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Thursday, September 17, 1998


I think that I can safely say that at the moment there is no endeavor to coordinate interest rate cuts.

-- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan


today's events

  • Senate debate scheduled to begin on overriding President Clinton's veto of legislation outlawing so-called partial birth abortions.

  • Christian Coalition kicks off convention with "Lobby for Life" to be staged by pro-family grass-roots activists.

  • President Clinton tentatively scheduled to travel to Cincinnati and Boston.

  • House Judiciary subcommittee on crime hears testimony on "repeat predators" and the proposed "No Second Chances" Act.

  • Russian President Boris Yeltsin tentatively scheduled to meet with former Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto.

  • Sotheby's in London auctions memorabilia from James Bond films, including four cars.

on the horizon

  • On Friday, September 18, Christian Coalition holds 8th annual convention with guest speakers including Charlton Heston, Pat Robertson and Newt Gingrich.

  • 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 Hashana begins at sundown.

  • On Monday, September 21, leaders from across the globe gather to address U.N. General Assembly debate in New York.

  • On Tuesday, September 22, South African President Nelson Mandela scheduled to begin visit to the United States and Canada.


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  • Actress Anne Bancroft ("The Turning Point") is 67.
  • Actor Paul Benedict ("The Jeffersons") is 60.
  • Football Hall of Famer George Blanda is 71.
  • Football player Anthony Carter is 38.
  • U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa is 65.
  • Basketball coach Phil Jackson is 53.
  • Author Ken Kesey ("One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest") is 63.
  • Cartoonist Jeff MacNelly ("Shoe") is 51.
  • Actor Roddy McDowall ("Planet Of the Apes") is 70.
  • Actress Cassandra Peterson ("Elvira, Mistress of the Dark") is 47.
  • Actor John Ritter ("Three's Company") is 50.
  • Comedian Rita Rudner is 42.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter is 59.

on this day

  • In 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the constitutional convention in Philadelphia.

  • In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany launched its assault.

  • In 1948, the United Nations mediator for Palestine, Count Folk Bernadette, was assassinated in Jerusalem by Jewish extremists.

  • In 1978, after meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.

  • In 1980, former Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza was assassinated in Paraguay.

  • In 1983, Vanessa Williams of New York became the first black contestant to be crowned "Miss America."

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