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

Wednesday, August 19, 1998

quote   After carefully reviewing the transcript of the speech [Monday] night, I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that the honorable step for the president is to resign to protect America and the presidency.

-- John Ashcroft, Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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today's events

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton celebrates his 52nd birthday.

  • A funeral service is scheduled to be held in Lamar, Missouri, for Army Sgt. Kenneth Hobson II, one of 12 Americans killed in embassy bombings.


on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Saturday, August 22, French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine visits Iran for top-level meetings.

  • On Sunday, August 23, the World Conference on Volunteerism is scheduled to begin in Edmonton, Alberta.

  • On Monday, August, 24, a trial is scheduled to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, for a woman claiming a radio talk show host defamed her by reporting that former Sen. Bob Dole helped her get an abortion in the early 1970s.


NEWSLINK:   NOTABLE:

America's Health Network is scheduled to broadcast live open-heart surgery on its Web site and cable TV channel. This is the second in a series of such events by AHN, which broadcast a live birth in June. For your viewing pleasure, click here.

  • Today is Independence Day in Afghanistan.
  • Author Ring Lardner Jr. ("M*A*S*H") is 83.
  • Former jockey Willie Shoemaker is 67.
  • Actress Diana Muldaur ("LA Law") is 60.
  • Actress Jill St. John ("Hart to Hart") is 58.
  • Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tennessee, is 56.
  • U.S. President Bill Clinton is 52.
  • Tipper Gore, wife of U.S. Vice President Al Gore, is 50.
  • Actor Gerald McRaney ("Major Dad") is 50.
  • Actor Jonathan Frakes ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") is 46.
  • Political consultant Mary Matalin is 45.
  • Actor Peter Gallagher ("Malice") is 43.
  • Actor Adam Arkin ("Chicago Hope") is 42.
  • Actor John Stamos ("Full House") is 35.
  • Actress Kyra Sedgwick ("Singles") is 33.
  • Actor Kevin Dillon ("The Doors") is 33.
  • Country singer Lee Ann Womack is 32.
  • MTV reporter Tabitha Soren is 31.
  • Actor Matthew Perry ("Friends") is 29.
  • Tennis player Mary Joe Fernandez is 27.
  • Actor J. Evan Bonifant ("Blues Brothers 2000") is 13.


on this day

  • In 14, Augustus, the first Roman Emperor and adopted son of Julius Caesar, died.

  • In 1477, Maximilian I, son of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III, married Mary of Burgundy and acquired the Burgundian possessions in the Netherlands and France.

  • In 1493, Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor, died and was succeeded by Maximilian I.

  • In 1561, Mary Queen of Scots arrived in Scotland to assume the throne after spending 13 years in France.

  • In 1587, Sigismund III, son of John of Sweden, was elected King of Poland. He sought a union of Poland with Sweden but instead created hostility and war between the two.

  • In 1601, Michael the Brave, Romanian national hero, was assassinated.

  • In 1772, Gustav III seized effective control of the Swedish government and restored the full power of the monarchy which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720.

  • In 1812, in the Anglo-American war of 1812, the U.S. warship Constitution defeated the British frigate Guerriere.

  • In 1839, details of Louis Daguerre's first practical photographic process were released in Paris.

  • In 1934, Germans voted to give Adolf Hitler the presidency in addition to being chancellor.

  • In 1936, Federico Garcia Lorca, leading Spanish writer and poet, was shot dead by Fascists at the beginning of the civil war.

  • In 1940, Italian troops forced the British to withdraw from Somaliland.

  • In 1942, British and Canadian troops launched a disastrous attack on German-held Dieppe. Of the 6,000 troops involved, only about 2,500 returned. The rest were killed or captured.

  • In 1953, Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq was overthrown in a coup in Iran. General Zahedi took over and the shah returned from exile in Italy.

  • In 1960, the Soviet Sputnik 5 satellite was launched into Earth orbit carrying two dogs named Belka and Strelka.

  • In 1960, Gary Powers, the U.S. spy plane pilot shot down by the Russians over Soviet territory, was sentenced to 10 years detention.

  • In 1966, a severe earthquake in Turkey killed over 2,000.

  • In 1973, George Papadopoulos was sworn in as president of Greece as the monarchy came to an end. He lifted martial law, in effect since 1967, but was overthrown in a coup in November.

  • In 1974, Roger Davis, U.S. ambassador to Cyprus, was shot dead during anti-American demonstrations in Nicosia.

  • In 1978, a fire in a theater set by Muslims extremists in Abadan, Iran, killed over 400 people.

  • In 1979, Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakov and Valery Ryumin returned to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 after a record 175 days in space.

  • In 1980, 301 people died when fire swept through a Saudi Arabian airliner as it made an emergency landing at Riyadh airport.

  • In 1987, in Britain's worst mass killing, gunman Michael Ryan shot dead 16 people during a rampage through Hungerford.

  • In 1991, an abortive coup by hard-liners against Soviet President Gorbachev began. It collapsed two days later.

  • In 1995, U.S. envoy Robert Frasure and three others were killed when their vehicle plunged off a road near Sarajevo.


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