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Saturday, October 10, 1998
Some sense a climax lies ahead, and others think we're getting close to the bottom.
Alan Ackerman, senior vice president and market strategist at Fahnstock & Co
- The U.S. Congress is scheduled to begin recess, but weekend legislative sessions are expected to carry on, specifically efforts to resolve spending bill issues that could force a government shutdown.
- The 32nd World Championship Chili Cook-off takes place in Las Vegas. The grand prize winner walks away with $25,000.
- On Sunday, October 11, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton travels to Sofia, Bulgaria.
- On Monday, October 12, U.S. President Bill Clinton travels to New York and Florida to make campaign appearances for political candidates.
- On Tuesday, October 13, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in AT&T vs.Iowa Utilities.
- On Wednesday, October 14, a hearing is scheduled for Russell Weston, a former mental patient charged with the July 24 murders of two U.S. Capitol Police officers.
- On Thursday, October 15, Israeli and Palestinian leaders are scheduled to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in Washington to try to hammer out a Middle East peace agreement.
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- Actor Charles Dance ("The Jewel in the Crown") is 52.
- Football quarterback Brett Favre is 29.
- Actress Jessica Harper ("Pennies from Heaven") is 49.
- Playwright Harold Pinter is 68.
- Rocker David Lee Roth is 43.
- Singer Tanya Tucker is 40.
- Actor Ben Vereen ("All That Jazz") is 52.
- In 732, following an invasion of France by Abd-er-Rahman and a force of 65,000 Saracens, Charles Martel and a force of Frankish infantry defeated the invaders at the battle of Tours.
- In 1733, France declared war on Austrian Emperor Charles VI after Augustus III was elected in Poland instead of the French preferred candidate Stanislav Leszczynski.
- In1813, Giuseppe Verdi, one of the greatest Italian opera composers, was born. His works included "Aida," "Otello" and "Rigoletto."
- In 1825, Paul Kruger, South African farmer, soldier and statesman, was born. President of the South African Republic 1883-1902, he made his mark as the builder of the Afrikaner nation.
- In 1830, Queen Isabella II of Spain was born. Queen from the age of three, her reign was marked by political instability and the rule of military politicians.
- In 1911, Chinese nationalist leader Sun Yat Sen proclaimed a Republic at Wuchang and began the revolution which overthrew the Manchu dynasty.
- In 1918, Yigal Allon, Israeli soldier and politician, was born. He was one of Israel's top commanders in the 1948 War of Independence and a leading Cabinet minister.
- In 1918, in World War I the Leinster, an Irish mail boat, was sunk by a German submarine on its way to Holyhead. At least 480 people were killed.
- In 1935, "Porgy and Bess," by composer George Gershwin, had its New York premiere.
- In 1938, Germany completed its occupation of the Sudetenland in taking part of Czechoslovakia.
- In 1965, the "Vinland Map" was introduced by Yale University as being the first known map of America, drawn about 1440 by Norse explorer Lief Eriksson.
- In 1970, Fiji, a British colony since 1874, became an independent member of the Commonwealth.
- In 1970, Edouard Daladier, French politician and three times prime minister during the 1930s, died. As premier he was among the signers of the Munich Pact of 1938, which enabled Nazi Germany to take possession of the Sudetenland.
- In 1973, U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with tax evasion.
- In 1975, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor married for the second time at a remote location in Botswana. They divorced the following year.
- In 1982, the United States imposed sanctions against Poland after the Polish government banned the Solidarity trade union.
- In 1985, Yul Brynner, U.S. film and stage actor, died. Best known for his role in the musical "The King and I," which he played both on stage and on screen for which he won an Oscar.
- In 1985, Orson Welles, U.S. stage, radio, film and television actor, director and producer, died. His film "Citizen Kane" is regarded as one of the great classics of the cinema.
- In 1997, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and American campaign coordinator Jodie Williams won the Nobel Peace Prize.
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