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

Saturday, June 13, 1998

quote   I figured I was dead.

-- An avalanche survivor on Mount Rainier.


today's events

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

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton is to deliver the commencement address at Portland State University in Oregon.

  • U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is to deliver the commencement address at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Blessing '98 mass marriage rededication ceremony is to take place in New York.

  • The League of Women Voters of the United States opens its 43rd national convention.

  • The International Ballet Competition begins in Jackson, Mississippi.

on the horizon

  • 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, Tennessee.

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, June 18, nine commemorative U.S. postage stamps considered to be the most classically beautiful examples of stamp engraving are to be reissued.


Jackson, Mississippi, may seem like an unlikely place for an international ballet competition, but the city has been the center of the ballet world for two weeks every four years since 1982. The USA International Ballet Competition is an Olympic-style event in which young dancers vie for gold, silver and bronze medals. In the concurrent International Dance School, they can attend classes taught by master teachers from around the world. The event opens today.

  • The queen's birthday is celebrated in British Virgin Islands, Solomon Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • It is Saint Anthony's Day in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Actor Richard Thomas ("The Waltons") is 47.
  • Actor Tim Allen ("Home Improvement") is 45.
  • Actress Ally Sheedy ("The Breakfast Club") is 36.
  • Actor and musician Jamie Walters ("Beverly Hills 90210") is 29.
  • Twin actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen ("Full House") are 12.
  • Actor David Mendenhall ("Over the Top") is 27.
  • Actor Thyme Lewis ("Days of Our Lives") is 32.
  • Environmental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude ("The Pont Neuf Wrapped") are 63.

on this day

  • In 323 BC, Alexander III the Great, king of Macedonia and one of history's greatest military leaders, died in Babylon, now Iraq.

  • In 823, Charles II the Bald, king of what is now France from 843-877 was born.

  • In 1381, the Peasants' Revolt, a popular uprising led by Wat Tyler and sparked by the implementation of a poll tax, began in Britain.

  • In 1865, William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and playwright, was born. He won the Nobel Literature Prize in 1923.

  • In 1893, the first women's golf tournament was held at Royal Lytham, England.

  • In 1897, Paavo Nurmi, Finnish long-distance runner who dominated the sport in the 1920s with nine Olympic gold medals, was born.

  • In 1898, the Yukon was separated from the Northwest Territories in Canada and given separate territorial status.

  • In 1899, Carlos Chavez, Mexican composer and conductor, was born.

  • In 1900, the Boxer Rebellion began in China. The secret society was dedicated to ending the domination and exploitation of the country by foreigners.

  • In 1911, Petrushka, one of the earliest works of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, was first performed in Paris.

  • In 1917, 14 German Gotha bombers carried out the first large-scale bombing raid by planes on London, killing 162. The only previous aerial bombs were dropped by zeppelins.

  • In 1944, the first of Germany's V-1 flying bombs was unleashed on southern England.

  • In 1953, the Colombian government of Laureano Gomez was overthrown in a coup led by Gustavo Rojas Pinilla.

  • In 1956, the last British troops left the Suez Canal Zone in Egypt.

  • In 1964, Nelson Mandela, now president of South Africa, arrived on Robben Island to begin his life sentence, imposed the previous day.

  • In 1967, U.S. Attorney General Thurgood Marshall was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, becoming the first black to sit on the Supreme Court bench.

  • In 1971, Geraldine Brodrick gave birth to nine babies in Australia, one of the few recorded instances of nonuplets.

  • In 1983, the U.S. spacecraft Pioneer 10 crossed the orbit of Neptune and became the first man-made object to leave the solar system.

  • In 1990, East Germany began the final demolition of the Berlin Wall, knocking out concrete slabs all over the city to reopen streets sealed off since the Cold War barrier was built in 1961.

  • In 1993, rockets fired by Serb forces killed more than 50 people in a makeshift hospital in the besieged Muslim enclave of Gorazde in eastern Bosnia.

  • In 1996, copper prices tumbled around the world after Sumitomo Corp. said it had lost an estimated $2.6 billion over 10 years from unauthorized copper trades. The trader responsible was sentenced to eight years in jail in March 1998.

  • In 1996, the longest siege in U.S. federal history -- 81 days -- ended when 16 anti-government Freemen surrendered in Montana.

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