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Sunday, July 19, 1998

quote   The African-American soldiers who served in the Union Army fought not only for the preservation of the Union but for their own freedom from slavery.

-- Army Lt. Gen. Joe Ballard at the unveiling of a monument honoring black Civil War soldiers

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today's events

  • The 1998 Goodwill Games begin in New York.


on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, July 24, the rescheduled start of trial for Whitewater figure Susan McDougal is set to begin in Santa Monica.


NEWSLINK:   NOTABLE:

The world's best athletes gather in New York today to kick off the Goodwill Games. For more, visit the Games' official site.

  • Malaysia observes Yang DiPertua Besar's Birthday.
  • Nicaragua celebrates Liberation Day.
  • Myanmar marks Martyrs Day.
  • Singer Vikki Carr ("It Must Be Him") is 57.
  • Actor Anthony Edwards ("ER") is 36.
  • Actress Clea Lewis (Audrey on "Ellen") is 33.
  • Tennis player Illie Nastase is 52.


on this day

  • In 1333, the Scots army was defeated by Edward III of England at the Battle of Halidon Hill.

  • In 1588, the Spanish Armada was first sighted off the Cornish coast of England.

  • In 1553, Lady Jane Grey was deposed and Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.

  • In 1610, Basil Shuisky, Czar of Russia, was deposed after a Swedish army was forced to surrender following a failed bid to rid Russia of its Polish invaders.

  • In 1821, George IV of England was crowned king; he refused to allow his estranged queen Caroline to attend the coronation.

  • In 1837, British civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel's "Great Western" steamship was launched from Bristol; on the same day in 1843, his "Great Britain," the first Atlantic liner built of iron, was launched.

  • In 1843, a new form of female dress, Bloomers, were first introduced by their inventor Amelia Jenks Bloomer.

  • In 1870, France declared war on Prussia, heralding the start of the Franco-Prussian war.

  • In 1877, the first Wimbledon tennis final took place; it was won by Spencer Gore.

  • In 1900, the Paris Metro underground system was opened.

  • In 1907, the Emperor of Korea, a Japanese protectorate, was forced to abdicate in favor of his son.

  • In 1941, Winston Churchill introduced his "V for Victory" campaign which rapidly spread through Europe. The BBC took the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, which matched the dot-dot-dot-dash Morse code for the letter V, and played it before news bulletins.

  • In 1949, Laos became an independent state within the French Union.

  • In 1974, Spanish leader General Franco temporarily handed over power to his designated successor, Prince Juan Carlos, because of illness.

  • In 1980, the 22nd Olympics opened in Moscow with more than 45 nations boycotting the games in protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

  • In 1989, Poland's National Assembly elected Communist leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski president by a one-vote margin.

  • In 1992, a car bomb killed Paolo Borsellino, a leading anti-Mafia judge in Palermo, Sicily.

  • In 1993, Pakistani President Ishaq Khan and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreed to resign to pave the way for October elections.

  • In 1995, Bosnian Serb forces surrounded Zepa and demanded the surrender of the enclave.

  • In 1996, Mohammed Ali lit the flame that opened the Olympic Games in Atlanta.


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