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Thursday, August 20, 1998

quote   If he's lied on inhaling, on his draft record, on Gennifer Flowers, on Kathleen Willey, on Paula Jones, on other things, then how can he stand before the American people and the American people trust what he has to say.

-- Majority Whip Tom DeLay, who says President Clinton has lied so much that the nation can no longer trust him


today's events

  • 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.

  • The 50th annual Creative Emmy Awards will be awarded in Pasadena.

on the horizon

  • On Friday, August 21, Cuban President Fidel Castro is to visit the Dominican Republic.

  • 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.

  • On Monday, August, 24, a trial is scheduled to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, for a woman claiming a radio talk show host defamed her by reporting that former Sen. Bob Dole helped her get an abortion in the early 1970s.

  • On Tuesday, August 25, a pretrial conference is scheduled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for Stephen Fagan, the father charged with kidnapping his two daughters nearly 20 years ago.


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  • Today is St. Stephen's Day in Hungary.
  • Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, is 65.
  • Broadcast journalist Connie Chung is 52.
  • Musician Jimmy Pankow (Chicago) is 51.
  • Singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 50.
  • Singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 46.
  • Actor-director Peter Horton ("thirtysomething") is 45.
  • "Today" show weatherman Al Roker is 44.
  • Actor Jay Acovone ("The Peacemaker") is 43.
  • Actress Joan Allen ("Nixon") is 42.
  • Rapper KRS-One is 33.
  • Actor Jonathan Ke Quan ("Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom") is 27.

on this day

  • In 636, a Byzantine attempt to drive Muslims out of Syria was thwarted at the battle of Yarmuk.

  • In 1741, Alaska was discovered by Danish explorer Vitus Bering.

  • In 1914, the German army captured Brussels as the Belgian army retreated to Antwerp.

  • In 1940, Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, was fatally wounded by a Spanish communist with an ax in Mexico City, dying the next day. The Soviet government denied responsibility.

  • In 1940, as the aerial Battle of Britain raged, Prime Minister Winston Churchill told Parliament: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

  • In 1944, U.S. and British forces destroyed the German Seventh Army at the Falaise-Argentan Gap, west of Paris.

  • In 1946, the Allied Control Commission ordered the disbanding of the German armed forces, the Wehrmacht.

  • In 1949, a new assembly in Hungary adopted a Soviet-style constitution and renamed the country the Hungarian People's Republic.

  • In 1953, French forces forced the Sultan of Morocco, Sidi Mohammed ben Youssef, from the throne.

  • In 1960, Senegal decided to withdraw from the Mali Federation which it had formed with French Soudan (now Mali) in 1959.

  • In 1961, East Germany began to erect a five-foot-high wall along its border with the West to replace the barbed wire put up on August 13.

  • In 1968, Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops crossed the border into Czechoslovakia just before midnight, at the start of their invasion to crush the "Prague Spring" reforms.

  • In 1974, newly-installed U.S. President Gerald Ford, assuming office after Richard Nixon's resignation, nominated Nelson Rockefeller as his vice-president.

  • In 1975, the U.S. Viking I spacecraft was launched on its way to Mars. It deployed a landing craft that touched down on the planet in July 1976.

  • In 1977, the U.S. Voyager II spacecraft was launched on its mission to explore the outer planets. It passed close to Jupiter (July 1979), Saturn (August 1981), Uranus (January 1986) and Neptune (August 1989) before leaving the solar system.

  • In 1978, Palestinian guerrillas attacked an El Al airline bus in London, killing two people.

  • In 1980, Italian Reinhold Messner made the first successful solo ascent of Mount Everest.

  • In 1989, 51 died when the pleasure cruiser Marchioness sank after being rammed by a dredger on the River Thames, London.

  • In 1990, Iraq confirmed that Western hostages held after the outbreak of the Gulf War were being moved to military and other vital installations as a human shield to deter attacks.

  • In 1991, the Estonian parliament declared independence from the Soviet Union.

  • In 1995, at least 350 people were killed in India's worst train disaster when two Delhi-bound trains collided at Firozobad, 125 miles from the capital.

  • In 1995, Liberia's main warring factions signed a peace accord calling for a cease-fire after more than five years of civil war and the start of democratic rule in one year.

  • In 1997, Israel launched its biggest air attack on Lebanon for 16 months in retaliation for a Hezbollah rocket barrage.

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