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Today's Events | on horizon | on this day | newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Thursday, November 30, 2000

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With some of the worst social indicators in the world, the plight of Afghans, and in particular Afghan women, is a major humanitarian concern. Available humanitarian resources are limited, and tens of thousands of Afghans may not have enough to survive until next summer.

Michael Sackett, the United Nations' acting coordinator for Afghanistan. U.N. officials on Wednesday appealed for $229 million in aid to help Afghanistan rebound from years of war, a severe drought and a ravaged economy.

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today's events

  • Barbados celebrates Independence Day, commemorating its independence from Great Britain in 1966.
  • The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to be launched for a trip to the International Space Station.
  • The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends.


on the horizon

  • On Friday, December 1, World AIDS Day is observed in the United States.
  • On Saturday, December 2, National Day is celebrated in the United Arab Emirates.
  • On, Sunday, December 3, the Entomological Society of America holds its meeting and exhibition in Montreal, Quebec.
  • On Monday, December 4, Haiti observes Discovery Day, commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492.
  • On Tuesday, December 5, the U.S. House and Senate are expected to return to Capitol Hill for a "lame duck" session.


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  • Television host Dick Clark is 71.
  • Singer Billy Idol is 45.
  • Dramatist David Mamet is 53.
  • Former baseball and football player Bo Jackson is 38.

on this day

  • In 1700, 8,000 Swedish troops under King Charles XII defeated a force of at least 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva.
  • In 1838, after the French occupation of Vera Cruz three days earlier, Mexico declared war on France.
  • In 1853, in the Crimean War, the Russian fleet attacked and destroyed the Turkish fleet and part of the harbor at the battle of Sinope.
  • In 1900, Oscar Wilde, Irish poet, wit and dramatist, died in poverty and exile in Paris.
  • In 1939, more than 20 Russian divisions -- almost half a million men -- invaded Finland in the "Winter War."

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