Wednesday, November 27, 1996
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An exhibit of items recovered from the Titanic opens in Norfolk, Virginia.
College basketball's Great Alaska Shootout opens in Anchorage, Alaska.
The death mask of the poet John Keats goes on sale at Christie's in London and is expected to fetch upwards of $30,000.
The second ministerial conference on the management of fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea begins in Venice, Italy.
On the horizon
On Thursday, November 28, Greece's main GSEE labor confederation is scheduled to stage a one-day strike to protest economic austerity.
On Friday, November 29, the European Parliament is scheduled to host a conference on "Europe and its Nations -- before Maastricht II."
On Saturday, November 30, News Corp. subsidiary Channel V is scheduled to hold its 1996 pop music awards in Mumbai (Bombay), India.
On Sunday, December 1, Gabon is scheduled to hold a second round of parliamentary elections.
On Monday, December 2, the trial of self-confessed apartheid hit-squad commander Dirk Coetzee and four others for the murder of ANC lawyer Griffiths Mxenge is scheduled to start.
On Tuesday, December 3, Britain's archbishop of Canterbury is scheduled to visit Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
On Wednesday, December 4, France and French-speaking African countries hold their annual summit in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
On this day
In 8 B.C., the Roman poet Horace died.
In 1701, Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale and the Celsius thermometer, was born in Sweden.
In 1874, Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, was born.
In 1895, the French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas died.
In 1921, Alexander Dubcek was born. As first secretary of
Czechoslovakia's Communist Party he launched the "Prague
Spring" of liberalization which led to an invasion by the
In 1941, the last Italian forces in Ethiopia surrendered at Gondar.
In 1953, the U.S. playwright Eugene O'Neill, the first U.S. winner of the Nobel prize for Literature in 1936, died.
In 1967, French President Charles De Gaulle ruled out negotiations for an early British entry into the European Common Market.
In 1975, Ross McWhirter, co-editor and compiler of the Guinness Book of World Records, was shot dead by Irish Republican Army (IRA) gunmen at his home.
In 1983, an Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed
near Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain, killing 181 people.
The English poet John Keats, whose death mask comes up at auction in London today, looms large in the pantheon of ageless masters of the language. But in this age of electronic communication, many of his writings have been forgotten. For a refresher course of sorts, visit Columbia University's online collection of Keats' work.
Holidays and more
Cuba celebrates its Day of Students' Duel.
Union of Myanmar celebrates National Day.
TV personality Buffalo Bob Smith is 79.
Actress Robin Givens is 32.
Soviet rock musician Boris Grebenshikov is 43.
Producer David Merrick is 84.
Singer Eddie Rabbitt is 52.
Actress Mona Washbourne is 93.
Sources: Reuters, The History Channel, Chase's Calendar of Events 1996, and J.P. Morgan contributed to this report.