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Wednesday, November 12, 1997

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  • "I went through this in 1995. I took a hard look at myself and took a look at the needs of my family and I concluded individually and we concluded as a family that political life was not for us ... I am not running for any political office in 2000."

    -- Colin Powell

    Today's events

  • The trial of Theodore Kaczynski, suspect in so-called Unabomber case, is scheduled to begin in Sacramento, California.

  • French President Jacques Chirac is scheduled to visit Vietnam.

  • Queen Elizabeth is to attend a concert at London's Royal Festival Hall in memory of Princess Diana.

  • Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, is scheduled to address the French National Assembly's committee on foreign affairs in Paris.

  • U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbot is to visit Tokyo.

  • Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker is scheduled to address Oxford Union in Oxford, England.

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    On the horizon

  • On Thursday, November 13, European Union industry ministers are set to meet in Brussels.

  • On Friday, November 14, voters in Morocco are to cast their ballots in parliamentary elections.

  • On Saturday, November 15, Greenpeace is to hold conference on nuclear waste dump along Texas-Mexico border.

  • On Sunday, November 16, a special synod of Roman Catholic bishops from North and South America is to take place in Vatican City.

  • On Monday, November 17, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski is expected to visit China.

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    On this day

  • In 1035, King Canute the Great of England, Denmark and, after 1028, Norway, died.

  • In 1812, in their retreat from Moscow, the remnants of Napoleon's Grand Armee crossed the River Berezina; 10,000 stragglers were left behind.

  • In 1859, in Paris, the first flying trapeze act was performed by Jules Leotard at the Cirque Napoleon without a safety net. The body-hugging costume he used were later named after him.

  • In 1867, a major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy began and lasted for several months.

  • In 1893, an agreement was signed between Afghanistan and Britain marking the boundary between Afghan tribal lands and British territories.

  • In 1912, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Canalejas was assassinated by anarchist gunman Manuel Pardinas who then shot himself.

  • In 1912, a search party found the remains of British explorer Captain Robert Scott and his companions after the ill-fated South Pole expedition.

  • In 1918, Austria's First Republic was proclaimed one day after the World War I armistice and the abdication of Emperor Karl I.

  • In 1919, the first flight from England to Australia, flown by Ross and Keith Smith, took off from Hounslow, near London. They landed at Darwin on December 13.

  • In 1923, in Germany, Adolf Hitler was arrested for the failed attempt to seize power on the 8th.

  • In 1942, the British Eighth Army under General Bernard Montgomery captured Tobruk, Libya, taking at least 30,000 prisoners.

  • In 1944, the German battleship Tirpitz, sister ship of the Bismarck and Hitler's last major warship, was sunk by Lancaster bombers at Tromso Fjord in northern Norway.

  • In 1948, a war crimes tribunal in Japan passed death sentences on former prime minister General Hideki Tojo and six colleagues on charges of breaching the laws and customs of war.

  • In 1968, the U.N. General Assembly voted against admission of Communist China.

  • In 1969, author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Soviet Writers Union for anti-social behavior.

  • In 1969, the U.S. army announced for the first time that it was investigating William Calley for the alleged massacre of civilians at the Vietnamese village of My Lai in March, 1968.

  • In 1970, in East Pakistan a cyclone and tidal wave hit several districts, causing the deaths of at least 200,000 people.

  • In 1974, South Africa was suspended from the U.N. General Assembly over its racial policies.

  • In 1977, in West Germany Ingrid Schubert, a founding member of the Baader-Meinhof gang, committed suicide in her prison cell.

  • In 1979, after Islamic students seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, President Jimmy Carter announced an immediate halt to all imports of Iranian oil.

  • In 1981, the space shuttle Columbia was launched for the second time; it was the first space vehicle to be used more than once.

  • In 1982, Yuri Andropov was elected First Secretary of the Soviet Communist party following the death of Leonid Brezhnev.

  • In 1982, Polish Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa was freed after 11 months detention in a state-owned hunting lodge.

  • In 1990, Emperor Akihito was enthroned in Japan.

  • In 1996, 349 people were killed when a Saudi Arabian jumbo jet and a Kazakh airliner collided in mid-air over India.

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    Holidays and more

  • It's Diwali in India.

  • Maldives marks the On Occasion of Republic Day.

  • Taiwan celebrates the birthday of Dr. Sun Yat Sen.

  • Retired Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun is 89.

  • Gymnast Nadia Comaneci is 36.

  • Actress Kim Hunter is 75.

  • Actress Stefanie Powers is 55.

  • Singer Neil Young 52.

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

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