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Thursday, September 3, 1998

quote   I hope they understand that this is not an easy task.

-- St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire, who is chasing Roger Maris' single-season home run record.


today's events

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to begin a trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is scheduled to hold talks with leaders of Austria, which holds the European Union presidency, in Vienna.

  • Ford Motor Co. is scheduled to unveil its 1999 Mustang with members of the Mustang Club of America in Nashville, Tennessee.

on the horizon

  • On Friday, September 4, the start of the Million Youth Movement begins in Atlanta.

  • 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.


Hundreds of people have been lining up the past few days to get tickets for a huge van Gogh exhibit coming to the National Gallery in Washington. To find out more about this prolific painter, click here.

  • Today is Independence Day in Qatar.
  • Actress Helen Wagner ("As the World Turns") is 80.
  • "Beetle Bailey" cartoonist Mort Walker is 75.
  • Actress Anne Jackson ("The Shining") is 72.
  • Time magazine contributing editor Hugh Sidey is 71.
  • Rock singer-musician Al Jardine (The Beach Boys) is 56.
  • Rock musician Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) is 50.
  • Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 43.
  • Actor Charlie Sheen ("Major League II") is 33.

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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