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

Sunday, September 6, 1998

quote   Since (the nation is) going through this healing process, I figured, well, I'm going to do something good for the country. I'll pitch to him.

-- Cincinnati Reds manager Jack McKeon on why his team didn't pitch around Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire on Saturday


today's events

  • Prayers are scheduled for Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey, where her funeral was held one year ago today.

  • The National Football League season kicks off.

on the horizon

  • On Monday, September 7, Russian President Boris Yeltsin is to appear at Interparliamentary Union session in Moscow.

  • On Tuesday, September 8, a hearing is scheduled for Russell Weston Jr., charged in the U.S. Capitol shootings that killed two Capitol Police officers.

  • On Wednesday, September 9, the House of Representatives returns after August recess.

  • On Thursday, September 10, the House International Relations Committee is to hold a hearing on the safety of U.S. embassies worldwide.

  • On Friday, September 11, a medical ethics conference on "Doctors, Death and Dignity" is to begin in Chautuaqua, New York.


Mark McGwire slugged his 60th homer of the year Saturday to tie Babe Ruth's single-season output set in 1927. Catch the fever at Total Baseball's Homer Watch.

  • Actress Jane Curtin ("Kate and Allie") is 51.
  • Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 40.
  • Actress Swoosie Kurtz ("The World According to Garp") is 54.

on this day

  • In 1522, Juan Sebastian Del Cano completed the first circumnavigation of the world.

  • In 1566, Suleiman I died. Known as "The Lawgiver," he was Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, credited with building up the strength of the empire.

  • In 1666, the Great Fire of London ended after destroying much of the city in a conflagration that began on September 2. Ninety-seven churches burned to the ground, including St Paul's Cathedral.

  • In 1766, John Dalton, the English scientist who established the quantitive atomic theory in chemistry in 1808, born.

  • In 1813, the French army led by Michel Ney was defeated by the Allied European armies at Dennewitz, Germany, during the Napoleonic Wars.

  • In 1860, Jane Addams, U.S. sociologist and reformer who was a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931, born.

  • In 1876, John James Rickard Macleod, Scottish physiologist who discovered insulin in 1921 with Sir Charles Banting, born. The two jointly won the Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology in 1923.

  • In 1888, Joseph Patrick Kennedy born. A U.S. businessman and diplomat, he was the father of President John Kennedy. His other sons, Robert and Edward, also succeeded in American politics.

  • In 1898, Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands was inaugurated.

  • In 1901, William McKinley, 25th U.S. president from 1896 to 1901, was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz while attending Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He died eight days later.

  • In 1914, in World War I, the first Battle of the Marne began along a 300-mile (500-km) front when the French launched a counter-offensive against the German advance.

  • In 1940, King Carol II of Romania was forced to abdicate by the Axis powers in World War II in favor of his son Michael.

  • In 1948, Princess Juliana became Queen of The Netherlands following her mother's (Queen Wilhelmina) abdication.

  • In 1951, Prince Talal was proclaimed king of Jordan after the assassination of his father King Abdullah in July.

  • In 1955, anti-Greek riots broke out in Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey.

  • In 1961, Afghanistan broke off diplomatic relations with Pakistan.

  • In 1965, India invaded West Pakistan in an attack aimed at Lahore and intended to prevent further Pakistani offensives against India in Kashmir.

  • In 1966, Henrik Frensch Verwoerd, South African prime minister and staunch supporter of apartheid, was killed in parliament by Dimtric Tsafondas, a parliamentary messenger.

  • In 1968, Swaziland became independent within the Commonwealth.

  • In 1970, Palestinian guerrillas hijacked four airliners travelling to New York from Europe. One Pan Am Jumbo was blown up the next day in Cairo and two Boeing 707s which landed at Dawson's field in Jordan were blown up on September 12. The fourth plane landed in London and hijacker Leila Khaled was arrested.

  • In 1991, the Soviet Union recognized the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as independent.

  • In 1994, Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds held his government's first talks with Gerry Adams, head of the IRA's political wing Sinn Fein.

  • In 1997, Princess Diana was buried in the grounds of her family home; the world-wide TV audience was estimated at over 2 billion.

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