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Friday, October 30, 1998


Good luck, have a safe flight, and ... once again, Godspeed, John Glenn.

-- Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, just before the Discovery launch


today's events

  • President Clinton is tentatively scheduled to make a campaign appearance in New York.

  • Defense Secretary William Cohen is scheduled to begin a weeklong trip to Hawaii, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.

  • Representatives of the United Nations, UNICEF, World Bank and World Health Organization to launch a new international campaign to fight malaria, which kills more than one million people each year.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, November 3, general elections are to be held across the U.S.

  • On Wednesday, November 4, Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek of Slovenia is scheduled to meet with President Clinton in Washington.


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  • Singer Grace Slick is 59.
  • Photographer Gordon Parks is 86.
  • Actor Harry Hamlin is 47.
  • Actor Henry Winkler is 53.
  • Actor Ed Lauter is 58.
  • Actress Nia Long is 28.
  • Former soccer player Diego Maradona is 38.
  • Actor Kevin Pollak is 40.

on this day

  • In 1735, John Adams, first vice-president and second president of the United States, was born.

  • In 1918, the Slovaks agreed to a union with the Czechs under the name of Czechoslovakia.

  • In 1918, Turkey signed an armistice which ended its participation in World War I.

  • In 1930, a treaty of friendship between Turkey and Greece was signed at Ankara.

  • In 1938, "The War of the Worlds," a book by H.G. Wells that was dramatized by Orson Welles, was broadcast on the radio.

  • In 1974, Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in Kinshaha, Zaire, and regained the world heavyweight boxing title.

  • In 1975, Prince Juan Carlos assumed the role of Spain's acting head of state after General Francisco Franco fell ill.

  • In 1988, over 6,500 couples from the Unification Church were married in Seoul in a service conducted by the church's Korean leader, Sun Myung Moon.

  • In 1990, China announced the results of a nationwide census which showed its population totalled 1.13 billion people.

  • In 1997, Belfast lawyer Mary McAleese was elected president of Ireland.

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