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

Sunday, July 26, 1998

quote   We must keep it a place where people can walk the halls of government, and we must never take for granted the values for which it stands or the price of preserving them.

-- U.S. President Bill Clinton on the nation's Capitol


today's events

  • Landmark general elections are to be held in Cambodia.

  • The annual induction ceremony into the Baseball Hall of Fame is scheduled in Cooperstown, New York.

on the horizon

  • Monday, July 27, is the two-year anniversary of a bomb exploding in Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Games.

  • 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 a devastating a tidal wave.

  • On Thursday, July 30, the Romance Writers of America are scheduled to begin their national convention in Los Angeles.


Learn more about the U.S. Capitol building by taking a virtual tour.

  • Rock legend Mick Jagger is 55.
  • Actor Kevin Spacey ("The Usual Suspects") is 39.
  • Producer-writer-director Blake Edwards ("The Pink Panther") is 76.
  • Actress Susan George ("Straw Dogs") is 48.
  • Actor Jason Robards ("All the President's Men") is 76.

on this day

  • In 1788, New York State ratified the new constitution and became the 11th state of the Union.

  • In 1847, Liberia became the first independent republic in Africa.

  • In 1858, Lionel Rothschild became the first Jewish member to take his seat in the British House of Commons.

  • In 1882, Wagner's opera "Parsifal" was first performed, at Bayreuth, western Germany.

  • In 1908, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was created and referred to as Office of the Chief Examiner. It became the FBI in 1935.

  • In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt appointed General Douglas MacArthur as Commander of U.S. Forces in the Far East.

  • In 1952, King Farouk of Egypt abdicated and was ordered to leave the country, three days after a coup led by General Neguib.

  • In 1953, Fidel Castro led a failed assault on the Moncada military barracks near Santiago de Cuba in the fight against dictator Fulgencio Batista.

  • In 1956, under President Nasser, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal.

  • In 1965, the Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean became independent, having been a British protectorate since 1887.

  • In 1993, a draft of South Africa's first post-apartheid constitution was presented to democracy negotiators.

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