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

Wednesday, August 26, 1998

quote   You felt useless, that you could see all this going on and you couldn't do anything. You're not prepared.

-- Tina Martinez, Texas flood victim


today's events

  • French President Jacques Chirac is scheduled to make his annual policy speech in Paris.

on the horizon

  • On Thursday, August 27, the Smithsonian is set to unveil Minerva, an intelligent mobile robot that will give tours at the National Museum of American History in Washington.

  • On Friday, August 28, a hearing is scheduled in Chicago for two boys, ages 7 and 8, accused in the murder of an 11-year-old girl.

  • On Saturday, August 29, the 30-day cooling-off period imposed by U.S. National Mediation Board on pilots for Northwest Airlines expires at 12:01 a.m. EDT.

  • On Sunday, August 30, U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to return from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard.

  • On Monday, August 31, the world remembers the anniversary of Princess Diana's death one year ago in a Paris car crash.


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  • Today is Heroes Day in Namibia.
  • Former Washington Post Executive Editor Benjamin C. Bradlee is 77.
  • Author Ben J. Wattenberg is 65.
  • Former Democratic vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro is 63.
  • Actor Michael Jeter ("Evening Shade") is 46.
  • Actor Brett Cullen ("Falcon Crest") is 42.
  • Jazz musician Branford Marsalis is 38.
  • Actor Chris Burke ("Life Goes On") is 33.
  • Actor Macaulay Culkin ("Home Alone") is 18.

on this day

  • In 1346, a small English army of 10,000 under Edward III defeated Philip VI's superior French forces in the battle of Crecy. It was the first battle at which the English used only infantry and longbowmen.

  • In 1541, Suleiman I of Turkey captured Buda and annexed Hungary after his dispute with Archduke Ferdinand over claims to the kingdom.

  • In 1813, after an initial victory, the French under Marshal Macdonald were beaten by the Prussians under Gen. Bluecher at the battle of Katzbach.

  • In 1858, the Treaty of Edo was signed which provided for the opening up of Japan to British trade and set up British residency.

  • In 1883, a massive eruption of a volcano on the island of Krakatoa in the Sundra Strait between Java and Sumatra began. The two-day eruption and associated tidal waves killed some 36,000 people and destroyed two-thirds of the island.

  • In 1896, Armenian revolutionaries attacked the Ottoman Bank in Constantinople, provoking a three-day battle in which at least 6,000 Armenians died.

  • In 1914, in World War I, the Russians under Renenkampf and Samsonov were heavily out-maneuvered by the Germans under Hindenburg and Ludendorff at the battle of Tannenberg. Over 30,000 Russians were killed.

  • In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the vote.

  • In 1944, in World War II, Bulgaria announced that it had withdrawn from the war and that German troops were to be disarmed.

  • In 1976, Prince Bernhard, husband of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, agreed to resign his positions with the Dutch armed forces and industry following severe criticism of his behavior by a commission of inquiry into a Lockheed bribery scandal.

  • In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected as Pope John Paul I. He served only 33 days before dying of a heart attack on September 28.

  • In 1978, Sigmund Jahn became the first German in space when he blasted off aboard Russia's Soyuz 31.

  • In 1982, the Argentine government lifted a ban on political parties.

  • In 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a friendship treaty with the Czech Republic after condemning the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.

  • In 1997, South Africa's last white president, F.W. de Klerk, announced he was quitting as leader of the opposition National Party.

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