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Today's Events | On Horizon | On This Day | Newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Saturday, October 31, 1998


It's been a great ride so far.

-- Astronaut John Glenn


today's events

  • A mass rally commemorating the third anniversary of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination is to be held in Jerusalem.

  • The 25th Halloween parade is to be held in Greenwich Village, New York.

on the horizon

  • 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 United States.

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

  • On Thursday, November 5, a hearing is scheduled in Salt Lake City, Utah, for a couple accused of kidnapping their malnourished child from a hospital. Prosecutors say Christopher and Kyndra Fink think their son is a religious prophet and needs only "pure" food.


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  • Astronaut Michael Collins is 67.
  • Actress Deidre Hall ("Days of Our Lives") is 50.
  • Baseball player Fred McGriff is 35.
  • Drummer Larry Mullen of U2 is 37.
  • Actor Dermot Mulroney ("Young Guns") is 35.
  • Broadcast journalist Jane Pauley is 48.
  • Newsman Dan Rather is 67.

on this day

  • In 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses, an attack on various ecclesiastical abuses, on the door of Wittenberg Palace, marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

  • In 1864, Nevada was admitted to the union as the 36th state of the United States.

  • In 1888, John Boyd Dunlop took out a patent for his pneumatic bicycle tire.

  • In 1917, in the third battle of Gaza, Australians and New Zealanders captured Beersheba from the Turks.

  • In 1918, Count Istvan Tisza, Hungarian premier until his resignation in 1917, was assassinated by disaffected soldiers after being held responsible for the country's plight in World War I.

  • In 1940, the Battle of Britain, the struggle between Germany and Britain over air control of the English Channel, was officially designated to have ended.

  • In 1952, the United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb at the Elugelab Atoll in the Eniwetok Proving Grounds in the Pacific Marshall Islands.

  • In 1956, Britain and France bombed Egyptian airfields during the Suez crisis.

  • In 1961, Russia's de-Stalinization program reached a climax when his body was removed from the mausoleum in Red Square and re-buried.

  • In 1968, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson ordered a complete cessation of American bombing of North Vietnam.

  • In 1974, Britain, France and the United States vetoed a motion at the United Nations to expel South Africa.

  • In 1984, Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by three Sikh members of her bodyguard while she was walking in the garden of her New Delhi home.

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