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Tuesday, July 14, 1998
I've been up all night. It was magnificent. I've never seen a celebration like it.
Elisabeth Wallon, 22, on the French World Cup celebrations
- Bastille Day is celebrated in France.
- Tens of thousands of Protestants are scheduled to watch the re-enactment of a 17th-century military victory over Irish Catholics in Scarva, Northern Ireland.
- The Arkansas State House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony from families affected by the March 24 school shootings in Jonesboro.
- 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.
- On Saturday, July 18, the official ceremony to unveil the African-American Civil War Memorial is to be held in Washington.
- On Sunday, July 19, the 1998 Goodwill Games begin in New York.
The Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. gave a record $10 million donation to the Smithsonian Institution on Monday to help restore the flag that inspired the "Star-Spangled Banner." To learn more about the historic flag and others, check out Star Spangled Flag Makers.
- France, French Guiana and New Caledonia celebrate Bastille Day.
- Iraq celebrates July 14 Revolution.
- Kiribati celebrates Independence Day.
- Monaco, Saint Pierre, Miquelon and Tahiti celebrate National Day.
- Actress Polly Bergen ("To Tell the Truth") is 68.
- Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman ("Wild Strawberries") is 80.
- Former U.S. President Gerald Ford is 85.
- Actress Missy Gold ("Benson") is 28.
- Actor and football star Rosey Grier is 66.
- Actor Harry Dean Stanton ("Repo Man") is 66.
- Sportscaster Steve Stone is 51.
- In 1789 in Paris, the Bastille, a grim prison and symbol of
the monarchy, was seized by the people at the start of the
- In 1865, British climber Edward Whymper led the first team of
climbers to reach the summit of the Matterhorn in the Alps at a height of
- In 1867, explosives manufacturer Alfred Nobel first
demonstrated his invention, dynamite, at Merstham Quarry in
- In 1887, German industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred
Krupp, who became a dominating force in the development of the Ruhr
- In 1918, the French troop carrying liner Djemnah was sunk by a German
submarine in the Mediterranean; 442 people were killed.
- In 1933, in Germany, the Nazi Party under Adolf Hitler banned
all opposition parties.
- In 1958, King Faisal of Iraq was assassinated along with his
entire household and his prime minister in a coup by army
officers which resulted in Iraq's becoming a republic.
- In 1959, the first atomic powered cruiser, the USS Long Beach, was
launched at Quincy, Massachusetts. The ship had two nuclear reactors and
could reach 30 knots.
- In 1965, the satellite Mariner 4, launched in 1964, became the first to send
photographs from Mars and transmitted for over eight hours.
- In 1976, the Chinese-built Tanzam railway was completed ahead
of schedule linking Zambia with Dar-es-Salaam.
- In 1978, Russian dissident Anatoly Shcharansky, a founder
member of the Helsinki Group set up to monitor Soviet observance of
human rights, was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
- In 1984, in New Zealand, David Lange and his leftist Labor
Party swept to a landslide electoral victory defeating the
ruling national Party led by Sir Robert Muldoon.
- In 1996, a bomb exploded in a hotel at Enniskillen in Northern Ireland in
which 40 people were injured. It was the first bomb in the province for
two years. IRA guerrillas denied responsibility for the explosion.
- In 1997, the U.N. war crimes tribunal sentenced Bosnian Serb Dusan
Tadic to a 20-year prison term for his part in a vicious
"ethnic cleansing" campaign against Muslim civilians in 1992.
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