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

Monday, September 14, 1998


I believe that if you commit perjury under oath and you suborn perjury and you obstruct justice, then you ought to be impeached.

-- House Majority Whip Tom DeLay


today's events

  • A trial is tentatively scheduled to begin in Pontiac, Michigan, in a wrongful-death lawsuit against talk show host Jenny Jones.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, September 18, the Christian Coalition holds its 8th annual convention in Washington.

  • On Saturday, September 19, the 78th annual Miss America Pageant is to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Need a satirical break from all this Clinton-Lewinsky talk? Visit the Drudge Retort.

  • Actor Clayton Moore ("The Lone Ranger") is 84.
  • Actress Mary Crosby ("Dallas") is 39.
  • Actress Zoe Caldwell ("Medea") is 65.
  • Actress Faith Ford ("Murphy Brown") is 34.
  • Actress Joey Heatherton ("Cry Baby") is 54.
  • Actor Walter Koenig (Chekov in "Star Trek") is 62.
  • Actor Sam Neill ("The Piano") is 51.
  • Actor Nicol Williamson ("Excalibur") is 60.

on this day

  • In 1262, Cadiz was captured by Alfonso X of Castille, ending a 500-year occupation of the city by the Moors.

  • In 1515, Francis I of France defeated the Swiss at the Battle of Marignano, resulting in the French recovery of Milan. This was also known as the "Battle of Giants."

  • In 1741, the German-born English composer George Frederick Handel finished his "Messiah" oratorio, after working on it non-stop for 23 days.

  • In 1752, Britain and its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar.

  • In 1814, Francis Scott Key, witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, wrote the words which eventually became "The Star-Spangled Banner." It became the U.S. national anthem in 1931.

  • In 1829, the Russo-Turkish War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Adrianople. Czar Nicholas I obtained land south of the Caucasus.

  • In 1854, allied armies, including those of Britain and France, landed in the Crimea to oppose the Russians, who had sparked the Crimean War by invading Turkey in July 1853.

  • In 1868, golf's first recorded hole-in-one was scored by Scotsman Tom Morris at Prestwick's 166-yard 8th hole, during the Open Championships.

  • In 1901, U.S. President William McKinley died from his wounds after an assassination attempt September 6. He was succeeded in office by Theodore Roosevelt.

  • In 1911, Russian premier Peter Stolypin was fatally wounded by an assassin at a theater in Kiev. He died four days later.

  • In 1914, Gen. Erich von Falkenhayn succeeded Gen. Helmuth von Moltke as German Chief of Staff.

  • In 1927, Isadora Duncan, the U.S. ballet dancer, was killed in a car in Nice, France. She was strangled by a long scarf that became caught in the wheel of a car in which she was riding.

  • In 1930, the National Socialist (Nazi) Party won a stunning election triumph in Germany, becoming the second largest party in the Reichstag, or parliament.

  • In 1938, the German airship LZ130 Graf Zeppelin, sister ship of the ill-fated Hindenburg, made its maiden flight.

  • In 1939, although experiments with hovering aircraft had been going on since 1900, the first successful helicopter, Igor Sikorsky's VS-300, made its first flight.

  • In 1959, the Soviet Union's Luna-2 became the first spacecraft to land on the Moon.

  • In 1960, representatives of oil-producing countries finished a meeting in Baghdad which led to the formation of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

  • In 1974, giant pandas Chia Chia and Ching Ching, gifts from China to British Prime Minister Edward Heath when he visited there in 1973, arrived in London.

  • In 1975, Rembrandt's priceless painting "The Nightwatch" was slashed by an unemployed teacher with a kitchen knife in Amsterdam.

  • In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly the American film actress Grace Kelly, died in the hospital after a car crash the previous day. She appeared in such films as "High Noon," "Dial M for Murder" and "High Society."

  • In 1996, Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk pardoned Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary for his role in the "killing fields" era of the 1970s when about a million Cambodians were slain.

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