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

Friday, June 12, 1998

quote   "The union says it won't be run by Wall Street but the consumer says we want vehicles at the right price, at the right quality."

-- J. Ferron, co-chairman of Coopers & Lybrand's automotive practice, commenting on the GM labor troubles


today's events

  • The space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to land at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

  • NATO foreign ministers meet in Brussels on the situation in Kosovo, among other items

  • The Clinton administration is to submit written briefs to the U.S. Court of Appeals in dispute over whether three Secret Service employees can be forced to testify in the Monica Lewinsky investigation.

  • The arraignment of Brian Stewart, charged with intentionally infecting his son with the AIDS virus, is scheduled to take place in St. Charles, Missouri.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, June 17, a hearing for Andrew Golden, 11, and Mitchell Johnson, 13, accused in the March 24 middle school shootings that left five people dead and 10 injured, is scheduled to be held in Jonesboro, Arkansas.


Today the Doomsday Clock inched five minutes closer to midnight, leaving humankind just nine minutes away from destroying itself. Track the history of the timepiece at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists site.

  • Paraguay celebrates Peace With Bolivia Day.
  • The Philippines celebrates Independence Day.
  • Russia celebrates the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Solomon Islands observe the Queen's Birthday.
  • Sportscaster Marv Albert is 55.
  • Actor Timothy Busfield ("thirtysomething") is 41.
  • George Bush, America's 41st president, is 74.
  • Musician Chick Corea is 57.
  • Singer Vic Damone "On the Street Where You Live") is 70.
  • Author James Houston ("Ghost Fox")is 77.
  • Actor and singer Jim Nabors ("Gomer Pyle, USMC") is 66.
  • Banker David Rockefeller is 83.
  • Actress Sherry Stringfield ("ER") is 31.

on this day

  • In 1667, the first successful blood transfusion was carried out by Jean-Baptiste Denys, personal physician to King Louis XIV of France, on a 15-year-old boy using blood from a sheep.

  • In 1839, Cooperstown, New York, was chosen as the site of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum after Abner Doubleday had formulated the rules of baseball there.

  • In 1897, Swiss cutlery maker Carl Elsener patented his penknife, later to become known as the Swiss army knife.

  • In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, the independence of the Philippines was declared by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, leader of the revolutionary movement, with the support of the U.S.

  • In 1900, the Reichstag approved a second new law allowing the expansion of the German navy, making it one of the world's biggest.

  • In 1917, King Constantine of Greece stepped down in favor of his son, Prince Alexander.

  • In 1929, Anne Frank, Jewish wartime diarist, was born in Germany. Her diary has captivated millions with her account of growing up in occupied Amsterdam during World War II. She died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945.

  • In 1935, a truce ended the Chaco War, a conflict fought between Bolivia and Paraguay during 1932-35.

  • In 1944, Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung announced that he would support Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in the war against Japan.

  • In 1957, Jimmy Dorsey, U.S. band leader and saxophonist, died.

  • In 1975, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was found guilty of corrupt election practices in 1971, but refused to resign.

  • In 1978, multiple killer David Berkowitz, known popularly as "Son of Sam," received the maximum penalty -- 25 years to life in prison -- with a recommendation that he spend the rest of his days in prison.

  • In 1981, Polish Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski sacked five Cabinet ministers and proposed a major reconstruction of the government to tackle a severe economic crisis.

  • In 1987, Central African Republic's former emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa was sentenced to death for crimes committed during his 13-year rule.

  • In 1990, the parliament of the Russian Federation formally declared its sovereignty.

  • In 1991, radical Boris Yeltsin defeated orthodox Communist rivals in the first direct elections to the presidency of the powerful Russian republic.

  • In 1991, Mount Pinatubo, a volcano in the Philippines, erupted for a third time just 14 hours after unleashing a series of explosions that shut down the biggest U.S. air base in Asia. The volcano had been dormant for six centuries.

  • In 1994, Haiti's military-backed provisional president declared a state of emergency, saying the country faced "extreme danger" and possible "invasion and occupation."

  • In 1994, Menachem Schneerson, the head of the Orthodox Lubavitch movement and a great religious figure in Judaism, died in New York.

  • In 1995, Italian Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, hailed as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, died.

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