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Today's Events | On Horizon | On This Day | Newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Thursday, December 24, 1998

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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

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today's events

  • 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 the horizon

  • 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.


on this day

  • 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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