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Tuesday, June 16, 1998

quote   It was a long road with lots of bumps.

-- Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan, after his team won another NBA title Sunday night.


today's events

  • President Clinton is scheduled to greet the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos at White House ceremony to congratulate them on their 1997 NFL championship season.

  • The American Film Institute is to announce its list of America's 100 greatest movies.

on the horizon

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

  • 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 a visit with bombing victims and survivors in Oklahoma City and tour of the bomb site.

  • On Saturday, June 20, it is World Juggling Day. Participating cities include Cleveland; Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, California; Bedfordshire, England; Cologne, Germany; and the South Pole.

  • On Sunday, June 21, a presidential runoff is scheduled to be held in Bogota, Colombia.


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  • Today is the Queen's Birthday in the Cayman Islands.
  • It's Youth Day in South Africa.
  • Singer Billy "Crash" Craddock is 59.
  • Boxer Roberto Duran is 47.
  • Newspaper executive Katharine Graham is 81.
  • Soccer player Cobi Jones is 28.
  • Actress Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") is 43.
  • Writer Joyce Carol Oates is 60.
  • Author Erich Segal is 61.
  • Actress Joan Van Ark ("Knots Landing") is 55.

on this day

  • In 1487, the Battle of Stoke, the last great battle fought on English soil, brought an end to the War of the Roses between the houses of York and Lancaster.

  • In 1904, the novel "Ulysses" by James Joyce takes place on this day. It is now celebrated internationally as Bloomsday after the novel's main character, Leopold Bloom.

  • In 1940, in France, Marshal Philippe Petain was asked to form a new government following the resignation of Paul Reynaud.

  • In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the closure by July 10 of all German consulates in the United States.

  • In 1952, a Swedish rescue plane searching for a lost aircraft was shot down by Soviet fighters over Swedish territorial waters.

  • In 1955, Argentine naval officers launched an attack on President Juan Peron's headquarters; the army remained loyal and suppressed the revolt.

  • In 1958, Imre Nagy, Hungarian prime minister during the 1956 uprising crushed by Soviet tanks, was hanged for treason. On the same date in 1989, he was reburied after a funeral that brought at least a quarter of a million people on to Budapest's streets.

  • In 1961, Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev requested asylum in France while in Paris with the Kirov ballet.

  • In 1963, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion resigned.

  • In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first women to travel into space when she was launched in the Soviet spacecraft Vostok 6.

  • In 1972, Baader-Meinhof terrorist group co-founder Ulrike Meinhof was captured by West German police in Hanover.

  • In 1975, the Simonstown agreement on naval cooperation between Britain and South Africa was formally ended by mutual agreement after 169 years.

  • In 1976, thousands of school children in Soweto revolted against the South African government's plans to enforce Afrikaans as the language for instruction in black schools.

  • In 1977, the Supreme Soviet elected Leonid Brezhnev to the post of president to replace Nikolai Podgorny.

  • In 1979, General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, former military ruler of Ghana (1972-78), was executed for corruption.

  • In 1983, Yuri Andropov was elected chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, a position equivalent to president.

  • In 1984, Wilson Ferreira Aldunate, a popular Uruguayan opposition leader, was arrested upon his return from an eleven year exile.

  • In 1992, U.S. President George Bush welcomed Russian President Boris Yeltsin to a summit meeting in Washington where they agreed in principle to slash strategic weapons arsenals by about two-thirds by 2003.

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