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Sunday, November 9, 1997

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  • "Nothing could be more dangerous for us than the current situation. We are in a dark tunnel. There is no end in sight."

    -- Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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 million people.

  • In 1967, the first Saturn V rocket carrying the unmanned Apollo 4 spacecraft was successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center.

  • 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.

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    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.

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

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