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Tuesday, August 18, 1998

quote   I know that my public comments and my silence about this matter gave a false impression. I misled people, including even my wife.

-- U.S. President Bill Clinton


today's events

  • U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is scheduled to visit Kenya and Tanzania in the wake of two deadly embassy bombings.

on the horizon

  • On Wednesday, August 19, U.S. President Bill Clinton celebrates his 52nd birthday.

  • On Thursday, August 20, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright departs for Santa Fe, New Mexico, to meet with the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations.

  • On Friday, August 21, Cuban President Fidel Castro is to visit the Dominican Republic -- his first visit since coming to power in 1959.

  • On Saturday, August 22, French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine visits Iran for top-level meetings.

  • On Sunday, August 23, the World Conference on Volunteerism is scheduled to begin in Edmonton, Alberta.


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  • Former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger is 81.
  • Actress Shelley Winters ("The Poseidon Adventure") is 76.
  • Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is 71.
  • Movie director Roman Polanski ("Rosemary's Baby") is 65.
  • Actor Robert Redford ("The Natural") is 61.
  • Actor-comedian Martin Mull ("Roseanne") is 55.
  • Actor Patrick Swayze ("Dirty Dancing") is 46.
  • Actress Madeleine Stowe ("The Last of the Mohicans") is 40.
  • Actor Christian Slater ("Hard Rain") is 29.
  • Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner ("The Cosby Show") is 28.
  • Actor Mika Boorem ("The Tom Show") is 10.

on this day

  • In 1559, Pope Paul IV, pope from 1555 to 1559, died; his pontificate was marked by his implacable opposition to Spain, renewing the war between France and the Hapsburgs.

  • In 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born in America. She along with the rest of the early settlement at Roanoke later disappeared without trace.

  • In 1743, the first rules of boxing were approved. They were drafted by John Broughton, third heavyweight boxing champion of England.

  • In 1759, a French fleet was destroyed at Lagos, Portugal, by the British under Admiral Boscawen.

  • In 1825, Scottish explorer Alexander Gordon Laing became the first European to reach Timbuktu, now in Mali. He was murdered there the following month.

  • In 1862, the Sioux Indians began an uprising, eventually crushed, in Minnesota.

  • In 1870, a major battle of the Franco-Prussian war took place at Gravelotte where the French were defeated. More than 30,000 died.

  • In 1932, Scottish aviator Jim Mollison made the first westbound transatlantic solo flight, from Portmarnock, Ireland, to Pennfield, New Brunswick.

  • In 1954, James E. Wilkins became the first black to attend a U.S. Cabinet meeting. He was Assistant Secretary of Labor and attended because the Secretary and Under-Secretary were away.

  • In 1960, the first commercially-produced oral contraceptive, Enovid 10, was launched in Skokie, Illinois.

  • In 1964, South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games because of its apartheid policies.

  • In 1976, two American soldiers were killed by North Korean soldiers in a skirmish in the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom. Both sides immediately placed their forces on a state of war-readiness but the situation was resolved.

  • In 1989, Colombian presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan was assassinated.

  • In 1990, U.S. frigates fired warning shots for the first time across bows of two Iraqi tankers.

  • In 1993, the United States told Sudan that it had been placed on the list of nations accused of sponsoring terrorism.

  • In 1994, more than 120 people were killed by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake, which struck in the Mascara region of western Algeria.

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