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Friday, July 24, 1998
I'm thrilled and somewhat humbled by the challenge of joining the Chicago Bulls.
Tim Floyd, possible new coach of Chicago Bulls
- The rescheduled start of trial for Whitewater figure Susan McDougal is set to begin in Santa Monica, California.
- Gloria Steinem, Ruby Dee, Coretta Scott King and Olympia Dukakis are among women expected to attend Women's International League for Peace and Freedom meeting, which begins today in Baltimore.
- Retired Gen. Colin Powell is scheduled to speak in Independence, Missouri, at the 50th anniversary commemoration of President Truman's Executive Order 9981, which led to desegregation of the U.S. armed forces.
- On Saturday, July 25, U.S. President Bill Clinton is tentatively scheduled to attend the commissioning of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in Norfolk, Virginia.
- On Sunday, July 26, annual induction ceremony into the Baseball Hall of Fame is scheduled in Cooperstown, New York.
- Monday, July 27, is the two-year anniversary of a bomb exploding in Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Games. Two people died as a result of the bombing.
- On Tuesday, July 28, a celebration marking the 70th anniversary of Gerber Baby food is scheduled in New York with Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber Baby, attending.
- On Wednesday, July 29, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is scheduled to visit Papua New Guinea to offer support as the South Pacific country tries to recover from devastating a tidal wave.
U.S. President Bill Clinton announced Thursday that Press Secretary Mike McCurry is leaving the White House. McCurry's departure comes after a tough year of relentless questions from the press about former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and her relationship with the president. To learn more about the White House under which he served, click here.
- Today is Saint John's Day in Canada, Estonia, Latvia and Spain Andorra
- It is the Battle of the Carabobo in Venezuela.
- Political cartoonist Pat Oliphant is 63.
- Comedian Ruth Buzzi ("Sesame Street") is 62.
- Actor Robert Hays ("Airplane!") is 51.
- Actor Michael Richards ("Seinfeld") is 49.
- Actress Lynda Carter ("Wonder Woman") is 47.
- Movie director Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting") is 46.
- Country singer Pam Tillis is 41.
- Actor Kadeem Hardison ("A Different World") is 33.
- Actress Laura Leighton ("Melrose Place") is 30.
- Basketball player Karl Malone is 35.
- Actress Jennifer Lopez ("Out of Sight") is 28.
- Actress Anna Paquin is ("The Piano") 16.
- In 1567, Mary Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate and James VI became King of Scotland at the age of 1.
- In 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded a trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later became the city of Detroit.
- In 1704, Gibraltar was captured from Spain by Admiral Sir George Rooke.
- In 1712, in the War of the Spanish Succession, France defeated an allied British-Dutch force at Denain, France.
- In 1799, Napoleon gained his last victory during his Occupation of Egypt, defeating the Turks at the Battle of Aboukir.
- In 1824, the results of the world's first public opinion poll were published in Delaware, on voting intentions for the next U.S. presidential election.
- In 1847, the Convention of Gramido ended the civil war in Portugal.
- In 1862, Martin van Buren died. He was the eighth president of the United States and the first not to be born a British subject.
- In 1866, after the U.S. Civil War, Tennessee became the first rebel state to be re-admitted to the Union.
- In 1883, Matthew Webb, first man to swim the English Channel (in 1875) drowned while attempting to swim the rapids above Niagara Falls.
- In 1923, the Treaty of Lausanne was signed between Turkey and the Allied powers. Turkey gave up all claims to non-Turkish territories lost in the World War I.
- In 1943, Operation Gomorrah, the concentrated heavy bombing of Hamburg by the Allies, began.
- In 1967, President de Gaulle, visiting Montreal, made a speech which ended "Vive le Quebec libre" for which he was promptly rebuked by Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson and cut short his visit.
- In 1969, Gerald Brook was released to Britain by the Soviet Union in exchange for spies Peter and Helen Kroger.
- In 1974, the government of Constantine Karamanlis was sworn in in Greece and a general amnesty for all political prisoners announced.
- In 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered President Nixon to surrender 64 White House tape recordings to the Washington District Court conducting the Watergate proceedings.
- In 1981, floods killed over 700 people in Szechuan province in China; 1.5 million were left homeless.
- In 1990, U.S. warships in the Gulf were placed on alert after Iraq massed nearly 30,000 troops near its border with Kuwait.
- In 1993, Russia's central bank announced a drastic reform of the monetary system, saying all banknotes issued up to the end of 1992 would be withdrawn from circulation.
- In 1995, a suicide bomber from the militant Muslim group Hamas blew up an Israeli bus in Tel Aviv, killing six people and wounding 32.
- In 1997, Charles Taylor was declared Liberia's new president following elections on July 19.
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