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Thursday, December 24, 1998
I think that it would be pretty hard to do this -- the censure route -- without talking at all with the White House, the people who are going to be censured.
Sen. John Chafee, R-Rhode Island
- Pope John Paul II is scheduled to observe Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at the Vatican City.
- New York City's largest soup kitchen will offer Christmas Eve dinner to more than 1,000 men, women and children.
- About 176 prisoners in Belfast, Northern Ireland, have been told they will be let out for Christmas parole.
- The State Duma in Moscow is scheduled to meet to discuss the 1999 budget.
- 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.
- On Sunday, December 27, the liftoff of a joint U.S. and Australian around-the-world balloon flight at Alice Springs, Australia, is scheduled.
- On Monday, December 28, President Clinton is scheduled to address an event on the economy in Washington.
- On Tuesday, December 29, The Conference Board in New York is scheduled to release its monthly consumer confidence index.
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- Actress Jill Bennett is 67.
- Author Mary Higgins Clark is 67.
- Governor of American Samoa A.P. Lutali is 79.
- U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is 52.
- In 1491, Ignatius Loyola, who founded the Jesuits, was born.
- In 1814, the War of 1812 between America and Britain ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.
- In 1863, William Makepeace Thackeray, the English author of "Vanity Fair," died.
- In 1865, the Ku Klux Klan white supremacy organization was formed in Pulaski, Tennessee.
- In 1871, "Aida," an Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi, was first performed in Cairo, Egypt, where the story of the opera is set.
- In 1888, Michael Curtiz, the American film director of "Casablanca" and "White Christmas," was born in Hungary as Mihaly Kertesz.
- In 1905, Howard Hughes, the U.S. millionaire industrialist and film producer, was born.
- In 1914, the first air raid on Britain took place when a German monoplane dropped a single bomb on Dover.
- In 1942, the German research station at Peenemunde successfully tested a new surface-to-surface weapon system. Called the FZG76, it later became better known as the V1 Flying Bomb.
- In 1943, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force preparing for the invasion of France.
- In 1951, Libya declared its independence and proclaimed a monarchy under King Idriss I.
- In 1989, deposed Panamanian strongman Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega turned himself in to the pope's envoy in Panama and asked for political asylum.
- In 1992, President George Bush pardoned Caspar Weinberger and five other Reagan aides involved in the Iran-Contra affair.
- In 1995, thousands of Palestinians gathered at Bethlehem's Manger Square to celebrate the city's first Christmas in 28 years free from Israeli occupation.
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