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Wednesday, September 16, 1998


I question what purpose is served by additional exposure to the salacious details contained in the Starr report. We must find a way to proceed and avoid further bombardment of the airwaves and Internet with such material.

-- Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle


today's events

  • Hearing in Philadelphia for Marie Noe, charged with killing eight of her ten children.

  • Body of former Alabama Gov. George Wallace will lie in state in the first-floor rotunda of the Capitol in Montgomery. Funeral service to be held at the First United Methodist Church.

  • Beginning of Annual Congressional Black Caucus legislative weekend, ends Sept. 19.

  • National Association of Letter Carriers honors National Hero of the Year Ivan Wood Jr. of East Syracuse, N.Y.

  • Ten finalists, ranging in age from 3 to 63, compete in first-ever national "Giggle Off" in Los Angeles, California.

on the horizon

  • On Thursday, September 17, President Clinton tentatively scheduled to travel to Cincinnati and Boston.

  • On Friday, September 18, the Christian Coalition holds its 8th annual convention in Washington.

  • On Saturday, September 19, the 78th annual Miss America Pageant is to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

  • On Sunday, September 20, the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana begins at sundown.

  • On Monday, September 21, Leaders from across the globe gather to address U.N. General Assembly general debate in New York.


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  • Actress Lauren Bacall ("Key Largo") is 74.
  • Basketball Hall Of Famer Elgin Baylor is 64.
  • Actor Ed Begley, Jr. ("St. Elsewhere") is 49.
  • Musician Charlie Byrd is 73.
  • Illusionist David Copperfield is 42.
  • Actor Peter Falk ("Columbo") is 71.
  • Actress Anne Francis ("Blackboard Jungle") is 66.
  • TV producer Alan Funt ("Candid Camera") is 84.
  • Baseball player Orel Hershiser is 40.
  • Singer B.B. King ("The Thrill Is Gone") is 73.
  • Writer John Knowles ("A Separate Peace") is 72.
  • Singer Richard Marx is 35.
  • Weatherman Mark McEwen is 44.
  • Actress Janis Paige ("The Pajama Game") is 75.
  • Baseball player Timothy Raines is 39.
  • Actor Mickey Rourke ("9 1/2 Weeks") is 42.
  • Former baseball player Robin Yount is 43.

on this day

  • In 1673, Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I declares war against France.

  • In 1744, Prussia's King Frederick II takes Prague but, deserted by the French, he is driven back into Saxony.

  • In 1929, Peace is signed between Bolivia and Paraguay.

  • In 1941, Iran's Reza Shah abdicates in favor of his 23-year-old son, Mohammad Reza.

  • In 1945, Japan surrenders Hong Kong at the end of World War II.

  • In 1955, Argentine President Juan Peron is ousted by military coup during second term in office, begins 18-year exile.

  • In 1975, Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific becomes an independent nation.

  • In 1976, U.S. Episcopal Church approves ordination of women.

  • In 1979, Afghanistan's President Nur Mohammed Taraki is overthrown in coup headed by hard-line Communist Prime Minister Hafizullah Amin.

  • In 1982, Massacre of Palestinian refugees by Lebanese Christians at refugee camps in Beirut begins.

  • In 1997, Typhoon Oliwa hits southwestern Japan, killing six and forcing 80,000 people from their homes.

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