Thursday, October 30, 1997
Ireland holds a presidential election.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar meets
Japan's Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto in Tokyo.
Britain's Prince Charles ends a visit to Swaziland and arrives in Lesotho.
On the horizon
On Friday, October 31, U.S. first lady Hillary Clinton is expected to deliver an inaugural lecture at the University of Belfast for a chair honoring Joyce McCartan, a voluntary worker she met in Belfast in 1995.
On Saturday, November 1, a three-day meeting on eating disorders opens in Medellin, Colombia. The event is sponsored by a group known as Compulsive Eaters Anonymous.
On Sunday, November 2, Boston University's Center for Millennial Studies is scheduled to hold a conference on the millennium, with a focus on religion.
On Monday, November 3, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash Denktash is expected to meet with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in New York to discuss the long-standing division of Cyprus.
On Tuesday, November 4, U.S. voters select the governors of the states of New Jersey and Virginia, and mayors of the two largest cities, New York and Los Angeles.
On this day
In 1340, in the Spanish-Muslim Wars, an army under Alfonso IV
of Portugal heavily defeated the Moors under Abu Hamed at the
battle of Salado.
In 1864, the Peace of Vienna, under which Denmark ceded
Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg to Prussia, was signed.
In 1905, Czar Nicholas II issued the "October Manifesto,"
offering extended suffrage, an elected parliament (Duma) with
legislative powers and guaranteeing civil liberties.
In 1918, the Slovaks agreed to a union with the Czechs under
the name of Czechoslovakia.
In 1918, Turkey signed an armistice which ended its
participation in World War I.
In 1922, Italy's King Victor Emmanuel summoned Benito
Mussolini from Milan and asked him to form a Fascist government.
In 1930, A treaty of friendship between Turkey and Greece was
signed at Ankara which resolved claims over property.
In 1938, millions of Americans were panicked by the radio
broadcast of "The War of the Worlds," a book by H.G. Wells
dramatized by Orson Welles. Many believed its description of a Martian invasion of Earth.
In 1972, Pierre Trudeau and his Liberal Party
narrowly won Canada's general election.
In 1974, Muhammad Ali accomplished the most remarkable
comeback in boxing when, at 32, he knocked out George Foreman
and regained the world heavyweight boxing title.
In 1975, Prince Juan Carlos assumed the role of Spain's acting head of state after General Francisco Franco fell ill.
In 1988, over 6,500 couples from the Unification Church were
married in Seoul in a service conducted by the church's Korean leader, Sun Myung Moon.
In 1989, socialist Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez clinched an
absolute majority in the Spanish general election, winning 176 seats in the 350-seat parliament.
In 1990, engineers digging a rail tunnel under the English
Channel connected Britain with the continent of Europe for the first time since the Ice Age when they linked up under the seabed.
In 1995, voters in Canada's Quebec province voted by a narrow
margin in a referendum to remain part of Canada.
In 1996, a South African judge jailed former state assassin
Eugene de Kock for more than 200 years, describing him as a
chilling and revolting agent for apartheid.
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Holidays and more
Malaysia and Sri Lanka celebrate Deepavali Day.
Cinematographer Nestor Almendros is 67.
Broadcast journalist Fred Friendly is 82.
Actor Harry Hamlin is 46.
Actor Ed Lauter is 57.
Former soccer player Diego Maradona is 37.
Photographer Gordon Parks is 85.
Singer Grace Slick is 58.
Actor Charles Martin Smith is 44.
Actor Henry Winkler is 52.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan