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Saturday, December 19, 1998


The Western mode of political systems must never be copied.

-- Chinese President Jiang Zemin, speaking to Communist Party faithful on the 20th anniversary of reforms in China


today's events

  • The House of Representatives in Washington is scheduled to conclude a floor debate and vote on articles of impeachment against President Clinton, including two counts of perjury, one of obstruction of justice and one of abuse of power.

  • The Opening of World Jewish Expo '98 is scheduled in New York.

  • U.S. military airstrikes against Iraq may continue, in response to Saddam Hussein's continued defiance of U.N. weapons inspectors.

  • Anti-war demonstrators are scheduled to join the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Washington Peace Center (WPC) and various other peace groups in a march from the FBI building to the White House for a rally to protest the bombing of Iraq.

  • President Clinton's weekly radio address, on the subject of the U.S. attack on Iraq, is scheduled to be broadcast in Washington.

on the horizon

  • On Monday, December 21, the sentencing of a 16-year-old youth who made a plea agreement in the "Scream 2" movie-like stabbing of his ex-girlfriend's parents is scheduled in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

  • On Tuesday, December 22, the Federal Open Market Committee is scheduled to meet in Washington to review interest rates.

  • On Wednesday, December 23, Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma is scheduled to begin two days of talks with Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Discussions will likely focus on gas supplies.

  • On Thursday, December 24, Pope John Paul II is scheduled to observe the Christmas Eve midnight Mass at Vatican City.


Examine the strike against Iraq in depth. Clickhere.

  • Actress Jennifer Beals ("Flashdance") is 35.
  • Singer Janie Frickie is 46.
  • Anthropologist Richard E. Leakey is 54.
  • Former basketball player Kevin McHale is 41.
  • Actress Alyssa Milano ("Who's the Boss?") is 26.
  • Actor Tim Reid ("Frank's Place") is 54.
  • Actress Helen Slater ("Supergirl") is 35.
  • Actor Robert Urich ("Spenser: For Hire") is 53.

on this day

  • In 1154, Henry II crowned as King of England; his great achievement was to strengthen the administration of the country and to establish the Exchequer.

  • In 1564, the Battle of Dreux took place when Catholics defeated the Huguenots in the first French Religious War.

  • In 1793, in the French Revolutionary wars, French forces under General Dugommier and Napoleon Bonaparte recaptured the city of Toulon from the English.

  • In 1939, the German cruise liner Columbus was scuttled by its crew in the Atlantic after being followed by a U.S. cruiser; 577 survivors were picked up.

  • In 1941, Adolph Hitler took over as commander-in-chief of the army after sacking Field Marshal von Brauchitsch.

  • In 1957, an agreement was signed to start a regular air service between Moscow and London.

  • In 1965, Charles de Gaulle won 54.5 percent of the vote in the French presidential election, defeating Francois Mitterrand.

  • In 1981, eight crewmen on the Penlee lifeboat drowned as they battled in vain to save the crew of the coaster Union Star off Cornwall, England.

  • In 1984, Britain and China signed an agreement for the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

  • In 1992, South African President F.W. de Klerk said he had sacked or suspended 23 military officers, including two generals, for illegal and unauthorized activities and malpractices.

  • In 1993, two years after he was charged, a Pakistani court acquitted Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's husband, Asif Ali Zardari, of kidnapping.

  • In 1995, Austrian Chancellor Franz Vranitzky and his government, threatened by a looming budget row, tendered their resignations to President Thomas Klestil.

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