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Monday, July 6, 1998

quote   "I can't take much more."

-- Diane Palmer-Pansullo, who was forced to flee her Florida home last week because of fire.


today's events

  • 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 the horizon

  • 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 Saturday, July 11, the Three Tenors are scheduled to perform at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris to mark the end of the World Cup.


Much of the world celebrates the Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad or Mawlid al Nabi today. To find out more about this Islamic tradition, click here.

  • Today is the Prophet Muhammad's Birthday in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Figi, Gambia, Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, the Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
  • It's Memorial Day in Canada.
  • Today is Constitution Day in the Cayman Islands.
  • It's National Day in the Czech Republic.
  • Today is Republic Day in Malawi.
  • It's Heroes Day in Zambia.
  • Actress Allyce Beasley ("Moonlighting") is 44.
  • Actor Ned Beatty ("Deliverance") is 61.
  • Actor Grant Goodeve ("Dynasty") is 46.
  • TV host Merv Griffin is 73.
  • Actress Janet Leigh ("Psycho") is 71.
  • Former first lady Nancy Reagan is 77.
  • Singer Della Reese is 66.
  • Actor Sylvester Stallone ("Rocky") is 52.

on this day

  • In 1189, King Henry II of England, the first of the Plantagenets, died and was succeeded by Richard I.

  • In 1535, Sir Thomas More, former Lord Chancellor of England, was executed for treason after refusing to recognize Henry VIII as the head of the Church of England.

  • In 1553, King Edward VI of England died and was succeeded by Queen Mary I.

  • In 1685, at the Battle of Sedgemoor, in Somerset, England, the troops of King James II defeated the mainly peasant supporters of the Duke of Monmouth.

  • In 1885, French chemist Louis Pasteur successfully treated a patient with his anti-rabies vaccine.

  • In 1919, the first airship to cross the Atlantic, the British R-34, arrived in New York.

  • In 1928, the first all-talking feature film, "The Lights of New York," was premiered in New York.

  • In 1942, the diarist Anne Frank and her family took refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.

  • In 1944, a fire sparked by inept fire-eaters in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut, killed 167 people.

  • In 1964, the Nyasaland Protectorate became the independent state of Malawi.

  • In 1966, Malawi became a republic within the Commonwealth with Dr. Hastings Banda as its first president.

  • In 1967, civil war erupted in Nigeria over Biafran independence.

  • In 1975, the Comoros Islands parliament declared unilateral independence from French rule.

  • In 1988, the world's worst offshore accident occurred when the Piper Alpha oil platform exploded in the British sector of the North Sea, killing 167 people.

  • In 1990, Bulgarian President Petar Mladenov resigned after charges that he called for tanks to crush an anti-government protest.

  • In 1992, Nigeria's social democrats won control of both houses of a new civilian parliament in army-supervised elections.

  • In 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin pleaded for time and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat pleaded for money when they shared a platform in Paris to receive a peace prize from the United Nations.

  • In 1994, President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. leader to visit the former Soviet Baltic republics.

  • In 1995, a Milan judge ordered some of the top names in Italian fashion, including Giorgio Armani, Gianfranco Ferre and Krizia, to stand trial on corruption charges.

  • In 1997, in Cambodia, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen ousted First Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh and claims control of the capital.

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