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

Monday, August 10, 1998

quote   I was just goofing around on the computer, looking for roots. I hoped my dad was alive, but as far as I knew my father was dead.

-- Pat Carr after locating his father he thought was dead using the Internet


today's events

  • The rescheduled trial start 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 the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, August 13, about 300 children -- from infants to 10-year-olds -- dress up for the 89th annual Baby Parade in Ocean City, New Jersey, the oldest event of its kind in the nation.

  • On Friday, August 14, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine holds conference in New Jersey.

  • On Saturday, August 15, the Million Children March is to take place in Washington. Entertainers Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles are expected to perform.


Nagasaki on Sunday observed the 53rd anniversary of the atomic bomb that devastated the Japanese city. Learn more about the bombing by visiting the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

  • Ecuador observes National Independence Day.
  • Singapore marks National Day.
  • Rocker Ian Anderson (lead singer of Jethro Tull) is 51.
  • Actress Rosanna Arquette ("Desperately Seeking Susan") is 39.
  • Actor Antonio Banderas ("Four Rooms") is 38.
  • Boxer Riddick Bowe is 31.

on this day

  • In 955, King Otto I of Germany defeated the Magyars (Hungarians) at the Battle of Lechfeld, ending a possible invasion.

  • In 1557, the French army lost more than 14,000 men when they tried to block a Spanish army under Count Egmont at the Battle of Saint Quentin in the Spanish-French Wars. The Spaniards lost just 50.

  • In 1627, France's Cardinal Richelieu began the siege of the Huguenot fortress at La Rochelle with royal troops. The fortress finally fell 14 months later in October 1628.

  • In 1675, the foundation stone of the Royal Observatory was laid at Greenwich in south London by order of King Charles II to improve knowledge of the positions of stars and thus aid navigation. John Flamsteed became the first Astronomer Royal.

  • In 1792, King Louis XVI of France was arrested after a mob stormed the Tuileries in Paris and massacred the Swiss Guard, and the monarchy was suspended.

  • In 1821, the state of Missouri was admitted to the Union as the 24th state of the United States.

  • In 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was established in Washington as a center for scientific research from funds left at the bequest of British scientist James Smithson.

  • In 1885, the first commercially operated electrical streetcar began operation in Baltimore.

  • In 1895, the first Promenade concert under conductor Henry Wood took place at Queen's Hall in London. He remained in sole charge of the "Proms," the annual British classical music festival, until 1940.

  • In 1904, the Russian Fleet took heavy losses when the Japanese fleet blocked them as they were trying to escape from Port Arthur in the battle of the Yellow Sea, part of the Russian-Japanese War.

  • In 1913, the Treaty of Bucharest was signed between Bulgaria and the Balkan allies Greece, Serbia, Montenegro and Romania, ending the second Balkan war.

  • In 1920, the Treaty of Sevres was signed between Turkey and the Allied powers after World War I, relieving Turkey of much of the land ruled by the Ottoman Empire.

  • In 1944, after three weeks of fighting, U.S. forces overran Pati Point and recaptured Guam from the Japanese in World War II.

  • In 1964, Pope Paul VI issued his first encyclical, "Ecclesiam Suam," which stated his willingness to mediate in international disputes.

  • In 1966, Orbiter 1 was launched from Cape Kennedy and became the first spacecraft to transmit Lunar photographs of possible landing sites. It crashed into the far side of the moon on October 29.

  • In 1995, former army buddies Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were indicted for the devastating Oklahoma City bombing on April 19 that killed 168 people.

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