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Saturday, September 26, 1998


I've had 10 years of my life deformed by this. I've had friends of mine threatened, I've had my family frightened, messed around with, I've had people that I care about shot and killed. I could ask for apologies. I'm not doing so.

-- Author Salman Rushdie


today's events

  • President Clinton continues a fund-raising trip to California with a stop in Los Angeles.

  • European Union finance ministers meet in Vienna, Austria.

  • Funeral services for Olympic gold-medalist Florence Griffith Joyner are to be held in Lake Forest, California.

  • Cindy Crawford, Aretha Franklin, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Michael Bolton are to participate in the National Cancer March in Washington, D.C.

on the horizon

  • On Sunday, September 27, German voters head to the polls for national elections.

  • On Monday, September 28, a hearing is scheduled for U.S. embassy bombing suspect Khalid Salim, charged in the August 7 attack on the embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

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

  • Wednesday, September 30, is the last day of the 1998 World's Fair in Lisbon, Portugual.

  • On Thursday, October 1, a hearing is scheduled in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, in the case of a pilot and navigator of a Marine jet that clipped an Italian ski gondola in February 1998.


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  • Singer Lynn Anderson is 51.
  • Actress Melissa Sue Anderson ("Little House on the Prairie") is 36.
  • Singer Bryan Ferry is 53.
  • Actress Linda Hamilton ("Terminator 2") is 42.
  • Singer Cindy Herron (En Vogue) is 33.
  • Actress Mary Beth Hurt ("Six Degrees of Separation") is 50.
  • Fitness expert Jack LaLanne is 84.
  • Singer Julie London is 72.
  • Singer Olivia Newton-John is 50.

on this day

  • In 1777, British troops occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution.

  • In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first secretary of state.

  • In 1914, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission was established.

  • In 1950, United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans.

  • In 1957, the musical "West Side Story" opened on Broadway.

  • In 1960, the first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago.

  • In 1980, the Cuban government abruptly closed Mariel Harbor, ending the "freedom flotilla" of Cuban refugees that began the previous April.

  • In 1986, William H. Rehnquist was sworn in as the 16th chief justice of the United States, while Antonin Scalia joined the Supreme Court as its 103rd member.

  • In 1991, four men and four women began a two-year stay inside a sealed-off structure in Oracle, Arizona, called "Biosphere Two."

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