Wednesday, November 12, 1997
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.
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.
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
In 1912, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Canalejas was
assassinated by anarchist gunman Manuel Pardinas who then shot
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
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
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
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
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan