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Friday, November 7, 1997

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  • "Today I feel like the luckiest person in the world."

    -- Former President George Bush

    Today's events

  • Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto is to visit Saudi Arabia for talks with King Fahd.

  • Tunisia is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the arrival to power of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

  • Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek is scheduled to visit Bosnia to discuss economic cooperation.

  • Queen Beatrix of Holland is scheduled to visit Egypt.

  • Colombian President Ernesto Samper and Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso are to sign anti-drug accords in Cartagena, Colombia.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Wednesday, November 12, the trial of Theodore Kaczynski, suspect in so-called unabomber case, is scheduled to begin in Sacramento, California.

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    On this day

  • In 1659, the Treaty of the Pyrenees was signed, ending the Franco-Spanish war of 1648-59.

  • In 1811, 1,000 Americans led by General William Henry Harrison defeated the Shawnee Indians at the Battle of Tippencanoe Creek near what is now Lafayette, Indiana.

  • In 1837, U.S. abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy was attacked and killed by a pro-slavery mob at his printing works in Alton, Illinois.

  • In 1872, the U.S. cargo ship Mary Celeste set sail from New York on a journey which ended when it was found mysteriously abandoned the following month.

  • In 1885, Canada's first trans-continental railway, the Canadian Pacific, was completed in British Columbia.

  • In 1917, Russian Bolsheviks under Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky in Petrograd.

  • In 1944, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected for a record fourth term.

  • In 1956, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution calling upon Britain, France and Israel to withdraw their troops from Egypt immediately.

  • In 1961, President Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador resigned after months of increasing popular unrest.

  • In 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon was re-elected for a second term. He became the first president to resign office.

  • In 1973, U.S. and Egypt announced restoration of full diplomatic links for the first time since the 1967 Six-Day War.

  • In 1985, troops stormed Colombia's Palace of Justice to end a 24-hour siege by gunmen of the M-19 guerrilla movement; 95 people were killed.

  • In 1987, Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba, in office since independence in 1956, was overthrown in a bloodless coup.

    In 1989, the East German government resigned after pro-democracy protests.

  • In 1990, Mary Robinson was elected in Ireland's first presidential election in 17 years, becoming the country's first woman president.

  • In 1991, NATO leaders approved an unprecedented formal link with their former East European foes and adopted a new post-Cold War strategy.

  • In 1992, Alexander Dubcek, Czech leader who sought to install "socialism with a human face" in the Prague Spring of 1968, died from injuries suffered in a car crash.

  • In 1996, A Nigerian Boeing 727 airliner carrying 142 people crashed some 25 miles from Lagos, killing all on board.

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    Holidays and more

  • Bangladesh marks National Solidarity Day.

  • Malaysia marks Almarhum Sultan Isamil Hol Day.

  • It's the 80th Anniversary of the October Revolution in the Russian Federation.

  • Ukraine celebrates the Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution

  • It's Arbor Day in Western Samoa.

  • Evangelist Billy Graham is 79.

  • Jazz musician Al Hirt is 75.

  • Singer Joni Mitchell is 54.

  • Actor Barry Newman is 59.

  • Actress Dana Plato is 33.

  • Opera singer Joan Sutherland is 71.

  • Singer Mary Travers is 60.

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

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