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September 4, 1998

quote   We've seen parcels, seats, clothing and people.

-- Fisherman John Campbell on the aftermath of the Swissair Flight 111 crash

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today's events

  • A hearing for two young boys charged with killing 11-year-old Ryan Harris is scheduled in Chicago. Attorneys for the boys, ages 7 and 8, hope to convince a Juvenile Court judge that their clients are victims of a police frame-up.

  • An estimated 700 bike messengers from 25 countries expected at the annual Cycle Messenger World Championships in Washington.


on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, September 8, gubernatorial primaries are scheduled to be held in Arizona, New Hampshire, Vermont and Wisconsin.

  • On Wednesday, September 9, "Free Willy" star Keiko scheduled to relocate from Newport, Oregon, to his native waters off Iceland.


NEWSLINK:   NOTABLE:

It is finally here. singer David Bowie has finally launched his Web site, featuring what he calls the first community-driven Internet site that focuses on music, film, literature, painting and more. Check it out by clicking here.

  • ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey is 80.
  • Actress Mitzi Gaynor ("South Pacific") is 67.
  • Actress Jennifer Salt ("Soap") is 54.
  • Golfer Tom Watson is 49.
  • Rhythm-and-blues musician Ronald LaPread (The Commodores) is 48.
  • Actress Judith Ivey ("Brighton Beach Memoirs") is 47.
  • Actor-comedian Damon Wayans ("In Living Color") is 38.
  • Actress Ione Skye ("Say Anything") is 27.


on this day

  • In 1189, England's King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned in Westminster.

  • In 1783, the Treaty of Paris between the United States and Great Britain officially ended the Revolutionary War.

  • In 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.

  • In 1943, the British Eighth Army invaded Italy during World War II, the same day Italy signed a secret armistice with the allies.

  • In 1967, Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution.

  • In 1976, the unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking II landed on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet's surface.

  • In 1978, Pope John Paul I was installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • In 1979, Hurricane David struck along the central Florida coast, leaving several people dead and millions of dollars in damage.

  • In 1997, Arizona Gov. Fife Symington was convicted of lying to get millions in loans to shore up his collapsing real estate empire.

  • In 1997, the U.S. Senate voted to ban most federal financing for abortions provided by the managed-care industry.


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