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Monday December 7, 1998


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights

-- United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted December 10, 1948


today's events

  • 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 are expected to attend.

  • Attorney General Janet Reno has until today to decide whether to ask for the appointment of a special prosecutor to probe alleged fund-raising improprieties by President Clinton during the 1996 campaign.

  • The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in Washington in two cases, one from Alabama involving the reliability of scientific expert testimony in civil cases, and one from New Jersey and Maryland involving multi-state crime sprees.

  • A trial in the lawsuit brought against Microsoft by the Justice Department and 20 states accusing the software firm of antitrust violations is scheduled in Washington.

on the horizon

  • On Tuesday, December 8, the House Judiciary Committee hears President Clinton's defense in connection with articles of impeachment 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, Nobel Peace Prizes will be awarded.

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

  • On Saturday, December 12, President Clinton is scheduled to meet with Israeli President Weizman in Jerusalem, Israel.


Some major political players will be hitting the green today in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, click here.

  • Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench is 51.
  • Former basketball player Larry Bird is 42.
  • Actress Ellen Burstyn ("The Exorcist") is 66.
  • U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi is 61.
  • U.S. Sen. Susan M. Collins of Maine is 46.
  • Actor C. Thomas Howell ("Soul Man") is 32.
  • Singer Tom Waits is 49.
  • Actor Eli Wallach ("The Poppy is Also a Flower") is 66.

on this day

  • In 1787, Delaware voted to adopt the newly created federal constitution, thus becoming the first state of the United States.

  • In 1808, Republican James Madison was elected U.S. president. Incumbent New Yorker George Clinton won the vice presidency.

  • In 1836, Democrat Martin Van Buren was elected U.S. president.

  • In 1842, the New York Philharmonic Society gave its first public concert.

  • In 1916, Herbert Asquith resigned as British Prime Minister and was replaced by David Lloyd George, the war secretary, with a commitment to wage all-out war on Germany.

  • In 1941, Japanese planes attacked the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, destroying many aircraft and ships and precipitating U.S. declaration of war on Japan.

  • In 1965, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of the Greek Church formally annulled the excommunication pronounced on the Church of Rome in 1054.

  • In 1971, Libya announced the nationalization of British Petroleum's assets.

  • In 1972, the U.S. launched Apollo 17, the last Apollo, on its way to the moon.

  • In 1974, President Makarios returned to Cyprus to a hero's welcome after 4 1/2 months in exile.

  • In 1975, the Indonesian army swept into East Timor -- Jakarta already owned the western half of the island -- as civil war broke out after the Portuguese colonial rulers of three centuries left.

  • In 1979, Charles Haughey was elected Irish Prime Minister, replacing Jack Lynch.

  • In 1988, in Armenia, an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale killed more than 25,000 people.

  • In 1989, Czechoslovak President Gustav Husak accepted the resignation of Communist Prime Minister Ladislav Adamec.

  • In 1989, President Corazon Aquino asked the Philippine Congress for extra powers to rule the country after a six-day coup attempt ended in a defiant march by army rebels back to barracks.

  • In 1990, GATT trade talks were suspended when a row over farm subsidies between the European Community and the U.S. paralyzed a four-year attempt to lift barriers on commerce.

  • In 1992, nearly 180 people were killed and hundreds injured when riots erupted across India after Hindu militants demolished an ancient mosque.

  • In 1993, the U.S. government said it had concealed 204 nuclear blasts at its Nevada test site, more than one-fifth of total tests, to keep the old Soviet Union in the dark about the U.S. arsenal.

  • In 1993, a lone gunman aboard a packed rush-hour commuter train opened fire at passengers just outside New York, killing six and wounding 19.

  • In 1995, a probe from the spacecraft Galileo successfully entered the atmosphere of the planet Jupiter.

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