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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

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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.


NEWSLINK:   NOTABLE:

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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