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Wednesday, July 15, 1998

quote   Farmers don't need more loans. There has to be another type of help.

-- Wayne Dollar, president of the Georgia Farm Bureau, where record heat is killing crops


today's events

  • Syrian President Hafez Assad visits France.

  • U.S. President Clinton meets with Romanian President Emil Constantinescu in Washington.

  • The American Federation of Teachers holds its annual convention in New Orleans.

  • The Summit of Central American presidents is held in El Salvador.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, July 20, Burundi peace talks are scheduled to resume to Tanzania.

  • On Tuesday, July 21, INET '98, a conference focusing on the evolution of the Internet opens in Geneva.


Parking meters first hit the streets on this day in 1935. And, oh yes, someone has created The Parking Meter Page. Hurry and read before your time's up.

  • Singer and actor Ruben Blades ("The Milagro Beanfield War") is 50.
  • Actress Phoebe Cates ("Gremlins") is 35.
  • Drummer Stewart Copeland (formerly of Police) is 46.

on this day

  • This date in 622 is generally considered as the start of the Islamic Era, when Mohammed began his flight from Mecca to Medina.

  • In 1048, Benedict IX, known as the "Boy Pope," resigned from the papacy.

  • In 1661, the first bank notes in Europe were issued by the Bank of Stockholm.

  • In 1867, reinforced concrete was first patented by Joseph Monier of Paris.

  • In 1917, the Bolsheviks began an attempt to seize power in Petrograd but were defeated. Trotsky was arrested and Lenin went into hiding.

  • In 1918, Nicholas II, the last Russian czar, was murdered together with his family and entourage by the Bolsheviks at Yekaterinburg.

  • In 1935, the world's first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City.

  • In 1942, nearly 14,000 Jews were arrested in Paris as part of a German roundup of the Jewish people in France.

  • In 1945, the U.S. staged the first test of a plutonium weapon, code-named "Trinity," before dawn in the New Mexico desert.

  • In 1948, the world's first turbine-propeller aircraft, the Vickers Viscount, made its maiden flight.

  • In 1950, the largest-ever crowd to watch a soccer match, over 199,000, saw Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1 in the World Cup final.

  • In 1965, a seven-mile tunnel through Mont Blanc connecting France and Italy was opened.

  • In 1969, Apollo 11 was launched on its historic mission to land men on the moon with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins aboard.

  • In 1992, Vice President Shankar Dayal Sharma was elected India's ninth president.

  • In 1996, Germano Maccari was convicted of being one of two killers who shot former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978.

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