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

Saturday, June 15, 1998

quote   This bill is so bad right now, I just don't think it should be passed in this form.

-- Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott on the pending tobacco bill


today's events

  • The International Country Music Fan Fair begins in Nashville, Tennessee.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • 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.


Iraq and the United Nations reached an agreement on a new disarmament plan Sunday. Learn more about UNSCOM, the U.N.'s special commission on monitoring arms, by clicking here.

  • Argentina marks Flag Day observance.
  • Bermuda, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Gibraltar observe Queen's Birthday.
  • It's Day of Salvation in the Azerbaijan Republic.
  • Colombia marks Corpus Christi observance.
  • Actor Jim Belushi is 44.
  • Baseballer Wade Boggs is 40.
  • Actor Simon Callow (Howard's End) is 49.
  • Actress Courteney Cox ("Friends") is 34.
  • Mario Cuomo is 66.
  • Actress Julie Hagerty (Airplane!) is 43.
  • Actor Neil Patrick Harris ("Doogie Howser, MD") is 25.
  • Actress Helen Hunt ("Mad About You") is 35.
  • Singer Waylon Jennings is 61.

on this day

  • In 1215, King John of England sealed the Magna Carta, the Great Charter of English liberties, at Runnymede, near Windsor.

  • In 1330, Edward the Black Prince, son and heir of King Edward III of England, born. He was given the name Black Prince by the French because of the terror of his campaign in the Hundred Years' War.

  • In 1381, the three-day-old Peasants' Revolt ended in Britain with its leader Wat Tyler being killed.

  • In 1467, Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, died; he founded the Burgundian state that rivalled France in the 15th century.

  • In 1520, Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther by the bull "Exsurge Domine," condemning 41 of Luther's theses as heretical.

  • In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, was captured at the battle of Carberry Hill, near Edinburgh, by Scottish nobles who objected to her marriage to the Earl of Bothwell.

  • In 1744, British Admiral George Anson returned to England after circumnavigating the globe in an expedition that lasted nearly four years.

  • In 1752, Benjamin Franklin carried out his famous experiment using a kite to prove that lightning was electricity.

  • In 1775, Congress elected George Washington general and commander-in-chief of the Army of the United Colonies.

  • In 1804, the Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, providing for the electoral college to elect the president and vice-president on separate ballots; it was designed to prevent another instance like the election of 1800 when Thomas Jefferson and his running-mate tied, almost denying Jefferson the presidency.

  • In 1836, Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state.

  • In 1849, James Knox Polk, 11th president of the United States (1845-49), died.

  • In 1888, Frederick III, eighth King of Prussia and German emperor, died.

  • In 1904, in one of the great maritime tragedies in the history of New York, the steamship General Slocum caught fire and sank. Around 1,000 died, mostly women and children on a church outing.

  • In 1914, Yuri Andropov, Soviet president 1982-84, born. During his 15 months in power he clamped down on the arts, religion, dissent and corruption.

  • In 1919, Englishmen John Alcock and Arthur Brown completed the first nonstop transatlantic flight.

  • In 1944, U.S. troops invaded the Mariana Islands in the west Pacific Ocean, landing on Saipan.

  • In 1960, South Korean government promulgated a new constitution introducing a parliamentary system of government.

  • In 1969, Georges Pompidou was elected president of France.

  • In 1978, Italian President Giovanni Leone was forced to resign over allegations of fiscal mismanagement and possible involvement in the Lockheed bribery scandal.

  • In 1992, pro-Iranian kidnappers freed two German aid workers in Beirut after 1,127 days in captivity ending a decade-long hostage saga.

  • In 1994, Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic ties, sealing a historic accord on mutual recognition and reconciliation after centuries of bitterness between Roman Catholics and Jews.

  • In 1996, Ella Fitzgerald, first lady of Jazz, died. She was 79.

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