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Thursday, October 22, 1998


Do I know what's in the bill? Are you kidding? Only God knows! If the voters really understood what we were up to they'd vote us out of office.

-- U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., discussing the new $520 billion spending package


today's events

  • A House Judiciary subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the history and background of presidential impeachment.

  • A hearing is scheduled in London on lawsuit filed by Trevor Rees-Jones, sole survivor of the crash that killed Princess Diana. He's trying to recover lawyer fees from his former employer, Mohamed Al Fayed.

  • National Sleep Foundation releases results of "first-ever" national survey of women's sleep patterns.

  • Country Music Association reunion to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring all artists who have won a CMA award and the members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Event marks the CMA's 40th anniversary.

on the horizon

  • 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.

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

  • On Tuesday, October 27, Germany's newly elected chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will be officially sworn in.


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  • Olympic figure skating champ Brian Boitano is 35.
  • U.S. Sen. John Chafee of Rhode Island is 76.
  • Actress Catherine Deneuve is 55.
  • Actor Michael Fishman is 18.
  • Actress Annette Funicello is 56.
  • Actor Jeff Goldblum is 46.
  • Actress Valeria Golino is 32.
  • Rock musician Zachary Hanson is 13.
  • Actor Christopher Lloyd is 60.
  • Actor Tony Roberts is 59.

on this day

  • In 1746, Princeton University in New Jersey received its charter.

  • In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet.

  • In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.

  • In 1954, West Germany joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

  • In 1979, the U.S. government allowed the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment -- a decision that precipitated the Iran hostage crisis.

  • In 1997, for the first time, U.S. inspectors discovered E. coli bacteria in imported Canadian beef, halting shipments of 34,000 pounds.

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