Monday, August 20, 2018

20 Years Ago on August 20, 1998 -- US Military Strikes Bump Lewinsky Testimony

August 20, 1998: The top story was Monica Lewinsky's return to testify before the grand jury. Briefly. The timestamp on the screenshot (it's covered up in the scan) is 2:10pm:
Then, the US launched cruise missile strikes against targets in Afghanistan and Sudan, bumping Monica out of our top spot (though we left the lead text promo as an update on Major League Baseball's Race to 61, go figure), and providing a modicum of support for theories that the strikes were part of a Wag the Dog strategy.
[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

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