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

Wednesday, June 10, 1998

quote   "We will meet and discuss the question of how to get out of the situation without getting into a big war."

-- Russian President Boris Yeltsin on the crisis in Kosovo


today's events

  • The Center for Science in the Public Interest holds news conference on the side effects of the fat substitute olestra.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, June 15, the International Country Music Fan Fair begins in Nashville.


More than 200 years ago, the first public zoo, the Jardin des Plantes, opened in Paris. Today, there's an at-your-fingertips way to get a glimpse at the animal kingdom. Check out the Virtual Zoo.

  • It is Esclavage Abolition Day in French Guiana.
  • It is Arab Revolution and Army Day in Jordan.
  • It is Camoes Day in Macau.
  • It is Portugal Day in Portugal.
  • Lawyer F. Lee Bailey is 65.
  • Model Linda Evangelista is 33.
  • CNN anchor Jeff Greenfield is 55.
  • Actor Doug McKeon ("On Golden Pond") is 32.
  • Britain's Prince Philip is 77.
  • Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak ("Where the Wild Things Are") is 70.

on this day

  • In 1190, Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, Holy Roman emperor (1155-90), drowned trying to cross the Saleph River in Cilicia (now in Turkey) while on the Third Crusade to free Jerusalem.

  • In 1376, Wenceslas, eldest son of Holy Roman emperor Charles IV, was elected king of the Romans.

  • In 1793, the first public zoo, the Jardin des Plantes, opened in Paris.

  • In 1836, Andre-Marie Ampere, French physicist known for his work on electrodynamics, died. He was the first man to develop measuring techniques for electricity.

  • In 1865, the first performance of Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde" took place in Munich.

  • In 1868, Prince Michael of Serbia was assassinated in Belgrade and was replaced by Milan IV.

  • In 1906, Richard John Seddon, prime minister of New Zealand (1893-1906), died.

  • In 1909, the SOS distress signal was used for the first time by the Cunard liner SS Slavonia, wrecked off the Azores.

  • In 1921, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth of England, was born as Philippos Schleswig- Holstein Soenderburg-Glucksburg on the Greek island of Corfu.

  • In 1922, Judy Garland, U.S. singer and actress, was born as Frances Gumm. She starred in "The Wizard of Oz" in which she sang "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"; she won an Academy Award for her performance.

  • In 1924, Giacomo Matteotti, Italian Socialist leader, was kidnapped and murdered by Fascists.

  • In 1934, Frederick Delius, English composer, died.

  • In 1937, Sir Robert Laird Borden, eighth Canadian prime minister (1911-20), died.

  • In 1940, Italy declared itself at war with France and Britain, effective June 11.

  • In 1942, the Germans destroyed the Czech village of Lidice in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, protector of Bohemia and Moravia, by Czech resistance fighters.

  • In 1943, Hungarian journalist Laszlo Biro patented his ballpoint pen.

  • In 1946, U.S. boxer Jack Johnson, the first black to hold the heavyweight boxing championship of the world, died.

  • In 1967, Spencer Tracy, U.S. actor and Oscar winner for his roles in "Captains Courageous" and "Boys' Town," died.

  • In 1967, the Six-Day War ended. Israel capturing Syrian, Jordanian and Egyptian territories, including eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Sinai peninsula; the Soviet Union broke off diplomatic relations with Israel and threatened sanctions unless Israeli forces stopped their advance towards Damascus.

  • In 1971, the U.S. formally ended its 20-year-old embargo on trade with China.

  • In 1990, Alberto Fujimori, of Japanese ancestry, won Peru's presidential election, defeating Mario Vargas Llosa.

  • In 1990, the Civic Forum movement founded by President Vaclav Havel won Czechoslovakia's first free elections since 1946.

  • In 1990, Bulgaria's former Communist Party won the country's first free elections in more than four decades.

  • In 1996, Britain and Ireland opened Northern Ireland peace talks; the IRA's political arm Sinn Fein was excluded.

  • In 1997, Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot killed his defense chief Son Sen and 11 members of his family and fled his northern stronghold. The news did not emerge for three days.

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