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Saturday, July 11, 1998
"You're supposed to go by the law, and I don't think any person involved in the law who looked at that trial and looked at some of the rulings would say it was legal."
O.J. Simpson on his decision to appeal the $33.5 million wrongful death suit against him
- The Three Tenors are scheduled to perform at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris to mark the end of the World Cup.
- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People holds its 89th annual meeting in Atlanta.
- On Sunday, July 12, the final World Cup soccer game will be played in Saint Denis, France.
- On Monday, July 13, the Orange Order is to march through a Catholic neighborhood in the Lower Ormeau section of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- On Tuesday, July 14, Bastille Day is celebrated in France.
- On Wednesday, July 15, a hearing will be held in White Plains, New York, for John A. "Junior" Gotti, 34. He's accused of robbery, extortion, loansharking, gambling and fraud.
- On Thursday, July 16, Syrian President Hafez Assad visits France.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People holds its annual meeting in Atlanta today. For a look at what the NAACP has been up to for the past 89 years, click here.
- Kiribati celebrates Independence Day.
- Malaysia marks Yang DiPertua Negeri's Birthday.
- Fashion designer Giorgio Armani is 62.
- Literary critic Harold Bloom is 68.
- Opera singer Nicolai Gedda is 73.
- Pop singer Debbie Harry (of Blondie) is 53.
- Actor Tab Hunter ("Damn Yankees") is 67.
- Actor Stephen Lang ("Last Exit to Brooklyn") is 46.
- Actor Mark Lester ("Fahrenheit 451") is 40.
- Physicist Theodore Maiman is 71.
- Singer Bonnie Pointer (of the Pointer Sisters) is 47.
- Former boxer Leon Spinks is 45.
- Actress, director and producer Beverly Todd ("Baby Boom") is 52.
- Actress Sela Ward ("Sisters") is 42.
- In 1533, Pope Clement VII threatened English King Henry VIII
with ex-communication if he did not resume his marriage to
Catherine of Aragon. It was annulled in May 1533 by Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer.
- In 1708, forces under England's Duke of Marlborough beat the French under Louis Vendome at the battle of Oudenarde in the war of Spanish Succession.
- In 1804, Aaron Burr, a former vice president of the United
States, killed former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel over political rivalry and accusations.
- In 1921, Mongolia declared its independence as a People's
- In 1934, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first president to sail through the Panama Canal. He was on board the cruiser
USS Houston and was met at Balboa by President Harmodio Arias.
- In 1940, Marshal Henri Petain was declared chief of the French State in the wake of defeat by Nazi Germany and the resignation of President Lebrun.
- In 1978, a liquid gas tanker exploded in the middle of a camp
site at San Carlos de la Rapita in Spain, killing almost 200 people.
- In 1979, the U.S. spaceship Skylab re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and broke up after orbiting the Earth since 1973.
- In 1995, Bosnian Serb forces shrugged off NATO air strikes to
overrun Srebrenica, a U.N.-declared "safe area," sending tens
of thousands of Muslims fleeing for their lives.
- In 1996, the U.N. criminal tribunal for former Yugoslavia
issued international arrest warrants against Bosnian Serb
leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic on charges of genocide and war crimes.
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