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Monday, December 21, 1998
Impeachment is a legal means of taking out of office a president who threatens the well-being of the republic. Even Clinton's most committed enemies ... can't claim that standard has been set
The Los Angeles Times, in an editorial responding to impeachment of President Bill Clinton
- A vote is expected in the Israeli parliament on either a motion of no confidence in the government or a bill to hold early elections.
- President Clinton is scheduled to attend a memorial service in Arlington, Virginia for victims of Pan Am 103. The New York-bound Pan Am 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, 10 years ago today, killing all 259 people on board and eleven on the ground.
- The sentencing for a 16-year-old boy who made a plea agreement in the "Scream 2" movie-like stabbing of his ex-girlfriend's parents is scheduled in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
- On Tuesday, December 22, the Federal Open Market Committee is scheduled to meet in Washington to review interest rates.
- On Wednesday, December 23, Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma is scheduled to begin two days of talks with Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Discussions will likely focus on gas supplies.
- On Thursday, December 24, Pope John Paul II is scheduled to observe Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at the Vatican City.
- On Friday, December 25, Cuba will observe a national holiday. It was re-established by the Cuban Communist Party 29 years after it was abolished by President Fidel Castro.
- On Saturday, December 26, Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday, begins.
In 1913, The first crossword puzzle was published. To get stumped, click here.
- Former TV talk show host Phil Donahue is 63.
- Sportscaster Chris Evert is 44.
- Actress Jane Fonda ("On Golden Pond") is 61.
- Actor Samuel L. Jackson ("Pulp Fiction") is 50.
- Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts is 62.
- Conductor Michael Thomas is 54.
- Former baseball player Andy Van Slyke is 38.
- Former President of Austria Kurt Waldheim is 80.
- In 1846, The first surgical operation under anesthesia in Britain was performed at University College Hospital, London by Robert Liston who amputated the leg of a servant.
- In 1913, The first crossword puzzle was published in the weekend edition of the New York World and was compiled by Liverpool-born Arthur Wynne.
- In 1948, The Republic of Ireland Bill was signed by the President of Eire, ending association with Britain.
- In 1958, Charles De Gaulle was elected the first president of the fifth Republic of France with 78.5 percent of the votes cast by the electoral college.
- In 1968, Apollo 8, with astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders, was launched by a Saturn 5 booster from Cape Kennedy. Three days later the crew carried out the first manned flight around the moon.
- In 1973, The first peace conference with Israel and her Arab neighbors opened in Geneva. Jordan, Israel, Egypt, the United States, the Soviet Union and the United Nations were represented.
- In 1975, Terrorists of the "Arm of the Arab Revolution" led by "Carlos the Jackal" raided the OPEC headquarters in Vienna and held 11 oil ministers and their staff hostage.
- In 1988, A Pan Am Boeing 747 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 passengers and crew and 11 people on the ground.
- In 1992, 54 people were killed when a Martinair DC-10 charter plane carrying Dutch holidaymakers crashed in flames at Faro, in Portugal. Aboard were 327 passengers and 13 crew.
- In 1993, President Boris Yeltsin abruptly abolished the former KGB security police, saying the huge force Russian citizens feared for decades was "incapable of being reformed."
- In 1995, in the worst disaster on the accident-prone Egyptian railways in more than 15 years, 75 people were killed and 76 injured when a crowded train rammed the back of another in the town of Badrasheen, 17 miles (28 km) south of Cairo.
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