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Sunday, November 2, 1997

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  • "Much to my regret, ... the 14th Dalai Lama has not stopped his separatist activities."

    -- --Chinese President Jiang Zemin

    Today's events

    Boston University's Center for Millennial Studies is scheduled to hold a conference on the millennium, with a focus on religion.

    The '97 China modern art and western art works auction at Yanhuang Gallery takes place in Beijing.

    The U.S. men's national soccer team plays a World Cup qualifying match in Mexico City.


    On the horizon

    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 Friday, November 7, Queen Beatrix of Holland visits Egypt.


    On this day

    In 1483, Britain's Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, was beheaded at Salisbury for his rebellion against King Richard III.

    In 1721, Peter I was proclaimed Emperor of All the Russias.

    In 1785, the first lifeboat was patented by London coachbuilder Lionel Lukin.

    In 1841, following the British occupation of Kabul, Afghans revolted and murdered Sir Alexander Burnes and 23 others heralding the start of the second Afghan War.

    In 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted to the Union as the 39th and 40th states.

    In 1917, Arthur James Balfour, British foreign secretary, submitted a declaration of intent, known as the Balfour Declaration, to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

    In 1930, Haile Selassie was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia.

    In 1936, the first public regular high definition television service was inaugurated by the BBC at Alexander Palace on this day using 240 and 405 lines.

    In 1938, Hungary annexed southern Slovakia following the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia at the Munich agreement in September.

    In 1947, the Hughes H-4 Hercules, an eight-engined flying boat, built by Howard Hughes, made its one and only flight of just over a mile in Los Angeles harbor.

    In 1953, Pakistan's parliament declared the country "the Islamic Republic of Pakistan."

    In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced that Soviet missile bases in Cuba were being dismantled.

    In 1964, King Saud of Saudi Arabia was deposed and replaced by Prince Faisal.

    In 1976, Jimmy Carter was elected 39th U.S. President, defeating Gerald Ford. He was the first president from Georgia.

    In 1978, two Soviet cosmonauts returned to earth from the Salyut 6 space station after setting a new endurance record of 139 days, 14 hours.

    In 1980, the Iranian parliament voted for the release of American hostages held at the U.S. embassy, but set conditions. They were eventually released in January 1981.

    In 1984, the Kremlin announced that Josef Stalin's daughter Svetlana, who defected to the U.S. in 1967, had returned to Moscow.

    In 1990, Mozambique parliament approved a new constitution turning the country into a multi-party democracy.

    In 1995, former South African defense minister Magnus Malan and 10 retired senior officers were arrested and accused of apartheid-era murders.

    In 1995, the Argentine Supreme Court ordered the extradition to Italy of former SS captain Erich Priebke to face trial for a World War II massacre of prisoners in the Ardeatine Caves.



    It was on this day in 1976 that Jimmy Carter was elected president, the only one to come from Georgia. The former president's living legacy to the world and to his state is The Carter Center, a public policy institute founded in 1982. Take a look around to see what this active former chief executive is up to these days.


    Holidays and more

    Belarus observes Memorial Day.

    Much of the Christian world celebrates All Souls Day.

    Author Shere Hite is 55.

    Actress Ann Rutherford is 77.

    Golfer Dave Stockton is 56.

    Actor Ray Watson is 79.

    Actress Alfre Woodard is 44.


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

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