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

Monday, July 27, 1998

quote   The president wants to get the information that the grand jury needs.

-- Rahm Emanuel, senior White House adviser, discussing the subpoena issued by Independent Counsel Ken Starr


today's events

  • Today is the two-year anniversary of a bomb exploding in Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Games.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, July 29, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is scheduled to visit Papua New Guinea to offer support as the South Pacific country tries to recover from a devastating a tidal wave.

  • On Thursday, July 30, the Romance Writers of America are scheduled to begin their national convention in Los Angeles.

  • On Friday, July 31, President Clinton is tentatively scheduled to travel to East Hampton, New York, for DNC fund-raising events.


On July 27, 1953, an armistice agreement ending the Korean War was signed. Learn more about the Korean War. Click here.

  • Today is the 45th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.
  • The U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs, forerunner of the State Department, was established on this day in 1789.
  • Figure skating champion Peggy Fleming is 50.
  • Singer Bobbie Gentry is 56
  • Singer Maureen McGovern is 49.
  • Director Betty Thomas is 50
  • Actor James Victor is 59.
  • TV producer Norman Lear is 76.

on this day

  • In 1054, Siward of Northumbria and Malcolm defeated Macbeth at Dunsinane, a peak in Scotland.

  • In 1214, Philip II of France beat an allied English, Flemish and German army under Otto IV, the Holy Roman Emperor, at the Battle of Bouvines. This broke up the coalition and secured Philip's position.

  • In 1540, Thomas Cromwell, principal adviser to King Henry VIII of England, was executed for treason.

  • In 1675, Henri de Turenne, French military leader in the Thirty Years' War, was killed during the Battle of Sasbach during the Dutch War.

  • In 1689, General Mackay led troops loyal to William of Orange to subdue the Scottish Jacobites under Dundee. The royal troops were utterly routed at the following Battle of Killiecrankie and over 2,000 were killed.

  • In 1742, The Peace of Berlin between Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and Prussia ended the first Silesian War.

  • In 1768, Charlotte Corday, assassin of French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat (murdered July 13, 1793), born.

  • In 1824, Alexandre Dumas Jr., son of the French author of "The Three Musketeers," born. He wrote 16 plays including "Le Fils Naturel," and the novel "La Dame aux Camelias."

  • In 1835, Giosue Carducci was born. Considered Italy's national poet, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1906.

  • In 1866, a transatlantic cable laid by the steamer Great Eastern established reliable communication by telegraph between the United States and England.

  • In 1866, The Danish constitution was altered in favor of the king and the upper house.

  • In 1870, Hilaire Belloc, British writer and poet, born in France, best known for his "Bad Child's Book of Beasts" and "Cautionary Tales."

  • In 1877, Hungarian composer Erno Dohnanyi born. He wrote the popular "Variations on a Nursery Song" and became an eminent concert pianist. One of the architects of 20th-century Hungarian music, he championed the music of Bartok and Kodaly.

  • In 1921, Canadians Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolated insulin for the first time. It proved an effective treatment for diabetes.

  • In 1946, Gertrude Stein, U.S. novelist who wrote "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas," died.

  • In 1954, Britain and Egypt initialled an agreement to end British occupation of the Suez Canal Zone.

  • In 1955, Austria regained its sovereignty after 17 years of occupation by foreign troops.

  • In 1970, Antonio de Oliviera Salazar died. Portuguese politician who became prime minister in 1932 and ruled as dictator until suffering a stroke in 1968.

  • In 1976, after four years of intermittent tension, Britain broke off diplomatic relations with Uganda, the first time in 30 years that a British government had taken such a drastic step against another country.

  • In 1980, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi died of cancer while in exile in Egypt. The Shah of Iran from 1941, he lost control of his country and fled in 1979, when revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini succeeded him.

  • In 1984, James Mason, English actor of stage and screen, died. He had a long career in films including "Odd Man Out," "A Star is Born" and "The Shooting Party."

  • In 1989, Christer Pettersson was found guilty and jailed for life for the 1986 murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. He was later acquitted and the crime has remained unsolved.

  • In 1990, Belarus declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

  • In 1992, voters in the Seychelles gave Socialist President Albert Rene an overwhelming victory in the island's first multi-party poll in 16 years.

  • In 1993, in Geneva, the leaders of Bosnia's Serbs, Croats and Muslims met face to face for the first time in three months to press rival plans for the division of their war-ravaged state.

  • In 1996, during the Olympic Games in Atlanta a bomb exploded in an entertainment park, killing two and wounding 110.

  • In 1996, Indonesia was rocked by its worst riots for over 20 years when police stormed the headquarters of the Indonesian Democratic Party.

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