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Sunday, July 5, 1998

quote   "I thought to myself, 'What can you do with these things besides kill millions of people?'"

-- U.S. nuclear missile expert Dave Caulkins


today's events

  • 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 the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, July 10, National Organization for Women is scheduled to hold its annual meeting in Rochester, New York.


On this day in 1865, William Booth founded the Christian Mission, later renamed the Salvation Army, in London. To find out more about this charitable organization, click here.

  • Today is Independence Day in Algeria.
  • Armenia celebrates Constitution Day.
  • The Czech Republic celebrates National Day.
  • The Slovak Republic celebrates Saints Cyril & Methodius.
  • Venezuela celebrates Independence Day.
  • Dancer Eliot Feld is 56.
  • Actress Katherine Helmond ("Who's the Boss") is 64.
  • Actress Shirley Knight ("Kennedy's Children") is 62.
  • Singer Huey Lewis is 47.

on this day

  • In 1791, George Hammond was appointed Britain's first ambassador to the United States.

  • In 1811, Venezuela declared independence from Spain.

  • In 1830, France began an invasion of Algeria and took Algiers.

  • In 1865, William Booth founded the Christian Mission, later renamed the Salvation Army, in London.

  • In 1932, Antonio de Oliveira Salazar became premier of Portugal and drafted a new constitution that established the country as an authoritarian state.

  • In 1945, Gen. MacArthur announced the liberation of the whole of the Philippines.

  • In 1948, the National Health Service came into being in Britain.

  • In 1959, Indonesian President Sukarno dissolved parliament and assumed dictatorial powers for himself.

  • In 1965, Maria Callas gave her last stage performance, singing Tosca at London's Covent Garden.

  • In 1969, the Rolling Stones gave a free concert in Hyde Park, London, in memory of Brian Jones, who had died two days before.

  • In 1969, the Kenyan statesman Thomas Mboya was assassinated.

  • In 1975, American Arthur Ashe beat countryman Jimmy Connors to become the first black tennis player to win the Wimbledon men's singles title.

  • In 1977, Gen. Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq overthrew the Pakistani government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in a bloodless coup.

  • In 1980, Bjorn Borg of Sweden won the Wimbledon men's singles title for the fifth consecutive year.

  • In 1989, former White House aide Oliver North was fined $150,000 for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal that rocked the Reagan administration.

  • In 1991, the Bank of England said the operations of Bank of Credit and Commerce International SA (BCCI) had been suspended immediately following allegations of massive fraud.

  • In 1994, Yasser Arafat traveled to the West Bank after 27 years in exile, determined to turn the self-rule areas of Gaza and Jericho into a Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

  • In 1994, in Italy, a graft trial opened with two former prime ministers heading a list of accused reading like a "who's who" of the country's fallen mighty.

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