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Monday, October 7, 1996

"They still seem to be groping for any kind of consensus. They split and split and split. I am not holding my breath for any landmark rulings."

-- Legal scholar Bruce Fein on the Supreme Court


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Today's Events

  • The U.S. Supreme Court begins its 1996-1997 term.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher is scheduled to begin a visit to sub-Saharan Africa.

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    On the horizon

  • On Tuesday, October 8, this year's Nobel Prize winner in economics will be announced in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • On Wednesday, October 9, the 1996 Democrat-Republican vice presidential debate is scheduled in St. Petersburg, Florida.

  • On Thursday, October 10, an auction of George Burns' property will be held in Beverly Hills, California.

  • On Friday, October 11, this year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced.

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    On this day

  • In 1765, the Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.

  • In 1777, the second Battle of Saratoga began during the American Revolution. (The British forces, under General John Burgoyne, surrendered 10 days later.)

  • In 1849, author Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore, Maryland, at age 40.

  • In 1868, Cornell University was inaugurated in Ithaca, New York.

  • In 1940, Artie Shaw and his Orchestra recorded Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" for RCA Victor.

  • In 1949, the Republic of East Germany was formed.

  • In 1954, Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York.

  • In 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican opponent Richard M. Nixon held the second of their broadcast debates.

  • In 1963, President Kennedy signed the documents of ratification for a nuclear test ban treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union.

  • In 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America adopted its film-rating system, ranging from "G" for "general" audiences to "X" for adult patrons only.

  • In 1979, Pope John Paul II concluded his week-long tour of the United States with a Mass on the Washington Mall.

  • In 1981, Egypt's parliament named Vice President Hosni Mubarak to succeed the assassinated Anwar Sadat.

  • In 1985, Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise ship "Achille Lauro" in the Mediterranean with more than 400 people aboard.

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    The Supreme Court starts its new term today. To celebrate, the Newslink presents a guide to Supreme Court decisions and justices. Cornell University Law School's Legal Information Institute provides a no-frills look at the high court's recent decisions, as well as selected historic decisions. The bonus of the LII's site is its Gallery of Justices, containing biographical information on the current court.


    Holidays and more

  • Australia celebrates Labor Day.

  • Barbados celebrates United Nations Day.

  • Lesotho celebrates National Sports Day.

  • St. Lucia celebrates Thanksgiving Day.

  • Actress June Allyson is 79.

  • Singer Al Martino is 69.

  • Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is 65.

  • Former National Security Council aide Oliver North is 53.

  • Singer John Mellencamp is 45.

  • Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 41.

  • Singer Toni Braxton is 28.

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

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