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Sunday December 6, 1998


They know they let something slip away. The Fiesta Bowl is gone.

-- UCLA coach Bob Toledo on Miami's 49-45 upset over UCLA, which ended the Bruins' record, 20-game winning streak


today's events

  • Local elections are to be held in Russia.

  • Asian Games competition begins in Bangkok, Thailand.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, December 8, President Clinton is scheduled to hold the first White House conference on Social Security in Washington.

  • On Wednesday, December 9, a hearing for Dr. Jack Kevorkian is scheduled in Pontiac, Michigan. He has been charged with first-degree murder after the euthanization of a terminally ill man was aired on national television.

  • On Thursday, December 10, The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin deliberation on articles of impeachment in Washington.

  • On Friday, December 11, President Clinton is scheduled to begin a Mideast trip, with stops in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Bethlehem and Gaza City.


Today marks the beginning of the Asian Games in Bangkok,Thailand. Click here.

  • Former basketball player Steve Bedrosian is 41.
  • Jazz musician Dave Brubeck is 78.
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham is 77.
  • Actor Thomas Hulce ("Amadeus") is 45.
  • Actor James Naughton ("The Paper Chase") is 53.
  • U.S. Senator Don Nickles of Oklahoma is 50.
  • Actress Janine Turner ("Northern Exposure") is 36.
  • Actress JoBeth Williams ("Poltergeist") is 45.

on this day

  • In 342, Saint Nicholas (patron of Russia, Greece and Sicily) died.

  • In 1534, Quito, Ecuador, was founded.

  • In 1790, the United States Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.

  • In 1876, the City of Anaheim, California, incorporated for a second time.

  • In 1877, Thomas Edison made the first sound recording.

  • In 1882, Anthony Trollope, the English novelist, died.

  • In 1889, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, died.

  • In 1901, President McKinley was shot by an anarchist; he later died on September 14.

  • In 1902, Martha Washington became the first U.S. woman on an U.S. stamp.

  • In 1917, an explosion in the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia killed 1,600 people.

  • In 1917, Finland declared its independence from Russia.

  • In 1921, W.L. Mackenzie King was elected Canadian Prime Minister.

  • In 1922, the Irish Free State (now the Republic of Ireland) was officially proclaimed.

  • In 1923, the first official U.S. government radio message was broadcast.

  • In 1961, Ernest Davis became the first African-American to win the Heismann Memorial Trophy.

  • In 1973, Gerald Ford was sworn in as U.S. vice president, following Spiro Agnew's resignation.

  • In 1975, a $2.3 billion emergency loan to save New York from bankruptcy was authorized.

  • In 1988, singer Roy Orbison died.

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