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

Thursday, October 15, 1998


We're very close to a deal.

-- House Speaker Newt Gingrich, commenting on the budget negotiations


today's events

  • Israeli and Palestinian leaders are scheduled to meet in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in an attempt to work out a West Bank peace accord. President Clinton is likely to open the meeting at the White House and the talks will then move to the privacy of Wye Plantation on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

  • Background briefings on John Glenn's return to space and on other aspects of the upcoming STS-95 mission are scheduled in Houston.

  • The launch of NASA's Deep Space 1 aboard Boeing Delta 7326 rocket is scheduled in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is the first flight in NASA's New Millennium Program.

  • A pretrial hearing in the capital murder case against Emmett Cressell, one of two white men accused of burning a black man, is scheduled in Independence, Virginia.

on the horizon

  • Friday, October 16, NATO has given Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic until today to make progress in pulling out of Kosovo and ending attacks against its Albanian population.

  • Saturday, October 17, the World Series is scheduled to begin.

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

  • Monday, October 19, Israel's Knesset begins its fall term.

  • Tuesday, October 20, A three-member federal appeals court panel is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the sexual harassment case against President Clinton filed by Paula Corbin Jones in St. Paul, Minnesota.


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  • Actor Victor Banerjee is 52.
  • Lee Iacocca is 74.
  • Director Penny Marshall is 56.
  • Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York is 39.
  • Author Mario Puzo is 78.
  • Historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. is 81.
  • Sportscaster Jim Palmer is 53.
  • Singer Tito Jackson is 45.

on this day

  • In 1581, commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the "Ballet Comique de la Reine" was staged in Paris. A spectacle of dancing, this is often considered to be the first major ballet.

  • In 1582, in Italy and Spain, this day became the first day of the Gregorian calendar after it was adopted by Pope Gregory XIII.

  • In 1917, Mata Hari, the most famous spy of World War I, was executed by a firing squad at Vincennes Barracks, outside Paris.

  • In 1928, the German airship Graf Zeppelin completed its journey across the Atlantic from Friedrichshafen to Lakehurst, New Jersey.

  • In 1946, Hermann Goering, a Nazi leader and one of Hitler's most loyal supporters, committed suicide in his prison cell just before he was scheduled to be executed.

  • In 1964, Nikita Khrushchev was deposed as First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, and replaced by Leonid Brezhnev with Alexei Kosygin becoming prime minister.

  • In 1970, Anwar Sadat was elected president of Egypt, succeeding Gamel Abdel Nasser.

  • In 1987, Queen Elizabeth accepted the end of more than a century of British sovereignty over Fiji, expressing sadness at the military takeover of power in the South Pacific nation.

  • In 1990, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • In 1993, African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela and South African President F.W. de Klerk each were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to end apartheid and lay the foundations for a democratic South Africa.

  • In 1995, millions of Iraqis voted "Yes" for Saddam Hussein as president in a referendum.

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