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

Sunday, July 12, 1998

quote   After a detailed review of the observations of witnesses present at the time of death, we believe that poisoning is extremely unlikely.

-- A team of international pathologists on the death of Nigerian opposition leader Moshood Abiola


today's events

  • The World Cup championship will be played between defending champ Brazil and host nation France in Saint Denis.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, July 17, U.S. President Bill Clinton is tentatively scheduled to visit Little Rock, Arkansas.


What better way to kick off the World Cup championship by clicking here, the tournament's official Web site.

  • Weight-loss guru Richard Simmons is 50.
  • Comedian-actor Bill Cosby is 60.
  • Pianist Van Cliburn is 64.
  • Singer Christine McVie (member of Fleetwood Mac) is 55.
  • Actress Denise Nicholas ("In the Heat of the Night") is 53.
  • Actor Jamey Sheridan ("Shannon's Deal") is 47.
  • Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is 27.

on this day

  • In 1787, the Northwest Ordinance was passed, setting the governance of the territory north of the Ohio River.

  • In 1863, Mary E. Woolley, the first woman to graduate from Brown University, was born.

  • In 1909, comedian Curly Joe DeRita of the Three Stooges was born; he joined the comedy team in 1959 after Joe Besser left the group.

  • In 1970, Arthur Fiedler took the Boston Pops Orchestra to television when PBS began broadcasting the group's concerts.

  • In 1976, the long-running TV gameshow "Family Feud" premiered on America's airwaves with Richard Dawson as the show's host.

  • In 1979, the Republic of Kiribati achieved independence.

  • In 1985, the two Live Aid concerts were held in London and Philadelphia to benefit African famine relief; nearly $100 million was raised by the televised events.

  • In 1994, Germany's Constitutional Court lifted the ban on use of German troops for combat missions outside of the country.

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