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Thursday, December 3, 1998
- Rolf Ekeus, the former executive chairman of the U.N. Special Commission for Iraq, is scheduled to address the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Washington.
- President Clinton is scheduled to travel to Newport, Rhode Island, for an environmental event. He'll visit a water treatment plant before giving a speech on water quality.
- The annual nationwide candlelight vigil for homeless children expands to locations in Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico this year on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Mitch. An estimated 100,000 people are expected to participate in the vigils and marches throughout the United States.
- On Friday, December 4, Western officials are scheduled to participate in a two-day donors conference in Zagreb, Croatia, organized by the Croatian government with the aim of gathering funds for reconstruction of war-torn areas.
- 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.
- On Monday December 7, the Presidents Golf Cup Tournament is to be held in Melbourne, Australia. South African President Nelson Mandela, and former U.S. presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George Bush expected to attend.
- On Tuesday, December 8, President Clinton is scheduled to hold the first-ever White House conference on Social Security in Washington.
A candlelight vigil for homeless children victimized by Hurricane Mitch will take place today. To find out how you can help, click here.
- Filmmaker Jean Luc Godard is 68.
- Actress Daryl Hannah is 37.
- Singer Ferlin Husky is 71.
- Auto racer Rick Mears is 47.
- Singer Jaye P. Morgan is 66.
- Cinematographer Sven Nykvist is 76.
- Singer Ozzy Ozbourne is 50.
- In 1800, in the War of the Second Coalition, the French defeated the Austrians at the Battle of Hohenlinden in upper Bavaria.
- In 1810, Britain seized the islands of Reunion and Mauritius from French control.
- In 1818, Illinois became the 21st state of the United States.
- In 1857, Joseph Conrad, the Polish-born British novelist, was born.
- In 1910, the neon lamp, developed by French physicist Georges Claude, was displayed for the first time at the Paris Motor Show.
- In 1919, French impressionist painter Pierre Auguste Renoir died.
- In 1931, the Statute of Westminster was passed, under which British dominions gained complete legislative independence.
- In 1967, Dr. Christian Barnard carried out the world's first heart transplant operation in Cape Town, South Africa, on Louis Washkansky, who lived for 18 days.
- In 1971, the Pakistani air force attacked Indian airfields and Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency.
- In 1984, a gas leak at the Union Carbide pesticide plant near Bhopal, India, killed nearly 4,500 people.
- In 1989, the leader of East Germany's orthodox Communist Party, Egon Krenz, and the entire party hierarchy voted themselves out of office.
- In 1993, Angola's government and its rebel foes agreed to a cease-fire in their 18-year war.
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