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Wednesday, June 17, 1998

quote   "I'm not angry but ... you lose faith in the justice system, you really do."

-- Achamma Eappen, paternal grandparent of Matthew Eappen


today's events

  • 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.

  • The National Institutes of Health is scheduled to release the first federal guidelines on the identification and treatment of obesity in adults.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, June 22, the 75th National Marbles Tournament begins in Wildwood, New Jersey.


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  • Iceland celebrates National Day.
  • It is Bunker Hill Day in Massachusetts.
  • Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is 55.
  • Speed skater and sportscaster Dan Jansen is 33.
  • Actor Greg Kinnear ("As Good As It Gets") is 35.
  • Actor Mark Linn-Baker ("Perfect Strangers") is 45.
  • Singer Barry Manilow ("I Write the Songs") is 52.
  • Comedian Joe Piscopo ("Saturday Night Live") is 47.

on this day

  • In 656, Caliph Uthman, the third caliph to rule after the death of the Prophet, was assassinated at his home in Medina (now Saudi Arabia) by besieging Muslim rebels from Mesopotamia.

  • In 1239, Edward I, King of England, was born. He was king from 1272 on the death of his father Henry III. His rule was notable for its efficiency in administration.

  • In 1775, in the American War of Independence, British forces defeated the Americans at the Battle of Bunker Hill, which took place at Breed's Hill near Boston.

  • In 1789, in France, the Third Estate proclaimed itself a National Assembly and refused to let the king keep his veto.

  • In 1867, Joseph Lister performed the first surgical operation under antiseptic conditions on his sister Isabella, at Glasgow's Royal Infirmary in Scotland.

  • In 1882, Igor Stravinsky, composer, born in Russia. He was one of the 20th century's leading musical figures and most famous for his ballets "The Rite of Spring" and "Petrushka."

  • In 1925, 29 countries signed the Geneva Protocol which prohibited the use of poisonous gases in war.

  • In 1940, Marshal Philippe Petain announced that France had asked for armistice terms from Germany.

  • In 1940, the troop ship Lancastria was sunk by enemy fire after having taken on board British troops who were evacuating from France. Of the 5,300 on board, almost 2,480 were saved.

  • In 1944, Iceland became an independent republic following a referendum on disengaging from Denmark's rule.

  • In 1967, China exploded its first hydrogen bomb.

  • In 1971, America and Japan signed an agreement for the return of Okinawa to Japan in 1972.

  • In 1972, in the United States, five men were arrested for attempting to place bugging equipment at the Democratic Party National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building in Washington. This led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974.

  • In 1974, an Irish republican guerrilla bomb exploded at Westminster Hall, in the British Houses of Parliament injuring 11.

  • In 1982, in Argentina, Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri resigned as president following the country's defeat in the Falklands War.

  • In 1991, South Africa's white-dominated parliament voted to end race classification, the legal foundation of apartheid since 1950.

  • In 1994, U.S. football star O.J. Simpson, accused of killing his ex-wife and a male friend, was arrested after a dramatic motorway chase and a 90-minute standoff in the driveway of his estate.

  • In 1997, South African white supremacist Eugene Terre Blanche was sentenced to six years in jail for trying to murder one black man and assaulting another.

  • In 1997, Sierra Leone's military leader, Johnny Paul Koroma, was sworn in as head of state and pledged to restore peace to the war-weary West African nation.

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