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Friday, September 18, 1998
- The Christian Coalition holds its 8th annual convention in Washington.
- Hearing scheduled in Washington in the case of Russell Weston Jr., charged in the U.S. Capitol shootings.
- Induction ceremonies begin in Akron, Ohio, for new class at the Inventors Hall of Fame.
- National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling holds three-day conference in St. Louis.
- Start of annual three-day effort to "Clean up the World." It's known as the largest global volunteer clean-up project and held in conjunction with the U.N. Environment Program.
- 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.
- On Tuesday, September 22, South African President Nelson Mandela scheduled to begin visit to the United States and Canada.
- On Wednesday, Country Music Association awards presentation.
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- Singer Frankie Avalon is 58.
- U.S. Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah is 65.
- Actor Robert Blake is 60.
- Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 36.
- Rock musician Kerry Livgen (Kansas) is 49.
- Actress Holly Robinson Peete ("Hangin' With Mr. Cooper") is 34.
- Actors Taylor Porter and Brandon Porter ("Party of Five") are 5.
- Rock musician Dee Dee Ramone is 46.
- Actress Jada Pinkett Smith ("A Different World") is 27.
- Actor Jack Warden ("Crazy Like A Fox") is 78.
- In 1502, Christopher Columbus landed at Costa Rica on his fourth and last voyage to the New World.
- In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.
- In 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.
- In 1810, Chile declared its independence from Spain.
- In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slaveowners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to other states.
- In 1851, the first edition of The New York Times was published.
- In 1922, Hungary was admitted to the League of Nations.
- In 1940, "You Can't Go Home Again" by Thomas Wolfe was published.
- In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27.
- In 1975, fugitive Patti Hearst was arrested in San Francisco after spending more than six months with the Symbionese Liberation Army.
- In 1981, the French parliament decided to abolish capital punishment and the guillotine.
- In 1989, Hurricane Hugo reached Puerto Rico, causing extensive damage as it continued to barrel toward the U.S. mainland.
- In 1990, the city of Atlanta was named the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
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