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

Tuesday, June 2, 1998

quote   I didn't like those thunderstorms. They broke my toys.

-- Jonathan Aliesio, 7, whose home was damaged in a tornado in Mechanicville, New York


today's events

  • The space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch on a 10-day mission. NASA may delay the launch, however, because of Mir problems.

on the horizon

  • On Wednesday, June 3, it's the ninth anniversary of China's crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Tiananmen Square.

  • On Thursday, June 4, Terry Nichols is to be sentenced in Denver for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.

  • On Friday, June 5, U.S. President Bill Clinton is to deliver the commencement address at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • On Saturday, June 6, it's the running of the Belmont Stakes, the third in racing's Triple Crown.

  • On Sunday, June 7, the Tony Awards will be presented in New York.


NASA has been in the news often lately with the discovery of a new planet, plans for the International Space Station and today's scheduled Discovery launch. Keep up with all the latest news from space.

  • Western Samoa celebrates Independence Day.
  • Actress Diana Canova ("Soap") is 45.
  • Actor Gary Grimes ("Summer of '42") is 43.
  • Actor Charles Haid ("Hill Street Blues") is 55.
  • Composer Marvin Hamlisch ("The Way We Were") is 54.
  • Actor Stacy Keach Jr. ("Mike Hammer") is 57.
  • Actress Sally Kellerman ('M*A*S*H") is 62.
  • Actor Jerry Mathers ("Leave It To Beaver") is 50.
  • Actor Milo O'Shea ("The Purple Rose of Cairo") is 72.
  • Drummer Charlie Watts (of the Rolling Stones) is 57.

on this day

  • In 1420, Henry V of England married Catherine of Valois, daughter of Charles VI, king of France.

  • In 1734, in the War of the Polish Succession, Russia and Austria finally took Danzig after a siege which had begun the previous October.

  • In 1740, Comte Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, known as the Marquis de Sade, French writer and man of letters, was born. The term sadism is derived from his name.

  • In 1774, the Quartering Act was revived in Britain, forcing people in America to provide housing for British troops.

  • In 1780, riots began in London led by Lord George Gordon in protest against Parliament's plans to extend the Catholic Relief Act (1778) canceling restrictions on Roman Catholics.

  • In 1882, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian leader and patriot, died. He became a central figure in the fight for the indepedence of Italy leading his guerrilla army in the capture of Naples in 1860.

  • In 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland married Francis Folsom in the White House.

  • In 1896, broadcasting by electromagnetic waves was first patented by Guglielmo Marconi.

  • In 1899, Spain ceded the Carolinas, Pelews, Marianne and Ladrones to Germany.

  • In 1924, U.S. Congress conferred citizenship upon all American Indians.

  • in 1932, Major Frank Holmes, a New Zealand engineer, struck oil for the first time in Bahrain.

  • In 1953, the coronation of Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey in London; it was the first coronation to be televised.

  • In 1961, George S. Kaufman, U.S. playwright and twice Pulitzer Prize winner, died. Best known for "Dinner at Eight," "The Man who came to Dinner" and the Marx Brothers film "A Night at the Opera."

  • In 1966, the U.S. spacecraft Surveyor I made a successful soft landing on the moon and began sending back the first closeup pictures of the moon's surface.

  • In 1969, 74 American sailors were killed when the Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne collided with the U.S. destroyer Frank E. Evans in the South China Sea.

  • In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in Poland in the first visit by a Pope to a communist country.

  • In 1985, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced an indefinite ban on English soccer clubs from European competitions after continued hooliganism by fans abroad.

  • In 1987, Andres Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist, died. He established the guitar as a serious classical instrument by his numerous concerts and by his transcriptions of many pieces of Bach and Handel.

  • In 1988, in Canberra, the High Court unanimously rejected Britain's bid to ban further publication in Australia of the "Spycatcher" memoirs of former secret agent Peter Wright.

  • In 1990, Sir Rex Harrison, British actor, died. Suave, cultured and impeccably mannered in his most famous roles, his best known performance was that of Professor Higgins in the musical "My Fair Lady."

  • In 1992, Denmark's voters rejected the EC Maastricht Treaty by the slimmest of margins, stunning the European Community and their own overwhelmingly pro-Treaty leaders.

  • In 1993, challenger Melchior Ndadaye toppled military President Pierre Buyoya in Burundi's first free elections to give the majority Hutu tribe its first national leader.

  • In 1994, 29 people, including top Northern Ireland undercover police fighting the IRA, were killed when their helicopter crashed on a remote Scottish headland.

  • In 1997, Romania and Ukraine put decades of mistrust behind them by signing a long-delayed border treaty.

  • In 1997, Timothy McVeigh was found guilty on all counts in the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people.

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