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Saturday, October 24, 1998
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- The launch of NASA's Deep Space 1 aboard Boeing Delta 7326 rocket is scheduled for Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- Independent Counsel Ken Starr is to attend a symposium at the University of Minnesota commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on United States vs. Nixon.
- The European Union is to hold an informal summit in Klagenfurt, Austria, to discuss the world economy, EU expansion into eastern Europe and the crisis in Kosovo.
- On Sunday, October 25, most Americans return to standard time by setting their clocks back one hour.
- On Monday, October 26, the groundbreaking for the Oklahoma City bombing memorial is to be concluded.
- On Tuesday, October 27, Germany's newly elected chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will be officially sworn in.
- On Wednesday, October 28, a trial is scheduled to begin in Independence, Virginia, for Emmett Cressell, one of two white men accused of burning alive a black man who was later beheaded in July 1997.
- On Thursday, October 29, the launch of space shuttle Discovery from Cape Canaveral, Florida, is to take place on a nine-day Spacehab mission. The crew includes U.S. Sen. John Glenn, 77, as payload specialist.
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- Congressman and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning is 67.
- Former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson is 73.
- Writer Michael Crichton is 56.
- Football player Doug Flutie is 36.
- Soccer great Pele is 58.
- Golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez is 64.
- Football player Mike Tomczak is 36.
- Singer Weird Al Yankovic is 39.
- Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 42.
- In 1945, the United Nations officially came into existence as its charter took effect.
- In 1537, Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry the Eighth, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward the Sixth.
- In 1648, the Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War and effectively destroyed the Holy Roman Empire.
- In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.
- In 1901, Anna Edson Taylor, a 43-year-old widow, became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
- In 1939, nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Delaware.
- In 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
- In 1962, the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis officially began under a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy
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