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Friday, October 16, 1998


We were able to put people ahead of politics. This is a very, very good day for America.

-- President Clinton, commenting on the $500 billion budget plan


today's events

  • The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in Oslo.

  • Funeral services are to be held in Casper, Wyoming, for Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who officials say was brutally beaten because he was gay.

  • President Clinton is scheduled to make campaign appearances on behalf of Democratic candidates in Chicago and St. Louis.

  • A court appearance is scheduled in Washington for Rashid Saleh Hemed, accused in the recent U.S. Embassy bombings.

  • Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is scheduled to speak at Howard University in Washington. Today is the third anniversary of the Million Man March. His speech is titled "Atonement and The Healing for A Sin Sick Nation."

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • Wednesday, October 21, a preliminary hearing for Russell Arthur Henderson and Aaron James McKinney, who are charged in the murder of Matthew Shepard is scheduled in Laramie, Wyoming.


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  • Actress Suzanne Somers is 52.
  • Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart is 26.
  • Actress Angela Lansbury is 73.
  • Hockey player Paul Kariya is 24.
  • Actor Tim Robbins is 40.
  • Olympic gold medal swimmer Melissa Belote is 42.
  • Author Gunter Grass is 71.
  • Actress Kellie Martin is 23.

on this day

  • In 1793, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France and wife of King Louis XVI, was guillotined for treason.

  • In 1813, the Battle of Leipzig began.

  • In 1846, for the first time, a major operation was carried out using ether as an anesthetic. Dr. John Warren performed the removal of a tumor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

  • In 1859, U.S. anti-slavery activist John Brown led a raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and seized the armory to provide for his militia. Brown was captured and later hanged.

  • In 1916, the first birth control clinic in the United States was opened by Margaret Sanger in Brooklyn, New York.

  • In 1946, top Nazi war criminals were hanged at Nuremberg, Germany.

  • In 1951, Liaquat Ali Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, was shot dead while addressing a public meeting in Rawalpindi.

  • In 1964, China exploded its first nuclear bomb at the Lop Nor test site in Sinkiang.

  • In 1968, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union signed a treaty concerning eventual withdrawal of Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops in Czechoslovakia.

  • In 1973, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese peace negotiator Le Duc Tho were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • In 1978, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland was elected pope and took the name John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope in 456 years.

  • In 1981, Moshe Dayan, the Israeli military leader, died of a heart attack. He became a hero in the Jewish state and throughout the world for his role in the Six-Day War in 1967.

  • In 1987, 19 people were killed as winds gusting up to 110 mph -- the worst since records began --lashed southern Britain, demolishing buildings, blacking out London and paralyzing the transport system.

  • In 1995, at a huge demonstration in Washington, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, offered a thunderous sermon portraying America as a white supremacist society.

  • In 1996, 78 people were crushed to death in an avalanche of bodies at an overcrowded Guatemalan stadium after fans without tickets barged in to see a World Cup soccer qualifying game.

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