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Friday, August 14, 1998
Nothing can bring them back, but nothing can erase the lives they led. The difference they made. The joy they brought...They were what America is all about.
U.S. President Bill Clinton on the Americans who lost their lives in the embassy bombings in Africa
- A candlelight vigil will be held at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, to mark the 21st anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.
- New Jersey's state Athletic Control Board is expected to decide on whether to give Mike Tyson a boxing license.
- U.S. District Judge John Heyburn of Louisville, Kentucky, is scheduled to hold a hearing on a partial-birth abortion restraining order.
- On Saturday, August 15, the Million Children March is to take place in Washington. Entertainers Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles are expected to perform.
- On Sunday, August 16, the National Conference of Christians and Jews is scheduled to present a humanitarian award to Cardinal Francis George in Chicago.
- On Monday, August 17, President Clinton is scheduled to testify in the Monica Lewinsky matter, answering questions from Independent Counsel Ken Starr's grand jury from the White House via closed-circuit television.
- On Tuesday, August 18, possible arraignment is scheduled for Russell Weston Jr., charged in the fatal July 24 shootings at the U.S. Capitol.
- On Wednesday, August 19, President Clinton celebrates his 52nd birthday.
Twenty-one years ago today, the King died. Or did he? Click here to rack up Elvis trivia and even play a game of "Where's Elvis?".
- Italy celebrates Assumption Eve.
- Morocco celebrates Oued-Ed-Dahab Day.
- Pakistan celebrates Independence Day.
- The Vatican City State takes its mid-August holiday.
- Actress Halle Berry ("Bulworth") is 30.
- Former football player Charles Neal Anderson is 34.
- Chef and food authority Julia Child is 86.
- Singer David Crosby is 57.
- Actor Antonio Fargas ("Car Wash") is 52.
- Actress Alice Ghostley ("Designing Women") is 72.
- Basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson is 39.
- Cartoonist Gary Larson ("The Far Side") is 48.
- Actor Steve Martin ("The Jerk") is 53.
- Actress Susan Saint James ("Kate and Allie") is 52.
- Romance author Danielle Steel ("Wanderlust") is 51.
- In 1551, Turkish forces captured Tripoli.
- In 1598, Earl of Tyrone, Irish rebel, annihilated the English force at Yellow Ford on Blackwater River.
- In 1733, the War of Polish Succession began.
- In 1784, the first Russian colony in Alaska was founded on Kodiak Island.
- In 1811, Paraguay declared itself independent of Spain; the British occupied Java.
- In 1894, Belgium's King Leopold II abandoned claims to Upper Nile territory after France protested.
- In 1900, the Boxer Rebellion in China ended.
- In 1945, Japan surrendered to the United States, ending World War II;the Soviet Union signed a treaty with Nationalist China, recognizing the independence of Outer Mongolia; French Gen. Henri Philippe Petain was sentenced to death (later commuted to life imprisonment) for collaborating with Nazis.
- In 1947, Pakistan was founded when British rule over the region ended and the Asian subcontinent was partitioned into Islamic Pakistan and predominantly Hindu India. Pakistan comprised two portions, West and East, which later became independent Bangladesh.
- In 1949, West Germans voted for the first time since the end of World War II, after a "re-education" program created conditions for the vote.
- In 1958, NATO countries announced relaxation of trade restrictions with the Soviet bloc and China, but the United States maintained its embargo on trade with China, North Korea and North Vietnam.
- In 1962, two Soviet spacecraft circled Earth in adjacent orbits and were in visual and radio contact.
- In 1968, reports from Bombay said floods in India claimed more than 1,000 lives in seven days.
- In 1973, U.S. bombing in Cambodia ended, marking an official halt to 12 years of combat in Indochina.
- In 1974, Greece withdrew troops from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) after the breakdown of Geneva peace talks and new fighting on Cyprus.
- In 1975, Bangladesh President Mujibur Rahman was killed in a military coup that overthrew the country's three-year-old government.
- In 1986, a car bomb killed 19 people and wounded 90 when it exploded in a residential area of Christian east Beirut.
- In 1987, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini threatened the United States with punishment, blaming it for the deaths of hundreds of pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
- In 1990, King Hussein of Jordan flew to Washington in an attempt to mediate U.S.-Iraq confrontation; Syrian troops began arriving in Saudi Arabia.
- In 1991, scientists reported that a worldwide band of volcanic dust from the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines could be cooling the world's climate.
- In 1992, Spain, France and Turkey offered to send troops to Bosnia under a U.N. resolution authorizing military force.
- In 1993, a jury acquitted Washington lawyer Robert Altman of all charges in the BCCI bank fraud trial, capping a highly publicized, marathon case.
- In 1994, several thousand IRA supporters rallied outside Belfast's city hall, 25 years after Britain deployed troops in Northern Ireland as would-be peacekeepers.
- In 1995, bowing before a huge bank of flowers, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid respect to the dead of a war that ended 50 years ago, when Japan's emperor asked his people to "bear the unbearable."
- In 1996, 35 people were electrocuted during a festival when a high-tension cable was knocked to the ground by errant fireworks in Arequipa, Peru.
- In 1997, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright granted a visa to Gerry Adams, head of the Sinn Fein political party in Northern Ireland.
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