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Today's Events | On Horizon | On This Day | Newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Saturday, September 12, 1998


I have repented.

-- President Bill Clinton


today's events

  • Primary elections to be held in Delaware.

  • Hoboken Historical Museum and Society of the Madonna in New Jersey sponsor walking tour of Frank Sinatra's birthplace, church, school and house.

  • In Shakopee, Minn., Alfred Wolfram attempts to break his current record in the Guinness Book of Records by kissing more than 10,504 people.

  • Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, hosts more than 300 roller-coaster enthusiasts for Third Annual Coaster Celebration.

on the horizon

  • On Sunday, September 13, the 50th annual Emmy awards take place in Los Angeles.

  • On Monday, September 14, trial tentatively scheduled to begin in Pontiac, Michigan, in wrongful-death lawsuit against talk show host Jenny Jones.

  • On Tuesday, September 15, attorneys face deadline to file appeal on U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright's ruling to release President Clinton's deposition in the Paula Jones case.

  • On Wednesday, September 16, Hearing in Philadelphia for Marie Noe, charged with killing eight of her ten children.

  • On Thursday, September 17, President Clinton tentatively scheduled to travel to Cincinnati and Boston.


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  • U. S. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas is 42.
  • Former football player Deron Cherry is 39.
  • Actress Irene Daily ("Another World") is 78.
  • Actress Linda Gray ("Dallas") is 57
  • Basketball player Tim Hardaway is 32.
  • Singer George Jones is 67.
  • Singer Maria Muldaur is 55.
  • Actor Joe Pantoliano ("Risky Business") is 44.
  • Actor Peter Scolari ("Newhart") is 44.
  • Actress Rachel Ward ("The Thorn Birds") is 41.
  • Singer Barry White is 54.

on this day

  • In 1609, Henry Hudson, English navigator and explorer, entered the river later known as the Hudson, in North America.

  • In 1848, Switzerland adopted a new constitution under which it became a federal republic.

  • In 1878, the obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle, originally cut from the quarries of Aswan in about 1475 B.C., was erected in London.

  • In 1913, Jesse Owens, U.S. athlete and winner of four gold medals, was born.

  • In 1935, U.S. millionaire Howard Hughes flew a plane at 352.46 mph to establish the first of his several aviation records.

  • In 1940, four teenagers followed their dog when it disappeared down a hole near Lascaux, France, and discovered 17,000-year-old drawings now known as the Lascaux Cave Paintings.

  • In 1953, American politician and future president John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier.

  • In 1953, Nikita Khrushchev was elected first secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party.

  • In 1968, Albania announced it was withdrawing from the Warsaw
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  • In 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie, who ruled Ethiopia since 1930, was overthrown in a coup.

  • In 1977, South African black civil rights leader Steve Biko died in police detention. He was among at least 90 black leaders who were murdered or went missing under white rule.

  • In 1986, American Joseph Cicippio was kidnapped in Lebanon. He was released in December 1991 after 1,906 days in captivity.

  • In 1992, The U.S. space shuttle Endeavour took off with a crew that included Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space.

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