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Today's Events | On Horizon | On This Day | Newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Tuesday, June 30, 1998

quote   "I believe it would be far better for the people of the United States to have a partnership on equal respectful terms with China in the 21st century than to have to spend enormous amounts of time and money trying to contain China."

-- U.S. President Bill Clinton in a speech at Beijing University


today's events

  • President Clinton meets with community leaders from the Shanghai area, including the Chinese city's mayor.

  • The Federal Open Market Committee meets to consider interest rates in the United States.

  • Caribbean leaders meet in St. Lucia to plan the future for the small island economies.

on the horizon

  • On Wednesday, July 1, the family of Princess Diana is scheduled to open to the public her childhood home and burial site in England.

  • On Thursday, July 2, University of Pittsburgh physics professor David Willey will try to set new distance record for walking on hot coals.

  • On Friday, July 3, U.S. President Bill Clinton is to address business and local leaders of Hong Kong and hold a news conference before returning to Washington.

  • On Saturday, July 4, fireworks displays throughout much of the United States light up the skies to mark American Independence.


Twelve children from different cultural backgrounds, with the help of professional photographers, photographed their worlds. You can see the results online in Through the Eyes of a Child.

  • Today is Memorial Day in Canada.
  • Colombia observes Sts. Peter and Paul Day.
  • Guatemala marks Army Day.
  • Exiled Boxer Mike Tyson is 32.
  • NBA star Mitch richmond is 33.
  • Actor William Atherton (Ghostbusters) is 51.
  • Actress Nancy Dussault ("Too Close for Comfort") is 62.
  • Actor David Alan Grier (I'm Gonna Get You Sucka) is 43.

on this day

  • In 1520, Montezuma II, the last Aztec emperor, was killed during the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

  • In 1643, the Battle of Adwalton Moor (also called Atherton Moor) in the English Civil War took place. The Royalists under the Earl of Newcastle defeated the Parliamentarians.

  • In 1690, in the War of the Grand Alliance, a combined British and Dutch fleet was defeated by the French at the Battle of Beachy Head.

  • In 1815, U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur stopped the continued attacks by Algerian pirates by threatening to bomb Algiers.

  • In 1859, watched by 25,000 people, Charles Blondin walked across Niagara Falls from the United States to Canada on a tightrope.

  • In 1894, London's Tower Bridge across the River Thames was officially opened.

  • In 1908, a huge explosion rocked eastern Siberia. Believed to be an exploding meteorite, the resulting earth tremor was felt as far away as central Europe.

  • In 1913, the Second Balkan War began when Bulgaria attacked Serbian and Greek positions.

  • In 1934, during "the night of the long knives" in Germany, Hitler purged his political critics including.

  • In 1936, Margaret Mitchell's novel "Gone with the Wind" was first published.

  • In 1936, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia appeared before the League of Nations to appeal for help following Italy's invasion of Ethiopia and his exile.

  • In 1940, German troops occupied the Channel Island of Guernsey.

  • In 1960, the Republic of Congo achieved independence from Belgium.

  • In 1963, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was enthroned as Pope Paul VI.

  • In 1971, the three crew members of the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz II died on re-entry due to a drop in air pressure. They had just set a space endurance record of 570 hours, 22 minutes.

  • In 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the "Pentagon Papers," documents on American involvement in the Vietnam War, could be published; the Nixon government had tried to suppress them.

  • In 1974, Mrs. Alberta King, mother of the late Martin Luther King, was assassinated during a church service.

  • In 1974, Soviet ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defected to the west while touring Canada with the Bolshoi Ballet.

  • In 1977, the South East Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO) was formally dissolved after 23 years.

  • In 1983, the high court in Melbourne ruled against the building of the controversial Gordon-below-Franklin dam in Tasmania.

  • In 1985, 39 American hostages who had been held on a TWA plane for 17 days were released in Beirut.

  • In 1989, Sudanese military leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir toppled the civilian administration of Sadeq al-Mahdi.

  • In 1989, Argentinian president Raul Alfonsin presented his letter of resignation. He had already announced his decision to go following poor election results in May.

  • In 1990, East and West Germany merged their economies, with the East adopting the Deutschemark as its currency.

  • In 1993, the parliament of Azerbaijan elected rebel leader Suret Guseinov as prime minister.

  • In 1996, Bosnian Serb "President" Radovan Karadzic relinquished all power to his deputy Biljana Plavsic, but kept the title of head of state.

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