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Tuesday December 8, 1998


I find by clear and convincing evidence a lack of knowing and willful criminal intent required for criminal prosecution.

-- Attorney General Janet Reno, who rejected "issue ad" probe of President Clinton


today's events

  • President Clinton is scheduled to hold the first White House conference on Social Security in Washington.

  • Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and IBF heavyweight champion Francois Botha of South Africa are scheduled to hold a news conference in Hollywood, California, regarding Tyson's return to the ring in his January 16 fight against Botha.

  • U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is scheduled to address the French National Assembly in Paris.

  • NATO foreign ministers are scheduled to hold their year-end meeting in Brussels, with discussions on the Balkans and the alliance's strategic planning.

  • Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz is scheduled to conclude his meetings in Moscow with Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov.

  • Iranian naval exercises are to be held in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, involving some 50,000 troops. Military officials from Oman will take part as observers.

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council Summit is scheduled to meet in Abu Dhabi to discuss Gulf region security, Iraq, and the dispute over islands between Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Guests are to include U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and South African President Nelson Mandela. This is first time dignitaries from outside Gulf states have been invited to the summit.

on the horizon

  • On Wednesday, December 9, a hearing for Dr. Jack Kevorkian is scheduled in Pontiac, Michigan. He's 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 consider articles of impeachment in Washington.

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

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

  • On Sunday, December 13, Puerto Ricans are scheduled to vote on their future relationship with the U.S. in a non-binding referendum that offers five options: seeking statehood, maintaining commonwealth status, getting independence, creating new "free association" with the U.S., or "none of the above."


The GCC Summit is scheduled to meet in Abu Dhabi to discuss Gulf region security and other issues. To find out more about Abu Dhabi, click here.

  • Singer Greg Allman is 51.
  • Actress Kim Basinger is 45.
  • Musician James Galway is 59.
  • Actress Teri Hatcher is 34.
  • Actor James MacArthur is 61.
  • Singer Sinead O'Connor is 32.
  • Actor Maximillian Schell is 68.
  • Actress Mary Woronov is 52.

on this day

  • In 1854, Pope Pius IX promulgated the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

  • In 1863, Briton Tom King became the world's first heavyweight boxing champion when he beat American John Heenan in Kent, England.

  • In 1914, the Battle of the Falkland Islands between Britain and Germany resulted in a British victory.

  • In 1941, Britain and the United States declared war on Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor the previous day.

  • In 1949, Chinese Nationalists flee the Chinese mainland, moving their capital to Formosa (Taiwan).

  • In 1953, at the United Nations, President Eisenhower called on the major powers to contribute from their stockpiles to an international pool for the peaceful development of atomic energy, and proposed that an international atomic energy agency be set up.

  • In 1956, 47 people were killed and over 80 wounded when Hungarian militiamen and soldiers of the Soviet Red Army opened fire on about 4,000 demonstrators in Salgotarjan, a small northern mining town, during the violent suppression of an anti-Communist uprising.

  • In 1966, 28 countries, including the U.S. and Soviet Union, reached agreement for an international ban on nuclear weapons in space.

  • In 1974, the Greek people, voting in a referendum, decided by a massive majority against restoring the monarchy.

  • In 1980, John Lennon, former member of the Beatles, was shot dead in New York by Mark David Chapman.

  • In 1987, Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev signed a treaty in Washington to eliminate all their intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear missiles.

  • In 1989, East Germany opened corruption investigations against former Communist Party chief Erich Honecker and five other disgraced former leaders.

  • In 1991, Kimberly Bergalis, the first person known to have contracted AIDS from a health care worker, her dentist, died in Florida.

  • In 1993, Winnie Mandela, estranged wife of Nelson Mandela, made a triumphant return to the top level of the African National Congress when the ANC Women's League elected her as its president.

  • In 1994, President Clinton offered U.S. troops to help protect any withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers from Bosnia.

  • In 1995, China enthroned its choice of a new 6-year-old Panchen Lama, attempting to force Tibetans to accept its controversial choice for Tibetan Buddhism's second-ranking monk instead of one named by the god-king, the Dalai Lama, whom the Chinese had driven into exile.

  • In 1995, The Baltic state of Lithuania formally applied for membership of the European Union.

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