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Thursday, November 13, 1997

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  • "Iraq will continue to explain its just case and this resolution will not scare it."

    -- Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz

    Today's events

  • European Union industry ministers are set to meet in Brussels.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit Britain.

  • Henry Kissinger is to deliver the 1997 Churchill Lecture of the English Speaking Union in London.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Tuesday, November 18, the trial of two Palestinians, a Libyan and two Germans, charged in connection with the 1986 bomb attack in the West Berlin discotheque that killed two U.S. soldiers and Turkish woman is to open in Berlin.

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    On this day

  • In 1093, Malcolm III of Scotland, son of King Duncan, died during his fifth attempt to invade England at Alnwick, Northumberland.

  • In 1887, socialist demonstrators rioted at London's Trafalgar Square in what was the first "Bloody Sunday."

  • In 1907, the first helicopter to achieve free flight carrying a man, designed by Paul Cornu, rose six feet above the ground at Lisieux, France.

  • In 1913, the first modern elasticized brassiere was patented in the U.S. by its inventor Mary Phelps Jacob.

  • In 1927, the Holland Tunnel, running under the River Hudson between New York and Jersey City, was opened.

  • In 1940, Walt Disney's film "Fantasia," which depicted various pieces of music set to cartoons, opened in New York.

  • In 1941, the British aircraft carrier Ark Royal was hit by a torpedo off Gibraltar and sank early the following day.

  • In 1945, General Charles De Gaulle was elected president of the French provisional government with the vote of all 555 deputies.

  • In 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregation of the races on public buses was unconstitutional.

  • In 1970, Hafez al-Assad seized power in Syria in a bloodless military coup.

  • In 1973, the "cod war" between Britain and Iceland subsided when the Icelandic parliament approved terms of settlement.

  • In 1973, a state of emergency was declared in Britain after power workers and coal miners began industrial action.

  • In 1982, U.S. President Ronald Reagan lifted sanctions against European firms supplying components for a Soviet gas pipeline.

  • In 1985, in Colombia, the Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted; an estimated 25,000 people died.

  • In 1989, the Pakistani cabinet resigned, giving Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto a free hand to form a new government.

  • In 1992, a group of retired military officers made an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and overthrow the government.

  • In 1994, Swedes voted by 52.2 percent in a referendum to join the European Union.

  • In 1995, a bomb attack on a U.S.-run military center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killed seven people, five of them Americans.

  • In 1995, Israel began pulling troops out of the West Bank city of Jenin to end 28 years of occupation.

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    On Wednesday, Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. became the ninth unanimous pick for the American League Most Valuable Player award, winning the honor for the first time. Find out more about Griffey, as well as previous winners, at the major league baseball official site.



  • Actress Sheila E. Frazier is 49.

  • Actor Joe Mantegna is 50.

  • Producer Garry Marshall is 63.

  • Actor Richard Mulligan is 65.

  • Actor Chris Noth is 40.

  • Actress Tracy Scoggins is 38.

  • Actress Madeline Sherwood is 75.

  • Football player Vincent Testaverde is 34.

  • Figure skater Charlie Tucker is 44.

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

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