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Sunday, August 16, 1998
- The National Conference of Christians and Jews is scheduled to present a humanitarian award to Cardinal Francis George in Chicago.
- On Monday, August 17, U.S. President Bill 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, U.S. President Bill Clinton celebrates his 52nd birthday.
- On Thursday, August 20, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright departs for Santa Fe, New Mexico, to meet with the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations.
- On Friday, August 21, Cuban President Fidel Castro is to visit the Dominican Republic -- his first visit since coming to power in 1959.
The world lost one of the greatest rock'n'roll legends of all-time 21 years ago today, when Elvis Presley died at age 42 in Memphis, Tennessee. Visit the King's official Web site at
Elvis Presley's Graceland.
- The Dominican Republic observes the Restoration of the Republic.
- Gabon Republic marks National Day.
- Sportscaster and NFL legend Frank Gifford is 68.
- TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 45.
- Madonna is 40.
- Actor Timothy Hutton ("Taps") is 38.
- Actress Julie Newmar (Cat Woman on TV's "Batman") is 63.
- Actor Fess Parker ("Daniel Boone") is 71.
- Actor Reginald VelJohnson ("Die Hard") is 46.
- Actress Lesley Ann Warren ("Victor/Victoria") is 52.
- In 1513, English and German forces under Henry VIII defeated
the French at Guinegate, in what was called "The Battle of the Spurs."
- In 1777, American patriots led by Gen. John Stark defeated
the British at the Battle of Bennington during the American
- In 1780, Americans led by Gen. Horatio Gates were defeated
by the British, led by Gen. Lord Cornwallis, at Camden, New Jersey, during the American Revolution.
- In 1812, U.S. forces in Detroit surrendered to the British in the War of 1812.
- In 1819, the Peterloo Massacre occurred in Manchester, England. Several deaths and hundreds of injuries were caused when troops were called in to disperse a meeting on parliamentary reform.
- In 1914, Liege fell to the Germans after unexpectedly fierce
Belgian resistance and heavy German casualties.
- In 1960, Cyprus became an independent republic, with Archbishop Makarios as its first president.
- In 1962, Algeria was admitted to the Arab League.
- In 1966, the Declaration of Bogota was signed, calling for
the economic integration of Latin America and non-intervention in the internal affairs of American states.
- In 1972, Morocco's King Hassan II escaped unhurt when an
airliner carrying him to Rabat was fired on by Moroccan Air
- In 1974, Greek left-wing leader Andreas Papandreou returned
home after six years of self-imposed exile.
- In 1977, Elvis Presley died aged 42 from heart failure brought on by abuse of prescribed drugs.
- In 1984, John De Lorean was acquitted in Los Angeles of
charges that he conspired to import 100 kg of cocaine, and use the proceeds to save his financially-troubled Northern Ireland sports car company.
- In 1990, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein warned U.S. President George
Bush that thousands of the troops he sent to the Gulf would
return home in coffins.
- In 1995, Bermudans voted to remain a British colony.
- In 1996, Leonel Fernandez, a 42-year-old lawyer who grew up in New York City, became the 100th president of the Dominican Republic.
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