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Sunday, October 4, 1998


I am bothered by the fact that Senator (John) Glenn is not giving it all he's got, that he's taking a part-time approach to it.

-- Astronaut Story Musgrave


today's events

  • Tipper Gore is to lead the 12th annual AIDS Walk in Washington.

  • The National Gallery of Art in Washington opens an exhibition of 70 paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, many of which have never been displayed outside of Holland.

on the horizon

  • On Monday, October 5, the House Judiciary Committee debates on a resolution to begin impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.

  • On Tuesday, October 6, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is scheduled to arrive in the Middle East to try to narrow the gap between Israel and the Palestinians on an Israeli troop withdrawal from the West Bank.

  • On Wednesday, October 7, the fall meeting of representatives of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund takes hold in Washington.

  • On Thursday, October 8, negotiations are scheduled to resume in the NBA lockout.

  • On Friday, October 9, NASA holds a public briefing in Cleveland about the space program's various aeronautic goals.


The National Gallery of Art in Washington begins a historic exhibition today with the "Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam." The exhibit in Washington ends January 3, 1999. Get all the information you need by clicking here.

  • Sportscaster Michael Adamle is 49.
  • Actor Armand Assante ("The Mambo Kings") is 49.
  • Author Jackie Collins is 57.
  • Singer Clifton Davis is 53.
  • Actor Charleton Heston ("Ben-Hur") is 76.
  • Comedian Jan Murray is 81.
  • Actress Susan Sarandon ("Thelma and Louise") is 52.
  • Actress Alicia Silverstone ("Phenomenon") is 22.
  • Author Alvin Toffler is 70.

on this day

  • In 1824, the republic of Mexico was proclaimed.

  • In 1853, Turkey declared war on Russia.

  • In 1822, the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, was born in Delaware, Ohio.

  • In 1895, the first U.S. Open golf tournament was held at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.

  • In 1910, Portugal's King Manuel II fled to England on outbreak of revolution in Lisbon.

  • In 1931, the comic strip "Dick Tracy," created by Chester Gould, made its debut.

  • In 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini conferred at Brenner Pass in the Alps, where the Nazi leader sought Italy's help in fighting the British.

  • In 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into orbit.

  • In 1958, the first trans-Atlantic passenger jetliner service was begun by British Overseas Airways Corporation with flights between London and New York.

  • In 1970, rock singer Janis Joplin, 27, was found dead in her Hollywood hotel room.

  • In 1977, India's former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was released from police custody less than 24 hours after her arrest on charges of political corruption.

  • In 1980, Islamic representatives from 38 nations moved to have the U.N. General Assembly call for Soviet troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

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