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

Saturday, September 19, 1998


There is no constitutional crisis. There is only a Clinton crisis.

-- Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott


today's events

  • Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is scheduled to visit the United States.

  • Boxing match between Evander Holyfield and Vaughn Bean to be held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

  • Skymark Airlines to start flight service between Tokyo and Fukuoka, becoming the first new airline in 35 years to enter Japan's domestic air service market.

  • The 78th annual Miss America Pageant is to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

on the horizon

  • On Sunday, September 20, President Clinton heads to New York City to attend U.N. General Assembly meetings.

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

  • On Tuesday, September 22, President Clinton meets with Japanese Prime Minister Obuchi at the Rockefeller family estate in Tarrytown, New York.

  • On Wednesday, September 23, NASA sponsors Challenge Mission, an eight-day deployment of the Carpenter Space Analog Station on the sea floor off Key Largo, Florida.

  • On Thursday, September 24, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno hosts national "Summit on School Violence and Kids" in Salt Lake City.


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  • Baseball player James Anthony Abbott is 31.
  • Actor Kevin Hooks ("The White Shadow") is 40.
  • Actor Jeremy Irons ("Moonlighting") is 50.
  • Journalist Joan Lunden is 47.
  • Actor Randolph Mantooth ("Emergency") is 53.
  • Actor David McCallum ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E.") is 65.
  • Actress Twiggy {"The Boyfriend") is 49.
  • Actor Adam West ("Batman") is 70.
  • Singer Paul Williams is 58.

on this day

  • In 1777, during the Revolutionary War, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga.

  • In 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died of wounds inflicted by an assassin.

  • In 1870, in the Franco-Prussian War, the Prussians began a siege of Paris.

  • In 1876, the first carpet sweeper was patented by inventor Melville Bissell, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who later formed his own company.

  • In 1888, the world's first beauty contest took place at Spa in Belgium. The first prize was awarded to Bertha Soucaret, an 18-year-old Creole from Guadeloupe.

  • In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh infant.

  • In 1957, the United States conducted its first underground nuclear test, in the Nevada desert.

  • In 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev reacted angrily during a visit to Los Angeles upon being told that, for security reasons, he wouldn't be allowed to visit Disneyland.

  • In 1983, the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts and Nevis became an independent state.

  • In 1985, the Mexico City area was struck by the first of two devastating quakes that claimed some 6,000 lives.

  • In 1994, thousands of U.S. troops swept ashore in Haiti to launch an intervention aimed at restoring democracy.

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