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Tuesday, October 13, 1998


We have legislators in the past who have essentially equated gays with bulls that don't mate and therefore are useless and should be sent to the packing plant. That is the kind of attitude that you see in Wyoming which leads to this behavior. People don't understand that gays are as human as anybody else.

-- Marv Johnson of the American Civil Liberties Union in Wyoming, commenting on the beating death of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard


today's events

  • Winner of the Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry will be announced in Stockholm.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in AT&T vs. Iowa Utilities.

  • The National Foundation for Infectious Disease and National Coalition for Adult Immunization holds a conference on this year's flu season in Washington.

  • The Gucci trial resumes in Milan.

on the horizon

  • Wednesday, October 14, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics is to be announced in Stockholm.

  • Thursday, October 15, Israeli and Palestinian leaders are scheduled to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in Washington in an effort to work out a West Bank accord.

  • Friday, October 16, President Clinton is scheduled to make campaign appearances on behalf of candidates in Chicago and St. Louis.

  • Saturday, October 17, marks the start of Major League Baseball's World Series games.

  • Sunday, October 18, Pope John Paul II celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square, marking the 20th anniversary of his pontificate.


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  • Musician Sammy Hagar is 49.
  • Singer Marie Osmond is 39.
  • Actress Kelly Preston is 36.
  • Football player Jerry Rice is 36.
  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is 73.
  • Singer Paul Simon is 57.
  • Actress Pamela Tiffin is 56.

on this day

  • In 1861, the Kingdom of Italy is divided into prefectures.

  • In 1923, Ankara, formerly Angora, becomes the new capital of Turkey.

  • In 1969, the Soviet Union sends third spacecraft into orbit in as many days, putting seven cosmonauts in space.

  • In 1970, Canada and China announce they will establish diplomatic relations. Taiwan promptly breaks ties with Canada.

  • In 1988, Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz becomes the first Arabic-language writer to win Nobel Prize in literature.

  • In 1992, the pyramids, the Sphinx and other monuments survive Cairo earthquake that kills at least 400 and injures more than 4,000.

  • In 1994, Swiss police say cult guru Luc Jouret was among the charred bodies found in the cult deaths that cost the lives of 52 of his disciples.

  • In 1996, a Kurdish faction captures the city of Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq after having lost it to Kurds supported by Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

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