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Saturday, July 18, 1998
It is a catastrophic situation. It cuts across all types of crops and livestock. It's just going to be a very, very bad year, and it is probably too late to salvage much.
Gene Hall of the Texas Farm Bureau, discussing the effects of the heat wave
- The official ceremony to unveil the African-American Civil War Memorial will be held in Washington.
- The National Aviation Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Dayton, Ohio, will feature astronaut James Lovell, commander of Apollo 13.
- On Sunday, July 19, the 1998 Goodwill Games begin in New York.
- On Monday, July 20, Burundi peace talks are scheduled to resume in Tanzania.
- On Tuesday, July 21, INET '98, a conference focusing on the evolution of the Internet, opens in Geneva.
- On Wednesday, July 22, U.S. Vice President Al Gore is expected to be in Ukraine.
- On Thursday, July 23, the announcement of the nominees for the 50th annual Emmy Awards will be made in Los Angeles.
The African-American Civil War Memorial will be unveiled today in Washington. To learn about the role of African-Americans in the bloody war between the states, click here.
- Papua New Guinea celebrates Provincial Government Day.
- Uruguay celebrates Constitution Day.
- Actor James Brolin ("Hotel") is 57.
- Sportscaster Dick Button is 69.
- Actor Hume Cronyn ("Cocoon") is 87.
- Singer Dion Di Mucci is 59.
- Politician and astronaut John Glenn is 77.
- Basketball player Penny Hardaway is 26.
- Actress Elizabeth McGovern ("Ordinary People") is 37.
- Singer Martha Reeves (of Martha and the Vandellas) is 57.
- Musician Ricky Skaggs ("I Don't Care") is 44.
- Writer Hunter S. Thompson is 59.
- Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko us 65.
- In 64, the great fire of Rome destroyed two-thirds of the
city. The emperor Nero suspected Christians of causing it and
they were subsequently persecuted.
- In 1536, the authority of the pope was declared void in
England by an act of Parliament.
- In 1915, the Second Battle of Isonzo began in World War I. A series of battles on this river were fought during the year with no gain for the Italians and the loss of 280,000 men.
- In 1925, Adolf Hitler published the first volume of his
personal manifesto, "Mein Kampf."
- In 1936, the Spanish Civil War began in the early hours of the morning with a revolt at Melilla in Spanish Morocco.
- In 1951, Jersey Joe Walcott defeated Ezzard Charles to become world heavyweight boxing champion.
- In 1969, Sen. Edward Kennedy crashed his car off the Chappaquidick Island bridge; his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, died in the accident.
- In 1971, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm
al-Quwain, Ajman and Fujeirah, decided to form the Union of Arab Emirates.
- In 1972, Egypt demanded the Soviet Union remove its 20,000
advisers from the country, accusing it of failing to supply
- In 1976, the 21st Olympic Games opened in Montreal, with
Taiwan being refused entry and 19 nations withdrawing in protest against New Zealand's rugby tour of South Africa.
- In 1984, a gunman massacred 20 people at a McDonald's restaurant in California saying, "I don't like Mondays" -- even though it was a Wednesday.
- In 1990, the rebel Soviet republic of Lithuania passed a new provisional law on local military service, challenging Moscow's right to conscript its young men.
- In 1994, 96 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a Buenos Aires Jewish community center.
- In 1997, U.S. astronomer Eugene Shoemaker, died at 69. He
helped to discover the giant Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet which
slammed into the planet Jupiter in 1994. He was killed in a car crash in the Australian outback.
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