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

Wednesday, July 15, 1998

quote   Farmers don't need more loans. There has to be another type of help.

-- Wayne Dollar, president of the Georgia Farm Bureau, where record heat is killing crops

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today's events

  • Syrian President Hafez Assad visits France.

  • U.S. President Clinton meets with Romanian President Emil Constantinescu in Washington.

  • The American Federation of Teachers holds its annual convention in New Orleans.

  • The Summit of Central American presidents is held in El Salvador.


on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, July 20, Burundi peace talks are scheduled to resume to Tanzania.

  • On Tuesday, July 21, INET '98, a conference focusing on the evolution of the Internet opens in Geneva.


NEWSLINK:   NOTABLE:

Parking meters first hit the streets on this day in 1935. And, oh yes, someone has created The Parking Meter Page. Hurry and read before your time's up.

  • Singer and actor Ruben Blades ("The Milagro Beanfield War") is 50.
  • Actress Phoebe Cates ("Gremlins") is 35.
  • Drummer Stewart Copeland (formerly of Police) is 46.


on this day

  • This date in 622 is generally considered as the start of the Islamic Era, when Mohammed began his flight from Mecca to Medina.

  • In 1048, Benedict IX, known as the "Boy Pope," resigned from the papacy.

  • In 1661, the first bank notes in Europe were issued by the Bank of Stockholm.

  • In 1867, reinforced concrete was first patented by Joseph Monier of Paris.

  • In 1917, the Bolsheviks began an attempt to seize power in Petrograd but were defeated. Trotsky was arrested and Lenin went into hiding.

  • In 1918, Nicholas II, the last Russian czar, was murdered together with his family and entourage by the Bolsheviks at Yekaterinburg.

  • In 1935, the world's first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City.

  • In 1942, nearly 14,000 Jews were arrested in Paris as part of a German roundup of the Jewish people in France.

  • In 1945, the U.S. staged the first test of a plutonium weapon, code-named "Trinity," before dawn in the New Mexico desert.

  • In 1948, the world's first turbine-propeller aircraft, the Vickers Viscount, made its maiden flight.

  • In 1950, the largest-ever crowd to watch a soccer match, over 199,000, saw Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1 in the World Cup final.

  • In 1965, a seven-mile tunnel through Mont Blanc connecting France and Italy was opened.

  • In 1969, Apollo 11 was launched on its historic mission to land men on the moon with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins aboard.

  • In 1992, Vice President Shankar Dayal Sharma was elected India's ninth president.

  • In 1996, Germano Maccari was convicted of being one of two killers who shot former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978.


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