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Today's Events | On Horizon | On This Day | Newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Tuesday, December 29, 1998


I found Monica warm and intelligent and very open. I told her, 'You're very alive.'And she said, 'Maybe that was the appeal (to the president).'

-- TV interviewer Barbara Walters, discussing her impression of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky


today's events

  • President Clinton is tentatively scheduled to address a White House event on crime.

  • Jewish people observe the Fast of the 10th of Tevet, commemorating the beginning of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in the 6th century B.C.

on the horizon

  • On Wednesday, December 30, President and Mrs. Clinton are scheduled to leave for Hilton Head, South Carolina to participate in the annual Renaissance Weekend.

  • On Thursday, December 31, the ceremonial ball will drop at midnight in Times Square in New York. Sang Lan, the 17-year-old Chinese gymnast paralyzed at last summer's Goodwill Games, will help Mayor Rudolph Giuliani do the honors.

  • On Friday, January 1, the euro, a single European currency, is scheduled to be launched.

  • On Saturday, January 2, the NFL Wild Card playoffs begin.

  • On Sunday, January 3, Prince Charles and other members of British royal family scheduled to arrive in Switzerland for a week-long ski holiday.


If you want to learn more about unicycling, all you need is wheelpower

  • Actor Ted Danson is 51
  • Singer Marianne Faithfull is 52
  • Actress Dina Merrill is 70
  • Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 62
  • Actor Jon Voight is 60

on this day

  • In 1170, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered by four knights acting on the orders of England's King Henry II.

  • In 1800, Charles Goodyear, the American who developed the art of vulcanizing rubber, used in the production of car tires, was born.

  • In 1808, Andrew Johnson, the 17th U.S. president, was born.

  • In 1809, William Gladstone, four times British prime minister, was born.

  • In 1845, Texas became the 28th U.S. state.

  • In 1859, the first iron-hulled armored warship, Britain's HMS Warrior, was launched.

  • In 1874, Alfonso XII was proclaimed king of Spain.

  • In 1876, Pablo Casals, Spanish cellist and conductor, was born.

  • In 1890, more than 200 Sioux men, women and children were massacred by U.S. troops at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

  • In 1895, the Jameson Raid into the Transvaal to aid the Uitlanders (mainly British settlers) in the Boer republic, began.

  • In 1911, Sun Yat Sen became the first president of the Chinese Republic.

  • In 1911, Emil Julius Klaus Fuchs, German physicist who settled in Britain and spied for the Soviet Union, was born.

  • In 1937, the constitution of the Republic of Ireland came into effect.

  • In 1940, German aircraft dropped thousands of incendiary bombs on London, destroying some cherished buildings.

  • In 1944, Soviet tanks entered Budapest in World War II.

  • In 1952, the first transistor hearing aid was marketed in the United States.

  • In 1965, President Ho Chi Minh of North Vietnam rejected unconditional peace talks offered by U.S.

  • In 1972, 99 people were killed when an Eastern Airlines Lockheed L-1011 crashed into the Everglades near Miami International Airport in Florida.

  • In 1975, a bomb explosion at New York's La Guardia airport killed 11 people.

  • In 1981, U.S. President Reagan announced a program of economic sanctions against the Soviet Union because of its alleged role in the imposition of martial law in Poland.

  • In 1983, the United States formally announced its intention to withdraw from UNESCO at the end of 1984.

  • In 1986, former British prime minister (1957-63) Harold Macmillan died.

  • In 1989, playwright Vaclav Havel, jailed for five years for his human rights activities and long denounced in the communist media as an enemy of the state, was sworn in as president of Czechoslovakia.

  • In 1992, President Daniel arap Moi won Kenya's first multiparty polls in 26 years. In 1993, after 2,000 years of often hostile Christian-Jewish relations, the Vatican and Israel approved a document in which the Holy See and the Jewish state recognized each other.

  • In 1994, 53 people were killed when a Turkish Airlines aircraft crashed in a snowstorm while trying to land in eastern Turkey.

  • In 1995, a French air force cargo plane landed at the Bosnian city of Mostar, becoming the first aircraft to do so since 1992.

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