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Today's Events | On Horizon | On This Day | Newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Friday, October 9, 1998


The global economy is crumbling, and we're talking about Monica Lewinsky. Saddam Hussein hides weapons, and we're talking about Monica Lewinsky. Genocide wracks Kosovo, and we're talking about Monica Lewinsky. Children cram into packed classrooms, and we're talking about Monica Lewinsky. Families can't pay their medical bills, and we're talking about Monica Lewinsky.

-- U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Florida


today's events

  • Congress tentatively scheduled to recess.

  • Resolution to keep U.S. government agencies operating expires at midnight.

  • In Brussels, NATO to brief Russia on possible actions in Kosovo

  • President Clinton scheduled to meet with German Chancellor-elect Gerhard Schroeder.

on the horizon

  • Saturday, October 10, Conference on Human Dignity and Policing sponsored by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives is scheduled in New York.

  • Sunday, October 11, official canonization ceremony is to be held at the Vatican for Edith Stein, Jewish-born nun who was killed at Auschwitz.

  • Monday, October 12, President Clinton is scheduled to make campaign appearances for candidates in New York and Miami.

  • Tuesday, October 13, The Nobel Prize winner in physics and chemistry is expected to be announced in Stockholm.

  • Wednesday, October 14, A hearing is scheduled for Russell Weston, former mental patient charged with July 24 murders of two police officers at the U.S. Capitol.


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  • Actor Scott Bakula is 43.
  • Singer Jackson Browne is 48.
  • Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi is 57.
  • Actor Michael Pare is 39.
  • Former baseball player Joe Pepitone is 58.
  • Former football player Mike Singletary is 40.
  • Actor Robert Wuhl is 47.

on this day

  • In 1635, religious dissident Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

  • In 1701, the Collegiate School of Connecticut -- later Yale University -- was chartered in New Haven.

  • In 1776, a group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco.

  • In 1888, the public was first admitted to the Washington Monument.

  • In 1930, Laura Ingalls became the first woman to fly across the United States as she completed a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field, New York, to Glendale, California.

  • In 1936, the first generator at Boulder (later Hoover) Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.

  • In 1975, Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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