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

Wednesday, August 5, 1998

quote   The whole world was pointing at me saying I was the big, bad guy -- the only guy taking substances. Now they can't hide from the truth.

-- Ben Johnson on recent drug scandals


today's events

  • 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.

  • The U.S. Postal Service is scheduled to issue a new stamp in Columbus, Ohio, designed to encourage organ and tissue donation.

  • The Debbie Reynolds Hotel is scheduled to be auctioned off in Las Vegas.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, August 10, a trial for Whitewater figure Susan McDougal is to begin in Santa Monica, California. She's charged with embezzling $150,000 from conductor Zubin Mehta and his wife while she worked as their bookkeeper.


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  • Today is Festival Wednesday in the British Virgin Islands.
  • It is Independence Day in Burkina Faso.
  • Today is a national holiday in Croatia.
  • It is San Salvador Feast in El Salvador.
  • Today is Youth Day in Kiribati.
  • Former astronaut Neil A. Armstrong is 68.
  • Actor John Saxon ("Falcon Crest") is 63.
  • Actor Zakes Mokae ("Outbreak") is 63.
  • Actress Loni Anderson ("WKRP in Cincinnati") is 52.
  • Actress Erika Slezak ("One Life to Live") is 52.
  • Actress-singer Maureen McCormick ("The Brady Bunch") is 42.
  • Basketball player Patrick Ewing is 36.
  • Rapper MCA (The Beastie Boys) is 34.
  • Actor Jonathan Silverman ("The Single Guy") is 32.
  • Actress Josie Bissett ("Melrose Place") is 28.
  • Actor Brendon Ryan Barrett ("Soul Man") is 12.

on this day

  • In 1305, Sir William Wallace, Scottish hero and champion of Scottish independence who beat Edward I at the battle of Stirling Bridge, was captured by the English and later executed as a traitor.

  • In 1529, the Treaty of Cambrai was signed by Francis I of France and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Francis renounced his claim to Italy and Charles renounced his claims to Burgundy.

  • In 1583, Sir Humphrey Gilbert founded the first English colony in North America at St. John's, Newfoundland.

  • In 1716, in a devastating defeat, Prince Eugene of Savoy with a force of 40,000 Austrians defeated 150,000 Turks under Darnad Ali Pasha at the battle of Peterwardein. Over 30,000 Turks died.

  • In 1850, the Australian Government Act granted representative governments to South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

  • In 1858, the first trans-Atlantic cable was completed, enabling telegraphic communication between United States and Britain. The service was ended on September 1 because the current was too weak.

  • In 1864, in Alabama, Union forces under Adm. David Farragut defeated the Confederates at Battle of Mobile Bay in the U.S. Civil War.

  • In 1884, the cornerstone of the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island in New York harbor.

  • In 1914, Montenegro declared war against Austria-Hungary in World War I; Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina all proclaimed their neutrality.

  • In 1914, the first electric traffic signals were installed at Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland.

  • In 1915, Warsaw, evacuated by the Russians, was occupied by the Germans.

  • In 1940, Latvia was absorbed into the Soviet Union as the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic.

  • In 1943, in World War II, British troops entered Catania and Paterno in Sicily.

  • In 1949, some 6,000 people were killed 100,000 people left homeless when an earthquake measuring 6.75 on the Richter scale struck Ecuador.

  • In 1953, "Operation Big Switch" -- the exchange of prisoners of war between the U.N. Command and the Chinese and North Koreans -- took place at Panmunjom, Korea.

  • In 1960, Upper Volta gained independence from France.

  • In 1962, Nelson Mandela was arrested near Howick, South Africa, and charged with incitement; he received a five-year sentence later in the year.

  • In 1963, a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was signed in Moscow by Russia, the United States and Britain.

  • In 1973, Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, killing three and injuring 55.

  • In 1974, U.S. President Richard Nixon admitted he had withheld information about the Watergate break-in; he announced his resignation three days later.

  • In 1995, Croatian government forces seized the rebel Serb "capital" of Knin in a lightning assault designed to win back the breakaway region of Krajina after four years.

  • In 1997, 226 people died when a South Korean jumbo jet crashed and burst into flames on the island of Guam.

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