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

September 4, 1998

quote   We've seen parcels, seats, clothing and people.

-- Fisherman John Campbell on the aftermath of the Swissair Flight 111 crash


today's events

  • A hearing for two young boys charged with killing 11-year-old Ryan Harris is scheduled in Chicago. Attorneys for the boys, ages 7 and 8, hope to convince a Juvenile Court judge that their clients are victims of a police frame-up.

  • An estimated 700 bike messengers from 25 countries expected at the annual Cycle Messenger World Championships in Washington.

on the horizon

  • On Saturday, September 5, a Million Youth March is planned in New York.

  • On Sunday, September 6, prayers are scheduled to be said for Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey, where her funeral was held one year ago today.

  • On Monday, September 7, the United States celebrates Labor Day.

  • On Tuesday, September 8, gubernatorial primaries are scheduled to be held in Arizona, New Hampshire, Vermont and Wisconsin.

  • On Wednesday, September 9, "Free Willy" star Keiko scheduled to relocate from Newport, Oregon, to his native waters off Iceland.


It is finally here. singer David Bowie has finally launched his Web site, featuring what he calls the first community-driven Internet site that focuses on music, film, literature, painting and more. Check it out by clicking here.

  • ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey is 80.
  • Actress Mitzi Gaynor ("South Pacific") is 67.
  • Actress Jennifer Salt ("Soap") is 54.
  • Golfer Tom Watson is 49.
  • Rhythm-and-blues musician Ronald LaPread (The Commodores) is 48.
  • Actress Judith Ivey ("Brighton Beach Memoirs") is 47.
  • Actor-comedian Damon Wayans ("In Living Color") is 38.
  • Actress Ione Skye ("Say Anything") is 27.

on this day

  • In 1189, England's King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned in Westminster.

  • In 1783, the Treaty of Paris between the United States and Great Britain officially ended the Revolutionary War.

  • In 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.

  • In 1943, the British Eighth Army invaded Italy during World War II, the same day Italy signed a secret armistice with the allies.

  • In 1967, Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution.

  • In 1976, the unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking II landed on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet's surface.

  • In 1978, Pope John Paul I was installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • In 1979, Hurricane David struck along the central Florida coast, leaving several people dead and millions of dollars in damage.

  • In 1997, Arizona Gov. Fife Symington was convicted of lying to get millions in loans to shore up his collapsing real estate empire.

  • In 1997, the U.S. Senate voted to ban most federal financing for abortions provided by the managed-care industry.

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