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

Tuesday, July 21, 1998

quote   We had no choice but to run for our lives.

-- Survivor of Papua New Guinea tidal wave


today's events

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

  • A pre-trial hearing is scheduled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for Stephen Fagan, the Florida socialite accused of kidnapping his two young daughters nearly 20 years ago.

on the horizon

  • 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, U.S. President Bill Clinton is tentatively scheduled to attend the commissioning of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in Norfolk, Virginia.

  • On Sunday, July 26, annual induction ceremony into the Baseball Hall of Fame is scheduled in Cooperstown, New York.


As rescuers continue to sort through the dead from Papua New Guinea's deadly tidal wave, international aid is beginning to poor in. To find out how you can help, click here.

  • Today is a National holiday in Belgium.
  • It's a public holiday in Botswana.
  • Today is Liberation Day in Guam.
  • It's the Prophet's Baptism in Mali.
  • Today Puerto Rico celebrates Mu-oz-Rivera's Birthday.
  • Actor Lance Guest ("Lou Grant") is 38.
  • Actor Edward Herrmann ("The Paper Chase") is 55.
  • Producer Norman Jewison ("Moonstruck") is 72.
  • Actor Don Knotts ("The Andy Griffith Show") is 74.
  • Actor/comedian Jon Lovitz ("Saturday Night Live") is 41.
  • Actor Matt Mulhern ("Major Dad") is 38.
  • U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno is 60.
  • Violinist Isaac Stern is 78.
  • Singer/songwriter Cat Stevens is 50.
  • Actor Robin Williams ("Mrs. Doubtfire") is 46.

on this day

  • In 1403, the Percy family rebelled against King Henry IV at Shrewsbury. Henry Percy, better known as Harry Hotspur, was killed in the battle.

  • In 1542, in a strengthening of the fight against Protestantism, Pope Paul III set up an inquisition.

  • In 1718, the Peace of Passarowitz was signed ending the wars between Austria and Turkey and Venice and Turkey.

  • In 1773, Pope Clement XIV issues the Papal bull "Dominus ac Redemptor" dissolving the Jesuit Order

  • In 1798, the Battle of the Pyramids took place in Egypt. The Mameluke army tried to stop Napoleon's march on Cairo but were repulsed and eventually driven into the Nile, where many drowned.

  • In 1861, in the American Civil War the Confederates routed Union forces at the first Battle of Bull Run. A key player was Thomas Jackson, described by the Union forces as standing his ground like a "stone wall," a nickname that stuck.

  • In 1897, the Tate Gallery in London was opened by the Prince of Wales.

  • In 1904, after 13 years the 4,607-mile Trans-Siberian railway was completed.

  • In 1925, the "Monkey Trial" ended in Tennessee. The state had banned the teaching of evolution in schools because it challenged the Bible. John Scopes ignored the ban and taught Darwin's theories for which he was convicted.

  • In 1944, U.S. forces liberated the Pacific island of Guam, held by the Japanese since December 1941.

  • In 1960, in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) Sirima Bandaranaike became the world's first woman prime minister, succeeding her assassinated husband Solomon.

  • In 1960, Francis Chichester, English navigator and yachtsman, arrived in New York aboard Gypsy Moth II, having set a record of 40 days for a solo Atlantic crossing.

  • In 1973, France began a series of nuclear tests on the Muroroa Atoll in the pacific.

  • In 1974, Greece accepted a U.N. resolution on a ceasefire in Cyprus, a day after Turkey invaded.

  • In 1976, the British ambassador to the Irish Republic, Christopher Ewart-Biggs, was killed by a bomb placed under his car outside his home.

  • In 1978, Juan Pereda Asbun declared himself president of Bolivia after deposing Hugo Banzer Suarez in a coup.

  • In 1983, martial Law was lifted in Poland. It had been imposed in December 1981 in a crackdown against Solidarity.

  • In 1988, Baroda Airport in India was re-opened after the runway had been blocked by a damaged Boeing 737, which had been charged by a wild bull when it came in to land. The passengers survived -- the bull did not.

  • In 1992, the first Egyptian-Israeli summit for six years ended in Cairo with President Mubarak agreeing to visit Israel.

  • In 1994, after a two-month trek across Russia following his return from 20 years of exile, Alexander Solzhenitsyn arrived back in Moscow

  • In 1994, the European Parliament narrowly approved Luxembourg Prime Minister Jacques Santer as president of the European Commission.

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