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

Tuesday, August 11, 1998

quote   You live in hope.

-- A Red Cross spokesman searching for survivors amid the rubble in Nairobi.


today's events

  • 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.

  • A hearing is scheduled in Jonesboro, Arkansas, for Andrew Golden, 12, and Mitchell Johnson, 13, charged with five counts of capital murder and 10 counts of first-degree battery for the March shooting at Westside Middle School.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, August 14, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine holds conference in New Jersey.

  • On Saturday, August 15, the Million Children March is to take place in Washington. Entertainers Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles are expected to perform.

  • On Sunday, August 16, the National Conference of Christians and Jews is scheduled to present a humanitarian award to Cardinal Francis George in Chicago.


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  • Today is National Day in Chad.
  • It's Heroes Day in Zimbabwe.
  • Former TV talk show host Mike Douglas is 73.
  • Newspaper columnist Carl Rowan is 73.
  • Actress Arlene Dahl ("One Life to Live") is 70.
  • Reverend Jerry Falwell is 65.
  • Actress Anna Massey ("A Doll's House") is 61.
  • Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 45.
  • Rock guitarist Charlie Sexton is 30.
  • Actor Will Friedle ("Boy Meets World") is 22.
  • Rapper Chris Kelly (Kris Kross) is 20.

on this day

  • In 1712, in Switzerland the Treaty of Aargau was signed which ended the Swiss war and guaranteed Protestant superiority over Catholic Cantons.

  • In 1718, English fleet under Adm. George Byng destroyed or captured 15 out of 22 Spanish ships at the Battle of Cape Passaro off Sicily.

  • In 1877, U.S. astronomer Asaph Hall discovered Deimos, ("Panic" in Greek) a satellite of Mars, at the Naval Observatory in Washington.

  • In 1863, Cambodia became a French protectorate.

  • In 1945, the World War II Allies replied to a Japanese communiquŽ, saying the authority of the Emperor and the Japanese government to rule Japan would be subject to the Allied Supreme Commander.

  • In 1952, King Hussein of Jordan succeeded to the throne after his father, King Talal, was deposed because of mental illness.

  • In 1960, Chad gained independence from France.

  • In 1966, a treaty to end three years of hostilities between Malaysia and Indonesia was signed in Jakarta by the Indonesian foreign minister and Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak.

  • In 1969, Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda announced nationalization of copper mining companies, key to Zambia's economy contributing over 50 percent of government revenue.

  • In 1990, West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genschers Free Democrats (FDP) merged with their liberal East German allies to become the first revived pan-German political party.

  • In 1994, the Russian Supreme Court acquitted Gen. Valentin Varennikov of high treason for joining those trying to overthrow former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in an August 1991 coup attempt.

  • In 1997, Thailand received pledges of aid from the IMF and neighbor states of $16 billion to rescue its ailing economy.

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