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

Saturday, December 26, 1998

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I've ditched quite a few balloons and even one aircraft, and this is the worst I've ever had for ditching.

-- Per Lindstrand, one of the three balloonists on the failed attempt to fly around the world

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today's events

  • President Clinton's weekly radio address is scheduled to be broadcast today in Washington.

  • Boxing Day is observed in London.

  • Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday, begins today.


on the horizon

  • 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.

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

  • On Thursday, December 31, the ceremonial ball will drop at midnight in Times Square in New York. Sang Lan, the 17-year-old Chinese gymnast paralyzed at last summer's Goodwill Games, will help Mayor Rudolph Giuliani do the honors.

  • On Friday, January 1, the scheduled launch day for the euro, the single European currency; is today.


NEWSLINK:   NOTABLE:

Today marks the beginning of Kwaanza. To find out more about this holiday, click here.


  • Entertainer Steve Allen is 77.
  • Sled dog racer Susan Butcher is 44.
  • Former baseball player Carlton Fisk is 51.
  • Comedian Alan King is 71.
  • Music producer Phil Spector is 58.
  • Actor Richard Widmark is 84.


on this day

  • In 1194, Frederick II, the Holy Roman emperor from 1220 to 1250, was born.

  • In 1776, General Washington's American troops defeated a Hessian force fighting for the British at the battle of Trenton, New Jersey.

  • In 1797, John Wilkes, the English politician and champion of freedom of the press, died.

  • In 1890, Heinrich Schliemann, the German archaeologist and excavator of Troy, died.

  • In 1893, Mao Tse-Tung, Chinese statesman and one of the founders of China's Communist Party, was born.

  • In 1898, radium was discovered by Pierre and Marie Curie and G. Bemont.

  • In 1906, the world's first feature film, "The Story of the Kelly Gang," was premiered at the Athenaeum Hall, Melbourne, Australia.

  • In 1908, American Jack Johnson became the first black boxer to win the world heavyweight title when he defeated Canadian Tommy Burns in Sydney.

  • In 1936, Gen. Gnassingbe Eyadema, the president of Togo, was born.

  • In 1943, the last major German battleship, the Scharnhorst, was sunk by the British Royal Navy.

  • In 1972, Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the U.S. (1945-53), died.

  • In 1974, U.S. comedian Jack Benny died.

  • In 1975, the Tupolev-144 became the world's first supersonic aircraft to go into regular service, carrying mail from Moscow to Alma Ata.

  • In 1989, Romania's National Salvation Front named a new government headed by President Ion Iliescu, a day after announcing the execution of deposed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

  • In 1990, Romania expelled ex-King Michael only hours after he had returned from exile after 43 years.

  • In 1993, four gunmen vanished into the mountainous wilds of southern Russia with a $10 million ransom after a four-day hostage drama aboard a commandeered helicopter.

  • In 1994, French anti-terrorist police stormed a hijacked jet at Marseille, killing all four Islamic fundamentalist hostage-takers and saving the lives of some 170 passengers and crew.


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