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Thursday, November 6, 1997

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  • "You know he wasn't an immigrant seeking a better life. Yousef knew exactly what was going on. He came here to do one thing: to bomb his target."

    -- U.S. Attorney Lev Dassin

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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 States.

  • 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 Benazir Bhutto.

  • 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.

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    America has long been called the melting pot. At the American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island, you can search the wall to see if your family name is listed.


    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.

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

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