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Wednesday, September 9, 1998
- The Senate Judiciary's constitutional subcommittee is to hold a hearing on whether U.S. President Bill Clinton is subject to criminal law.
- The United Nations is to release its annual human development report ranking 174 countries on their gap between rich and poor.
- "Free Willy" star Keiko is scheduled to leave Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport to return to his native waters off Iceland.
- On Thursday, September 10, the House International Relations Committee is to hold a hearing in Washington on the safety of U.S. embassies worldwide.
- On Friday, September 11, a medical ethics conference on "Doctors, Death and Dignity" is to begin in Chautauqua, New York.
- On Saturday, September 12, Alfred Wolfram of Shakopee, Minnesota, attempts to break his current kissing record in the Guinness Book of World Records. He'll try to kiss more than 10,504 people today.
- On Sunday, September 13, the presentation of the 50th annual Emmy takes place in Los Angeles.
- On Monday, September 14, a trial is tentatively scheduled to begin in Pontiac, Michigan, in the wrongful-death lawsuit against talk show host Jenny Jones.
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- Basketball player B.J. Armstrong is 31.
- Actor Hugh Grant ("Four Weddings and a Funeral") is 38.
- Actor Michael Keaton ("Batman") is 47.
- Actress Kristy McNichol ("Empty Nest," "Two Moon Junction"} is 36.
- Musician Billy Preston is 52.
- Actor Cliff Robertson ("Falcon Crest") is 73.
- Sportscaster and former NFL star Joe Theisman is 49.
- Actor Tom Wopat ("Dukes of Hazzard") is 47.
- In 1087, Norman King William I, known as "William the Conqueror," died. He was also instigator of the Domesday book, the first exhaustive survey of England.
- In 1513, forces of James IV of Scotland battled English troops in Flodden near Branxton, in the English county of Northumberland. The Scots were heavily defeated and James IV was killed along with all his nobles.
- In 1776, the United States of America was born when the Continental Congress changed the name of the nation from the United Colonies.
- In 1835, the so-called "September Laws" were introduced in France, suppressing the radical movement and censoring the press.
- In 1850, California entered the Union as the 31st U.S. state.
- In 1914, in World War I, the chief of the German general staff, Helmuth von Moltke, called off the German advance after the British and French counter-attacked, thus ending the first Battle of the Marne.
- In 1942, in one of their rare raids on the U.S. mainland, a Japanese plane dropped incendiaries on Oregon.
- In 1948, after the withdrawal of Soviet forces from North Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed with Pyongyang as its capital.
- In 1976, Chairman Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary soldier and statesman, died. He proclaimed the People's Republic of China in 1949 in Beijing.
- In 1991, the Soviet Central Asian republic of Tajikistan declared independence from Moscow.
- In 1997, former president F.W. de Klerk, who freed South Africa from the scourge of his National Party's apartheid policies, retired from parliament.
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