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Friday, December 11, 1998
- President Clinton is scheduled to begin a Mideast trip. He is planning to visit Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Bethlehem and Gaza City.
- The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on articles of impeachment in Washington.
- Today marks the possible launch date for NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral. The launch was delayed from Thursday due to software trouble.
- European Union leaders are scheduled to hold a summit in Vienna, Austria. The agenda is to include questions dealing with the January launch of the EU common currency, euro. Other issues are defense, Kosovo, Russia's economic crisis, the Middle East and relations with the United States.
- On Saturday, December 12, President Clinton is scheduled to meet with Israeli President Ezer Weizman in Jerusalem.
- On Sunday, December 13, Puerto Ricans are scheduled to vote on their future relationship with the United States in a non-binding referendum that offers five options: seeking statehood, maintaining commonwealth status, getting independence, creating new "free association" with the U.S., or "none of the above."
- On Monday, December 14, President Clinton is scheduled to travel to Gaza City. His tentative schedule includes a meeting with Yasser Arafat and an address to the Palestinian people.
- On Tuesday, December 15, President Clinton is tentatively scheduled to visit the grave of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, view the Old City, and travel to Bethlehem.
- On Wednesday, December 16, the formal sentencing of Michael Carneal, the teen who pleaded guilty in the December 1997 shootings at Heath High School, takes place in Paducah, Kentucky. He's expected to be sentenced to at least 25 years in prison.
European Union leaders are scheduled to hold a summit today in Vienna, Austria. To find out more about the union, click here.
- Former basketball player Mark Aguirre is 39.
- Actor Kenneth Branagh is 38.
- Actress Susan Dey is 46.
- Actor Harold Gould is 75.
- Singer Gloria Loring is 52.
- Comedian Sinbad is 42.
- In 1475, Pope Leo X was born as Giovanni de Medici; he was an extravagant pontiff who helped make Rome a center of European culture.
- In 1803, Hector Berlioz, the French composer of "Symphonie Fantastique" and "Romeo et Juliette," was born.
- In 1816, Indiana became the 19th state of the United States.
- In 1882, Fiorello La Guardia, the colorful three-term mayor of New York City, was born.
- In 1894, the world's first motor show opened in Paris with nine exhibitors.
- In 1930, the Bank of the United States in New York failed in another indication of the Great Depression.
- In 1936, Edward VIII's abdication as King of Great Britain became effective; he gave up the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
- In 1937, the Fascist Council in Rome withdrew Italy from the League of Nations.
- In 1941, Italy and Germany declared war on the United States; the U.S. Congress in turn declared war on both.
- In 1946, the U.N. International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was created by the U.N. General Assembly to provide relief to children in countries devastated by war.
- In 1967, the prototype of the Anglo-French supersonic aircraft Concorde was shown for the first time at Toulouse, France.
- In 1973, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and Czech Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal formally signed a treaty nullifying the 1938 Munich pact sanctioning Hitler's seizure of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
- In 1990, Albania's ruling Communist Party authorized the establishment of opposition political parties.
- In 1994, Russia sent tanks and troops pouring into Chechnya to end the rebel territory's three-year unilateral drive for independence.
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