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Friday, December 25, 1998

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It will be a truly great holy year.

-- Pope John Paul II, in his Christmas Eve homily

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today's events

  • Cuba is observing Christmas as a national holiday. It was re-established by the Cuban Communist Party 29 years after it was abolished by President Fidel Castro.

  • U.S. government offices, banks, schools, post offices and financial markets will be closed for Christmas. Most foreign markets are also closed.

  • Pope John Paul II will deliver the traditional Christmas "Urbi at Orbi" message at Vatican City.

  • Queen Elizabeth II's annual Christmas message to Britain and the Commonwealth nations is scheduled in London.


on the horizon

  • On Saturday, December 26, Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday, begins.

  • On Sunday, December 27, today is the tentative liftoff of a joint U.S.and Australian around-the-world balloon flight at Alice Springs, Australia.

  • On Monday, December 28, President Clinton is scheduled to address an event on the economy in Washington.

  • On Tuesday, December 29, peace activists from 16 countries are scheduled to hold an anti-war conference in New Delhi, India.

  • On Wednesday, December 30, President and Mrs. Clinton are scheduled to leave for Hilton Head, South Carolina. They intend to participate in the annual Renaissance Weekend.


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  • Singer Jimmy Buffet is 52.
  • Former Dolphins running back Larry Csonka is 52.
  • Baseball player Rickey Henderson is 40.
  • Singer Annie Lennox is 44.
  • Singer Barbara Mandrell is 50.
  • Singer Little Richard is 63.
  • Actor Gary Sandy is 53.
  • Actress Hanna Schygulla is 55.
  • Actress Sissy Spacek is 49.


on this day

  • In 1642, Isaac Newton, one of the greatest thinkers in the Western pantheon of philosophers and mathematicians, was born in England.

  • In 1821, American nurse and philanthropist Clara Barton was born. She founded the American Red Cross.

  • In 1876, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, was born.

  • In 1899, actor Humphrey Bogart was born. He was famous for roles in movies such as "The Maltese Falcon," "Casablanca" and "The African Queen."

  • In 1943, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt warned the American public during a fireside chat that World War II would soon turn bloody for America.

  • In 1983, Dame Rebecca West, born Cicely Isabel Fairfield, died a literary hero and noted feminist in her native Britain.

  • In 1989, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu was executed in the wake of that country's revolution.


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