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Thursday, September 24, 1998


Today I feel like the heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

-- South African President Nelson Mandela, who was awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday


today's events

  • Grand jury tentatively scheduled to meet in the Monica Lewinsky case in Washington.

  • President Clinton hosts reception for the Democratic National Committee.

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

  • U.S.Census Bureau holds annual conference on poverty and income in Washington.

  • Kaiser Family Foundation holds briefing assessing national TV ratings system,

  • Redesigned $20 bill will be officially introduced into national circulation.

  • Cambodian parliament convenes in Phnom Penh.

on the horizon

  • On Friday, September 25, President Clinton attends a 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.

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

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

  • Tuesday, September 29, Major League Baseball playoffs begin.


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  • Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson is 64.
  • Actor Gordon Clapp ("NYPD Blue") is 50.
  • U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II is 46.
  • Singer Sheila MacRae is 75.
  • Sportscaster Jim McKay is 77.
  • Singer Anthony Newley is 67.
  • Baseball player Rafael Palmeiro is 34.
  • Actor Kevin Sorbo ("Hercules: Legendary Journeys") is 40.

on this day

  • In 1789, Congress passed the First Judiciary Act, which provided for an attorney general and a Supreme Court.

  • In 1869, thousands of businessmen were ruined in a Wall Street panic after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market.

  • In 1948, Mildred Gillars, accused of being Nazi wartime radio propagandist "Axis Sally," pleaded innocent in Washington, D.C., to charges of treason.

  • In 1955, President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver.

  • In 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0.

  • In 1960, the USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Virginia.

  • In 1968, the CBS-TV news magazine "60 Minutes" premiered.

  • In 1976, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. She served 22 months and was then released after receiving clemency from President Carter.

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