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Sunday, October 18, 1998
Sharon can be a big help to the peace process if he wants to help, and he can be a big disaster if he wants to interfere.
Meir Shitreet of the Likud Party on new Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon
- The Mideast summit in Washington enters what sources are calling a "crucial" negotiation stage aimed at breaking a 19-month stalemate in the peace process.
- Pope John Paul II celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square marking the 20th anniversary of his pontificate.
- The New York Yankees are scheduled to host the San Diego Padres for game two of the 1998 World Series.
- The 1998 Philadelphia AIDS Walk is held in Philadelphia.
- On Monday, October 19, Israel's Knesset begins its fall term.
- On Tuesday, October 20, a three-member federal appeals court panel is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the sexual harassment case against U.S. President Bill Clinton filed by Paula Jones in St. Paul, Minnesota.
- On Wednesday, October 21, a preliminary hearing for Russell Arthur Henderson and Aaron James McKinney, who are charged in the murder of gay Wyoming student Matthew Shepard is scheduled in Laramie, Wyoming.
- On Thursday, October 22, a House Judiciary constitution subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the history and background of presidential impeachment in Washington.
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- Singer Chuck Berry is 72.
- Sportscaster MIke Ditka is 59.
- U.S. Senator Jesse Helms is 77.
- Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis is 37.
- Actor George C. Scott is 71.
- Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is 38.
- In 1469, Isabella of Castile married Ferdinand II of Aragon, thus uniting almost all the Christian dominions of Spain under one monarchy.
- In 1685, King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes, depriving the Protestant Huguenots of all religious and civil liberties granted them by Henry IV in 1598.
- In 1860, British troops burned the Yuanmingyuan, the imperial summer palace in Beijing, to the ground.
- In 1867, the U.S. flag flew for the first time at Sitka following the purchase of Alaska from Russia.
- In 1873, the first American Football rules were formulated at a meeting in New York attended by delegates from Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers and Yale.
- In 1912, Italy and Turkey signed a peace treaty at Lausanne, whereby Cyrenaica and Tripoli gained autonomy and the Dodecanese Islands were restored to Turkey.
- In 1922, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was formed.
- In 1967, the Soviet Venera 4 spacecraft entered the atmosphere of Venus and transmitted data back to Earth before losing contact about 15 miles above the surface.
- In 1977, three Palestinian hijackers were killed when a German anti-terrorist squad stormed a Lufthansa aircraft at Mogadishu Airport. All 86 passengers who had been held hostage for five days were freed.
- In 1988, the British government banned broadcast interviews with groups which expressed support for violence in Northern Ireland, provoking opposition charges it was handing a propaganda coup to the outlawed Irish Republican Army.
- In 1989, Hungary's Parliament purged the constitution of its Stalinist elements to create a Western-style basic law for a return to multi-party democracy.
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