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Wednesday, October 28, 1998


He believed in women's rights. ... he believed in the rights of women to choose what they chose to do in their best interests.

-- Serena Robb, sister of Barnett Slepian, the slain physician who performed abortions


today's events

  • Colombian President Andres Pastrana meets with President Bill Clinton in Washington.

  • An all-night prayer vigil begins at U.S. Sen. John Glenn's family church in New Concord, Ohio, on eve of space shuttle Discovery launch

  • An emergency hearing is scheduled in Houston in the case of Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu, 17, at the request of her parents. The teen filed suit charging her father with squandering the money she's earned professionally.

  • 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 the horizon

  • On Thursday, October 29, the launch of space shuttle Discovery from Cape Canaveral, Florida, is to take place. 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.

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

  • On Monday, November 2, negotiators from around the world gather for a global warming conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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  • Actress Jane Alexander is 59.
  • Musician Charlie Daniels is 62.
  • Actor Dennis Franz is 54.
  • Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is 43.
  • Actress Jami Gertz is 33.
  • Actress Telma Hopkins is 50.
  • Actress Lauren Holly is 35
  • Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner is 49.
  • Former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn is 72.
  • Actress Joan Plowright is 69.
  • Actress Annie Potts is 46.
  • Actress Julia Roberts is 31.

on this day

  • In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba and claimed it in the name of Spain.

  • In 1628, after being besieged for months, the Huguenots at La Rochelle capitulated to troops of the French crown under Cardinal Richelieu.

  • In 1636, Harvard College was founded at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • In 1746, an earthquake, killing at least 18,000, demolished the Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao.

  • In 1870, in the Franco-Prussian War, Strasbourg surrendered to Prussian forces.

  • In 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France designed by Auguste Bartholdi.

  • In 1918, Czechoslovakia came into being when the Prague national committee took over land upon the dissolution of Austria-Hungary. The republic was declared in November 1918 under President Masaryk.

  • In 1919, the Volstead Prohibition Act was passed by the U.S. Congress which prohibited the sale of drink containing more than one half of one percent of alcohol.

  • In 1922, Fascist blackshirts began a march on Rome from Naples, which led two days later to the formation of a government led by Benito Mussolini.

  • In 1940, Italian forces under Mussolini crossed into Greece from Albania in an attempt to occupy the country.

  • In 1958, Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, Patriarch of Venice, was elected pope and took the title John XXIII.

  • In 1971, by a vote of 356-244, the British House of Commons voted in favor of joining the European Economic Community.

  • In 1981, a Soviet Whiskey-class submarine armed with nuclear weapons ran aground in Swedish waters. The vessel was released on November 6 after protests to the USSR.

  • In 1982, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, led by Felipe Gonzalez, won a landslide victory in a general election.

  • In 1995, 289 people died and 270 were injured when a crowded underground railway train caught fire between the Ulduz and Narimanov underground stations in Azerbaijan's capital Baku.

  • In 1996, the people of Malta rejected European Union membership in an upset election victory by the Labor Party; its leader, Alfred Sant, was sworn in as prime minister.

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