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Tuesday, November 4, 1997

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  • "This is a case about two men who conspired to murder innocent people. Terry Nichols plus Tim McVeigh equals the destruction of the Murrah Building."

    -- federal prosecutor Larry Mackey

    Today's events

  • U.S. voters are scheduled to select the governors of the states of New Jersey and Virginia, and mayors of the two largest cities, New York and Los Angeles.

  • Jordanian parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held.

  • The winner of the Giller Prize, Canada's richest literary award, is scheduled to be presented at a ceremony at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel.

  • Middlesex Superior Court Judge Hiller Zobel is scheduled to hold a hearing to consider defense motions to set aside the second-degree murder verdict against English au pair Louise Woodward in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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    On the horizon

  • 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

  • On Sunday, November 9, is the eighth anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall.

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    On this day

  • In 1307, the Swiss Confederation declared itself independent of Austria.

  • In 1520, Christian II of Denmark was crowned King of Sweden, and granted an amnesty to his opponents.

  • In 1605, in London, Guy Fawkes was arrested under the House of Commons preparing gunpowder to blow up the building when Parliament re-assembled the next day.

  • In 1842, 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois.

  • In 1854, Florence Nightingale and a team of 38 nurses arrived in the Crimea to set up a hospital for British troops at Scutari.

  • In 1862, the first rapid-fire machine gun was patented by Richard Jordan Gatling in Indianapolis, and named after him.

  • In 1879, the first cash register was patented by James J. Ritty of Dayton, Ohio.

  • In 1890, the first electrified underground railway system was officially opened in London.

  • In 1918, the allied powers in World War I agreed on peace terms for Germany based on U.S. President Wilson's "Fourteen Points."

  • In 1921, Takashi Hara, prime minister of Japan, was assassinated by a rightist fanatic.

  • In 1922, English archaeologist Howard Carter found the first signs of what proved to be King Tutankhamen's tomb in the Valley of the Tombs of Kings in Egypt.

  • In 1942, British troops defeated the Germans under General Rommel at El Alamein after a 12-day battle.

  • In 1946, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was formed.

  • In 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president of the United States.

  • In 1956, Soviet troops moved in to crush the Hungarian uprising. Imre Nagy was ousted as prime minister and replaced by Janos Kadar.

  • In 1966, the worst floods in Italy's history affected a third of the country. Florence was cut off and many of the city's art treasures were damaged.

  • In 1977, the United Nations imposed a mandatory ban on arms supplies to South Africa in an effort to force the country out of Namibia.

  • In 1979, Iranian militants seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and captured 90 hostages; 52 were held captive for 444 days.

  • In 1980, Ronald Reagan elected president of the United States.

  • In 1982, the U.N. passed a resolution calling on Argentina and Britain to discuss sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.

  • In 1983, in Lebanon, over 40 Israeli soldiers were killed when an Arab suicide bomber drove a truck full of explosives into their camp.

  • In 1988, an attempted coup by foreign mercenaries on the Maldive Islands was thwarted when Indian paratroopers crushed the revolt.

  • In 1995, Yigal Amir, who said he was acting on God's orders, assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin as he left a peace rally in Tel Aviv.

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    Today is the 75th Anniversary of the discovery of King Tut's tomb. On this day in 1922 in Luxor, Egypt, the tomb of Egypt's child-king, Tutankhamen, was found. To find out more about the history of this magnificent tomb, click here.


    Holidays and more

  • Today is St. Charles Day in Andorra.

  • It's Melbourne Cup Day in Australia.

  • Today is Independence Day in the Dominica.

  • It's Flag Day in Panama.

  • Today is Constitution Day in Tonga.

  • It's John Paul II Name Day in the Vatican City State.

  • Actor Martin Balsam is 78.

  • Actor Art Carney is 79.

  • Journalist Walter Cronkite is 81.

  • Actor Ralph Macchio is 35.

  • Singer Andrea McArdle is 34.

  • Actress Markie Post is 47.

  • Actress Loretta Swit is 60.

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

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