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

Saturday, June 6, 1998

quote   "(U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan) reiterates in the strongest possible terms his condemnation of the atrocities committed by Serbian military and paramilitary forces."

-- U.N. spokesman Juan-Carlos Brandt


today's events

  • South Korean President Kim Dae-jung begins a visit to the United States.

  • The Belmont Stakes, the third leg in horse racing's Triple Crown, is run.

  • The National Research Council holds a forum in Los Angeles on asteroid risk.

on the horizon

  • 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 alleged affair.

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

  • Thursday, June 11, the first National Ocean Conference to be held in 30 years opens in Monterey, California.


More than 50 years after soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces embarked upon the "Great Crusade," as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower put it, their exploits in the greatest sea-borne assault ever made still inspire awe. Find out more about D-Day, June 6, 1944, at this site, put together by the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. Or take the Joe Hickman of Santa Barbara, California.

  • Canada observes Memorial Day.
  • It's Memorial Day in Korea.
  • Malaysia marks the birthday of Yang DiPertuan Agong.
  • Five-time Wimbledon tennis champion Bjorn Borg is 42.
  • Rock & roll bassist Sean Yseult (White Zombie) is 32.
  • Rock & roll guitarist Steve Vai (Whitesnake) is 38.
  • TV actress Staci Keanan ("Step by Step) is 23.
  • Actor, comedian, playwright and director Harvey Fierstein ("Torch Song Trilogy") is 44.
  • Actor Robert Englund (Freddie Kruger in "Nightmare on Elm Street") is 49.
  • Former California Gov. George Deukmejian is 70.

on this day

  • In 1513, Swiss papal forces defeated the French at the Battle of Novara in Italy during the War of the Holy League.

  • In 1606, Pierre Corneille, French playwright and dramatist noted for "Le Cid," was born.

  • In 1660, the Peace of Copenhagen was signed, ending the war between Sweden and Denmark.

  • In 1683, the first public museum, The Ashmolean, was opened at Oxford, England.

  • In 1755, Nathan Hale, American revolutionary who spied on the British but was caught, was born.

  • In 1799, Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, Russian poet, novelist and dramatist considered the founder of modern Russian literature, was born.

  • In 1801, the war between Spain and Portugal known as the War of the Oranges ended with the Treaty of Badajoz being signed.

  • In 1868, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, British naval officer and Antarctic explorer in the ill-fated 1912 expedition to the South Pole, was born.

  • In 1875, Thomas Mann, German novelist who became a U.S. citizen following the rise of Nazism, was born. He wrote "Death in Venice" in 1913.

  • In 1901, Sukarno, leader of the Indonesian independence movement and the country's first president from 1949-65, was born.

  • In 1903, Aram Ilich Khachaturyan, Russian composer -- notably of the ballet "Gayane" which includes the "Sabre Dance" -- was born.

  • In 1933, the first drive-in cinema opened in Camden, New Jersey. A showing of "Wife Beware" had room for 400 cars.

  • In 1934, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was established to protect the interests of investors.

  • In 1944, Operation Overlord, the landing of allied forces on the coast of Normandy, France, took place. It was the largest sea-borne invasion in history and is better known as "D-Day."

  • In 1949, "1984," George Orwell's vision of a world ruled by Big Brother, was published.

  • In 1961, Carl (Gustav) Jung, Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist, died.

  • In 1966, America's Gemini 9 spacecraft splashed down after a three-day mission during which astronaut Eugene Cernan walked in space for a record 2 hours 8 minutes.

  • In 1980, for the second time in a week, U.S. nuclear forces went on red alert following a computer error warning of a Soviet attack.

  • In 1981, in the world's worst rail disaster, seven coaches of an overcrowded passenger train were blown off the tracks into the River Kosi, in Bihar, India. At least 800 people were killed.

  • In 1982, serious fighting between Israeli and Syrian troops broke out as Israel began a full-scale invasion of Lebanon.

  • In 1984, Indian troops stormed the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the Sikh's holiest shrine, killing an estimated 1,000 people.

  • In 1994, a Chinese airliner on a domestic flight from the tourist center of Xian crashed killing all 160 people on board in the country's worst reported air accident.

  • In 1995, Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama and his ruling coalition agreed to express "deep remorse" for Japan's acts of aggression in World War II.

  • In 1995, South Africa abolished the death penalty.

  • In 1996, Britain and Ireland named former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell as chairman of all-party peace talks on Northern Ireland.

  • In 1997, Caoimhghin O Caolain won a seat in Ireland's election becoming the first member of Sinn Fein, political wing of the IRA, to enter Ireland's parliament.

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