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Friday, July 3, 1998
"I think Mother Nature has turned the barbecue up high. It's really cooked out here."
Jerry Lefreniere, who fled his home in Florida because of the fires there
- 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.
- On Sunday, July 5, Northern Ireland's Orange Order has vowed to parade through the Catholic Portadown neighborhood in Belfast for its annual march, held since 1807 on the first Sunday of July. The Parades Commission has banned the march from Portadown.
- On Monday, July 6, jury selection for former Air Force Academy cadet David Graham accused of killing his 16-year-old ex-lover is scheduled to start in Fort Worth, Texas.
- On Tuesday, July 7, Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is scheduled to be played in Denver.
- On Wednesday, July 8, Poet Maya Angelou and Dr. Henry Foster will speak in Washington as the Black Church Initiative of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice holds a follow-up to last year's National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality.
On this day in 1890, Idaho was admitted to the Union as the 43rd state in the United States. To find out more about this western state, click here.
- Today is Emancipation Day in the Virgin Islands.
- Actor Kurtwood Smith ("RoboCop") is 56.
- Actor Michael Cole ("The Mod Squad") is 53.
- Country singer Johnny Lee is 52.
- Actress Betty Buckley ("Eight is Enough") is 51.
- Talk show host Montel Williams is 42.
- Singer Laura Branigan is 41.
- Actor Tom Cruise is 36.
- Actress Hunter Tylo is 36.
- Rock musician Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies) is 29.
- In 1608, Quebec was founded by French explorer Samuel de Champlain.
- In 1775, Gen. George Washington took formal command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the American Revolution.
- In 1819, the first savings bank in America, the Bank for Savings in the City of New York, opened for business.
- In 1890, Idaho was admitted to the Union as the 43rd U.S. state.
- In 1898, Captain Joshua Slocum arrived at Newport, Rhode Island, after completing the first solo circumnavigation of the world.
- In 1898, the U.S. Navy defeated the Spanish fleet in the harbor of Santiago, Cuba, in the Spanish-American War.
- In 1928, John Logie Baird transmitted the world's first color television transmission in London.
- In 1940, British ships destroyed the French fleet at Oran and Mers-el-Kebir in Algeria to prevent them falling into enemy hands. Over 1,000 French sailors died.
- In 1962, President Charles de Gaulle of France declared Algeria independent.
- In 1969, Brian Jones, a founding member of the British rock group Rolling Stones, drowned in his swimming pool from a drug overdose.
- In 1987, in France, Klaus Barbie, the Nazi "butcher of Lyon," was jailed for life for wartime crimes against humanity.
- In 1988, the American warship Vincennes shot down an Iran Airbus A300 over the Gulf in the last weeks of the Iran-Iraq war, killing all 290 aboard.
- In 1993, military leader General Raoul Cedras signed a U.N. plan to restore democracy to Haiti.
- In 1996, Russian President Boris Yeltsin won the runoff vote against Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov to retain the presidency.
- In 1996, British Prime Minister John Major announces that the historic Stone of Scone, the ancient symbol of Scottish kings, is to be removed from London's Westminster Abbey after 700 years and returned to Scotland.
- In 1997, Haiti was admitted as the 15th member of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM.
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