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Today's Events | On Horizon | On This Day | Newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Saturday, July 11, 1998

quote   "You're supposed to go by the law, and I don't think any person involved in the law who looked at that trial and looked at some of the rulings would say it was legal."

-- O.J. Simpson on his decision to appeal the $33.5 million wrongful death suit against him


today's events

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

  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People holds its 89th annual meeting in Atlanta.

on the horizon

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

  • On Monday, July 13, the Orange Order is 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.

  • On Thursday, July 16, Syrian President Hafez Assad visits France.


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People holds its annual meeting in Atlanta today. For a look at what the NAACP has been up to for the past 89 years, click here.

  • Kiribati celebrates Independence Day.
  • Malaysia marks Yang DiPertua Negeri's Birthday.
  • Fashion designer Giorgio Armani is 62.
  • Literary critic Harold Bloom is 68.
  • Opera singer Nicolai Gedda is 73.
  • Pop singer Debbie Harry (of Blondie) is 53.
  • Actor Tab Hunter ("Damn Yankees") is 67.
  • Actor Stephen Lang ("Last Exit to Brooklyn") is 46.
  • Actor Mark Lester ("Fahrenheit 451") is 40.
  • Physicist Theodore Maiman is 71.
  • Singer Bonnie Pointer (of the Pointer Sisters) is 47.
  • Former boxer Leon Spinks is 45.
  • Actress, director and producer Beverly Todd ("Baby Boom") is 52.
  • Actress Sela Ward ("Sisters") is 42.

on this day

  • In 1533, Pope Clement VII threatened English King Henry VIII with ex-communication if he did not resume his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. It was annulled in May 1533 by Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer.

  • In 1708, forces under England's Duke of Marlborough beat the French under Louis Vendome at the battle of Oudenarde in the war of Spanish Succession.

  • In 1804, Aaron Burr, a former vice president of the United States, killed former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel over political rivalry and accusations.

  • In 1921, Mongolia declared its independence as a People's Republic.

  • In 1934, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first president to sail through the Panama Canal. He was on board the cruiser USS Houston and was met at Balboa by President Harmodio Arias.

  • In 1940, Marshal Henri Petain was declared chief of the French State in the wake of defeat by Nazi Germany and the resignation of President Lebrun.

  • In 1978, a liquid gas tanker exploded in the middle of a camp site at San Carlos de la Rapita in Spain, killing almost 200 people.

  • In 1979, the U.S. spaceship Skylab re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and broke up after orbiting the Earth since 1973.

  • In 1995, Bosnian Serb forces shrugged off NATO air strikes to overrun Srebrenica, a U.N.-declared "safe area," sending tens of thousands of Muslims fleeing for their lives.

  • In 1996, the U.N. criminal tribunal for former Yugoslavia issued international arrest warrants against Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic on charges of genocide and war crimes.

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