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

Monday, July 20, 1998

quote   Of all the championships in the world, this in my opinion is the most special.

-- Golfer Mark O'Meara after winning the British Open


today's events

  • Burundi peace talks are scheduled to resume in Tanzania.

on the horizon

  • On Tuesday, July 21, INET '98, an international conference on the Internet, is scheduled to begin in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • On Wednesday, July 22, U.S. Vice President Al Gore is expected to be in Ukraine.

  • On Thursday, July 23, the announcement of the nominees for the 50th annual Emmy Awards will be made in Los Angeles.

  • On Friday, July 24, the rescheduled start of trial for Whitewater figure Susan McDougal is set to begin in Santa Monica, California.

  • On Saturday, July 25, President Clinton is tentatively scheduled to attend the commissioning of aircraft carrier USS "Harry S. Truman" in Norfolk, Virginia.


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  • Today is President's Day in Botswana.
  • Colombia celebrates Independence Day.
  • Japan celebrates Marine Day.
  • Singer Kim Carnes ("Bette Davis Eyes")is 52.
  • Artist Judy Chicago is 59.
  • Former basketball coach Chuck Daly is 68.
  • Actress Donna Dixon ("Bosom Buddies") is 41.
  • Actress Sally Ann Howes ("Dead of the Night") is 64.
  • Actress Diana Rigg ("The Avengers") is 60.
  • Musician Carlos Santana is 51.

on this day

  • In 1402, Tamerlane, leading a massive force of Tartars, defeated and captured the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Angora (now Ankara).

  • In 1654, Portugal was placed under English control following the signing of the Anglo-Portuguese treaty.

  • In 1866, Austrians partially destroyed the Italian fleet at Lissa Island in the Seven Weeks' War, killing over 1,100.

  • In 1913, Turkey re-entered the Balkan conflict and captured Adrianople from Bulgaria.

  • In 1917, the Pact of Corfu was agreed under which Serbs, Croats and Slovenes agreed to form a union called Yugoslavia.

  • In 1927, Ferdinand I of Romania died and was succeeded by his grandson, Prince Michael.

  • In 1944, Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg made an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by planting a bomb under his table in the "Wolf's Lair" headquarters.

  • In 1951, King Abdullah of Jordan was assassinated when entering a mosque in Jerusalem; he had been king from 1946.

  • In 1954, an armistice for Indo-China was signed, under which Vietnam was separated into North and South.

  • In 1958, King Hussein of Jordan broke off diplomatic relations with the United Arab Republic after complaining of its threats and aggression.

  • In 1969, U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped from the lunar module Eagle to become the first man to walk on the moon. He said "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

  • In 1973, a Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 was hijacked over the Netherlands. Four days later via a stop at Dubai it was blown up at Benghazi.

  • In 1974, Turkish armed forces invaded the northern part of Cyprus, shelling Kyrenia and moving inland toward Nicosia.

  • In 1976, Viking 1, the unmanned U.S. spacecraft, ended its 11-month journey with a touchdown on Mars.

  • In 1982, 10 soldiers were killed in IRA bomb explosions in London's Hyde Park and Regents Park.

  • In 1988, South Africa, Cuba and Angola reached agreement in principle on a plan to end the war in Angola and grant independence to Namibia.

  • In 1989, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest for her outspoken attacks on the country's military rulers.

  • In 1992, Vaclav Havel stepped down as President of Czechoslovakia as the country moved further toward a permanent split.

  • In 1994, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres became the highest-ranking Israeli official to set foot in Jordan.

  • In 1996, Hutu rebels attacked Bungendana refugee camp in Burundi killing at least 300.

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