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Monday, December 21, 1998


Impeachment is a legal means of taking out of office a president who threatens the well-being of the republic. Even Clinton's most committed enemies ... can't claim that standard has been set

-- The Los Angeles Times, in an editorial responding to impeachment of President Bill Clinton


today's events

  • A vote is expected in the Israeli parliament on either a motion of no confidence in the government or a bill to hold early elections.

  • President Clinton is scheduled to attend a memorial service in Arlington, Virginia for victims of Pan Am 103. The New York-bound Pan Am 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, 10 years ago today, killing all 259 people on board and eleven on the ground.

  • The sentencing for a 16-year-old boy 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 the horizon

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

  • On Wednesday, December 23, Ukraine 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 Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at the Vatican City.

  • On Friday, December 25, Cuba will observe a national holiday. It was re-established by the Cuban Communist Party 29 years after it was abolished by President Fidel Castro.

  • On Saturday, December 26, Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday, begins.


In 1913, The first crossword puzzle was published. To get stumped, click here.

  • Former TV talk show host Phil Donahue is 63.
  • Sportscaster Chris Evert is 44.
  • Actress Jane Fonda ("On Golden Pond") is 61.
  • Actor Samuel L. Jackson ("Pulp Fiction") is 50.
  • Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts is 62.
  • Conductor Michael Thomas is 54.
  • Former baseball player Andy Van Slyke is 38.
  • Former President of Austria Kurt Waldheim is 80.

on this day

  • In 1846, The first surgical operation under anesthesia in Britain was performed at University College Hospital, London by Robert Liston who amputated the leg of a servant.

  • In 1913, The first crossword puzzle was published in the weekend edition of the New York World and was compiled by Liverpool-born Arthur Wynne.

  • In 1948, The Republic of Ireland Bill was signed by the President of Eire, ending association with Britain.

  • In 1958, Charles De Gaulle was elected the first president of the fifth Republic of France with 78.5 percent of the votes cast by the electoral college.

  • In 1968, Apollo 8, with astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders, was launched by a Saturn 5 booster from Cape Kennedy. Three days later the crew carried out the first manned flight around the moon.

  • In 1973, The first peace conference with Israel and her Arab neighbors opened in Geneva. Jordan, Israel, Egypt, the United States, the Soviet Union and the United Nations were represented.

  • In 1975, Terrorists of the "Arm of the Arab Revolution" led by "Carlos the Jackal" raided the OPEC headquarters in Vienna and held 11 oil ministers and their staff hostage.

  • In 1988, A Pan Am Boeing 747 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 passengers and crew and 11 people on the ground.

  • In 1992, 54 people were killed when a Martinair DC-10 charter plane carrying Dutch holidaymakers crashed in flames at Faro, in Portugal. Aboard were 327 passengers and 13 crew.

  • In 1993, President Boris Yeltsin abruptly abolished the former KGB security police, saying the huge force Russian citizens feared for decades was "incapable of being reformed."

  • In 1995, in the worst disaster on the accident-prone Egyptian railways in more than 15 years, 75 people were killed and 76 injured when a crowded train rammed the back of another in the town of Badrasheen, 17 miles (28 km) south of Cairo.

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