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Tuesday, September 17, 1996

"There comes a time, even in Washington, D.C., in an election year, when fairness and basic human decency must take precedence over partisan politics,"

-- Attorney for former White House Personnel Security Director Craig Livingstone.

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Today's Events

  • The United Nations General Assembly opens for its 51st year.

  • Today is the official start of the wrongful-death civil trial against O.J. Simpson in Santa Monica, California. Jury selection is set to start Wednesday.

  • The biggest-ever naturalization ceremony in the Southwest takes place at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. More than 10,000 people will take the oath of U.S. citizenship.

  • The Queen delivers a speech to Dutch Parliament and a budget presentation is expected at the Hague in the Netherlands.

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    On the horizon

  • On Wednesday, September 18, the Virginia Military Institute Board of Visitors meets to decide whether to admit women or go private.

  • On Thursday, September 19, the Guatemalan government and leftist guerrillas are expected to sign an accord on the military and strengthening civil authority. A permanent peace accord could be signed as early as October.

  • On Friday, September 20, as many as 110 nations are expected to participate in the annual Clean Up the World weekend, billed as the "largest unified, volunteer clean-up effort in existence."

  • On Saturday, September 21, one of France's leading unions, Workers Force, plans a rally at the Bastille in Paris to protest layoffs and government austerity.

  • On Sunday, September 22, Green Party activists and other groups in Paris plan to protest Pope John Paul's visit at Place de la Republique. They say the pope's visit violates church-state separation.

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    On this day

  • In 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the constitutional convention in Philadelphia.

  • In 1862, Union forces hurled back a Confederate invasion of Maryland in the Civil War battle of Antietam.

  • In 1920, the American Professional Football Association -- a precursor of the NFL -- was formed in Canton, Ohio.

  • In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany launched its assault.

  • In 1947, James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first U.S. Secretary of Defense.

  • In 1948, the United Nations mediator for Palestine, Count Folke Bernadotte, was assassinated in Jerusalem by Jewish extremists.

  • In 1966, "Mission: Impossible" premiered on CBS.

  • In 1976, NASA publicly unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise at ceremonies in Palmdale, California.

  • In 1980, former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza was assassinated in Paraguay.

  • In 1983, Vanessa Williams of New York became the first black contestant to be crowned Miss America. The following July, she also became the first Miss America to resign in the wake of her Penthouse magazine scandal.

  • In 1994, Heather Whitestone of Alabama was crowned Miss America, the first deaf woman to win the title.

  • In 1986, the Senate confirmed the nomination of William H. Rehnquist to become the 16th chief justice of the United States.

  • In 1986, seven people were killed, 51 wounded, when a bomb exploded outside a Paris department store.

  • In 1991, the U.N. General Assembly opened its 46th session, welcoming new members Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North and South Korea, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia.

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    On this day in 1966, the television series Mission: Impossible premiered on CBS. The Mission:Impossible Homepage brings you back in time, describing the orginal program and its agents.


    Holidays and more

  • Angola celebrates the Day of the National Hero.

  • Today is Ganesh Chaturthi in Mauritius.

  • Today is International Day of Peace, as decreed by the United Nations.

  • Today is Constitution Day in the United States, marking the 209th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

  • Actor Roddy McDowall is 68 today. Actress Anne Bancroft is 65. Actress Dorothy Loudon is 63. Senator Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, is 63. Author Ken Kesey is 61. Actor Paul Benedict is 58. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is 57. Singer LaMonte McLemore (The Fifth Dimension) is 57. Cartoonist Jeff MacNelly is 49. Actor John Ritter is 48. Singer Fee Waybill is 46. Actress Cassandra Peterson ("Elvira, Mistress of the Dark") is 45. Comedian Rita Rudner is 41. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is 30. Actor Malik Yoba ("New York Undercover") is 29. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marcus Sanders (Hi-Five) is 23.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1996, J.P. Morgan

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