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Tuesday, November 18, 1997

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  • "Hopefully we've seen the last of Ron Carey. We'll be much better off without him."

    -- -- James P. Hoffa, who hopes to replace Carey as Teamsters president.

    Today's events

    • 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.

    • The 1997 China Environment Forum gets under way in Beijing.

    • Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to visit Bangladesh on a three-day diplomatic trip.

    • A Bonn court is to deliver a verdict on whether Amnesty International defamed Colonia Dignidad, a secretive German sect in Chile, by saying in a 1970s report that the colony ran a torture center for Pinochet regime opponents.

    • The United Nations Environment and Development conference on Earth Summit II is scheduled to begin.

    • Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis is the scheduled guest of honor and keynote speaker at the Foreign Press Association luncheon in Athens.


    On the horizon

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

    • On Thursday, November 20, Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh are to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by attending a special service at Westminster Abbey, where they were married.

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

    • On Saturday, November 22, the Miss World competition is scheduled to take place in Victoria, Seychelles.

    • On Sunday, November 23, Ecuador is to host a meeting of Army chiefs from the Americas to discuss ways to improve security and peace in the region.


    On this day

    • In 1477, William Caxton produced the first printed book in the English language, "The Dictes and Sayengis of the Phylosophers."

    • In 1626, St. Peters Basilica was consecrated by Pope Urban VIII.

    • In 1883, the United States adopted standard time and divided the country into four time-zones.

    • In 1886, Chester Alan Arthur, 21st U.S. president (1881-85), died.

    • In 1903, Panama and the United States signed a treaty on the proposed Panama Canal.

    • In 1916, Gen. Douglas Haig called off the first Battle of the Somme in Europe after five months of futile battle, which included the first use of tanks in battle. The Allied advance of just 125 square miles claimed 420,000 British and 195,000 French casualties. German losses were over 650,000.

    • In 1918, the Latvian National Council proclaimed the independent Republic of Latvia, with Janis Cakste as president.

    • In 1918, the Belgian army reoccupied Brussels after four years of German occupation.

    • In 1928, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse made his first appearance at the Colony Theatre in New York in a film called "Steamboat Willie."

    • In 1936, Germany under Adolf Hitler and Italy under Benito Mussolini recognized General Francisco Franco's provisional government in Spain.

    • In 1941, Britain opened its second Western Desert offensive in Libya when the Eighth Army advanced into Cyrenaica.

    • In 1970, West Germany and Poland initialed a treaty recognizing the Oder-Neisse line as a common border and pledging each other to territorial integrity.

    • In 1978, Jim Jones, a U.S. pastor, led 914 of his followers to their deaths at Jonestown, Guyana, by drinking a cyanide-laced fruit drink. Cult members who refused to swallow the liquid were shot.

    • In 1991, British peace envoy Terry Waite and U.S. academic Thomas Sutherland were released from five years of captivity in Lebanon by Islamic Jihad.

    • In 1992, police arrested Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto when she tried to lead a march on parliament to demand the government's removal.

    • In 1993, black and white leaders in South Africa approved the new democracy constitution, which gave blacks the right to vote and ended white minority rule.

    • In 1993, Ukraine's parliament overwhelmingly ratified the START-1 disarmament treaty but placed stiff conditions on giving up nuclear weapons on its territory.

    • In 1995, the Vatican said the Roman Catholic ban on the ordination of women as priests was a definitive, infallible and unquestionable part of the Church's doctrine.



    The FBI reportedly plans to release evidence Tuesday that supports the agency's belief that three Atlanta bombings are linked, including the Centennial Olympic Park explosion. For more information, visit the FBI's CENTBOM site.


    Holidays and more

    • Morocco celebrates Independence Day.

    • Oman marks National Day.

    • It's Vertieres Day in Haiti.

    • Latvia celebrates Independence Day.

    • Actress Linda Evans is 55.

    • Actress and singer Andrea Marcovicci turns 49.

    • Actor Kevin Nealon is 44.

    • Actor Jameson Parker is 50.

    • Actress Elizabeth Perkins celebrates her 36th birthday.

    • Astronaut Alan Shepard is 74.

    • Actress Susan Sullivan turns 53.

    • Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 58.


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

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