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Wednesday, September 2, 1998
We believe our fundamental economic policy is sound. We believe our people are working at record rates, and we are determined to stay on a path of fiscal discipline that brought us to where we are.
President Bill Clinton
- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has recalled Parliament for a special session to debate new anti-terrorism legislation.
- President Clinton is scheduled to wrap up trip to Russia in Moscow.
- On Thursday, September 3, U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to begin trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland.
- On Friday, September 4, the start of the Million Youth Movement begins in Atlanta.
- On Saturday, September 5, a Million Youth March is planned in New York.
- On Sunday, September 6, prayers are scheduled to be said for Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey, where her funeral was held one year ago today.
- On Monday, September 7, the United States celebrates Labor Day.
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- Today is National Day in Vietnam.
- Author-conservationist Cleveland Amory is 81.
- Former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth is 61.
- Rhythm-and-blues singer Sam Gooden (The Impressions) is 59.
- Former Pittsburgh Steelers' QB Terry Bradshaw is 50.
- Actor Mark Harmon ("St. Elsewhere") is 47.
- Tennis player Jimmy Connors is 46.
- Actress Linda Purl ("Happy Days") is 43.
- Rock musician Jerry Augustyniak (10,000 Maniacs) is 40.
- Singer k.d. lang is 37.
- Actor Keanu Reeves ("Speed") is 34.
- Actress Selma Hayek ("Desperado") is 30.
- In 31 B.C., Mark Anthony's naval force, including a squadron of Cleopatra's, was defeated at Actium by Roman legions under Augustus Caesar.
- In 1666, the Great Fire of London began in a bakery in Pudding Lane; it raged for four days and destroyed parts of the city.
- In 1789, Congress established the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
- In 1807, the British began bombarding Copenhagen to stop Napoleon from using the Danish fleet against Britain.
- In 1864, in the U.S. Civil War, Union forces under General William Tecumseh Sherman occupied Atlanta, Georgia.
- In 1866, the general assembly of Crete proclaimed the abolition of the Turkish authority and union with Greece.
- In 1870, Napoleon III capitulated to the Prussian forces at the Battle of Sedan, France. This led to the fall of the Second French Empire.
- In 1898, Lord Kitchener's Anglo-Egyptian forces decisively defeated the Dervishes at the Battle of Omdurman, Sudan.
- In 1901, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt made his famous speech in which he said America should "speak softly and carry a big stick."
- In 1923, the first elections were held in the Irish Free State after independence from Britain.
- In 1930, flying their plane "Point d'Interrogation," French aviators Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte completed the first non-stop flight from Europe to the United States.
- In 1940, Britain and the United States signed a deal giving Britain 50 aged destroyers in exchange for permission for the United States to use British naval bases in the West Indies.
- In 1945, aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri, Japanese leaders signed the unconditional surrender which ended World War II.
- In 1945, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was proclaimed, with Ho Chi Minh as president.
- In 1947, American states signed a treaty of mutual assistance, the Treaty of Rio de Janeiro.
- In 1947, President Carlos Mancheno of Ecuador was overthrown in a coup.
- In 1962, the Soviet Union agreed to send arms to Cuba to help it meet "threats from aggressive imperialist elements."
- In 1963, Alabama Gov. George Wallace stopped public school integration of blacks and whites by encircling Tuskegee High School with a cordon of state troopers.
- In 1990, Canadian soldiers seized control of an outpost of Mohawk Indians near Montreal, ending a 53-day armed standoff.
- In 1993, the Vatican accepted a Chinese invitation for a high level visit to Beijing, the first such meeting since the 1949 communist takeover.
- In 1994, the Bulgarian government of Prime Minister Lyuben Berov resigned.
- In 1996, Muslim rebels and the Philippines government signed a peace pact ending 24 years of war that killed 125,000 people.
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