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Friday, August 7, 1998

quote   She answered each question truthfully, completely and honestly that was posed to her by the independent counsel and also questions that were posed to her by members of the grand jury.

-- Judy Smith, Monica Lewinsky's spokeswoman


today's events

  • 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.

  • New Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obucho is scheduled to deliver a major economic policy speech to a special session of Parliament in Tokyo.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, August 11, Mikail Markhasev, convicted of murdering Ennis Cosby, son of entertainer Bill Cosby, is scheduled to be sentenced in Santa Monica, California. Markhasev faces possible life in prison without parole.

  • On Wednesday, August 12, about 400 professional truck drivers from 50 states are expected to compete in the 1998 National Truck Driving Championships in Long Beach, California.


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  • Today is a National Holiday in Colombia.
  • It's Independence Day in the Republic of Ivory Coast
  • Satirist Stan Freberg is 72.
  • Humorist Garrison Keillor is 56.
  • Singer B.J. Thomas ("Hooked on a Feeling") is 56.
  • Marathon runner Alberto Salazar is 40.
  • Actor David Duchovny ("The X-Files") is 38.
  • Actress DeLane Matthews ("Dave's World") is 37.
  • Jazz musician Marcus Roberts is 35.
  • Country singer Raul Malo (The Mavericks) is 33.
  • Actress Charlize Theron ("Devil's Advocate") is 23.

on this day

  • In 1782, George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.

  • In 1789, the U.S. War Department was established by Congress.

  • In 1912, the Progressive Party nominated Theodore Roosevelt for president.

  • In 1947, the balsa wood raft "Kon-Tiki," which had carried a six-man crew 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean, crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago.

  • In 1959, the United States launched "Explorer Six," which sent back a picture of the Earth.

  • In 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.

  • In 1974, French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.

  • In 1976, scientists in Pasadena, California, announced that the "Viking One" spacecraft had found the strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars.

  • In 1987, the presidents of five Central American nations, meeting in Guatemala City, signed an eleven-point agreement designed to bring peace to their region.

  • In 1988, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati signaled his government's acceptance of Iraq's modified peace proposal aimed at bringing about a cease-fire in the Persian Gulf.

  • In 1992, the public got its first glimpse inside Buckingham Palace as people were given the opportunity to tour the London home of Queen Elizabeth the II. Proceeds from ticket sales were earmarked to help repair fire damage at Windsor Castle.

  • In 1997, a Russian capsule on a fix-it mission docked gingerly with the crippled Mir space station, bringing a new crew charged with salvaging the orbiting outpost.

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