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Friday, October 31, 1997

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  • "I didn't do anything, I didn't do anything."

    -- British au pair Louise Woodward

    Today's events

  • Britain's Prince Charles leaves Lesotho for a six-day visit to South Africa.

  • An official panel in Berne presents recommendations on how the proceeds of Swiss government gold sales should be distributed by a proposed humanitarian fund.

  • U.S. first lady Hillary Clinton delivers a lecture at the University of Belfast for a chair honoring Joyce McCartan, a volunteer she met in Belfast in 1995.

  • Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, hold news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, on their views on the forthcoming Seventh Ibero-American presidential summit

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Wednesday, November 5, French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl are expected to hold a "working meeting" to discuss issues including European matters and the Middle East.

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    On this day

  • In 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses, an attack on various ecclesiastical abuses, on the door of Wittenberg Palace, marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

  • In 1848, after the third uprising against the government in Vienna, Field Marshal Alfred Windischgraetz took over the city and forced its surrender.

  • In 1864, Nevada was admitted to the union as the 36th state of the United States.

  • In 1888, John Boyd Dunlop took out a patent for his pneumatic bicycle tire.

  • In 1914, Russian troops under General Russki pushed the Germans under Hindenburg back to their original positions, ending the battle of the Vistula River. The Germans lost at least 42,000 men.

  • In 1917, in the third battle of Gaza, Australians and New Zealanders captured Beersheba from the Turks.

  • In 1918, Count Istvan Tisza, Hungarian premier until his resignation in 1917, was assassinated by disaffected soldiers after being held responsible for the country's plight in World War I.

  • In 1940, the Battle of Britain, the struggle between Germany and Britain over air control of the English Channel, was officially designated to have ended.

  • In 1952, the United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb at the Elugelab Atoll in the Eniwetok Proving Grounds in the Pacific Marshall Islands.

  • In 1956, Britain and France bombed Egyptian airfields during the Suez crisis.

  • In 1961, Russia's de-Stalinization program reached a climax when his body was removed from the mausoleum in Red Square and re-buried.

  • In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson ordered a complete cessation of American bombing of North Vietnam.

  • In 1974, Britain, France and the U.S. vetoed a motion at the U.N. to expel South Africa.

  • In 1984, Indira Gandhi, the Indian prime minister, was assassinated by three Sikh members of her bodyguard while she was walking in the garden of her New Delhi home.

  • In 1995, a Nigerian military-appointed court sentenced Ogoni minority rights leader Ken Saro-Wiwa and three others to death for murder.

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    Holidays and more

  • It's Reformation Day in Germany and Slovenia.

  • Guatemala holds All Saints Day observances.

  • Taiwan marks the birthday of President Chiang Kai-Shek.

  • It's Halloween in the United States.

  • Astronaut Michael Collins is 66.

  • Actress Dale Evans is 85.

  • Actress Deidre Hall is 49.

  • Baseball player Fred McGriff is 34.

  • Musician Larry Mullen is 36.

  • Actor Dermot Mulroney is 34.

  • TV personality Jane Pauley is 47.

  • Journalist Dan Rather is 66.

  • Actor David Ogden Stiers is 55.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

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