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Wednesday December 2, 1998


Now we're seeing incredible hypocrisy introduced into the debate. Oh, we care so much about perjury, what a terrible thing perjury is. The only reason the majority of this committee cares about perjury is because they believe that President Clinton, their political opponent, is guilty of it.

-- Attorney Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School at the House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearings.


today's events

  • President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are among the expected speakers at the Democratic Leadership Council annual conference in Washington.

  • President Clinton is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan in Washington.

  • Senate Republicans and Democrats are scheduled to hold leadership elections in Washington.

  • The 66th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is to be held in New York.

  • The first 'Bi-National Israel-U.S. Conference on Women's Health: Promoting Health Across the Generations' is scheduled in Jerusalem. Speakers are to include U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Shalala and Israeli Minister of Health Yeshoua Matza.

on the horizon

  • On Thursday, December 3, the target launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on an 11-day International Space Station mission is scheduled at Cape Canaveral. The 'Endeavour' is tentatively scheduled to rendezvous with the Space Station on December 6.

  • On Friday, December 4, The Rev. Jesse Jackson is scheduled to address the National Press Club in Washington.

  • On Saturday, December 5, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are scheduled to play in the Carlos Baerga Celebrity Softball Game in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • On Sunday, December 6, local elections are to be held in Russia.

  • On Monday December 7, the Presidents Golf Cup Tournament is to be held in Melbourne, Australia. South African President Nelson Mandela, and former U.S. presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George Bush expected to attend.


Today marks the United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Click here.

  • U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard of Colorado is 55.
  • Actor Dennis Christopher is 43.
  • Figure skater Randy Gardner is 40.
  • Actor Adolph Green is 83.
  • Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig is 74.
  • Actress Julie Harris is 73.
  • Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III is 67.
  • U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada is 59.

on this day

  • In 1547, Hernando Cortes, the Spanish conqueror of Mexico, died; he fought and conquered Mexico and in 1522 became governor and captain-general of "New Spain."

  • In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France in Paris by Pope Pius VII.

  • In 1805, Napoleon won a brilliant victory at the battle of Austerlitz, also known as the "Battle of the Three Emperors," against Russia and Austria.

  • In 1814, the Comte de Sade, known as the Marquis de Sade, died; his unnatural sexual practices and writings about them led to the term "sadism."

  • In 1823, U.S. President James Monroe introduced his "Monroe Doctrine" under which it was held that the American continents were not to open to future colonization by any European power.

  • 1852, in France, the Second Empire was proclaimed with Napoleon III as emperor.

  • In 1859, American anti-slavery campaigner John Brown was hanged after an abortive raid on the federal arsenal in Virginia.

  • In 1859, French artist Georges Seurat was born; he founded the school of neo-impressionism and developed the technique of pointillism.

  • In 1942, the world's first nuclear chain reaction took place at the University of Chicago when physicists led by Enrico Fermi created a chain reaction.

  • In 1954, Sen. Joseph McCarthy was condemned by the U.S. Senate for misconduct after his investigations of thousands of he suspected to be communists.

  • In 1971, the United Arab Emirates was proclaimed.

  • In 1972, a general election in Australia resulted in a Labor victory, the first since 1949; Gough Whitlam became prime minister.

  • In 1979, in Iran, electors voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new constitution giving absolute power to Ayatollah Khomeini.

  • In 1982, the first permanent artificial heart was implanted in Barney Clark, a Seattle dentist, by Dr. William De Vries at the University of Utah.

  • In 1990, after German reunification, Chancellor Helmut Kohl's coalition of CDU/CSU and FDP won Germany's first free German elections since 1932.

  • In 1993, Pablo Escobar, boss of the Medellin cocaine cartel in Colombia, was killed in a shootout as police tried to arrest him.

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