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Saturday, November 1, 1997

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  • "It's a lot like bobbing for French fries in a deep fat fryer."

    -- Attorney Mark Harris

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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 secretary Ciano.

  • 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 Gandhi.

  • 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 Committee.

  • 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 apartheid system.

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    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 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.

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

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