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Monday, August 3, 1998
Forward march, forward march against imperialism!
A crowd of Grenadans greeting Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the St. George's airport
- A ceremony officially dedicating a postage stamp honoring film director Alfred Hitchcock is scheduled in Los Angeles.
- On Tuesday, August 4, Christie's auction house begins displaying legendary baseball player "Shoeless" Joe Jackson's personal belongings in Chicago. The items will be auctioned off in New York in November.
- On Wednesday, August 5, the 27th annual convention of the Tuskegee Airmen is scheduled to begin in Washington. This year's gathering marks 50th anniversary of the Truman executive order paving the way to desegregation in the military.
- On Thursday, August 6, 18 teams from 16 countries are expected to compete in the 1998 World Disabled Sailing Championship beginning in Newport, Rhode Island.
- On Friday, August 7, thousands of Hawaiians and their political allies gather in Washington, D.C., for the Aloha March, a demonstration marking the 100th anniversary of annexation of Hawaiian Islands.
Adventurer Steve Fossett is once again preparing an attempt to fly around the world non-stop in a balloon. Prepare yourself for all of this season's attempts by clicking Balloon Race Around the World.
- Author P.D. James is 78.
- Broadway composer Richard Adler is 77.
- Singer Tony Bennett is 72.
- Actor Martin Sheen is 58.
- Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 57.
- Movie director John Landis is 48.
- Rock singer James Hetfield (Metallica) is 35.
- Rock singer-musician Ed Roland (Collective Soul) is 35.
- Country musician Dean Sams (Lonestar) is 32.
- In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.
- In 1914, Germany declared war on France.
- In 1923, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding.
- In 1936, the State Department urged Americans in Spain to leave because of that country's civil war.
- In 1943, Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. Patton was later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second, similar episode.
- In 1949, the National Basketball Association was formed.
- In 1958, the nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole under water.
- In 1981, U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan that they would be fired.
- In 1987, the Iran-Contra congressional hearings ended, with none of the 29 witnesses tying President Ronald Reagan directly to the diversion of arms-sales profits to Nicaraguan rebels.
- In 1988, the Soviet Union released Mathias Rust, the young West German pilot who had landed a light plane in Moscow's Red Square in May 1987.
- In 1997, Iran's new president, moderate Muslim cleric Mohammad Khatami, took office with a message of peace to the world.
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