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Tuesday, July 28, 1998

quote   No matter what he's done, he's still my little brother and I love him.

-- April Weston Callahan, sister of Capitol shooting suspect Russell Weston Jr.


today's events

  • A memorial service is scheduled to be held in the Rotunda of the Capitol at 3 p.m. EDT for slain Capitol Police officers Jacob Chestnut and John Gibson. U.S. President Bill Clinton is expected to attend.

  • 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 the horizon

  • 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 nation tries to recover from a devastating 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, U.S. President Bill Clinton is tentatively scheduled to travel to East Hampton, New York, for DNC fund-raising events.

  • On Saturday, August 1, a memorial service for Alan Shepard, the first American in space, is scheduled at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

  • On Sunday, August 2, the 1998 National Urban League's annual conference is scheduled to begin in Philadelphia.


On this date in 1929, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, widow of U.S. president John F. Kennedy and Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, was born as Jacqueline Bouvier. To learn more about this legendary first lady, click here.

  • Today is Independence Day in Peru.
  • It's Barbosa's Birthday in Puerto Rico.
  • Today is the People's holiday in San Marino.
  • "Polka king" Frankie Yankovic is 83.
  • Actor Darryl Hickman ("The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis") is 67.
  • The president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, is 60.
  • Former Senator Bill Bradley, D-New Jersey, is 55.
  • Cartoonist Jim Davis (“Garfield” creator) is 53.
  • Rock musician Rick Wright (Pink Floyd) is 53.
  • Actress Linda Kelsey ("Lou Grant") is 52.
  • Actress Sally Struthers ("All in the Family") is 50.
  • Actress Elizabeth Berkley ("Showgirls") is 26.

on this day

  • In 1540, King Henry VIII of England married Catherine Howard, his fifth wife.

  • In 1586, the first potatoes arrived in England from Colombia, brought by Sir Thomas Harriot.

  • In 1588, many Spanish galleons were destroyed when Lord High Admiral Howard sent English fire ships to the Spanish fleet anchored off Calais to try to stop their attempted invasion.

  • In 1656, the Battle of Warsaw in the First Northern War began when Charles X of Sweden invaded Poland.

  • In 1794, Maximilien Robespierre was guillotined with four political allies. Known as "The Incorruptible," he played a leading role in the French Revolution and launched the "Reign of Terror."

  • In 1809, the British under Sir Arthur Wellesley (subsequently Duke of Wellington) defeated the French under Marshal Victor at the Battle of Talavera, southwest of Madrid.

  • In 1821, Peru declared itself independent of Spain.

  • In 1858, the first use of fingerprints as a means of identification was made by William Herschel of the Indian Civil Service at Jungipur in India. He took the print of Rajyadhar Konai on the back of a contract.

  • In 1868, the 14th amendment to the U.S. constitution was ratified, granting citizenship to black Americans.

  • In 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia after the June 28 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. This led to further declarations of war, precipitating World War I.

  • In 1938, the 34,000-ton Mauretania was launched at Birkenhead, England.

  • In 1941, in World War II, 30,000 Japanese troops invaded French Indochina.

  • In 1945, a B-25 bomber lost in clouds and fog slammed into the side of the Empire State building, killing 14 people.

  • In 1973, the United States launched Skylab 2 carrying three astronauts; the crew returned to Earth after 59 days.

  • In 1976, a magnitude-7.9 earthquake completely destroyed the city of Tangshan in China; it killed an estimated 242,000 and injured more than 150,000 -- the highest quake casualty toll of modern times.

  • In 1977, the first oil through the TransAlaska Pipeline System reached Valdez, Alaska.

  • In 1995, President Ernesto Samper asked the Colombian Congress to investigate whether cocaine money helped him win presidential elections in June 1994.

  • In 1997, Seni Pramoj, who served as Thailand's prime minister three times after World War II, died at 92.

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