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Thursday, July 2, 1998

quote   "The subpoena served on Mr. Hubbell was the quintessential fishing expedition."

-- U.S. District Judge James Robertson, who dismissed the indictment brought by Independent Counsel Ken Starr against Webster Hubbell, the president's friend and former Justice Department official


today's events

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

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Sunday, July 5, Northern Ireland's Orange Order has vowed to parade through the Catholic Portadown neighborhood in Belfast for its annual march, held since 1807 on the first Sunday of July. The Parades Commission has banned the march from Portadown.

  • On Monday, July 6, jury selection for former Air Force Academy cadet David Graham accused of killing his 16-year-old ex-lover is scheduled to start in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • On Tuesday, July 7, Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is scheduled to be played in Denver.


Novelist Ernest Hemingway, best known for "A Farewell to Arms" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," shot himself to death on this day in 1961. His legend, however, lives on. To learn more about this author Nobel prize-winning author, click here.

  • Today is State Independence Day in Brazil.
  • It's a Bank Holiday in Macau.
  • Today is Flag Day in the Netherlands Antilles.
  • Baseball player Jose Canseco Jr. is 34.
  • Actress Polly Holliday ("Alice") is 61.
  • Actress Cheryl Ladd ("Charlie's Angels") is 46.
  • Actor Jimmy McNichol is 37.
  • Actor Ron Silver ("Silkwood") is 52.
  • Wendy's founder Dave Thomas is 66.

on this day

  • In 1644, the Battle of Marston Moor near York brought the first major Royalist defeat in the English Civil War.

  • In 1819, the Factory Act was passed in Britain, prohibiting employment of children under nine in textile factories, and children under 16 could only work for 12 hours a day.

  • In 1850, Sir Robert Peel, British prime minister (1834-46) and founder of the police force, died as a result of a riding accident.

  • In 1853, the Russian army crossed the Pruth River, invading Turkey and beginning the Crimean War.

  • In 1900, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin flew his first airship in Germany.

  • In 1937, Amelia Earhart and co-pilot Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while trying to fly around the world.

  • In 1940, the liner Arandora Star was torpedoed by a German submarine while transporting German and Italian prisoners to Canada; over 750 prisoners and crew died.

  • In 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered plans to be drawn up for a possible invasion of England.

  • In 1961, Ernest Hemingway, U.S. novelist best known for "A Farewell to Arms" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," shot himself.

  • In 1964, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, prohibiting racial discrimination.

  • In 1976, North and South Vietnam were reunited as one country with Hanoi as the capital following Vietnam War. It had been divided since 1954.

  • In 1985, Andrei Gromyko became president of the Soviet Union, with Eduard Shevardnadze replacing him as foreign minister. Gromyko died on the same day four years later.

  • In 1990, over 1,000 Muslim pilgrims died in a stampede in a tunnel at the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

  • In 1994, an Albanian court sentenced former Communist president Ramiz Alia to nine years jail for abuse of power and violation of citizens' rights.

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