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

Tuesday, August 25, 1998

quote   My wife made me come and get supplies. She is a hurricane-a-phobic.

-- Florida resident John Kendall

  quote

today's events

  • A pretrial conference is scheduled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for Stephen Fagan, the father charged with kidnapping his two daughters nearly 20 years ago.


on the horizon

  • On Wednesday, August 26, President Jacques Chirac is scheduled to make his annual policy speech.

  • On Thursday, August 27, the Smithsonian is set to unveil Minerva, an intelligent mobile robot that will give tours at the National Museum of American History in Washington.

  • On Friday, August 28, a hearing is scheduled in Chicago for two boys, ages 7 and 8, accused in the murder of an 11-year-old girl.

  • On Saturday, August 29, the 30-day cooling-off period imposed by U.S. National Mediation Board on pilots for Northwest Airlines expires at 12:01 a.m. EDT.

  • On Sunday, August 30, U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to return from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard.


NEWSLINK:   NOTABLE:

Hurricane Bonnie is heading for the southeastern United States. To find out more about how to track these ferocious storms, click here.

  • Today is Independence Day in Uruguay.
  • Actress Anne Archer ("The Falcon Crest") is 51.
  • Actor Sean Connery (James Bond movies) is 68.
  • Musician Elvis Costello is 44.
  • Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is 37.
  • Former TV host Monty Hall ("Let's Make a Deal") is 75.
  • Actor Anthony Heald ("The Silence of the Lambs") is 54.
  • Talk show host Regis Philbin is 65.
  • Actor John Savage ("The Deer Hunter") is 49.
  • Model Claudia Schiffer is 28.
  • Actor Tom Skerritt ("Picket Fences") is 65.
  • Actor Blair Underwood ("LA Law") is 34.


on this day

  • In 325, the Council Of Nicaea ended with the adoption of the Nicene Creed, establishing the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

  • In 1580, Spanish forces under the Duke of Alva defeated the Portuguese at the Battle of Alcantara, securing Portugal as a Spanish realm.

  • In 1718, the city of New Orleans was founded and named in honor of the Duke of Orleans of France.

  • In 1825, Uruguay declared its independence from Spain.

  • In 1830, a revolt broke out in the French-speaking provinces of the Netherlands, against union into Belgium.

  • In 1875, Capt. Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel.

  • In 1883, under the terms of the Treaty of Hue, France assumed the protectorate over Annam and Tonkin in what is now Vietnam.

  • In 1921, the United States and Germany signed a peace treaty ending the state of war between them.

  • In 1936, after a five-day show trial, 16 opponents of Josef Stalin were executed in Russia.

  • In 1940, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were incorporated into the Soviet Union.

  • In 1940, the British Air Force dropped its first bombs on Berlin in an overnight raid.

  • In 1942, the Duke of Kent, youngest brother of King George VI, was killed in a plane crash during a war mission to Iceland.

  • In 1943, Lord Louis Mountbatten was appointed World War II Supreme Allied Commander in Southeast Asia.

  • In 1961, Brazilian President Janio Quadros resigned after only six months, claiming "terrible forces came forward to fight me." He went into exile in Australia.

  • In 1964, Kenneth Kaunda became president-designate of Zambia, formerly Northern Rhodesia.

  • In 1967, a new constitution came into effect in Paraguay, now celebrated each year by a public holiday.

  • In 1967, the leader of the American Nazi Party, George Lincoln Rockwell, was shot dead.

  • In 1975, in Rhodesia, formerly Southern Rhodesia, talks between the white minority government and black leaders opened in railway carriages near Victoria Falls.

  • In 1978, the Turin shroud, once venerated as the burial cloth of Christ, went on public display for the first time in 45 years.

  • In 1988, direct talks between Iran and Iraq began in an attempt to stop their Gulf War.

  • In 1989, after a 12-year, 4-billion-mile space journey, Voyager 2 flew over the cloudtops of the giant planet Neptune and its moon Triton, sending back photographs of swampy areas, frozen lakes and craters.

  • In 1991, Byelorussia (Belarus) declared independence from the Soviet Union.

  • In 1997, Egon Krenz, East Germany's last hard-line Communist leader, was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in jail for the deaths of citizens killed as they tried to flee to the West over the Berlin Wall.


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