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today's events

  • President Clinton meets with community leaders from the Shanghai area, including the Chinese city's mayor.

  • The Federal Open Market Committee meets to consider interest rates in the United States.

  • Caribbean leaders meet in St. Lucia to plan the future for the small island economies.


on the horizon

  • 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, 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.


NEWSLINK:   NOTABLE:

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.

  • Today is Memorial Day in Canada.
  • Colombia observes Sts. Peter and Paul Day.
  • Guatemala marks Army Day.
  • Exiled Boxer Mike Tyson is 32.
  • NBA star Mitch richmond is 33.
  • Actor William Atherton (Ghostbusters) is 51.
  • Actress Nancy Dussault ("Too Close for Comfort") is 62.
  • Actor David Alan Grier (I'm Gonna Get You Sucka) is 43.


on this day

  • In 1520, Montezuma II, the last Aztec emperor, was killed during the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

  • In 1643, the Battle of Adwalton Moor (also called Atherton Moor) in the English Civil War took place. The Royalists under the Earl of Newcastle defeated the Parliamentarians.

  • In 1690, in the War of the Grand Alliance, a combined British and Dutch fleet was defeated by the French at the Battle of Beachy Head.

  • In 1815, U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur stopped the continued attacks by Algerian pirates by threatening to bomb Algiers.

  • In 1859, watched by 25,000 people, Charles Blondin walked across Niagara Falls from the United States to Canada on a tightrope.

  • In 1894, London's Tower Bridge across the River Thames was officially opened.

  • In 1908, a huge explosion rocked eastern Siberia. Believed to be an exploding meteorite, the resulting earth tremor was felt as far away as central Europe.

  • In 1913, the Second Balkan War began when Bulgaria attacked Serbian and Greek positions.

  • In 1934, during "the night of the long knives" in Germany, Hitler purged his political critics including.

  • In 1936, Margaret Mitchell's novel "Gone with the Wind" was first published.

  • In 1936, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia appeared before the League of Nations to appeal for help following Italy's invasion of Ethiopia and his exile.

  • In 1940, German troops occupied the Channel Island of Guernsey.

  • In 1960, the Republic of Congo achieved independence from Belgium.

  • In 1963, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was enthroned as Pope Paul VI.

  • In 1971, the three crew members of the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz II died on re-entry due to a drop in air pressure. They had just set a space endurance record of 570 hours, 22 minutes.

  • In 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the "Pentagon Papers," documents on American involvement in the Vietnam War, could be published; the Nixon government had tried to suppress them.

  • In 1974, Mrs. Alberta King, mother of the late Martin Luther King, was assassinated during a church service.

  • In 1974, Soviet ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defected to the west while touring Canada with the Bolshoi Ballet.

  • In 1977, the South East Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO) was formally dissolved after 23 years.

  • In 1983, the high court in Melbourne ruled against the building of the controversial Gordon-below-Franklin dam in Tasmania.

  • In 1985, 39 American hostages who had been held on a TWA plane for 17 days were released in Beirut.

  • In 1989, Sudanese military leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir toppled the civilian administration of Sadeq al-Mahdi.

  • In 1989, Argentinian president Raul Alfonsin presented his letter of resignation. He had already announced his decision to go following poor election results in May.

  • In 1990, East and West Germany merged their economies, with the East adopting the Deutschemark as its currency.

  • In 1993, the parliament of Azerbaijan elected rebel leader Suret Guseinov as prime minister.

  • In 1996, Bosnian Serb "President" Radovan Karadzic relinquished all power to his deputy Biljana Plavsic, but kept the title of head of state.


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