Thursday, November 6, 1997
An international summit on the El Nino phenomenon is to take place in Manila.
Gabon is to host African, Caribbean and Pacific heads of state for a government summit.
Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of French far-right National Front, is scheduled to go on trial in Versailles, France, for assaulting a Socialist candidate in a parliamentary election campaign.
British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook is scheduled to meet with Czech President Vaclav Havel in London.
A verdict is due on the double bass player who was sacked
from a Berlin opera company after he signed a hotel bill with
the name of Adolf Hitler on a tour of Israel earlier this year.
The 41st London film festival is scheduled to begin.
On the horizon
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 Tuesday, November 11, Chinese Prime Minister Li Peng is scheduled to visit Japan.
On this day
In 1429, Henry VI was crowned king of England, seven years
after acceding to the throne at the age of eight months.
In 1632, Sweden's King Gustavus II was killed during the
Battle of Lutzen in the Thirty Years' War.
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United
In 1911, after leading the revolution against dictator
Porfirio Diaz, Francisco Madero assumed the office of president of Mexico.
In 1917, after five months, the third battle of Ypres finally
ended when the Canadians and Australians took Passchendaele. The advance was only five miles at a cost of at least 240,000 men.
In 1928, Jacob Schick obtained a patent for his "shaving
implement" -- the first electric razor.
In 1928, Herbert Hoover was elected U.S. president.
In 1932, in German elections, the Nazis lost 34 seats and two
million votes but still remained the largest party in the
Reichstag with 196 seats.
In 1943, after more than two years of German rule, the
Russians recaptured Kiev.
In 1962, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution
condemning South Africa for its apartheid policies and
recommending member states apply economic sanctions.
In 1970, Italy and China established diplomatic relations.
In 1975, King Hassan launched the "Green March" with 350,000
unarmed Moroccans waving flags and copies of the Koran crossing into Western Sahara. Spain agreed days later to transfer administration to Morocco and Mauritania.
In 1986, a Chinook helicopter carrying oil workers crashed
into the North Sea; 45 of the 47 on board died.
In 1990, Nawaz Sharif was sworn in as Pakistan's new prime
minister amid charges of vote-rigging from ousted premier
In 1995, Israel buried Yitzhak Rabin, assassinated by a fellow Jew who opposed peace with Palestinians.
In 1996, more than 2,000 people were killed or lost at sea
when a cyclone struck India's major crop-growing state of Andhra Pradesh.
Holidays and more
Israel celebrates Sukkot.
It's Thanksgiving Day in Liberia.
Morocco marks Al-Massira Day.
It's Constitution Day in Tajikistan.
Bandleader Ray Conniff is 81.
Actress Sally Field is 51.
Musician Glen Frey is 49.
Actor Nigel Havers is 48.
Actor Ethan Hawke is 27.
Actor Lance Kerwin is 37.
Director Mike Nichols is 66.
Broadcast journalist Maria Owings Shriver is 42.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan