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Tuesday, October 20, 1998


We both agree today to intensify our efforts to achieve agreement that will lead to a secure and lasting peace.

-- a statement read by U.S. spokesman James Rubin on behalf of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.


today's events

  • A three-member federal appeals court panel is scheduled to hear oral arguments in appeal of sexual harassment case involving President Clinton and Paula Corbin Jones in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jones is appealing the U.S District Court April 1 decision to dismiss case.

  • Congress is scheduled to vote today on a budget resolution agreed upon Oct. 15 in Washington. Following the vote, Congress will recess and members will go home for the Nov. 3 elections.

on the horizon

  • 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 subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the history and background of presidential impeachment in Washington.

  • On Friday, October 23, Thailand observes Chulalongkorn Day, the annual commemoration of the death of King Chulalongkorn the Great, who died October 23, 1910, after a 42-year reign.

  • On Saturday, October 24, Independent Counsel Ken Starr attends a symposium at University of Minnesota commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on United States vs. Nixon.

  • On Sunday, October 25, the launch of NASA's Deep Space 1 aboard Boeing Delta 7326 rocket is rescheduled for today. It is the first flight in NASA's New Millennium Program at Cape Canaveral.


Check out the history of NASA. Click here.

  • Columnist Art Buchwald is 73
  • Former baseball player Keith Hernandez is 45
  • Actress Melanie Mayron is 46
  • Actress Arlene Francis is 90
  • Actor William Christopher is 66
  • Actor Jerry Orbach is 63.
  • Musician Tom Petty is 45.

on this day

  • In 1818, by agreement between the United States and Britain, the U.S.-Canada border was set at the 49th parallel.

  • In 1827, in the Greek War of Independence, the Turkish and Egyptian fleets were destroyed by the British, French and Russians at the Battle of Navarino.

  • In 1935, Mao Zedong and his Communist forces ended their Long March at Yan'an, in Shaanxi, northwest China,one year after beginning their epic flight from Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang armies in the southeast.

  • In 1944, in World War II, Russian and Yugoslav forces captured Belgrade; U.S. troops landed on the eastern coast of Leyte Island in the Philippines, fulfilling a promise Gen. MacArthur made when his forces retreated from the Japanese.

  • In 1960, the trial started in London of Penguin Books, charged with contravening Britain's Obscene Publications Act by publishing D.H. Lawrence's novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover."

  • In 1962, Chinese troops launched an offensive against Indian military posts along the Himalayan border.

  • In 1964, Herbert Hoover, who served as 31st president of the United States 1929-33, died.

  • In 1968, Jackie Kennedy married multi-millionaire Aristotle Onassis, ending nearly five years of widowhood.

  • In 1971, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • In 1973, During the Watergate scandal, President Nixon fired Special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus and Attorney General Elliot Richardson resigned. The day's events are known as the "Saturday Night Massacre."

  • In 1986, in Israel, Likud Party leader Yitzhak Shamir took over as prime minister from Labor's Shimon Peres under a 1984 power-sharing arrangement.

  • In 1994, a land mine explosion killed Tajikistan's deputy prime minister, casting a shadow over the first day of a cease-fire between the ex-communist government and the Afghanistan-based opposition.

  • In 1995, Willy Claes resigned as NATO secretary-general, brought down by a Belgian corruption scandal after a year in the job.

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