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Saturday, October 24, 1998


This agreement is designed to rebuild trust and renew hope for peace between the parties. Now both sides must build on that hope.

-- U.S. President Bill Clinton


today's events

  • The launch of NASA's Deep Space 1 aboard Boeing Delta 7326 rocket is scheduled for Cape Canaveral, Florida.

  • Independent Counsel Ken Starr is to attend a symposium at the University of Minnesota commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on United States vs. Nixon.

  • The European Union is to hold an informal summit in Klagenfurt, Austria, to discuss the world economy, EU expansion into eastern Europe and the crisis in Kosovo.

on the horizon

  • On Sunday, October 25, most Americans return to standard time by setting their clocks back one hour.

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

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

  • On Wednesday, October 28, a trial is scheduled to begin in Independence, Virginia, for Emmett Cressell, one of two white men accused of burning alive a black man who was later beheaded in July 1997.

  • On Thursday, October 29, the launch of space shuttle Discovery from Cape Canaveral, Florida, is to take place on a nine-day Spacehab mission. The crew includes U.S. Sen. John Glenn, 77, as payload specialist.


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  • Congressman and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning is 67.
  • Former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson is 73.
  • Writer Michael Crichton is 56.
  • Football player Doug Flutie is 36.
  • Soccer great Pele is 58.
  • Golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez is 64.
  • Football player Mike Tomczak is 36.
  • Singer Weird Al Yankovic is 39.
  • Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 42.

on this day

  • In 1945, the United Nations officially came into existence as its charter took effect.

  • In 1537, Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry the Eighth, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward the Sixth.

  • In 1648, the Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War and effectively destroyed the Holy Roman Empire.

  • In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

  • In 1901, Anna Edson Taylor, a 43-year-old widow, became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

  • In 1939, nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • In 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

  • In 1962, the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis officially began under a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy

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