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Tuesday, July 14, 1998

quote   I've been up all night. It was magnificent. I've never seen a celebration like it.

-- Elisabeth Wallon, 22, on the French World Cup celebrations


today's events

  • Bastille Day is celebrated in France.

  • Tens of thousands of Protestants are scheduled to watch the re-enactment of a 17th-century military victory over Irish Catholics in Scarva, Northern Ireland.

  • The Arkansas State House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony from families affected by the March 24 school shootings in Jonesboro.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, July 17, U.S. President Bill Clinton is tentatively scheduled to visit Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • On Saturday, July 18, the official ceremony to unveil the African-American Civil War Memorial is to be held in Washington.

  • On Sunday, July 19, the 1998 Goodwill Games begin in New York.


The Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. gave a record $10 million donation to the Smithsonian Institution on Monday to help restore the flag that inspired the "Star-Spangled Banner." To learn more about the historic flag and others, check out Star Spangled Flag Makers.

  • France, French Guiana and New Caledonia celebrate Bastille Day.
  • Iraq celebrates July 14 Revolution.
  • Kiribati celebrates Independence Day.
  • Monaco, Saint Pierre, Miquelon and Tahiti celebrate National Day.
  • Actress Polly Bergen ("To Tell the Truth") is 68.
  • Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman ("Wild Strawberries") is 80.
  • Former U.S. President Gerald Ford is 85.
  • Actress Missy Gold ("Benson") is 28.
  • Actor and football star Rosey Grier is 66.
  • Actor Harry Dean Stanton ("Repo Man") is 66.
  • Sportscaster Steve Stone is 51.

on this day

  • In 1789 in Paris, the Bastille, a grim prison and symbol of the monarchy, was seized by the people at the start of the French Revolution.

  • In 1865, British climber Edward Whymper led the first team of climbers to reach the summit of the Matterhorn in the Alps at a height of 14,690 feet.

  • In 1867, explosives manufacturer Alfred Nobel first demonstrated his invention, dynamite, at Merstham Quarry in Redhill, Surrey.

  • In 1887, German industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, who became a dominating force in the development of the Ruhr territories, died.

  • In 1918, the French troop carrying liner Djemnah was sunk by a German submarine in the Mediterranean; 442 people were killed.

  • In 1933, in Germany, the Nazi Party under Adolf Hitler banned all opposition parties.

  • In 1958, King Faisal of Iraq was assassinated along with his entire household and his prime minister in a coup by army officers which resulted in Iraq's becoming a republic.

  • In 1959, the first atomic powered cruiser, the USS Long Beach, was launched at Quincy, Massachusetts. The ship had two nuclear reactors and could reach 30 knots.

  • In 1965, the satellite Mariner 4, launched in 1964, became the first to send photographs from Mars and transmitted for over eight hours.

  • In 1976, the Chinese-built Tanzam railway was completed ahead of schedule linking Zambia with Dar-es-Salaam.

  • In 1978, Russian dissident Anatoly Shcharansky, a founder member of the Helsinki Group set up to monitor Soviet observance of human rights, was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

  • In 1984, in New Zealand, David Lange and his leftist Labor Party swept to a landslide electoral victory defeating the ruling national Party led by Sir Robert Muldoon.

  • In 1996, a bomb exploded in a hotel at Enniskillen in Northern Ireland in which 40 people were injured. It was the first bomb in the province for two years. IRA guerrillas denied responsibility for the explosion.

  • In 1997, the U.N. war crimes tribunal sentenced Bosnian Serb Dusan Tadic to a 20-year prison term for his part in a vicious "ethnic cleansing" campaign against Muslim civilians in 1992.

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