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Thursday, September 17, 1998
- Senate debate scheduled to begin on overriding President Clinton's veto of legislation outlawing so-called partial birth abortions.
- Christian Coalition kicks off convention with "Lobby for Life" to be staged by pro-family grass-roots activists.
- President Clinton tentatively scheduled to travel to Cincinnati and Boston.
- House Judiciary subcommittee on crime hears testimony on "repeat predators" and the proposed "No Second Chances" Act.
- Russian President Boris Yeltsin tentatively scheduled to meet with former Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto.
- Sotheby's in London auctions memorabilia from James Bond films, including four cars.
- On Friday, September 18, Christian Coalition holds 8th annual convention with guest speakers including Charlton Heston, Pat Robertson and Newt Gingrich.
- 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 debate in New York.
- On Tuesday, September 22, South African President Nelson Mandela scheduled to begin visit to the United States and Canada.
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- Actress Anne Bancroft ("The Turning Point") is 67.
- Actor Paul Benedict ("The Jeffersons") is 60.
- Football Hall of Famer George Blanda is 71.
- Football player Anthony Carter is 38.
- U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa is 65.
- Basketball coach Phil Jackson is 53.
- Author Ken Kesey ("One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest") is 63.
- Cartoonist Jeff MacNelly ("Shoe") is 51.
- Actor Roddy McDowall ("Planet Of the Apes") is 70.
- Actress Cassandra Peterson ("Elvira, Mistress of the Dark") is 47.
- Actor John Ritter ("Three's Company") is 50.
- Comedian Rita Rudner is 42.
- U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter is 59.
- In 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the constitutional convention in Philadelphia.
- In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany launched its assault.
- In 1948, the United Nations mediator for Palestine, Count Folk Bernadette, was assassinated in Jerusalem by Jewish extremists.
- In 1978, after meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.
- In 1980, former Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza was assassinated in Paraguay.
- In 1983, Vanessa Williams of New York became the first black contestant to be crowned "Miss America."
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