Today in History for August 1998
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Events 1 - 21 of 21
1st - -8] Gay & Lesbian Games #5 open in Amsterdam
2nd - 26th du Maurier Golf Classic: Brandie Burton
2nd - 30th Curtis Cup: US wins 10-8 at The Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US)
2nd - San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl
2nd - 85th Tour de France won by Marco Pantani of Italy
5th - The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC
10th - The Royal Proclamation of HRH Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah as the Crown Prince of Brunei.
11th - Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian National Authority president, Yasser Arafat, arrives in Cape Town on his first state visit to South Africa at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela
13th - 31st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
14th - Winnie Mandela sued by the South Africa government
15th - Omagh bomb in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, killed 29 people and injured about 220
Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat 16th - 80th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 271 at Sahalee Country Club
17th - Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship.
19th - South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop D. Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden
20th - The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.
20th - U.S. embassy bombings: the United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.
42nd US President Bill Clinton 21st - P.W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
24th - The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
24th - First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
28th - Pakistan's National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the "Qur'an and Sunnah" the "supreme law" but the bill is defeated in the Senate.
31st - North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.
Birthdays 1 - 3 of 3
Weddings 1 - 2 of 2
22nd - FOX News Channel correspondent and Robert F. Kennedy's youngest son Douglas Kennedy (32) weds Molly Stark (29) in Nantucket, Massachusetts
29th - "Baywatch" actress Traci Bingham (30) weds Robb Vallier at First United Methodist Church in Ames, Iowa
Deaths 1 - 16 of 16
1st - Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (b. 1927)
2nd - Shari Lewis, American puppeteer and ventriloquist (Lamb Chop), dies at 64
3rd - Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (b. 1934)
4th - Yuri Artyukhin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1930)
5th - Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian dictator (b. 1911)
5th - Otto Kretschmer, German U-boat commander (b. 1912)
6th - Andre Weil, French mathematician (b. 1906)
8th - Mahmoud Saremi, Iranian journalist
13th - Julien Green, American novelist (b. 1900)
13th - Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (b. 1934)
17th - Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
17th - Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
18th - Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek), dies of a heart attack at 49
20th - Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (b. 1915)
24th - E.G. Marshall, American actor (b. 1910)
26th - Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)