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Tuesday, September 15, 1998


With the death of George Wallace, Alabama and the American South have lost one of our favorites sons. His political career both helped to define and to reflect the political life of our region.

-- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter


today's events

  • 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 the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Sunday, September 20, the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown.


CNN National Correspondent John Holliman, known for his superior NASA coverage and 1991 Gulf War reports, died Saturday in a car accident in Atlanta. "Florida Today Space Online" has placed a special tribute to Holliman, who was to cover John Glenn's return to space next month with Walter Cronkite.
Visit the site by clicking here. Godspeed, Mr. Holliman.

  • Prince Harry is 14.
  • NFL star Dan Marino is 37.
  • Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen is 58.
  • Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry is 60.
  • Actor Jackie Cooper ("The People's Choice") is 76.
  • Comedian Norm Crosby is 71.
  • NBA player Sherman Douglas is 32.
  • Actor Tommy Lee Jones ("The Fugitive") is 52.
  • Director Oliver Stone ("Platoon") is 52.

on this day

  • In 1776, during the American Revolution, British forces under Gen. William Howe captured New York.

  • In 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs, created in 1781, changed its name to the Department of State.

  • In 1821, San Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala declared themselves independent of Spain.

  • In 1830, the first railway fatality occurred when British MP William Huskisson was run down by "Stephenson's Rocket."

  • In 1864, John Speke, English explorer in Africa, the first European to reach Lake Victoria, died when he accidentally shot himself while partridge shooting.

  • In 1916, military tanks, originated by Sir Ernest Swinton, were first sent into action as part of the allied offensive at the Battle of the Somme.

  • In 1935, in Germany, the Nazis enacted the Nuremburg Laws, starting off a program of violent religious and racial persecution. All Jews were deprived of their citizenship, ghettos were revived and the Swastika became the national flag.

  • In 1935, Manuel Luis Quezon was elected first president of the Philippine Commonwealth.

  • In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain flew to Germany to meet Adolf Hitler at Berchtesgaden, the first of two meetings to try and avoid the crisis over the Sudetenland.

  • In 1940, at the height of the Battle of Britain, Britain claimed to have shot down 185 German planes; the day has been subsequently celebrated as Battle of Britain day.

  • In 1943, with German support, Benito Mussolini formed a rival fascist government to the Pietro Badoglio administration.

  • In 1949, Konrad Adenauer was elected first chancellor of West Germany and Theodor Heuss first president.

  • In 1950, in the Korean War, the U.N. landing at Inchon proved decisive in driving North Korean troops out of the south.

  • In 1959, Russian Premier Nikita Khruschchev arrived in the United States at the start of a 12-day visit.

  • In 1972, Spain and the Soviet Union signed a trade agreement, the first pact between the two since the Spanish Civil War.

  • In 1972, two former White House aides, Howard Hunt and Gordon Liddy, were added to the five men already charged with the break-in at the Watergate building.

  • In 1982, much to the anger of Israel, Pope John Paul II had a private audience with Yasser Arafat in the Vatican.

  • In 1983, Israeli Prime Minister Menachim Begin, founder of the right-wing Likud party, resigned. He was replaced by Yitzhak Shamir.

  • In 1994, Chechen leader Dzhokhar Dudayev signed a decree imposing martial law and a curfew in the breakaway Russian republic.

  • In 1994, the last U.S. marine guards left Somalia after 21 months of American intervention.

  • In 1996, Umberto Bossi, leader of Italy's Northern League, proclaimed the north of the country the Federal Republic of Padania.

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