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

Friday, June 5, 1998

quote   "It looks beautiful, Houston, just beautiful."

-- Discovery commander Charles Precourt, as the shuttle docked with Mir


today's events

  • A closed hearing into the death of Princess Diana will be held in Paris.

  • Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi begins a 10-day visit to Egypt.

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton is to deliver the commencement address at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

on the horizon

  • On Saturday, June 6, the Belmont Stakes, the third in racing's Triple Crown, will be held.

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, June 9, Vernon Jordan says he's to make his fifth appearance before the grand jury investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair.

  • Friday, June 10, is a national holiday in Portugal.


Heading to outer space? Check the weather before you go.

  • It is Labour Day in the Bahamas.
  • It is Constitution Day in Denmark.
  • It is the President's Birthday in Equatorial Guinea.
  • It is Liberation Day in the Seychelles.
  • Actor Chad Allen ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") is 24.
  • Filmmaker Jacques Demy ("The Umbrellas of Cherbourg") is 67.
  • Novelist Margaret Drabble ("The Needle's Eye") is 59.
  • Novelist Ken Follett ("The Eye of the Needle") is 49.
  • Artist, actor and writer Spalding Gray ("The Killing Fields") is 57.
  • Actor Robert Lansing ("Under the Yum Yum Tree") is 69.
  • Journalist Bill Moyers is 64.
  • Actor Mark Wahlberg ("Boogie Nights") is 27.

on this day

  • In 1249, in the Sixth Crusade, Louis IX of France landed in Egypt.

  • In 1783, Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier launched the first sustained, manned flight when their balloon, dubbed a "globe aerostatique," rose an estimated 1,500 feet and flew 7,500 feet at Annonay, France.

  • In 1806, Holland was declared a kingdom with Louis Bonaparte as its king.

  • In 1873, under pressure from the British, the sultan of Zanzibar signed a treaty abolishing slavery.

  • In 1900, British troops under Redvers Buller captured Pretoria in the Boer War.

  • In 1916, Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener of Khartoum, Irish soldier, statesman and conqueror of Sudan, was lost at sea when his ship struck a mine off the Orkneys.

  • In 1944, the first British gliders touched down on French soil in preparation for D-Day.

  • In 1945, at the end of World War II, the Allied Control Commission took control of Germany, dividing it into four occupation zones.

  • In 1947, U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall announced his plan to help Europe recover financially from the effects of World War II.

  • In 1953, King Frederick signed the new Danish constitution into effect, under which Greenland and the Faroes became integral parts of Denmark.

  • In 1963, British War Minister John Profumo resigned from government and parliament after admitting he had lied to the House of Commons about his affair with call girl Christine Keeler.

  • In 1967, the Six Day War between Israel and Arab neighbors Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon began.

  • In 1968, U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles by Palestinian Arab Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy died the next day.

  • In 1988, solo yachtswoman Kay Cottee sailed into Sydney Harbor to become the first woman to circle the globe alone.

  • In 1989, Solidarity's defeat of the Communists in Poland's first free elections since World War II was confirmed.

  • In 1991, the South African parliament voted to repeal the pro-apartheid Group Areas Act and Land Acts of 1913 and 1936.

  • In 1991, President Chadli Benjedid declared a state of siege in Algeria, sacking the government and putting off the country's first multiparty general election after 11 days of protests by Islamic fundamentalists.

  • In 1991, two anti-Soviet protesters forced President Mikhail Gorbachev to interrupt his Nobel Peace Prize speech in Oslo.

  • In 1993, 23 Pakistani troops serving with the United Nations in Somalia were killed in an ambush.

  • In 1994, the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front and its allies scored an overwhelming victory in elections for a new assembly.

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