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Sunday, June 14, 1998

quote   I am sorry for the people I killed and hurt. If they could have given the death penalty in this case, I deserve it.

-- Luke Woodham after being sentenced


today's events

  • The two-month display of the Shroud of Turin ends in Turin, Italy.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, June 19, jurors in Timothy McVeigh's bombing trial arrive for visit with bombing victims and survivors in Oklahoma City and tour of the bomb site.


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  • SInger Boy George is 37.
  • Actress Marla Gibbs (Florence on "The Jeffersons") is 52.
  • Tennis star Steffi Graf is 29.
  • Olympic gold medalist Eri Heiden is 40.
  • Actor Eddie Mekka (Carmine on "Laverne and Shirley") is 46.
  • Real estate mogul Donald Trump is 52.

on this day

  • In 1777, Congress adopted the "Stars and Stripes" as the official flag of the United States of America.

  • In 1789, English Admiral Captain Bligh and 18 others, cast adrift from HMS Bounty, eventually reached Timor in the East Indies after a voyage of nearly 4,000 miles in an open boat.

  • In 1798, Frantisek Palacky, Czech historian, politician and campaigner for a separate Czech nation, born.

  • In 1800, Napoleon defeated the Austrians at the Battle of Marengo, northern Italy, during the War of the Second Coalition.

  • In 1801, Benedict Arnold, American general who shifted his allegiance to the British during the American Revolution, died in London.

  • In 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe, American novelist famous for "Uncle Tom's Cabin," born.

  • In 1838, Yamagata Aritomo, Japanese soldier and twice prime minister from 1889-91 and 1898-1900, born. He played a major role in turning Japan into a formidable military power.

  • In 1883, Edward Fitzgerald, English poet best known for his "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam," died.

  • In 1898, a convention was signed between Britain and France, defining the borders between Nigeria and the Gold Coast.

  • In 1919, Sam Wanamaker, American actor, director and producer, born. He was also the inspiration behind the rebuilding of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the River Thames in London.

  • In 1922, President Warren Harding became the first U.S. president to broadcast by radio.

  • In 1928, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Cuban guerrilla leader, born in Argentina. He was killed in the Bolivian jungle in 1967.

  • In 1928, Emmeline Pankhurst, English champion of women's rights, died. An act establishing voting equality for men and women was passed just after her death.

  • In 1940, the Swastika was hoisted on the Eiffel Tower as the German army entered and occupied Paris.

  • In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the freezing of all German and Italian assets in the United States.

  • In 1946, John Logie Baird, Scottish inventor who pioneered the development of television, died.

  • In 1949, Bao Dai was installed as president of the new state of Vietnam.

  • In 1971, The New York Times began publishing extracts from the top-secret "Pentagon Papers" on the Vietnam War.

  • In 1986, Alan Jay Lerner, American playwright and lyricist, died. With Frederick Lowe, he composed musicals including "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot."

  • In 1989, former U.S. president Ronald Reagan was made an honorary knight by Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

  • In 1994, Henry Mancini, American composer of soundtracks for the "Pink Panther" movies, "Days of Wine and Roses" and dozens of other hit films, died.

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