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Wednesday, November 19, 1997

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  • "Of course we asked the military the tough question -- `Did you do it?' -- and of course the answer was no."

    -- Assistant FBI Director James Kallstrom

    Today's events

  • Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi addresses the French National Assembly in Paris.

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attend lunch given by the Lord Mayor of London to celebrate their golden (50th) wedding anniversary; they then attend another lunch hosted by the government at nearby Banqueting Hall, and host a dance at Windsor Castle.

  • Indonesia's President Suharto arrives in South Africa.

  • EU fisheries ministers meeting scheduled in Brussels.

  • Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad visits Canada. While there he will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum.

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    On the horizon

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

  • On Saturday, November 22, The ninth annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministers' meeting is scheduled to open in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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    On this day

  • In 1521, in Italy, Milan was invaded by papal armies under Colonna, which heralded the start of the war between Hapsburg and Valois.

  • In 1600, Charles I, King of Scotland and England, born; his authoritarian rule led to civil war and his eventual execution.

  • In 1703, the "Man in the Iron Mask," a prisoner in the Bastille prison in Paris, died. His true identity was the cause of much intrigue and is celebrated in the literary works of Francois Voltaire and Alexandre Dumas.

  • In 1794, a treaty signed by American Chief Justice John Jay and British foreign secretary Lord Grenville was signed in Philadelphia. under the treaty, British forces pulled out of the Northwest Territory.

  • In 1809, in the Peninsular War, 30,000 French defeated over 50,000 Spaniards at the battle of Ocana.

  • In 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, citing the need to preserve "government of the people, by the people and for the people."

  • In 1893, the first newspaper color supplement was published in the Sunday paper "New York World".

  • In 1917, Indian prime minister and stateswoman Indira Gandhi born; she was prime minister from 1966-1975 and again from 1980-1984, when she was assassinated.

  • In 1941, the Australian warship Sydney engaged the German raider Kormoran in a fierce battle in the Indian Ocean some 300 miles off the western coast of Australia. The Sydney sailed off and was never seen again, with 645 presumed dead.

  • In 1942, Soviet Red Army troops began a massive counter-offensive against the Germans at Stalingrad.

  • In 1946, the first UNESCO conference opened in Paris at which the organization attained full status as an agency.

  • In 1949, Prince Rainier was sworn in as 30th ruling Prince of Monaco.

  • In 1969, the U.S. Apollo 12 lunar module landed on the moon, carrying astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean.

  • In 1972, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt won a second term with an increased majority.

  • In 1976, Algeria voted for a new constitution with a national assembly and increased powers for an elected president.

  • In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.

  • In 1990, leaders of NATO and the Warsaw Pact marked the end of the Cold War when they signed the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe, slashing their Cold War arsenals.

  • In 1994, the U.N. Security Council authorized NATO warplanes to strike targets in Croatia used by Serbs to launch air attacks against U.N.-designated safe areas in neighboring Bosnia.

  • In 1995, a suicide bomber blasted his way into the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad, setting off a powerful explosion that killed 16 people and wounded more than 60, including diplomats.

  • In 1996, a historic first meeting in the Vatican took place between the pope and veteran revolutionary Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

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    Holidays and more

  • Belize celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day.

  • Germany marks its Day of Penance.

  • Monaco celebrates its National Day.

  • Puerto Rico celebrates the anniversary of its discovery.

  • Entertainer Dick Cavett is 61.

  • Actress Jodie Foster is 35.

  • U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is 58.

  • Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Jeanne Kirkpatrick is 71.

  • Designer Calvin Klein is 55.

  • Actress Glynnis O'Connor is 42.

  • Actress Kathleen Quinlan is 43.

  • Sportscaster and former football player Ahmad Rishad is 48.

  • Actress Meg Ryan is 36.

  • Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson is 56.

  • Media mogul Ted Turner is 59.

  • Journalist Garrick Utley is 58.

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

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