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Monday, October 5, 1998


Let all this be done without partisan exploitation or mean-spiritedness. Let it be dignified, honest and, above all, cleansing.

-- Former U.S. President Gerald Ford in an Op-Ed piece in Sunday's New York Times


today's events

  • The House Judiciary Committee debates on a resolution to begin impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court opens its 1998-1999 term.

  • A trial is scheduled to begin in Paducah, Kentucky, for Michael Carneal, charged with the December 1997 high school shooting in West Paducah that left three students dead.

  • Memorial services for former Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley are to be held at First AME Church in South Central Los Angeles.

on the horizon

  • 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.


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  • Actress Karen Allen ("Raiders of the Lost Ark") is 47.
  • Race car driver Michael Andretti is 36.
  • Football player Raymond Lester is 33.
  • Actor Jeff Conaway ("Taxi") is 48.
  • Golfer Laura Davies is 35.
  • Singer Bob Geldof is 47.
  • Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel is 62.
  • Basketball player Grant Hill is 26.
  • Actress Glynis Johns ("A Little Night Music") is 75.
  • Musician Steve Miller is 55.

on this day

  • In 1830, Chester Arthur, the 21st president of the United States, was born in Fairfield, Vermont.

  • In 1892, the Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kansas.

  • In 1921, the World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time.

  • In 1953, Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson.

  • In 1962, the Beatles' first hit, "Love Me Do," was first released in the United Kingdom.

  • In 1969, "Monty Python's Flying Circus" made its debut on BBC Television.

  • In 1986, American Eugene Hasenfus was captured by Sandinista soldiers after the weapons plane he was flying in was shot down over southern Nicaragua.

  • In 1989, the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • In 1995, after two months shuttling around the Balkans, U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke clinched a cease-fire agreement among the warring factions in Bosnia.

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