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Monday, November 3, 1997

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  • "We don't want a military confrontation, but we're not ruling it out"

    -- U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson

    Today's events

  • Seventh Summit of the Group of 15 countries begins in Sungei Besi, Malaysia.

  • The International Air Transport Association holds its 1997 annual general meeting in Amman, Jordan; CEOs of all 225 IATA airlines will attend.

  • Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash meets U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to discuss the long-standing division of Cyprus.

  • A summit meeting of state and government leaders of south-eastern European countries begins on the island of Crete, in Greece.

  • Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri arrives in Tokyo for talks with Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto to discuss the Middle East situation and bilateral economic cooperation.

  • Croatia and Italy will exchange diplomatic notes on abolishing travel documents in Zagreb, Croatia.

  • British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook visits Dublin, Ireland.

  • The European Commission and the European Parliament hold a joint conference on "Food law and food policy."

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Saturday, November 8, the seventh Ibero-American presidential summit begins on Margarita Island, Venezuela

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    On this day

  • In 1492, the Treaty of Etaples was signed between Charles VIII of France and Henry VII of England. Under the pact England renounced its claims to French territory in return for an indemnity.

  • In 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Dominica. Also on this day, the country became independent in 1978.

  • In 1534, England's Parliament met and passed an Act of Supremacy which made King Henry VIII head of the English church -- a role formerly held by the Pope.

  • In 1591, the Lord of Leitrim in Ireland, Sir Brian O'Rourke, was executed for sheltering Spaniards from the defeated Armada.

  • In 1760, Frederick the Great of Prussia with 44,000 men defeated 65,000 Austrian troops at Torgau under Count Daun in the Seven Years War; more than 13,000 Prussians died in the attack.

  • In 1839, the first Opium War between China and Britain began when British frigates blew up several Chinese junks off Canton after coming under attack.

  • In 1852, Emperor Meiji of Japan born. Known as Prince Mutsuhito until he acceded to the throne in 1867, he was responsible for moving the capital from Kyoto to Edo, which he renamed Tokyo.

  • In 1901, King Leopold III of Belgium born. He became king in 1934, led the army during the German conquest of the country in World War Two and abdicated in favor of his son Baudouin in 1951.

  • In 1903, Following a revolt engineered by the United States and triggered by the arrival of the cruiser Nashville in Panamanian waters, Panama declared itself independent of Colombia.

  • In 1918, part of the German fleet mutinied at Kiel.

  • In 1935, a plebiscite in Greece returned George II to the throne. He had been in exile since 1923.

  • In 1942, in Egypt, the German Afrika Korps and Italian forces under Rommel began a retreat westwards after a renewed campaign by the allies under Montgomery.

  • In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first inhabited space capsule, Sputnik II, carrying a dog named Laika.

  • In 1961, the General Assembly unanimously elected U Thant acting secretary general of the U.N., following the death of Dag Hammarskjoeld.

  • In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson was elected U.S. president by a huge margin over Barry Goldwater.

  • In 1970, Salvador Allende was sworn in as president of Chile.

  • In 1975, Queen Elizabeth opened an underwater pipeline to bring the first of Britain's North Sea oil ashore.

  • In 1978, South African prime minister set up a judicial commission to investigate what became known as the "Muldergate Scandal"; cabinet minister Connie Mulder was accused of corruption.

  • In 1982, up to 1,000 Soviet soldiers and Afghan civilians died in an accident in the Salang tunnel in Afghanistan when a tanker exploded near Soviet military convoys.

  • In 1983, South Africans voted by a large majority to allow Indians and "Coloreds" some limited power-sharing in the government, but not blacks.

  • In 1986, Joaquim Chissano was chosen to take over as President of Mozambique following the death of Samora Machel in a plane crash in South Africa.

  • In 1988 in South Korea, an estimated 20,000 police stopped students from carrying out a threat to seize and kill former leader Chun Doo Hwan.

  • In 1989, after weeks of demonstrations and the flight to the West of thousands, East German leader Egon Krenz pledged reforms and dismissed five members of his politburo.

  • In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States, defeating George Bush.

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    Not to ruin a good story, but the next time you hear about something dubious that happened to a friend of a friend of a friend, check out the Urban Legends Archive. It's even got the one about the guy in the elevator who...oh, read it for yourself.


    Holidays and more

  • Australia relaxes on Recreation Day.

  • All Saints' Day is observed in Bolivia and Colombia.

  • Japan observes Culture Day

  • Panama celebrates its independence from Colombia.

  • Ecuador commemorates the independence of Cuenca.

  • Singer Adam Ant is 43.

  • Actor Ken Berry is 64.

  • Actor Charles Bronson is 75.

  • Actress Kate Capshaw is 44.

  • Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis is 64.

  • Actor Steve Landisberg is 52.

  • Actor Dolph Lundgren is 38.

  • Journalist James Reston is 88.

  • Sportscaster Phil Simms is 41.

  • Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Wade Sullivan is 64.

  • Actress Monica Vitti is 64.

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

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