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Thursday, July 9, 1998

quote   "Looks like it's going to be a happy ending. My boy is going to be fine."

-- Atlanta Braves shortstop Walt Weiss, whose 3-year-old son Brody recently fought off a life-threatening strain of E. coli bacteria


today's events

  • 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.

  • U.S. President Clinton travels to Florida to survey fire damage.

  • Major League Baseball owners meet in Chicago. They're expected to formally name Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig as baseball commissioner.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Sunday, July 12, the final World Cup soccer game will be played Saint Denis, France.

  • On Monday, July 13, the Orange Order has been given permission to march through a Catholic neighborhood in the Lower Ormeau section of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

  • On Tuesday, July 14, Bastille Day is celebrated in France.


Two recent movies, "Deep Impact," and "Armageddon," depict massive destruction after asteroids collide with Earth. Could it happen?

  • Argentina celebrates Independence Day.
  • Morocco celebrates Youth Day.
  • In Sri Lanka, it is Esala Full Moon Poya Day.
  • Thailand celebrates Buddhist Lent Day.
  • Romance novelist Barbara Cartland is 97.
  • Actor Brian Dennehy ("Star of the Family")is 60.
  • Actor James Hampton ("F Troop") is 62.
  • Actor Tom Hanks ("Forrest Gump") is 42.
  • Singer and actress Courtney Love ("The People vs. Larry Flynt") is 33.
  • Actress Kelly McGillis ("Witness") is 41.
  • Actor Richard Roundtree ("Shaft") is 56.
  • Actor Fred Savage ("Working") is 22.
  • Former football star O.J. Simpson is 51.
  • Actor Jimmy Smits ("NYPD Blue") is 40.
  • TV host and musician John Tesh ("Entertainment Tonight") is 46.

on this day

  • In 1386, in the Swiss-Swabian wars, Leopold III and his 6,000-strong Austrian army were defeated by a force of only 1,600 Swiss pikemen at the battle of Sempach in a display of superior tactics.

  • In 1441, Jan van Eyck, Flemish artist who was famous for his painting of the altarpiece in the cathedral in Ghent, died.

  • In 1686, the League of Augsburg was formed with the alliance of the Holy Roman Emperor, Spain, Sweden and Saxony against the French King Louis XIV.

  • In 1755, in the Seven Years War, a force of British and Virginians under Gen. Braddock were heavily defeated by a combined French and Indian attack at the Monogahela River near Fort Duquesne. Braddock himself died in the battle.

  • In 1810, Holland was annexed by Napoleon after Louis Napoleon, his brother, abdicated from the throne.

  • In 1816, Argentina's independence from Spain was declared at the Congress of Tucuman.

  • In 1850, Zachary Taylor, U.S. president since 1848, died.

  • In 1877, the first Wimbledon tennis championships were held.

  • In 1879, Italian modernist composer Ottorino Respighi was born; he was best known for his songs and descriptive symphonic works "Pini di Roma" and "Fontane di Roma."

  • In 1915, in World War I, South African forces under Louis Botha forced the surrender of German forces in South West Africa.

  • In 1916, Edward Heath, British politician and statesman, was born; he was prime minister from 1970-74 and took Britain into the then-European Economic Community.

  • In 1922, Johnny Weissmuller, swimmer and later film actor playing "Tarzan," became the first man to swim 100 meters in under a minute when he clocked 58.6 seconds on this day.

  • In 1932, King Camp Gillette, U.S. inventor and manufacturer of the safety razor, died.

  • In 1944, after fierce bombing raids and a month of fighting, the British and the Canadians finally captured most of the town of Caen in France.

  • In 1960, in a speech, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev warned the United States against intervention in Cuba and said Soviet forces would support the Cuban people.

  • In 1990, leaders of the world's seven largest industrial nations began an economic summit in Houston with a call by U.S. President George Bush to create "a new world of freedom."

  • In 1993, British scientists using DNA genetic fingerprinting tests, identified the bones of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II and members of his family.

  • In 1996, thousands of flag-waving children gave Nelson Mandela a hero's welcome to Britain, cheering and chanting his name as the South African president's state visit was launched in a blaze of royal pomp and ceremony.

  • In 1996, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used his first visit to Washington to outline his views linking peace in the Middle East to Israel's security needs.

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