Sunday, November 9, 1997
Celebrations marking the eighth anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall are set in Germany.
The World Veterans Federation's 22nd general meeting is scheduled to open at the Hotel Lotte World in Seoul.
Peru's head of the Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora, turns 75 and is expected to complete formality of handing his resignation in to the Vatican.
The 9th China International Science and Peace Week activities are set to begin nationwide until November 15.
Top EU officials are scheduled to meet in Toulouse, France, to discuss preparations for European Union jobs summit later this month.
On the horizon
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.
On Thursday, November 13, European Union industry ministers are set to meet in Brussels.
On Friday, November 14, voters in Morocco cast their ballots in parliamentary elections.
On this day
In 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany abdicated and a council
of People's Delegates assumed power.
In 1938, anti-Jewish riots took place in much of Germany after
the murder of a German official in Paris. The streets of the
main cities were littered with glass, and the night became known
as "Kristallnacht," or Crystal Night.
In 1940, Neville Chamberlain died. British prime minister from 1937,
he followed a policy of appeasement with Nazi Germany in the years
before World War II, negotiating the Munich agreement with Adolf Hitler in 1938. Replaced
by Winston Churchill in May 1940, he died six months later.
In 1952, Chaim Weizmann, first president of the newly
founded Jewish state of Israel from 1948-52, died.
In 1953, King Ibn Saud, Muslim religious leader who created
the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, died.
In 1965, a huge power failure blacked out New York City, parts
of eight northeastern states and parts of Canada, affecting 30
In 1967, the first Saturn V rocket carrying the unmanned
Apollo 4 spacecraft was successfully launched from the Kennedy
In 1970, Charles De Gaulle, French soldier and statesman, died
at 79. The man who symbolized France's resistance to Nazi
occupation, he led the French government in exile during World
War II and headed the first government after the Liberation.
Later founded the Fifth Republic, served as its president from
1958 until 1969.
In 1989, East Germans on foot and in cars began arriving in
West Germany and West Berlin only hours after the East German
government threw open its border to the West.
In 1990, King Birendra of Nepal proclaimed a new constitution
that restored multi-party democracy to the Himalayan kingdom and
stripped him of his absolute power.
China has begun building the world's largest dam, a massive and controversial project
scheduled to be completed in 2009. See the plans at China Three Gorges Project .
Holidays and more
Pakistan marks Iqbal Day.
Spain celebrates Our Lady of Almudena.
It's National Day in Cambodia.
Former U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew is 79.
Actor Lou Ferrigno is 46.
Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson turns 62.
U.S. Senator Bob Graham is 61.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan