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

Thursday, July 23, 1998

quote   Who put Viagra in the thermometer?

-- sign at a Houston car wash


today's events

  • The nominees for the 50th annual Emmy Awards are scheduled to be announced in Los Angeles.

  • The American Armwrestling Association's National Standup Championships are scheduled to begin in Omaha, Nebraska.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • Monday, July 27, is the two-year anniversary of a bomb exploding in Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Games. Two people died as a result of the bombing.

  • On Tuesday, July 28, a celebration marking the 70th anniversary of Gerber Baby food is scheduled in New York with Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber Baby, attending.


Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., America's first man in space, the fifth to walk on the moon and considered by some to be the epitome of the original American astronauts, died this week. To learn more about this legendary astronaut, click here.

  • Today is a Revolution Anniversary in Egypt.
  • It's a National Day in Libya.
  • Today is Remembrance Day in Papua New Guinea.
  • Actress Gloria DeHaven is 73.
  • Actor Calvert DeForest ("Late Show with David Letterman") is 70.
  • Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is 62.
  • Radio personality Don Imus is 58.
  • Actor Larry Manetti ("Magnum, P.I.") is 51.
  • Actress Belinda Montgomery ("Man From Atlantis") is 48.
  • Actor Woody Harrelson ("Cheers") is 37.
  • Actor Eriq Lasalle ("ER") is 36.
  • Rock musician Slash is 33.
  • Country singer Alison Krauss is 27.
  • Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans ("The Wayans Brothers") is 26.

on this day

  • In 1759, Russians under Saltikov defeated the Prussians at Kay, eastern Germany, in the Seven Years' War; 6,000 Prussians were killed.

  • In 1785, King Frederick II of Prussia formed Die Furstenbund (League of Princes) to curb the ambitions in Germany of Emperor Joseph II.

  • In 1840, the Union Act was passed by the British Parliament, uniting Upper and Lower Canada with equal representation for both of the former provinces.

  • In 1952, an army coup in Egypt led by Gen. Neguib overthrew and banished King Farouk.

  • In 1974, the Greek armed forces chiefs invited Constantine Karamanlis to return from exile in Paris and form a government.

  • In 1974, Nicos Sampson resigned as president of Cyprus and was replaced by Glafkos Clerides.

  • In 1982, the International Whaling Commission voted for a total ban on commercial whaling to take effect in 1985.

  • In 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson; they became the Duke and Duchess of York.

  • In 1989, Italy's 49th post-war coalition government was sworn in, with Giulio Andreotti as prime minister.

  • In 1993, John Major won a vote of confidence debate in Parliament, clearing the way for British ratification of the Maastricht treaty.

  • In 1993, White House deputy counsel Vincent W. Foster Jr. was buried near Hope, Arkansas, three days after taking his own life in a Virginia park.

  • In 1994, soldiers seized power in The Gambia after rampaging through Banjul in a dispute over pay. President Sir Dawda Jawara took refuge on a U.S. Navy ship.

  • In 1997, the search for Andrew Cunanan, the suspected killer of designer Gianni Versace and others, ended as police found his body on a houseboat in Miami Beach, Florida, an apparent suicide.

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