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Sunday, June 7, 1998

quote   We are committed to a peaceful solution. (But) at the moment I don't see light at the end of the tunnel.

-- Eritrean President Isayas Afewerki


today's events

  • The Tony Awards will be presented in New York.

on the horizon

  • On Monday, June 8, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in Ken 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.

  • On Friday, June 12, the arraignment of Brian Stewart, charged with intentionally infecting his son with the AIDS virus, is set in St. Charles, Missouri.

The little known East African nation of Eritrea has been making headlines lately as a border dispute with rival Ethiopia has intensified. Learn more about Eritrea by clicking here.

  • The Artist Formerly Known as Prince is 40.
  • Actor Liam Neeson (Schindler's List) is 46.
  • Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann Jr. is 52.
  • Singer Tom Jones is 58.

on this day

  • In 1329, Robert the Bruce, who seized the Scottish throne in 1306, died of leprosy and was succeeded by David II.

  • In 1492, Casimir IV of Poland, grand duke of Lithuania 1440-92 and king of Poland 1447-92, died.

  • In 1494, the Treaty of Tordesillas was signed, under which Spain and Portugal agreed to divide the New World between themselves.

  • In 1502, Gregory XIII, pope from 1572-85 and the man responsible for reforming the Julian calendar system, born as Ugo Buoncompagni.

  • In 1832, the Reform Act came into force in Britain redistributing parliamentary seats and expanding the electorate.

  • In 1840, Frederick William III of Prussia died and was succeeded by Frederick William IV.

  • In 1848, Paul Gauguin, French post-impressionist painter much influenced by Van Gogh, born.

  • In 1893, Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of passive resistance was born when he was thrown off a segregated train in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where he spent 21 years.

  • In 1906, the famous Cunard passenger liner Lusitania was launched. In 1915, it was sunk by a German U-boat.

  • In 1909, Jessica Tandy, English-born U.S. actress who became the oldest winner of the best actress Oscar for her role in "Driving Miss Daisy" in 1989, born.

  • In 1928, James Ivory, U.S. film director who had a successful partnership with Ismail Merchant to produce films like "A Room With A View," born.

  • In 1929, the Papal State was revived when the Vatican was established in Rome. It had not existed since 1870.

  • In 1937, Jean Harlow, legendary U.S. actress of the 1930s in such films as "Hell's Angels," died at age 26.

  • In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth crossed from Canada to the U.S. to become the first British monarchs to visit the United States.

  • In 1942, the Battle of Midway came to an end, inflicting the first major naval defeat of the war on the Japanese.

  • In 1948, President Edvard Benes of Czechoslovakia resigned, rather than sign a new constitution which legalized the country as a communist state.

  • In 1958, the Artist Formerly Known as Prince was born as Rogers Nelson.

  • In 1970, Edward Morgan Forster, English novelist notably of "A Passage To India," died.

  • In 1973, Willy Brandt visited Israel, the first visit by a West German leader to the country.

  • In 1980, Henry Miller, U.S. author of "Tropic of Cancer" and "Tropic of Capricorn," died.

  • In 1981, Israeli planes attacked and destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor near Baghdad, Iraq.

  • In 1988, Bangladesh, the world's third largest Muslim nation, made Islam its state religion as riot police went on alert to prevent protests against the law.

  • In 1990, South African President F.W. De Klerk lifted the four-year-old state of emergency.

  • In 1990, the Warsaw Pact formally abandoned its role as guardian of Kremlin power in eastern Europe and committed itself to radical democratic change.

  • In 1996, Burma's military rulers passed a stiff new law effectively muzzling Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party.

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