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Wednesday, August 12, 1998

quote   Here, the punishment will not fit the crime.

-- Juvenile Court Judge Ralph Wilson Jr.after sentencing Mitchell Johnson, 14, and Andrew Golden, 12, to the custody of Arkansas Division of Youth Services for their roles in the shooting deaths of four classmates


today's events

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

  • U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is scheduled to visit Donegal, Northern Ireland, the seat of the O'Doherty clan, his forebears, as part of a week-long trip to the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, August 17, President Clinton is scheduled to testify in the Monica Lewinsky matter, answering questions from Independent Counsel Ken Starr's grand jury from the White House via closed-circuit television.


On this day in 1881, legendary director and producer Cecil B. De Mille was born. Best known for the huge scale of his productions, especially in historical and religious epics including "The Ten Commandments," "Samson and Delilah" and "Cleopatra," De Mille also once build a lost city. To find out more, click here.

  • Today is Brisbane Show Day in Australia.
  • It's Defense Forces Day in Zimbabwe.
  • Choreographer Michael Kidd is 79.
  • Actor George Hamilton ("Love at First Bite") is 59.
  • Actress Jennifer Warren ("Paper Dolls") is 57.
  • Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 49.
  • Jazz musician Pat Metheny is 44.
  • Actor Sam J. Jones ("The Highwayman") is 44.
  • Pop musician Roy Hay (Culture Club) is 37.
  • Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 35.
  • Tennis player Pete Sampras is 27.

on this day

  • In 1099, in the First Crusade the Crusaders defeated the Egyptians at Ascalon on the Palestine coast.

  • In 1332, disinherited Scottish barons under Edward Baliol defeated superior forces under David, King of Scotland at the battle of Dupplin.

  • In 1450, in the Hundred Years War the English surrendered Cherbourg, completing Charles VII's conquest of Normandy.

  • In 1530, Florence was restored to the Medicis by imperial troops after a siege of 10 months.

  • In 1687, in the Ottoman Wars the Austrians under Louis of Baden and the Hungarians decisively beat the Turks under Mohammed IV in the Battle of Mohacz.

  • In 1759, the Russians under General Soltikov and the Austrians under General Landon defeated 40,000 Prussians under Frederick the Great at the Battle of Kunersdorf in the Seven Years War.

  • In 1813, Austria declared war against Napoleon.

  • In 1877, British explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley reached the mouth of the Congo River.

  • In 1898, the Spanish-American war ended with the signing of a protocol by Spain and the United States. Spain relinquished Cuba and ceded Puerto Rico to the United States. At the same time the Hawaiian Islands were formally annexed by the United States.

  • In 1914, Britain declared war on Austria-Hungary.

  • In 1944, the first "PLUTO" (Pipe Line Under the Ocean) supplying gasoline across the English Channel to the Allied forces in France, went into operation from the Isle of Wight. It could transfer up to 700 tons of gasoline a day.

  • In 1960, the first communications satellite "Echo I" was launched from Cape Canaveral and placed into orbit.

  • In 1970, the Soviet Union and West Germany signed a non-aggression pact in Moscow.

  • In 1971, Syria broke off diplomatic relations with Jordan and refused its air space to all air traffic bound for Amman after the conflict between the government and Palestinian guerrillas.

  • In 1977, the U.S. space shuttle made its first test flight, gliding off the back of a jet and landing safely.

  • In 1978, China and Japan signed an historic treaty of peace and friendship in Peking.

  • In 1983, Argentina released British assets seized during the Falklands war of 1982.

  • In 1985, a Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 crashed into Mount Osutaka, killing all but four of 524 aboard.

  • In 1988, Sein Lwin resigned as president of Burma following a week of anti-government demonstrations.

  • In 1992, the United States, Mexico and Canada agreed to form a free-trade zone that would rank as the world's largest single trading bloc.

  • In 1996, Iran and Turkey struck a huge gas supply deal worth $23 billion just a week after a new U.S. law penalizing foreign investment in Iran's energy sector.

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