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

Saturday, August 8, 1998

quote   We will use all the means at our disposal to bring those responsible to justice no matter what or how long it takes.

-- U.S. President Bill Clinton


today's events

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

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, August 12, about 400 professional truck drivers from 50 states are expected to compete in the 1998 National Truck Driving Championships in Long Beach, California.

  • On Thursday, August 13, about 300 children -- from infants to 10-year-olds -- dress up for the 89th annual Baby Parade in Ocean City, New Jersey, the oldest event of its kind in the nation.


A pair of major explosions near U.S. embassies rocked two African capitals early Friday, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds. View images of the bombings' aftermath by clicking here.

  • Today is Victory Day in Iraq.
  • It's Peasant's Day in Tanzania.
  • Actress-swimmer Esther Williams is 75.
  • Actor Richard Anderson ("Six Million Dollar Man") is 72.
  • Joan Mondale (wife of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale) is 68.
  • Singer Mel Tillis is 66.
  • Actor Dustin Hoffman ("Rain Man") is 61.
  • Country singer Phil Balsley (The Statler Brothers) is 59.
  • Director Peter Weir ("The Truman Show") is 54.
  • Actor Larry Wilcox ("CHiPs") is 51.
  • Actor Donny Most ("Happy Days") is 45.
  • TV personality Deborah Norville is 40.
  • Rock musician The Edge (U2) is 37.

on this day

  • In 1570, the third Civil War in France ended with the peace of St. Germain-en-Laye. This granted the Huguenots an amnesty and gave them La Rochelle and Cognac as places of refuge.

  • In 1786, the first ascent of Mont Blanc was completed by Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard and his porter, Jacques Balmat.

  • In 1900, the first Davis Cup tennis competition, named after Dwight Filley Davis, began at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, and was won by the United States two days later.

  • In 1918, in World War I, the Battle of Amiens began. Allied forces advanced on a 10-mile front against 20 German divisions and took 16,000 prisoners in two hours.

  • In 1919, a peace conference between Afghanistan and India resulted in the signing of the Treaty of Rawalpindi.

  • In 1942, in World War II, six Germans became the first saboteurs to be executed in America. They were electrocuted in a District of Colombia jail having landed on Long Island in June.

  • In 1963, Britain's "Great Train Robbery" took place when a gang held up the Glasgow to London mail train and stole 2.6 million pounds.

  • In 1967, in Bangkok, a declaration signed by foreign ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand led to the formation of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

  • In 1974, Richard Nixon announced on TV he was resigning for his part in the Watergate scandal, effective midday on August 9. He was the first U.S. president to resign from office.

  • In 1983, President Rias Montt of Guatemala was overthrown in a military coup by Defense Minister General Oscar Humberto Mejia Victores who became head of state.

  • In 1988, South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha announced agreement had been reached for a cease-fire in the Angolan conflict.

  • In 1988, it was announced by U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar that a cease-fire in the eight-year-old Gulf war between Iran and Iraq was to begin at 0300 GMT on August 20,

  • In 1990, Iraq announced that it had annexed Kuwait as its 19th province and President Bush sent U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia as part of a multi-national force to defend the kingdom.

  • In 1991, the Islamic Jihad freed Briton John McCarthy after holding him hostage in Lebanon since April 17, 1986.

  • In 1994, the leaders of Jordan and Israel opened their countries' first border crossing, cementing an end to 46 years of hostilities.

  • In 1997, Iraq cleared the last obstacle for a resumption of oil sales after a U.N. Security Council panel approved a formula for setting crude prices under an "oil-for-food" plan.

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