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Thursday, June 11, 1998
"God had a plan for me and I'm just fulfilling that plan."
Magic Johnson, HIV-positive talk show host and former basketball star
- U.N. chief weapons inspector Richard Butler is scheduled to
begin a visit to Iraq.
- The first National Ocean Conference to be held in 30 years opens in Monterey, California.
- The 100 Black Men of America will convene its 12th
Annual National Convention in New Orleans.
- 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.
- On Tuesday, June 16, the American Film Institute is scheduled to announce its "100 Years ... 100 Movies" list of America's greatest movies.
"Mr. America Has Died." That's what some overseas newspapers said in 1979 when beloved actor John Wayne died. For a look back at the cultural icon, click
- It is King Kamehameha I Day in Hawaii.
- It is Evacuation Day in Libya.
- Roman Catholics around the world celebrate festival of Corpus Christi.
- Actress Adrienne Barbeau ("Maude") is 53.
- Actor Chad Everett ("Medical Center") is 62.
- Former football star Joe Montana is 42.
- Auto racer Jackie Stewart is 59.
- Author William Styron ("Sophie's Choice") is 73.
- Actor Gene Wilder ("Blazing Saddles") is 59.
- In 1488, James III of Scotland was murdered after his defeat
at the Battle of Sauchieburn, Stirling, and was succeeded by
his son, James IV.
- In 1509, King Henry VIII of England married the first of his
six wives, Catherine of Aragon.
- In 1727, King George I, first Hanoverian king of Great
Britain (1714-27), died and was succeeded by his son George
- In 1776, John Constable, English landscape painter, was born.
His most important works include "The Hay-Wain" and "Dedham
- In 1847, Sir John Franklin, English naval officer and Arctic
explorer, died in Canada attempting to discover the Northwest
- In 1880, Jeanette Rankin, first woman member of the U.S.
Congress, was born. A lifetime pacifist, she was the only
legislator to vote against the declaration of war against
Japan after the raid on Pearl Harbor.
- In 1895, Nikolai Bulganin, Soviet prime minister from 1955-
58, was born.
- In 1903, King Alexander I and Queen Draga of Serbia were
murdered in a coup.
- In 1910, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French underwater explorer
and inventor of the Aqua-Lung diving apparatus, was born.
- In 1955, 80 people were killed and more than 100 injured when
three cars crashed on the Le Mans racetrack in France and
ploughed into the spectators' grandstand.
- In 1963, Gov. George Wallace allowed the enrollment of two
black students at the University of Alabama after he had
first blocked their entry by standing in front of the door.
- In 1963, Greek Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis
- In 1970, Alexander Feodorovich Kerensky, Russian politician
and prime minister, died. Deposed by the Bolsheviks in 1917,
he fled to France and then to the United States.
- In 1977, Dutch marines stormed a train at Assen in which
South Moluccan terrorists had been holding more than 50
hostages for 19 days. Six terrorists and two hostages were
- In 1979, John Wayne (Marion Michael Morrison), U.S. film
star, died. Despite being the biggest box office draw in
cinema history, he won only one Oscar for best actor ("True
- In 1981, in Iran, more than 1,000 people were killed in an
earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale. The town of
Golbaf in Kerman province was destroyed.
- In 1984, Enrico Berlinguer, leader of the Italian Communist
Party, died. For 12 years he led the largest Communist party
in Western Europe and led it away from Soviet influence but
failed to bring it to power in Italy.
- In 1993, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani won a second four-year term
as president of Iran.
- In 1994, Seoul, Washington and Tokyo agreed to push for
measured sanctions against North Korea for its refusal to
allow international inspection of its nuclear program.
- In 1997, an official Italian commission approved a move to
allow Vittorio Emanuele, son of Italy's last king, to return
home after 50 years of exile.
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