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Wednesday, December 9, 1998


A lame duck bill of impeachment dies with the lame duck Congress that passed it.

-- Bruce Ackerman, Yale University law professor


today's events

  • 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.

  • A hearing will be held in Laramie, Wyoming for the attack of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student beaten to death. Chasity Vera Pasley and Kristen LeAnn Price, girlfriends of the chief suspects in the murder, will enter a plea.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington is scheduled to hear oral arguments in two cases: a constitutional challenge to Chicago's anti-gang loitering ordinance; and a Pennsylvania case to decide whether defendants lose their right to remain silent after they've pleaded guilty or are about to be sentenced.

  • President Clinton is scheduled to light the National Tree in Washington, launching the annual holiday Pageant of Peace

  • The USO Tour of Hootie & the Blowfish is scheduled in Tuzla, Bosnia, to entertain American service members overseas.

on the horizon

  • 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 United States 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."

  • On Monday, December 14, President Clinton is scheduled to travel to Gaza City in the West Bank. His tentative schedule includes a meeting with Yasser Arafat and an address to the Palestinian people.


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  • Singer Joan Armatrading is 48.
  • Former basketball player Otis Birdsong is 43.
  • Actor Beau Bridges is 57.
  • Actor Dick Butkus is 56.
  • Actor Kirk Douglas is 82.
  • Actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is 89.
  • Golfer Tom Kite is 49.
  • Actor John Malkovich is 45.
  • Actor-singer Donny Osmond is 41.
  • Actor Dick Van Patten is 70.

on this day

  • In 1594, Gustavus II of Sweden was born; Sweden had become the strongest power in Europe at his death in 1632.

  • In 1608, the British poet John Milton, best known for "Paradise Lost," "Paradise Regained" and "Samson Agonistes," was born.

  • In 1625, the Treaty of The Hague was signed, under which England and the Netherlands agreed to subsidize Christian IV of Denmark in his campaign in Germany.

  • In 1909, actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was born.

  • In 1917, Turkish troops surrendered Jerusalem to British troops led by Viscount Allenby.

  • In 1940, the British Eighth Army launched an offensive in North Africa by attacking Sidi Barrani in Egypt.

  • In 1941, China formally issued a declaration of war against Japan, Germany and Italy.

  • In 1958, the John Birch Society was founded in the U.S., vowing to fight communism.

  • In 1961, Tanganyika became independent within the commonwealth; one year later, it became a republic within the commonwealth.

  • In 1964, English poet Dame Edith Sitwell died.

  • In 1966, Barbados became the 122nd member of the U.N.

  • In 1967, the Cunard liner Queen Mary docked at Long Beach, California, after her final voyage.

  • In 1985, former Argentine president Jorge Videla and his fellow junta member, Admiral Emilio Massera, were sentenced to life imprisonment for their part in the "dirty war" against left-wing guerrillas in which up to 9,000 people disappeared.

  • In 1987, the first riots of the intifada, or Palestinian uprising, erupted on the Gaza Strip.

  • In 1990, Lech Walesa, the former leader of the trade union Solidarity, won a landslide victory in the Polish presidential election.

  • In 1992, the separation of the prince and princess of Wales was announced.

  • In 1993, U.S. astronauts finished a grueling five-day repair work on the $3 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

  • In 1994, Britain and Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army's political wing, held their first formal talks for more than 70 years.

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