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Tuesday, October 27, 1998


I want him to be remembered as a birth doctor who brought my two daughters into the world, not an abortion doctor.

-- Alan Dickison on slain New York doctor Barnett Slepian


today's events

  • The new NATO deadline for Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to make measurable progress in pulling troops out of Kosovo is to take effect.

  • Russian President Boris Yeltsin is scheduled to meet with European Union officials in Vienna. Prime Minister Primakov may attend in his stead.

  • Germany's newly elected chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will be officially sworn in.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Sunday, November 1, America's Community Bankers will hold its 1998 annual convention and director's conference in Chicago with former Sen. Bob Dole scheduled as guest speaker.


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  • Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher is 73.
  • Actor John Cleese ("Monty Python's Flying Circus") is 59.
  • Actress Carrie Snodgress ("Diary of a Mad Housewife") is 52.
  • Singer Simon LeBon is 40.

on this day

  • In 1795, the United States and Spain signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo, also known as "Pinckney's Treaty," which provided for free navigation of the Mississippi River.

  • In 1858, Theodore Roosevelt, who later became a renowned gamesman and the 26th president of the United States, was born in New York City.

  • In 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, opened in New York City.

  • In 1914, author-poet Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales.

  • In 1938, DuPont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn: "nylon."

  • In 1947, "You Bet Your Life," starring Groucho Marx, premiered on ABC Radio. It later became a television show on NBC.

  • In 1954, Walt Disney's first television program, titled "Disneyland" after his yet-to-be completed theme park, premiered on ABC.

  • In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord.

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