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Monday, September 21, 1998


What Cal (Ripken) did is so unbelievable. What he's done, he's done a great thing for baseball.

-- Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig


today's events

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony and 2,800 pages of supporting information is to be released to the public.

  • Leaders from across the globe gather to address U.N. General Assembly general debate in New York.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright plans to meet with Iran's foreign minister in New York as part of an eight-nation effort designed to head off conflict between Iran and the Taliban, which controls most of Afghanistan.

on the horizon

  • On Tuesday, September 22, U.S. President Bill Clinton meets with Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi at the Rockefeller family estate in Tarrytown, N.Y.

  • On Wednesday, September 23, NASA sponsors Challenge Mission, an eight-day deployment of the Carpenter Space Analog Station on the sea floor off Key Largo, Florida.

  • On Thursday, September 24, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno hosts national "Summit on School Violence and Kids" in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • On Friday, September 25, U.S. President Bill Clinton is to attend a political fund-raiser in Chicago and then travel to California.

  • On Saturday, September 26, Cindy Crawford, Aretha Franklin, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Michael Bolton are to join the National Cancer March in Washington, D.C.


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  • Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen is 64.
  • Baseball player Cecil Fielder is 35.
  • Comedian Henry Gibson is 63.
  • Former basketball player Artis Gilmore is 49.
  • Actor Larry Hagman ("Dallas") is 67.
  • Author Stephen King ("The Shining") is 61.
  • Talk-show host Ricki Lake is 30.
  • Actor Rob Morrow ("Northern Exposure") is 36.
  • Comedian Bill Murray ("Groundhog Day") is 48.
  • Actress Mary Travis ("Married to the Mob") is 37.

on this day

  • In 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

  • In 1897, the New York Sun ran its famous editorial that declared, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

  • In 1937, "The Hobbit," by J.R.R. Tolkien, was first published.

  • In 1938, a hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming more than 600 lives.

  • In 1949, the People's Republic of China was proclaimed by its Communist leaders.

  • In 1973, the U.S. Senate confirmed Henry Kissinger to be Secretary of State.

  • In 1977, after weeks of controversy over past business and banking practices, U.S. President Jimmy Carter's embattled budget director, Bert Lance, resigned.

  • In 1996, John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, Georgia.

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