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Tuesday December 1, 1998


I don't think it's very likely that you'll see the president appear before that committee

-- White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart, on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde's invitation to the president


today's events

  • The manhunt for Martin E. Gurule, a convicted killer who escaped from death row continues in Huntsville, Texas.

  • The unveiling of the U.S. Laboratory module,considered the centerpiece of the International Space Station, is scheduled in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

  • The National League of Cities is scheduled to open the 75th annual Congress of Cities in Kansas City. The week's speakers include former Senator Bill Bradley and Vice President Al Gore

  • Former President Gerald Ford is to be honored at a gala dinner in Yorba Linda, California. The gala commemorates the 50th anniversary of his election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • German President Roman Herzog is scheduled to begin his visit to the United Kingdom

  • The International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors is scheduled to meet in Vienna.

on the horizon

  • On Wednesday, December 2, President Clinton and Vice President Gore are among the expected speakers at the Democratic Leadership Council annual conference in Washington.

  • On Thursday, December 3, the target launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on an eleven-day International Space Station mission is scheduled at Cape Canaveral. The 'Endeavour' is tentatively scheduled to rendezvous with the Space Station on December 6.

  • On Friday, December 4, the Reverend Jesse Jackson is scheduled to address the National Press Club in Washington.

  • On Saturday, December 5, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are scheduled to play in the Carlos Baerga Celebrity Softball Game in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • On Sunday, December 6, local elections are to be held in Russia.


Today marks the United Nations World Aids Day. Click here.

  • Filmmaker Woody Allen is 63.
  • Model Carol Alt is 38.
  • Entertainer Bette Midler is 53.
  • Comedian Richsrd Pryor is 58.
  • Singer Lou Rawls is 63.
  • Golfer Lee Buck Trevino is 59.
  • Actor Treat Williams is 46.

on this day

  • In 1640, In a nationalist revolution on this day, Spanish garrisons were driven out of Portugal. Two weeks later the Duke of Braganca was crowned as John IV.

  • In 1761, Madame Marie Tussaud born as Marie Grosholtz. Finding fame making wax deathmasks of those executed in the French Revolution, she later came to Britain where she set up a permanent exhibition of wax models of contemporary people.

  • In 1821, The Dominican Republic, comprising the eastern two-thirds of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, declared independence from Spain.

  • In 1822, Dom Pedro, founder of the Brazilian Empire was crowned as first emperor of Brazil and ruled as Pedro I.

  • In 1918, The Danish parliament passed an act to grant Iceland independence as a sovereign state.

  • In 1919, Lady Nancy Astor became the first woman member to take her seat in the British House of Commons.

  • In 1925, The Locarno Treaties, guaranteeing peace and frontiers in Europe were signed by France, Belgium and Germany and its terms guaranteed by Britain and Italy.

  • In 1934, Sergei Kirov, Communist Party leader and associate of Josef Stalin, was shot in his office in Leningrad by Leonid Nikolayev.

  • In 1959, Twelve nations signed the Antarctic Treaty preserving the area for peaceful purposes and scientific research.

  • In 1970, In Italy, parliament gave final approval to a law granting divorce in certain circumstances.

  • In 1973, David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister,died. He was prime minister from 1948-1953 and again from 1955-1963.

  • In 1989, Mikhail Gorbachev became the first Soviet leader to visit the Vatican and meet the Pope. This meeting ended 72 years of Kremlin atheist ideology.

  • In 1990, Engineers digging a railway tunnel under the Channel broke through the last dividing rock and joined Britain to mainland Europe for the first time since the Ice Age.

  • In 1991, A referendum took place in Ukraine and voters backed independence from Russia by nine to one. The result confirmed parliament's earlier declaration of independence.

  • In 1994, The head of the U.N. commission on Rwanda concluded that genocide in the country in this year cost 500,000 lives and that murdered President Juvenal Habyarimana and his entourage were behind the slaughter.

  • In 1995, NATO ambassadors unanimously picked Spanish Foreign Minister Javier Solana as new head of the alliance.

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