Saturday, November 1, 1997
Russian President Boris Yeltsin holds informal talks with Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto in Siberia.
A French and Spanish summit between prime ministers Jose Maria Aznar and Lionel Jospin takes place in Salamanca, Spain.
Colombia's National Liberation Army rebels are expected to handover two OAS election observers kidnapped on October 23.
On the horizon
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.
On Thursday, November 6, the 41st London film festival opens in Britain.
On this day
In 1700, Charles II of Spain died and was succeeded by Philip
V, marking the start of the War of Spanish Succession.
In 1755, a devastating earthquake reduced almost two-thirds of Lisbon to rubble and resulted in the deaths of an estimated 60,000 people.
In 1762, French troops capitulated at Cassel and evacuated the right bank of the Rhine during the Seven Years War.
In 1856, following a Persian invasion of Afghanistan to occupy
Herat, Britain declared war on Persia.
In 1914, at the Battle of Coronel off Chile, the British ships Good Hope and Monmouth were sunk by five German cruisers including the Scharnhorst with the loss of 1,600 lives.
In 1936, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini proclaimed the
Rome-Berlin Axis after a visit to Berlin by Italian foreign
In 1950, an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate U.S. President Truman was made by two members of a Puerto Rican nationalist movement.
In 1963, South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem and his
brother Ngo Dinh Nhu were killed in a military coup.
In 1976, a bloodless coup in Burundi ousted President
Micombero, who was replaced by Colonel J.B. Bagaza.
In 1981, the islands of Antigua and Barbuda became a single
independent state, ending 30 years of British rule.
In 1984, Rajiv Gandhi was sworn in as Indian prime minister
amid anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of Indira
In 1987, Veteran revolutionaries left the center-stage of
Chinese politics, including Deng Xiaoping He was one of more
than 90 members to step down from the party's guiding Central
In 1989, Nicaraguan President Ortega ended a 19-month
cease-fire with the Contra rebels because of continued U.S.
support for them.
In 1993, the Maastricht Treaty came into effect, creating a
new "European Union."
In 1995, South Africans voted in their first all-race local
government elections, completing the destruction of the
Logging protesters in California have filed suit against authorities for using pepper spray to disperse their demonstrations. More reasonable people use liquid pepper as a condiment for food. Visit www.hotsauce.com for the taste of fire.
Holidays and more
Algeria marks the Anniversary of the Revolution.
Much of the Christian world celebrates All Saints Day.
Publisher Larry Flynt is 55.
Journalist James Jackson Kilpatrick is 77.
Actress Betsy Palmer is 71.
Golfer Gary Player is 62.
Baseball player Fernando Valenzuela is 37.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan