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Tuesday, August 4, 1998

quote   I know it's going to hurt, but there's got to be a swap.

-- Mary Watts, aunt of one of the Virginia babies switched at birth


today's events

  • 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 the horizon

  • On Wednesday, August 5, the 27th annual convention of the Tuskegee Airmen is scheduled to begin in Washington. This year's gathering marks the 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.

  • On Saturday, August 8, Elvis Week, commemorating the 21st anniversary of the entertainer's death, begins in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • On Sunday, August 9, the 1998 Nike World Masters windsurfer games are scheduled to begin in Portland, Oregon.


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  • Today is Revolution Day in Burkina Faso.
  • It's Constitution Day in the Cook Islands.
  • Today is a pubic holiday in Grenada.
  • Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth is 98.
  • Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is 69.
  • Actor-comedian Richard Belzer ("Homicide: Life on the Streets") is 54.
  • Actor-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton ("Sling Blade") is 43.
  • Track star Mary Decker Slaney is 40.
  • Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens is 36.
  • Actor Michael DeLuise ("Brooklyn South") is 29.
  • Actor Cole Sprouse ("Grace Under Fire") is 6.
  • Actor Dylan Sprouse ("Grace Under Fire") is 6.

on this day

  • In 1060, Henry I of France died and was succeeded by Philip 1.

  • In 1265, in the Second Barons' War in England, the Royalists under Prince Edward defeated the Barons under Simon de Montfort at the Battle of Evesham.

  • In 1521, Pope Urban VII born as Giambattista Castagna. He was elected Pope in September 1590, but died of malaria before his coronation.

  • In 1578, Portuguese attempt at an invasion of Morocco was thwarted at the Battle of Alcazarquivir. King Sebastian of Portugal, the King of Fez and the Moorish pretender to the throne of Fez were all killed.

  • In 1704, during the War of the Spanish Succession, a joint Anglo-Dutch force attacked and captured the Spanish city of Gibraltar.

  • In 1789, during the French Revolution, the Constituent Assembly abolished all feudal privileges and rights.

  • In 1914, Germany invaded Belgium and when London's ultimatum to Berlin to withdraw expired at midnight, Britain declared war on Germany. The United States declared neutrality.

  • In 1916, Denmark agreed to cede the Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the United States for $25 million. The deal took effect the following March 31.

  • In 1936, Ioannis Metaxas set up the dictatorial Fourth of August Regime in Greece.

  • In 1940, Italy invaded British Somaliland and occupied some towns in Sudan and Kenya.

  • In 1944, after two years hiding in an Amsterdam back room, Anne Frank, her sister, her parents and four other Jews were discovered by the Gestapo. The diary she kept was found after the war, published in over 30 languages and turned into a play and film.

  • In 1954, Britain's first supersonic fighter plane, the English Electric Lightning P-1, made its maiden flight.

  • In 1972, Arthur Bremer was jailed for 63 years for shooting George Wallace, governor of Alabama.

  • In 1972, President Idi Amin declared that Uganda would expel 50,000 Asians with British passports to Britain within three months.

  • In 1980, Hurricane Allen swept through the eastern Caribbean for several days causing widespread damage and loss of life, especially in St. Lucia and Haiti.

  • In 1981, a U.S. court ordered striking air traffic controllers back to work and fined their union $2.4 million a day for the duration of the strike.

  • In 1983, Bettino Craxi was sworn in as Italy's first Socialist prime minister.

  • In 1983, a military coup in Upper Volta led by Thomas Sankara overthrew Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo.

  • In 1992, millions of blacks ended a two-day general strike against white rule in South Africa, during which over 30 people died.

  • In 1993, Japan formally apologized for the first time to women forced to serve its soldiers as sex slaves during World War II.

  • In 1995, Croatia launched an offensive to regain the enclave of Krajina, held by its Serb minority for four years.

  • In 1997, the worlds oldest person, Jeanne Calment, died aged 122 years and 164 days in Arles, France.

  • In 1997, North Korea handed over the remains of four U.S. soldiers killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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