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Sunday, June 21, 1998

quote   It's just a soccer game.

-- U.S. soccer star Alexi Lalas, commenting on today's World Cup match between Iran and the United States.


today's events

  • A presidential runoff is scheduled to be held in Bogota, Colombia.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, June 25, U.S. President Clinton is expected to leave on a trip to China.

  • On Friday, June 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments on whether three Secret Service employees can be forced to testify in Monica Lewinsky investigation.


Hey dad! Wake up! Enjoy Father's Day on the Net.

  • Today is Father's Day
  • Summer begins today
  • Actress Meredith Baxter ("Family Ties") is 51.
  • Actor Michael Gross ("Family Ties") is 51.
  • Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto is 45.
  • Actor Joe Flaherty ("SCTV") is 58.
  • Prince William is 16
  • Musician Nils Lofgren is 47
  • Actress Maureen Stapleton ("Reds") is 73.
  • Basketball player Derrick Coleman is 31.
  • Actress Juliette Lewis ("Cape Fear") is 25.

on this day

  • In 1377, King Edward III of England died. King from 1327, he attempted to invade France in 1339 and 1340, thus setting off the Hundred Years War. He was succeeded by his grandson, Richard II.

  • In 1527, Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian statesman, diplomat and writer, died. His most famous book "The Prince" summed up the political machinations of his time.

  • In 1788, New Hampshire was admitted to the Union as the ninth state.

  • In 1791, In the early hours of the morning, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette attempted an escape from Paris but got only as far as Varennes, where they were discovered and arrested.

  • In 1813, Napoleon's brother Joseph, King of Spain, fled Madrid and was defeated by Wellington at the battle of Vitoria. This virtually ended the French presence in Spain.

  • In 1834, American Cyrus H. McCormick obtained a patent for the first practical reaper.

  • In 1868, Richard Wagner's immense opera, "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg" was first performed in Munich.

  • In 1887 Queen Victoria celebrated her golden jubilee marking 50 years on the British throne.

  • In 1905, Jean Paul-Sartre, French existentialist philosopher, novelist and playwright, born. He wrote "Being and Nothingness" and jointly edited the monthly "Les Temps Modernes" with Simone de Beauvoir.

  • In 1908, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer died; best known for his orchestral piece "Scheherazade" and the opera "The Golden Cockerel" as well as his re-orchestration of Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov."

  • In 1940, future U.S. president Richard Nixon married Thelma Catherine "Pat" Ryan in Riverside, California.

  • In 1948 - Columbia Records introduced the first successful long-playing records made of Vinylite plastic.

  • In 1960, Britain, France, the Netherlands and the United States agreed to provide for the creation of a Caribbean organization for economic cooperation.

  • In 1969, U.S. tennis player Maureen Connolly, known as Little Mo, died. In 1953, she became the first woman to win the Grand Slam titles.

  • In 1970, former Indonesian president Sukarno, founder of the Indonesian Republic and president for 22 years, died.

  • In 1970, Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in Mexico City to become world soccer champions and win the Jules Rimet trophy for a record

  • 1982, John Hinckley was found not guilty of the attempted murder of U.S. President Reagan in 1981 by reason of insanity.

  • In 1982, Prince William, first child of Princess Diana and Prince Charles and second in line to the British throne, was born.

  • In 1990, Hungary officially re-launched its stock exchange, 42 years after its closure by the Communist Party. The Budapest stock exchange was the first Western-style securities exchange in any Warsaw Pact country.

  • In 1996, European Union leaders reached a deal with Britain to tackle the crisis over "mad cow" disease; London agreed to abandon its disruption of EU business.

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