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Thursday, December 10, 1998
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- The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider articles of impeachment in Washington.
- The 1998 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is to be held in Oslo, Norway. John Hume and David Trimble, leaders of Northern Ireland's two main political parties who are being honored for their efforts to end sectarian violence, are scheduled to give speeches.
- The awarding of Nobel prizes in literature, medicine, science and economics in a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel's death will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. With a fortune he made from his invention of dynamite, Nobel created prizes in 1901 to encourage peaceful applications of scientific knowledge.
- The 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, will be honored with a debate at the General Assembly in the United Nations.
- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott and U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers are scheduled to meet with Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and other officials in Moscow to discuss the ongoing Russian economic crisis.
- The launch date of NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket is scheduled today at Cape Canaveral.
- 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. His tentative schedule includes a meeting with Yasser Arafat and an address to the Palestinian people.
- On Tuesday, December 15, President Clinton is tentatively scheduled to visit the grave of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, view the Old City, and travel to Bethlehem.
Today is United Nations International Human Rights Day. To find out more, click here.
- Actress Teri Garr is 49.
- Singer David Gates is 58.
- Singer Jermaine Jackson is 44.
- U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts is 55.
- Singer Brenda Lee is 54.
- Actress Donna Mills is 55.
- Actress Rita Moreno is 67.
- Producer Carlo Ponti is 85.
- Filmmaker Susan Seidelman is 46.
- Singer Curtis Williams is 36.
- In 1508, Pope Julius II, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Louis XII of France and Ferdinand II of Aragon to attack Venice, formed the League of Cambrai.
- In 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal bull excommunicating him.
- In 1817, Mississippi became the 20th of the United States.
- In 1845, the first pneumatic tires were patented by British civil engineer Robert Thompson.
- In 1851, American librarian Melvil Dewey, who devised the system of classification for library cataloguing, was born.
- In 1865, Leopold I, the first king of the Belgians and a highly influential in European diplomacy, died.
- In 1868, the world's first traffic lights, built near London's Parliament Square, began operation.
- In 1896, Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel died; he made much of his fortune from his invention of dynamite and used it to start the Nobel prizes, the first of which were handed out on this day in 1901.
- In 1898, the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Spanish-American War.
- In 1931, Alasara Zamora was chosen as Spain's first constitutionally elected president.
- In 1941, Japanese planes sank the British battleships "Repulse" and "Prince of Wales" in the South China Sea, killing nearly 800 people.
- In 1963, Zanzibar, a British protectorate since 1890, became an independent state within the Commonwealth.
- In 1967, Otis Redding, one of the most influential soul singers of the 1960s, was killed in a plane crash in Wisconsin.
- In 1979, the parliament of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia met for the last time to vote itself out of existence.
- In 1982, 119 countries -- but not Britain or the United States signed the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
- In 1989, Czechoslovakia's first government without a Communist majority since 1948 assumed power.
- In 1990, Armand Hammer, chairman of Occidental Petroleum, died at the age of 92.
- In 1995, NASA scientists received the first data from the space probe Galileo -- a message beamed over 2.3 billion miles (3.7 billion kilometers).
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