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

Tuesday, June 9, 1998

today's events

  • Vernon Jordan says he's to make his fifth appearance before the grand jury investigating the Monica Lewinsky allegations.

  • FBI Director Louis Freeh holds an encryption meeting with the computer industry's top executives.

  • The rollout of Boeing 717 is scheduled in Long Beach, California.

on the horizon

  • On Wednesday, June 10, the world's most popular sporting event, the World Cup, kicks off in France.

  • 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.

  • On Saturday, June 13, U.N. weapons inspector Richard Butler is scheduled to hold talks with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz.

  • On Sunday, June 14, the two-month display of the Shroud of Turin in Turin, Italy, ends.

So you've seen "Titanic" five times and know everything about the movie. It's perfect, right? Not according to the Big List of Movie Mistakes.

  • It is Poson Full Moon Poya Day in Sri Lanka.
  • It is Heroes Day in Uganda.
  • Author Patricia Cornwell ("From Potters Field") is 42.
  • Actor Johnny Depp ("Ed Wood") is 35.
  • Actor Michael J. Fox ("Spin City") is 37.
  • Comedian Jackie Mason is 64.
  • Musician Les Paul is 82.
  • Sportscaster Dick Vitale is 59.

on this day

  • In 1549, the Church of England adopted The Book of Common Prayer, compiled by Thomas Cranmer.

  • In 1672, Peter I of Russia, known as Peter the Great, was born. He introduced western influence into Russia and founded St. Petersburg, which he made the new capital.

  • In 1800, in Napoleon's Italian campaign, the first Battle of Montebello was fought and French forces defeated the Austrians.

  • In 1815, the Congress of Vienna closed with the signing of the Final Act. Among its provisions, Belgium and Luxembourg united with Holland to form the Netherlands, Switzerland was neutral, East Poland ceded to Russia and its western provinces to Prussia.

  • In 1836, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, British physician and the first woman to qualify as a doctor in England, was born.

  • In 1870, Charles Dickens, English novelist whose work includes "Great Expectations" and "David Copperfield," died.

  • In 1874, Cochise, the Chiricahua Apache Indian chief, died. He was one of the leaders of Indian resistance to white settlers in the U.S. southwest.

  • In 1898, an agreement was signed under which Hong Kong was leased to Britain from China for a period of 99 years.

  • In 1904, the London Symphony Orchestra presented its inaugural concert.

  • In 1908, King Edward VII of Britain met Czar Nicholas II of Russia on board the Royal Yacht anchored in the Baltic. It was the first meeting between a czar and a British monarch.

  • In 1916, Robert McNamara, American industrialist, defense secretary during the war in Vietnam and president of the World Bank from 1968-81, was born.

  • In 1918, the Noyon-Montidier offensive, a drive by the German army in northern France to threaten Paris, began.

  • In 1928, Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm became the first to fly across the Pacific when they ended their flight from California to Brisbane.

  • In 1958, Robert Donat, British actor of stage and screen and Oscar winner for his part in the film "Good-bye Mr. Chips," died.

  • In 1959, the first submarine with Polaris missiles, the USS George Washington, was launched by the United States.

  • In 1991, Mount Pinatubo, a Philippines volcano that had been dormant for 600 years, erupted, causing the evacuation of U.S. troops from their air base.

  • In 1992, more than 700 known Mafiosi were arrested in a new crackdown in southern Italy.

  • In 1993, U.S. officials admitted veterans of the Gulf War were suffering from a mystery illness.

  • In 1995, Japan's parliament passed a controversial resolution designed to atone for the country's role in World War II.

  • In 1996, China released dissident Ren Wanding after seven years in jail following the 1989 democracy protests.

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