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Saturday, September 14, 1996

"Birds, rodents, fish and roadside critters get more respect than human beings in the Clinton administration,"
--Bob Dole's California campaign manager, Ken Khachigian.


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Today's Events


  • Today is the scheduled date for Bosnian general elections, as determined by the Dayton peace accords. Voting for municipal officials has been postponed; no new date has been set.

  • Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began at sundown Friday. It marks the start of a 10-day period of soul-searching during which Jews believe God decides who will live and who will die in the coming year. The period ends with Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, when Jews fast and pray to God for forgiveness.

  • The Arab League foreign ministers meet in Cairo, Egypt.

  • The current three-year United Auto Workers contracts expire, covering about 385,000 Big Three autoworkers.

  • The annual "Miss America" pageant finals will be broadcast live.

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    On the horizon


  • On Sunday, September 15, voting for national elections in Lebanon concludes.

  • Monday, September 16, is the rescheduled launch of space shuttle Atlantis for a 10-day Spacehab and 4th Mir docking mission.

  • On Tuesday, September 17, the United Nations General Assembly opens for its 51st year.

  • On Wednesday, September 18, the Virginia Military Institute Board of Visitors meets to decide whether to admit women or go private.

  • On Thursday, September 19, the Guatemalan government and leftist guerrillas are expected to sign an accord on the military and strengthening civil authority. A permanent peace accord could be signed as early as October.

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    On this day


  • In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge two weeks after he was found innocent of treason.

  • In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland.

  • In 1901, President McKinley died in Buffalo, New York, of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him.

  • In 1927, modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan died in Nice, France, when her scarf became entangled in a wheel of her sports car.

  • In 1940, Congress passed the Selective Service Act, providing for the first peacetime draft in U.S. history.

  • In 1959, the Soviet space probe "Luna Two" became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface.

  • In 1975, Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint.

  • In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly U.S. actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries she'd suffered in a car crash the day before.

  • In 1982, Lebanon's president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, was killed by a bomb.

  • In 1985, Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon released the Rev. Benjamin Weir after holding him captive for 16 months.

  • In 1986, President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, appeared together on radio and television to appeal for a "national crusade" against drug abuse.

  • In 1991, the government of South Africa, the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party signed a national peace pact.

  • In 1995, NATO called a temporary halt to its aerial pounding of Serb rebels while a U.S. envoy tried to clinch an agreement on withdrawing the Serbs' big guns from around Sarajevo.

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    Newslink


    Rapper Tupac Shakur died Friday at the age of 25. His car was riddled with bullets in a drive-by shooting last week in Las Vegas. Check out his fan club homepage for more about the rap star's life.

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    Holidays and ephemera


  • Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras celebrate Independence Day today.

  • Israel celebrates the Jewish New Year.

  • Japan observes Respect for the Aged Day.

  • Slovakia observes Virgin Mary.

  • Today is International Cross-Culture Day.

  • "Lone Ranger" Clayton Moore is 82.

  • Actress Zoe Caldwell is 63.

  • Feminist author Kate Millett is 62.

  • Actor Walter Koenig is 60.

  • Actor Nicol Williamson is 58.

  • Former Navy Secretary John F. Lehman is 54.

  • Singer-actress Joey Heatherton is 52.

  • Actor Sam Neill is 49.

  • Singer Barry Cowsill is 42.

  • Actor Joe Penny is 40.

  • Actress Mary Crosby is 37.

  • Singer Morten Harket is 37.

  • Country singer John Berry is 37.

  • Actress Faith Ford is 32.

  • Actor Dan Cortese is 28.

  • Rock musician Craig Montoya is 26.

  • Rapper Nas is 23.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1996, J.P. Morgan


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