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

Wednesday, October 21, 1998


Some obstacles have been overcome, but significant gaps remain.

-- State Department spokesman James Rubin, referring to the Mideast peace negotiations


today's events

  • The first meeting is scheduled between White House lawyers and House Judiciary Committee aides who are conducting impeachment inquiry of President Clinton.

  • Diplomats from North Korea, South Korea, United States and China open new round of talks in Geneva seeking to work out durable peace plan for Korean Peninsula.

  • Queen Elizabeth II unveils the newly restored Albert Memorial in London, after an eight-year renovation project.

on the horizon

  • 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 the 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.

  • On Monday, October 26, groundbreaking for the Oklahoma City bombing memorial to be concluded today.


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  • Composer Sir Malcolm Arnold is 77.
  • Former baseball player George Bell is 39.
  • Musician Elvin Bishop is 56.
  • Actress Carrie Fisher is 42.
  • Journalist Francis Fitzgerald is 58.
  • Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Ford is 70.
  • Author Ursula LeGuin is 69.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is 49.
  • Conductor Georg Solti is 86.

on this day

  • In 1879, Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

  • In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate "Constitution," also known as "Old Ironsides," was launched in Boston's harbor.

  • In 1805, a British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however, was killed.

  • In 1917, members of the First Division of the U.S. Army training in Luneville, France, became the first Americans to see action on the front lines of World War I.

  • In 1944, during World War II, U.S. troops captured the German city of Aachen.

  • In 1959, the Guggenheim Museum opened to the public in New York.

  • In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon held their fourth and final presidential debate.

  • In 1967, tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters marched in Washington.

  • In 1971, President Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist for the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • In 1988, a federal grand jury in New York indicted former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, on charges of fraud and racketeering.

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