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Friday, July 10, 1998

quote   "If we are serious about having a world-class education system and if we are serious about attracting the best and the brightest, we're going to have to spend some money."

-- Massachusetts Senate President Thomas. F. Birmingham, speaking about plans to offer top college graduates a $20,000 signing bonus if they become public school teachers


today's events

  • The National Organization for Women is scheduled to hold its annual meeting in Rochester, New York.

  • The National Women's Hall of Fame holds its 1998 honors and inductions ceremony in Seneca Falls, New York.

on the horizon

  • 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 in 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.

  • On Wednesday, July 15, a hearing will be held in White Plains, New York, for John A. "Junior" Gotti, 34. He's accused of robbery, extortion, loansharking, gambling and fraud.


The National Organization for Women holds its annual meeting today in Rochester, New York. Get some background and find out where the group stands on many issues.

  • Australia celebrates Tennant Creek Show Day.
  • The Bahamas celebrates Independence Day.
  • Canada celebrates Orangemen's Day.
  • Author Saul Bellow is 83.
  • Journalist David Brinkley is 78.
  • Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins is 71.
  • Singer Arlo Guthrie is 51.
  • Composer Jerry Herman is 65.
  • Author Jean Kerr ("Please Don't Eat the Daisies") is 75.
  • Actress Sue Lyon ("Lolita") is 52.
  • Actor Lawrence Pressman ("Doogie Howser M.D.") is 59.

on this day

  • In 1460, in the Wars of the Roses, Richard of York defeated King Henry VI at the battle of Northampton.

  • In 1553, Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England after the death of Edward VI; she ruled for only 10 days before being imprisoned and replaced by Mary I.

  • In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th U.S. state.

  • In 1940, World War II's Battle of Britain began when at least 70 German bombers attacked the docks in south Wales.

  • In 1940, the French National Assembly gave plenary powers to the government of Marshal Petain.

  • In 1943, the U.S. 7th and British 8th armies began the invasion of Sicily.

  • In 1962, Telstar, the first television telecommunications satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, making possible the first relaying of television programs across the Atlantic Ocean.

  • In 1973, the Bahamas attained full independence within the Commonwealth, having been a British colony since 1783.

  • In 1985, one Greenpeace crew member died when the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was blown up and sunk by French secret agents in Auckland harbor in New Zealand.

  • In 1991, Boris Yeltsin was sworn in as the first elected president of Russia, sealing communism's fate.

  • In 1992, former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in jail in the United States on drug-trafficking charges.

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