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Monday, October 26, 1998
The people who died here were victims of one of the cruelest visitations of evil this nation has ever seen.
U.S. Vice President Al Gore at the OKC groundbreaking ceremony
- The crew of space shuttle Discovery is to arrive at Kennedy Space Center to prepare for Thursday's launch.
- The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization will sponsor a meeting of the world's fishing nation in Rome.
- 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.
- On Friday, October 30, U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to make a New York campaign appearance on behalf of Democratic candidates.
- On Saturday, October 31, an executive body of Northern Irish Catholics and Protestants is scheduled to hold an inaugural summit with the Irish government.
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- Writer Pat Conroy ("The Prince of Tides") is 53.
- Actor Cary Elwes ("The Princess Bride") is 36.
- Actor Bob Hoskins ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit") is 56.
- Singer Natalie Merchant is 35.
- Filmmaker Ira Reitman ("Ghostbusters") is 52.
- "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak is 52.
- Actress Jaclyn Smith ("Charlie's Angels") is 51.
- In 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
- In 1825, the Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River.
- In 1958, Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris in eight hours and 41 minutes.
- In 1975, Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to pay an official visit to the United States.
- In 1977, the experimental space shuttle Enterprise glided to a bumpy but successful landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
- In 1994, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty during a ceremony attended by U.S. President BIll Clinton.
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