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

Friday, July 31, 1998

quote   We'll have no comment on any of these rumors.

-- Jim Kennedy, a spokesman for the White House counsel's office


today's events

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to be in East Hampton, New York, for DNC fund-raising events.

  • Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is scheduled to make a one-day visit to Turkey in an attempt to obtain Ankara's support in getting the stalled Middle East peace process moving.

  • Funeral services for Capitol Police officer Jacob Chestnut killed in the U.S. Capitol building shootings are scheduled to be held in Fort Washington, Maryland.

on the horizon

  • 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 Monday, August 3, a ceremony officially dedicating a postage stamp honoring film director Alfred Hitchcock is scheduled in Los Angeles.

  • On Tuesday, August 4, Christie's auction house begins displaying legendary baseball player "Shoeless" Joe Jackson's personal belongings in Chicago. The items will be auctioned off in New York in November.

  • On Wednesday, August 5, the 27th annual convention of the Tuskegee Airmen is scheduled to begin in Washington. This year's gathering marks 50th anniversary of the Truman executive order paving the way to desegregation in the military.


The two officers killed in the U.S. Capitol shootings will be buried this week in Arlington National Cemetery. To learn more about this historical site, click here.

  • Today is Somers Day in Bermuda.
  • It's Saint Ignatius Loyola's Day in Spain.
  • Economist Milton Friedman is 86.
  • Actor Don Murray ("Knots Landing") is 69.
  • Actress France Nuyen ("The Joy Luck Club") is 59.
  • Actress Susan Flannery ("Bold and the Beautiful") is 55.
  • Actress Geraldine Chaplin ("Chaplin") is 54.
  • Actor Barry Van Dyke ("Diagnosis Murder") is 47.
  • Actor Michael Biehn ("Dead Men Can't Dance") is 42.
  • Actor Wesley Snipes ("Murder at 1600") is 36.
  • Actor Dean Cain ("Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman") is 32.
  • Actor Loren Dean ("Rosewood") is 29.

on this day

  • In 1498, Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the New World, discovered an island which he named Trinidad.

  • In 1602, Charles, Duc de Biron, was executed for conspiring against Henri IV of France.

  • In 1812, a year after declaring independence, Venezuela fell to the Spanish and its leader Francisco de Miranda was arrested.

  • In 1919, the Weimar Constitution was adopted in post-war Germany, establishing a republic. Parliament, which kept the old name of Reichstag, moved to Weimar to avoid association with the Kaiser.

  • In 1926, Afghanistan and the Soviet Union signed a mutual non-aggression pact.

  • In 1941, Hermann Goering gave a written directive to police chief Reinhard Heydrich to draft a plan for the elimination of the Jewish people, the Final Solution.

  • In 1945, Pierre Laval, prime minister of Vichy France, was captured by the allies in Austria after trying to flee around Europe.

  • In 1954, Mount Godwin-Austen (K2) in the Himalayas was first climbed by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio.

  • In 1962, an agreement was reached in principle to expand the Malaya Federation into a larger state called Malaysia.

  • In 1964, the U.S. lunar probe Ranger 7 transmitted the first close-up photographs of the moon back to Earth.

  • In 1969, Pope Paul VI visited Uganda, the first time a pontiff had visited Africa.

  • In 1971, on the second day of their moon landing, Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin went for the first ever drive on the moon in their Lunar Roving Vehicle or "moon buggy."

  • In 1975, former U.S. Teamsters Union President James Hoffa was reported missing. It was believed he had been abducted the previous day and subsequently murdered. He was declared "presumed dead" on December 8, 1982.

  • In 1994, the U.N. Security Council authorized the use of force in Haiti, clearing the way for a U.S.-led invasion of the country to restore exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.

  • In 1995, in a move that took both Hollywood and Wall Street by surprise, the Walt Disney Co. said it would pay $19 billion for Capital Cities/ABC Inc., creating a new leviathan in the entertainment and media industry.

  • In 1996, a group of African leaders agreed to impose full economic sanctions on Burundi after a Tutsi military coup.

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