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Wednesday, September 23, 1998


I do hope that when we in the Congress, both in this body -- when responsibilities come to the Senate -- and the other body, in the House of Representatives, there will be an approach which is bipartisan and nonpartisan in nature.

-- Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican


today's events

  • South African President Nelson Mandela meets with members of Congress and is set to receive a congressional Gold Medal.

  • House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on gun control vs. individual rights. NRA Chairman Charlton Heston is among the witnesses to appear.

  • President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are among scheduled speakers for the Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala in Washington.

  • Auction in Fredericksburg, Virginia, of Berclair Plantation, a sprawling mansion once owned by George Washington's brother and the families of other former presidents.

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

  • Country Music Association awards presentation in Nashville, Tennessee.

on the horizon

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

  • On Friday, September 25, President Clinton attends political fund-raiser in Chicago, then travels to California.

  • On Saturday, September 26, Cindy Crawford, Aretha Franklin, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Michael Bolton to join National Cancer March in Washington, D.C.

  • On Sunday, September 27, national elections are held in Germany.

  • On Monday, September 28, hearing is scheduled for Khalid Salim, charged in the Aug. 7 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi


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  • Actor Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") is 39.
  • Singer Ray Charles is 68.
  • Singer Julio Iglesias is 55.
  • Football player Tony Joseph Mandarich is 32.
  • Golfer Larry Mize is 40.
  • Actress Elizabeth Pena is ("Down and Out in Beverly Hills") is 37.
  • Actor Paul Peterson ("The Donna Reed Show") is 53.
  • Actress Mary Kay Place ("Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman") is 51.
  • Actor Mickey Rooney ("The Black Stallion") is 78.
  • Singer Bruce Springsteen is 49.

on this day

  • In 1779, U.S. Adm. John Paul Jones defeats British warship Countess of Scarborough.

  • In 1817, Spain signs treaty with Britain to end slave trade.

  • In 1914, Dusseldorf is target of first British Air Command in Germany in World War I.

  • In 1951, United Nations forces capture "Heartbreak Ridge" in Korea from Communists.

  • In 1957, Romania's request to join Balkan Pact is refused by Greece.

  • In 1972, Martial law is declared in Philippines by President Ferdinand Marcos.

  • In 1978, Egypt's President Anwar Sadat returns home to hero's welcome after Camp David summit resulting in agreement on framework for peace with Israel.

  • In 1992, Frances's deadliest storm in 34 years kills at least 32 people.

  • In 1993, Sydney, Australia, picked over Beijing as site for 2000 Summer Olympics.

  • In 1997, Rock group U2 performs for 45,000 Muslims, Croats, Serbs and NATO peace force troops

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