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Wednesday, November 5, 1997

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  • "If (Saddam Hussein) has nothing to hide, if he's not trying to develop weapons of mass destruction, then he shouldn't care whether Americans or anyone else are on the inspection team."

    -- President Bill Clinton

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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 Wendell Wilkie.

  • In 1946, John F. Kennedy was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • 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 years.

  • 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.

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    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.

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

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