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Saturday, October 17, 1998


Matthew, an angel with new wings in a place a world away, can once again begin to sing. His image will never fade ... The world's hearts you now have touched.

-- A poem for Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming student who was savagely beaten to death last week


today's events

  • The New York Yankees are scheduled to host the San Diego Padres for game one of the 1998 World Series.

  • Induction ceremonies for the 22nd annual International Space Hall of Fame are scheduled in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

on the horizon

  • On Sunday, October 18, Pope John Paul II celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square in Rome marks the 20th anniversary of his pontificate.

  • On Monday, October 19, Israel's Knesset begins its fall term.

  • On Tuesday, October 20, a three-member federal appeals court panel is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the sexual harassment case against U.S. President Bill Clinton filed by Paula Jones.

  • On Wednesday, October 21, a preliminary hearing for Russell Arthur Henderson and Aaron James McKinney, who are charged in the murder of gay Wyoming student Matthew Shepard is scheduled in Laramie, Wyoming.

  • On Thursday, October 22, a House Judiciary constitution subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the history and background of presidential impeachment in Washington.


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  • Motorcycle stunt performer Evel Knievel is 60.
  • Former astronaut Mae Jameson is 42.
  • Actress Margot Kidder ("Superman") is 50.
  • Actor George Wendt ("Cheers") is 50.
  • Dramatist Arthur Miller ("Death of a Salesman") is 83.

on this day

  • In 1777, English commander Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to the Americans under Gen. Horatio Gates after the Battle of Saratoga during the American Revolution.

  • In 1797, a peace settlement between France and Austria was agreed to when the Treaty of Campo Formio was signed.

  • In 1902, the first Cadillac motor car was made in Detroit.

  • In 1956, Britain's Queen Elizabeth opened the country's first nuclear power station at Calder Hall in Cumbria as power was transferred to the national grid.

  • In 1961, Algerians demonstrating in Paris against colonial rule were confronted by riot police. The authorities say only three people died but human rights groups have insisted the figure was over 240.

  • In 1966, Botswana and Lesotho were admitted to the United Nations.

  • In 1970, President Anwar Sadat was sworn in as president of Egypt in succession to Gamal Abdel Nasser.

  • In 1973, Arab oil producers increased oil prices and cut back production in response to U.S. support of Israel in the Yom Kippur war.

  • In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Concorde could use New York's Kennedy Airport.

  • In 1989, the biennial conference of the 103-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) decided on a world-wide ban on ivory trading.

  • In 1989, the deadliest U.S. quake since 1906 shook the entire San Francisco Bay area. Centered near Santa Cruz, 50 miles (80 km) south of San Francisco, it was a magnitude 6.9 quake, and killed 67 people and injured more than 600.

  • In 1994, Jordan and Israel initialled a historic peace treaty, cementing an end to their 46-year state of war.

  • In 1996, Russian President Boris Yeltsin sacked his security chief Alexander Lebed after only four months in office.

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