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Sunday, November 16, 1997

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  • "It is a show of force to display muscle to your enemy in hopes he steps down."

    -- Gulf military source

    Today's events

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to address the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations in the U.S. and Canada in Indianapolis.

  • The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) economic conference is scheduled to begin in Doha, Qatar.

  • Hungary is set to hold a referendum on NATO membership.

  • A special synod of Roman Catholic bishops from North and South America is to take place in Vatican City.

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    On the horizon

  • On Monday, November 17, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski is scheduled 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 a Turkish woman, is to open in Berlin.

  • On Wednesday, November 19, Britain's Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attend a lunch given by the Lord Mayor of London to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, which is Thursday.

  • On Friday, November 21, Japan's Prime Minister Hashimoto, other government leaders and ambassadors are to attend a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to the Japanese.

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    On this day

  • In 1272, King Henry III of England, who had ruled since 1216, died and was succeeded by his son Edward I.

  • In 1918, after the break up of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Hungary was proclaimed an independent republic.

  • In 1965, the Soviet Union launched its Venus III spacecraft en route to Venus. It arrived in March 1966; the first spacecraft to land on another planet.

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    Learn about the government, politics and civil society of modern Iraq from Harvard University's Iraq Research and Documentation Project, a multimedia database system that includes official documents, maps, important articles, reports and photographs as well as other images. Click here for The Iraq Research and Documentation Project.


    Holidays and more

  • It's Flag Day in the Netherlands Antilles.

  • Actress Lisa Bonet turns 32.

  • Baseball player Dwight Eugene Gooden is 33.

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

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