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Tuesday, October 6, 1998
- The Senate Armed Services Committee is to meet in Washington for a hearing on the worldwide threats facing the United States and potential U.S. operational and contingency requirements.
- 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.
- On Saturday, October 10, the Pine Barrens Jamboree is to take place in Wells Mills County Park, New Jersey.
- On Sunday, October 11, the Feast of Cirio, known as the greatest festival of northern Brazil, kicks off in Belem, Brazil.
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- Journalist and author Shana Alexander (formerly of "60 Minutes") is 73.
- Actress Britt Ekland ("The Night They Raided Minsky's") is 56.
- Anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl is 84.
- Actress Elisabeth Shue ("Leaving Las Vegas") is 35.
- Baseball player Ruben Sierra is 33.
- Actress Stephanie Zimbalist ("Remington Steele") is 42.
- In 1683, the first German settlers in America arrived in Philadelphia.
- In 1848, Austria declared war on Hungary.
- In 1953, Britain sent forces to British Guiana to prevent a coup by Communist People's Progressive Party.
- In 1973, Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel as the Jewish nation observed Yom Kippur.
- In 1981, Egypt's President Anwar Sadat was assassinated while reviewing military parade in Cairo.
- In 1989, Typhoon Angela killed at least 118 people on the northern coast of the Philippines.
- In 1992, Serb troops entered Bosanski Brod, capturing a strategically important Croatian-Muslim stronghold in Bosnia.
- In 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin demanded the resignation of his opponents in the provinces and removed ceremonial guards from Lenin's Tomb.
- In 1996, Taliban fighters bombarded a northern valley with rockets on the second day of their assault on Afghan government soldiers, who were taking refuge after being driven from Kabul.
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