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Friday, June 19, 1998

quote   "I did not kill baby Matthew."

-- former au pair Louise Woodward, upon her return to England


today's events

  • U.S. District Judge Susan Webber has given media lawyers until today to appeal her decision to close files and impose a gag order in Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton.

  • Jurors in Timothy McVeigh's bombing trial arrive for a visit with bombing victims and survivors in Oklahoma City and a tour of the bomb site.

  • Pope John Paul begins a three-day visit to Austria.

on the horizon

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

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, June 24, the annual NAACP Legislative Report Card will be released in Washington.


It was on this fateful day in 1978 that Garfield the cat first appeared in the funny pages of a newspaper. Today, Garfield is online. Visit the official Garfield page to find out what the big fat hairy deal has been for the last 20 years.

  • It is Midsummer Eve in Finland and Sweden
  • Trinidad and Tobago celebrate Labor Day
  • Uruguay celebrates Artigas Day
  • Singer Paula Abdul ("Forever Your Girl") is 36
  • Film critic Pauline Kael is 79
  • Actress Nancy Marchand ("Lou Grant") is 70
  • Actress Marisa Pavan ("The Diary of Anne Frank") is 66
  • Actress Phylicia Rashad ("The Cosby Show") is 50
  • Actress Gena Rowlands ("Peyton Place") is 62
  • Author Salman Rushdie ("Satanic Verses") is 51
  • Actress Kathleen Turner ("Body Heat") is 44
  • Singer Ann Wilson (of Heart) is 47

on this day

  • In 1623, the French philosopher, physicist and mathematician Blaise Pascal was born in Clermont-Ferrand.

  • In 1865, emancipation of slaves was proclaimed in Texas.

  • In 1867, horse racing's Belmont Stakes was run for the first time in New York.

  • In 1897, Charles Cunningham Boycott, whose name lives on in the English language as a term for a type of economic protest, was born in Norfok, England.

  • In 1903, baseball great Lou Gehrig, who hit .341 for his career, was born in New York; he died of a degenerative muscle disease that came to be known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

  • In 1906, rodeo showman and pioneer Earl W. Bascom was born in Vernal, Utah.

  • In 1910, Abe Fortas, the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice to be forced to resign because of financial scandal, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • In 1944, the battle of the Philippine Sea took place between the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese fleet; the U.S. won a decisive victory.

  • In 1952, the celebrity game show "I've Got a Secret" premiered with Garry Moore as its first host.

  • In 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing Prison for atomic espionage.

  • In 1978, the popular comic strip "Garfield" first appeared in print.

  • In 1981, the European Space Agency's Ariane rocket carried two satellites into orbit from Kourou, French Guiana.

  • In 1983, Lixian-nian was chosen as China's first president since 1969.

  • In 1993, Nobel Prize-winning author Sir William Golding died in Truro, Cornwall, at the age of 81; his works included "Lord of the Flies" and "Rites of Passage."

  • In 1994, Michel Rocard resigned as head of the French Socialist party after a no-confidence vote against him by the movement's national council.

  • In 1997, William Hague became the youngest leader of Britain's Conservative party in nearly 200 years.

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