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Sunday, September 13, 1998


I expect he'll be up there watching (John Glenn's) mission from the heavens, probably shouting, 'Holy cow, what a sight!'

-- CNN News Group Chairman Tom Johnson, on the death of National Correspondent John Holliman


today's events

  • The 50th annual Emmy awards take place in Los Angeles.

on the horizon

  • 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.


See what's got Washington abuzz by clicking here for the Ken Starr report.

  • Actress Jacqueline Bisset ("The Deep") is 54.
  • Actress Nell Carter ("Gimme aa Break") is 50.
  • Singer Peter Cetera (ex-lead singer of Chicago) is 54.
  • Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson is 31.
  • Actor Richard Kiel ("The Longest Yard") is 59.
  • Actress Jean Smart ("Designing Women") is 39.
  • Singer Mel Torme ("Comin' Home Baby") is 73.

on this day

  • In 1506, Andrea Mantegna, one of the great Italian painters, died.

  • In 1598, King Philip II of Spain died, having led Spain through wars with the Ottoman Empire (1571-78) and England (1588-1604).

  • In 1788, New York City was declared the first federal capital of the United States.

  • In 1847, during the American-Mexican war, U.S. Gen. Winfield Scott led his forces at the Battle of Chapultepec,leading to the eventual capture of Mexico City.

  • In 1874, Arnold Schoenberg, Austro-Hungarian composer who later became a U.S. citizen, born. One of the century's most influential composers, he developed the 12 tone system of composition.

  • In 1905, Claudette Colbert, french-born American actress noted for her sophisticated comedy roles, was born. She won an Oscar for "It Happened One Night."

  • In 1916, Roald Dahl, British children's book writer notably of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," was born.

  • In 1922, the highest recorded shade temperature, 58 degrees Celsius or 136 Fahrenheit, was recorded at Al Aziziyah, Libya.

  • In 1942, in World War II, the German army began its all-out attack on Stalingrad against stiff Soviet resistance.

  • In 1943, Chiang Kai-shek was elected President of China in succession to Lin Sen.

  • In 1955, after talks between the Soviet Union and West Germany, the two sides agreed to establish diplomatic relations.

  • In 1966, John Vorster was sworn in as prime minister of South Africa after the assassination of his predecessor, Hendrik Verwoerd.

  • In 1971, 31 prisoners and 11 guards were killed when state police and National Guardsmen stormed Attica prison, New York, to end a five-day revolt.

  • In 1977, Leopold Stokowski, American conductor, died at age 95. He directed the New York Philharmonic (1946-50) and in 1962 formed the American Symphony Orchestra.

  • In 1989, Archbishop Desmond Tutu led huge crowds of singing and dancing people through central Cape Town in the biggest anti-apartheid protest march in South Africa in at least 30 years.

  • In 1990, the U.S. Senate approved a bill imposing sanctions against Iraq, and requiring a more stringent review of sensitive exports to Iraq, Iran, Syria and Libya.

  • In 1991, the Soviet Union and the United States agreed to cut off arms supplies to the warring sides in Afghanistan.

  • In 1993, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed a peace agreement outlining a plan for Palestinian self-rule in the occupied territories.

  • In 1997, Bosnians voted in the first post-war municipal election, but the vote was marred by disputes over electoral rules and several explosions.

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