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Monday, October 26, 1998


The people who died here were victims of one of the cruelest visitations of evil this nation has ever seen.

-- U.S. Vice President Al Gore at the OKC groundbreaking ceremony


today's events

  • The crew of space shuttle Discovery is to arrive at Kennedy Space Center to prepare for Thursday's launch.

  • The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization will sponsor a meeting of the world's fishing nation in Rome.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, October 30, U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to make a New York campaign appearance on behalf of Democratic candidates.

  • On Saturday, October 31, an executive body of Northern Irish Catholics and Protestants is scheduled to hold an inaugural summit with the Irish government.


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  • Writer Pat Conroy ("The Prince of Tides") is 53.
  • Actor Cary Elwes ("The Princess Bride") is 36.
  • Actor Bob Hoskins ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit") is 56.
  • Singer Natalie Merchant is 35.
  • Filmmaker Ira Reitman ("Ghostbusters") is 52.
  • "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak is 52.
  • Actress Jaclyn Smith ("Charlie's Angels") is 51.

on this day

  • In 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.

  • In 1825, the Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River.

  • In 1958, Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris in eight hours and 41 minutes.

  • In 1975, Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to pay an official visit to the United States.

  • In 1977, the experimental space shuttle Enterprise glided to a bumpy but successful landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

  • In 1994, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty during a ceremony attended by U.S. President BIll Clinton.

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