Wednesday, November 5, 1997
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.
The Major League Baseball Players Choice Awards are scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida.
A Paris court is expected to rule on a damages claim by cinema star Brigitte Bardot over her former husband's book.
A court in Bonn, Germany, is to deliver a verdict on whether the German government should pay 21 elderly Jewish women compensation for working as part of Adolf Hitler's vast army of World War II slave laborers.
On the horizon
On Thursday, November 6, the 41st London film festival is to open in Britain.
On Friday, November 7, Queen Beatrix of Holland is scheduled to visit Egypt.
On Saturday, November 8, the seventh Ibero-American presidential summit is to begin on Margarita Island, Venezuela
On Sunday, November 9, is the eighth anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall.
On Monday, November 10, Russian President Boris Yeltsin is scheduled to visit China.
On this day
In 1556, Akhbar the Great Mughal routed the Hindus under Hemu
by turning their elephants against them at the battle of Panipat in the Hindu revolt.
In 1854, in the Crimean War, British and French armies
defeated a Russian force of 50,000 at the battle of Inkerman;
12,000 Russians were killed in the battle.
In 1911, Italy announced the annexation of Libya, Tripolitania and Cyrenaica.
In 1911, the first transcontinental flight across the United
States ended at Pasadena. Pilot C.P. Snow took off from
Sheepshead Bay, New York, on September 17 and covered a distance of 3,417 miles.
In 1912, Woodrow Wilson won the U.S. presidential election,
becoming the only president to defeat two former presidents
in one election.
In 1914, France declared war on Turkey.
In 1928, Mount Etna in Sicily erupted, destroying a large
area. The village of Mascali was completely buried.
In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected
president of the United States for the third time, defeating
In 1946, John F. Kennedy was first elected to the U.S. House
In 1956, in the Suez Crisis, British and French troops began
to land at Port Said, Egypt.
In 1965, Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith declared a state
of emergency in preparation for his unilateral declaration of
independence from Britain.
In 1968, Richard Nixon won the U.S. presidential election by a narrow margin over Hubert Humphrey.
In 1978, Iranian Prime Minister Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigned
following riots and demonstrations against the Shah.
In 1987, in South Africa, Govan Mbeki, former leader of the
African National Congress, was released from prison after 23
In 1989, Lebanon's Syrian-backed acting Prime Minister Selim
Hoss, a Sunni Muslim, resigned after parliament elected Rene
Muawad as Lebanon's new president.
In 1990, Meir Kahane, an American-born rabbi who advocated
expelling all Arabs from Israel, was shot dead in New York.
In 1991, Czech-born British media tycoon Robert Maxwell died
after falling overboard off his yacht.
In 1995, former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti was
charged with complicity in murder.
In 1996, Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was sacked by the country's president, who accused her beleaguered government of corruption, nepotism and misrule.
In 1996, Russian President Boris Yeltsin came through seven
hours of open heart surgery. He resumed full presidential duties the next day.
In 1996, Democrat Bill Clinton was re-elected U.S. president,
defeating Republican Bob Dole.
If your idea of a perfect autumn day is curling up in front on a fire and losing yourself in a good book, check out Discovery Channel's online book club. You can discuss books with a group, or even with their authors.
Holidays and more
It's Community Services Day in the Dominica.
Singer Bryan Adams is 38.
Singer Art Garfunkel is 56.
Former baseball player Lloyd Anthony Moseby is 38.
Actor Corin Nemec is 26.
Actress Tatum O'Neal is 34.
Singer and actor Roy Rogers is 85.
Dramatist Sam Shepard is 54.
Actress Elke Sommer is 56.
Singer Ike Turner is 66.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan