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Thursday, August 6, 1998

quote   I apologize that we can't celebrate the full effect of Fieger time, but it is Fieger time and it's time to party.

-- Geoffrey Fieger, Michigan Democratic gubernatorial nominee


today's events

  • Eighteen teams from 16 countries are expected to compete in the 1998 World Disabled Sailing Championship beginning in Newport, Rhode Island.

  • A memorial service for victims of 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima is scheduled to be held in Hiroshima, Japan.

on the horizon

  • On Friday, August 7, thousands of Hawaiians and their political allies gather in Washington, D.C., for the Aloha March, a demonstration marking the 100th anniversary of annexation of Hawaiian Islands.

  • On Saturday, August 8, Elvis Week, commemorating the 21st anniversary of the entertainer's death, begins in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • On Sunday, August 9, the 1998 Nike World Masters windsurfer games are scheduled to begin in Portland, Oregon.

  • On Monday, August 10, a trial for Whitewater figure Susan McDougal is to begin in Santa Monica, California. She's charged with embezzling $150,000 from conductor Zubin Mehta and his wife while she worked as their bookkeeper.

  • On Tuesday, August 11, Mikail Markhasev, convicted of murdering Ennis Cosby, son of entertainer Bill Cosby, is scheduled to be sentenced in Santa Monica, California. Markhasev faces possible life in prison without parole.


During World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare. A memorial service is planned today in Hiroshima. To see rare film documents of the devastation, click here.

  • Today is Independence Day in Bolivia and Jamaica.
  • It's San Salvador Feast in El Salvador.
  • Movie director Charles Crichton ("A Fish Called Wanda") is 88.
  • Actress-singer Abbey Lincoln ("Mo' Better Blues") is 68.
  • Actor-director Paul Bartel ("Rock 'n' Roll High School") is 60.
  • Actor-director Peter Bonerz ("Bob Newhart Show") is 60.
  • Actor Dorian Harewood ("Full Metal Jacket") is 48.
  • Actress Catherine Hicks ("Peggy Sue Got Married") is 47.
  • Basketball player David Robinson is 33.
  • Country singer Lisa Stewart is 30.
  • Singer Geri Halliwell (formerly of the Spice Girls) is 26.
  • Actress Soleil Moon Frye ("Punky Brewster") is 22.

on this day

  • In 1787, the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began to debate the articles contained in a draft of the United States Constitution.

  • In 1806, the Holy Roman Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis the First abdicated.

  • In 1825, Bolivia declared its independence from Peru.
  • In 1890, convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first person to be executed in the electric chair as he was put to death at Auburn State Prison in New York.

  • In 1926, Gertrude Ederle of New York became the first American woman to swim the English Channel, in about 14 1/2 hours.

  • In 1945, during World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare.

  • In 1962, Jamaica became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.

  • In 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.

  • In 1986, William J. Schroeder died after living 620 days with the "Jarvik Seven" artificial heart.

  • In 1988, Iraq's president said his country would agree to a cease-fire with Iran provided the Iranians promised to hold direct talks immediately after the truce took effect.

  • In 1993, Morihiro Hosokawa was elected the new prime minister of Japan by the country's lower house of Parliament.

  • In 1997, Korean Air Flight 801 crashed into a hillside a short distance from Guam International Airport, killing 228 of the 254 aboard the Boeing 747.

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