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Thursday, June 18, 1998
"For most people around the world, the rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are little more than a paper promise."
Pierre Sane, Amnesty International's secretary-general
- Nine commemorative U.S. postage stamps considered to be the most classically beautiful examples of stamp engraving are to be reissued.
- President Clinton meets with French Prime Minister
Lionel Jospin in Washington.
- A parade will be held for the Detroit Red Wings, who won
their second NHL Stanley Cup championship in as many years on
- 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.
- Tuesday, June 23, is the trial date for Christina Marie Riggs, accused
of killing her two children. She blames the murders on the trauma
she experienced as an emergency nurse in the aftermath of the 1995
Oklahoma City bombing.
Nearly 20 years ago, U.S. President Carter and Soviet President Brezhnev
signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) 2 Treaty in Vienna, helping to put the brakes on the arms race.
- It is National Day in the Seychelles.
- Film critic Roger Ebert is 56.
- Actress Carol Kane ("Taxi") is 46.
- Singer and songwriter Paul McCartney is 56.
- U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller is 61.
- Model and actress Isabella Rossellini ("Cousins") is 46.
- In 1155, Frederick I Barbarossa was crowned Holy Roman
Emperor by Pope Adrian IV.
- In 1429, the English, retreating after the siege of Orleans,
were attacked and defeated by French forces under Joan of Arc
and Duc D'Alencon at the battle of Patay.
- In 1769, Viscount Castlereagh, notable British statesman,
was born in Ireland as Robert Stewart. Foreign secretary from
1812, he negotiated the Treaty of Paris and participated
strongly at the Congress of Vienna following the end of
- In 1812, the U.S. Congress approved a declaration of war
on Great Britain over trade restrictions.
- In 1815, Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by a
joint British, German and Dutch force under the command of
the Duke of Wellington and General Gebhard von Bluecher.
Napoleon abdicated on June 22.
- In 1817, London's Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames
opened; it was designed by John Rennie.
- In 1821, "Der Freischutz," an opera by Carl Maria von Weber,
was first performed in Berlin.
- In 1884, Edouard Daladier, French politician, was born. Three
times premier and minister of war, he signed the Munich pact
with British Prime Minister Chamberlain which gave Hitler
posession of the Sudetenland.
- In 1915, the second battle of Artois ended in World War I;
There were huge losses on both sides.
- In 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman passenger to
fly across the Atlantic. She landed near Llanelli in Wales
- In 1942, Paul McCartney of the Beatles was born.
- In 1953, Egypt was proclaimed a republic with Gen. Neguib
as its first president.
- In 1959, Ethel Barrymore, U.S. actress of stage and screen,
died; she was the sister of screen stars Lionel and John
Barrymore and appeared with them in the film "Rasputin and
- In 1972, a BEA Trident crashed minutes after takeoff from
London Airport, killing all 118 on board.
- In 1979, U.S. President Carter and Soviet President Brezhnev
signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) 2 Treaty
- In 1991, a new Algerian government took office, replacing one
sacked on June 5 after fundamentalist unrest.
- In 1993, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa lost a
crucial no-confidence vote and dissolved parliament to
trigger snap elections in July.
- In 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as Israel's youngest
- In 1996, the U.S. Senate's Whitewater Committee issued a
scathing final report accusing President and Mrs. Clinton of
a wide range of questionable conduct.
- In 1997, Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated presidential
candidate Robert Kennedy in 1968, was denied parole for the 10th
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