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Monday, June 8, 1998

quote   All of the charges against me are absolute lies. I don't accept any of them.

-- Tehran Mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi on trial for corruption charges


today's events

  • 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 the horizon

  • 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.

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  • Australia marks Queen's Birthday.
  • Greece observes Whit Monday.
  • It's Trinity Monday in Ukraine.
  • Cartoonist Scott Adams (creator of "Dilbert") is 41.
  • Actress Kathy Baker (The Right Stuff) is 48.
  • Former First Lady Barbara Bush is 73.
  • Actor Griffin Dunne (Straight Talk) is 43.
  • Actor Don Grady ("My Three Sons") is 54.
  • Actress Juliana Margulies ("ER") is 51.
  • Comedienne Joan Rivers is 61.
  • Singer Nancy Sinatra ("These Boots Are Made For Walkin'") is 58.
  • Actor Keenen Ivory Wayans ("In Living Color") is 40.

on this day

  • In 632, the Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, died.

  • In 1042, Hardicanute, King of England and Denmark, died. He was succeeded in England by Edward the Confessor and in Denmark by Magnus, King of Norway.

  • In 1376, Edward, Prince of Wales, known as the Black Prince, died. He was an outstanding commander during the Hundred Years War.

  • In 1809, Thomas Paine, English political journalist and a founding father of American independence, died in New York. He is best known for his influential works "The Rights of Man" and "The Age of Reason," both published in the 1790s.

  • In 1810, Robert Alexander Schumann, German composer best known for his song cycles and piano music, born.

  • In 1845, Andrew Jackson, American statesman and seventh president 1828-36, died.

  • In 1861, Tennessee became the 11th and last of the southern states to secede from the Union.

  • In 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright, U.S. architect noted for his highly unorthodox approach to building design, born.

  • In 1869, Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago patented his "sweeping machine," the earliest suction type vacuum cleaner.

  • In 1876, George Sand, French novelist, letter-writer and romantic companion of, among others, the composer Chopin, died.

  • In 1915, William Jennings Bryan, U.S. secretary of state, resigned in disagreement over policy following the German sinking of the Lusitania.

  • In 1916, Professor Sir Francis Crick, British biologist and Nobel Prize winner for determining the molecular structure of DNA, born.

  • In 1921, Suharto, Indonesian longtime president, born. Threatened with nationwide protests, he resigned in May 1998 after 32 years of autocratic rule.

  • In 1928, Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist army secured the surrender of Peking after two days.

  • In 1929, Margaret Bondfield became Britain's first woman Cabinet minister when she was appointed minister of labor.

  • In 1930, King Carol II returned from exile to resume the throne of Romania.

  • In 1947, Eva Peron, wife of President Juan Peron, was given a tumultuous reception in Madrid by General Franco, a rare greeting by the Spanish dictator for an international dignitary.

  • In 1953, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks.

  • In 1965, U.S. troops were given the authorization to engage in offensive operations in South Vietnam.

  • In 1968, James Earl Ray, wanted for the assassination of Martin Luther King, was arrested in London.

  • In 1969, U.S. President Richard Nixon met the South Vietnamese leader on Midway Island and announced the withdrawal of 25,000 troops.

  • In 1969, Robert Taylor, U.S. film actor in over 70 films including "Camille" and "Ivanhoe," died.

  • In 1970, in Argentina, an army coup unseated President Juan Carlos Ongania.

  • In 1986, despite allegations he had been involved in Nazi wartime atrocities, Kurt Waldheim was elected president of Austria.

  • In 1990, after four decades of Communist rule, Czechoslovaks gave a sweeping election victory to former dissidents of the Civic Forum movement.

  • In 1993, Rene Bousquet, the Vichy regime police chief, was shot dead at his Paris home in the Avenue Raphael by a lone gunman.

  • In 1996, China carried out a nuclear explosion at the Lop Nor test site in northwestern Xinjiang with a blast that rocked the remote region.

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