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Saturday, July 4, 1998
"Leave? Not at all likely . . . I have too much here to leave."
- 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.
- On Wednesday, July 8, Poet Maya Angelou and Dr. Henry Foster will speak in Washington as the Black Church Initiative of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice holds a follow-up to last year's National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality.
- On Thursday, July 9, Amy Grossberg and Brian Patterson are scheduled to be sentenced in Wilmington, Delaware, on charges related to the November 1996 death of their baby, who was delivered in secret and dumped in a trash bin.
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- The United States of America, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands celebrate Independence Day.
- Rwanda celebrates Liberation Day.
- Tonga celebrates the Birthday of H.M. King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.
- Football impresario Al Davis is 69.
- Basketball players Horace and Harvey Grant are 33.
- Advice Columnist Ann Landers is 80.
- Actress Gina Lollobrigida is 70.
- Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera is 55.
- Playwright Neil Simon is 71.
- Baseball executive George Steinbrenner III is 68.
- Advice Columnist Abigail Van Buren is 80.
- In 1190, Richard I of England and Philip II of France started on the Third Crusade.
- In 1631, the world's first employment agency opened in Paris.
- In 1776, the American Declaration of Independence was signed.
- In 1826, Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president (1801-09), and John Adams, the second president (1797-1801), both died on this day.
- In 1848, the Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, was published.
- In 1863, forces of the Confederate States of America were defeated by Union forces at the Battle of Vicksburg.
- In 1884, the Statue of Liberty was presented to America by the people of France.
- In 1903, the first Pacific telegraph cable, between San Francisco and Manila, went into operation.
- In 1904, construction of the Panama Canal began.
- In 1943, Wladyslaw Sikorski, the Polish statesman and prime minister, was killed in an air crash. He led Poland's government in exile during World War II.
- In 1946, the Philippines gained independence from America.
- In 1976, Israel launched a commando raid on Entebbe airport in Uganda to rescue 102 hostages held by Arab and West German hijackers on an Air France plane.
- In 1979, former Algerian president Ahmed Ben Bella was released after 14 years detention. Ben Bella, Algeria's first president, was overthrown in a 1965 coup and had been kept under arrest ever since.
- In 1991, former Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnazde decided to leave the Communist Party.
- In 1994, French President Francois Mitterrand became the first foreigner to address South Africa's new parliament.
- In 1997, the U.S. Pathfinder space probe made an historic landing on Mars.
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