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Thursday, August 13, 1998

quote   I go determined that those responsible for these cowardly crimes will be held accountable.

-- U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the two Africa bombings


today's events

  • U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is scheduled to fly home from Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, accompanying the bodies of 10 of the 12 American Embassy bombing victims in Kenya.

  • A new three-man crew is scheduled to be launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, to replace the current crew on Russia's Mir space station.

  • 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 the horizon

  • On Friday, August 14, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine holds a 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 Tuesday, August 18, possible arraignment is scheduled for Russell Weston Jr. charged in the fatal July 24 shootings at the U.S. Capitol.


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  • Today is Women's Day in Tunisia.
  • Actor Charles "Buddy" Rogers is 94.
  • Television evangelist Rex Humbard is 79.
  • Cuban President Fidel Castro is 72.
  • Actor Pat Harrington is 69.
  • Singer Don Ho is 68.
  • Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders is 65.
  • Actor Kevin Tighe is 54.
  • Actress Gretchen Corbett is 51.
  • Opera singer Kathleen Battle is 50.
  • Singer Dan Fogelberg is 47.
  • Actor Danny Bonaduce is 39.
  • Actress Quinn Cummings is 31.

on this day

  • In 1521, Hernando Cortes, Spanish conqueror, captured and destroyed Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) after a three-month siege.

  • In 1624, Cardinal Richelieu was appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII.

  • In 1704, French and Bavarian forces were routed by a combined British, German and Dutch army at Blenheim, Germany. The victors lost 6,000 soldiers compared with 21,000 French and Bavarian troops.

  • In 1788, Prussia joined the Anglo-Dutch alliance to form the Triple Alliance to prevent the spread of the Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90.

  • In 1792, in France, revolutionaries imprisoned the French royal family.

  • In 1814, the Cape of Good Hope was formally ceded to the British by the Dutch.

  • In 1868, a series of earthquakes began in Peru and Ecuador that killed about 25,000.

  • In 1898, U.S. forces under George Dewey captured Manila during the Spanish-American War after a three-month blockade of Manila Bay.

  • In 1923, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was elected president of Turkey.

  • In 1960, the Central African Republic gained independence from France.

  • In 1961, the border between East and West Berlin was closed at the Brandenburg Gate, heralding the construction of the Berlin Wall.

  • In 1964, the last hangings in Britain took place when two men were executed for murder at Liverpool and Manchester.

  • In 1969, as relations worsened between China and the Soviet Union, the two sides accused each other of sending troops across the border at Sinkiang and inflicting heavy casualties.

  • In 1993, more than 120 people died in a hotel collapse in Thailand.

  • In 1994, under an agreement with the United States, North Korea agreed to freeze its graphite-moderated nuclear power program in favor of systems less capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium.

  • In 1996, data sent back by the Galileo space probe indicated there may be water on one of Jupiter's moons, heightening the possibility it could support a primitive life form.

  • In 1997, in Tajikistan mutinous Colonel Makhmud Khudoyberdyev agreed to step down as commander of his elite brigade after talks with President Rakhmonov and after four days of fighting around the capital Dushanbe.

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