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

Wednesday, June 3, 1998

quote   "This is a scenario from hell"

-- Martin Griffiths, U.N. deputy emergency relief coordinator, talking about getting aid to earthquake victims in Afghanistan

  quote

today's events

  • Chief U.N. weapons inspector Richard Butler will update the Security Council on Iraqi weapons inspections.


on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, June 8, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in Kenneth Starr's request for notes taken by White House aide Vincent Foster in 1993.


NEWSLINK:   NOTABLE:

Interested in earthquakes? Check out the United States Geological Survey site for quake updates, preparedness tips, and more.

  • Actor Tom Arnold ("True Lies") is 39.
  • TV producer Chuck Barris ("The Gong Show") is 69.
  • Actor Tony Curtis ("Some Like It Hot") is 73.
  • Singer Curtis Mayfield is 56.
  • Actor Scott Valentine ("Family Ties") is 40.
  • Singer Deniece Williams ("Free") is 47.


on this day

  • In 1083, Henry IV of Germany stormed Rome, capturing St. Peter's Cathedral.

  • In 1098, after a five-month siege in the First Crusade, the Crusaders took Antioch.

  • In 1769, Capt. James Cook, a year into his circumnavigation of the world, observed the transit of Venus over the sun's disc, the main purpose of his voyage.

  • In 1818, the last of the Maratha Wars between the British and the Maratha Confederacy in India ended, securing British supremacy in India.

  • In 1937, the Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated as King Edward VIII of England, married Wallis Simpson in France.

  • In 1940, in World War II, the evacuation of allied troops from Dunkirk was completed. Over 335,000 British, French and Belgian troops were rescued.

  • In 1944, Gens. Giraud and de Gaulle reached agreement on the constitution of the French Committee of Liberation under their joint presidency.

  • In 1950, a French expedition reached the top of the Himalayan peak of Annapurna in Nepal for the first time.

  • In 1963, Pope John XXIII, known for his progressive views, died.

  • In 1965, Maj. Edward White became the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space when he stepped outside his Gemini 4 spacecraft.

  • In 1973, at the Paris air show, the Tupolev 144, a Soviet supersonic airliner, crashed, killing 15 people.

  • In 1979, the worlds's worst oil spillage occurred as a result of a marine blow-out beneath the drilling rig Ixtoc 1 in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • In 1982, Israel's ambassador to London, Shlomo Argov, was shot and seriously wounded.

  • In 1989, China's crackdown on pro-democracy dissidents protesting in Tiananmen Square began.

  • In 1990, Presidents Bush and Gorbachev wound up a superpower summit in the United States with agreement on a number of arms control and trade issues.

  • In 1992, the world's largest environmental summit opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with 178 nations taking part.

  • In 1995, defense ministers from NATO and European Union countries agreed to set up a "rapid reaction force" to protect embattled U.N. peacekeeping troops from Bosnian Serb aggression.

  • In 1996, NATO foreign ministers backed a path-breaking deal that boosted the role of European members within the Atlantic alliance.


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