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Saturday, November 22, 1997

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  • "It was just incredible. I can't wait until I can hold all of them."

    -- Septuplets' mother Bobbi McCaughey

    Today's events

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

  • The Miss World competition takes place in Victoria, a seaport in the Seychelles.

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    On the horizon

  • On Sunday, November 23, presidential elections are to be held in Slovenia.

  • On Monday, November 24, Lea Rabin, widow of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and composer Marvin Hamlisch are to speak at the opening of 'Shalom Haver (Goodbye, Dear Friend),' an exhibition of artwork commemorating the late prime minister in Washington, D.C.

  • On Tuesday, November 25, the "Italy Today" exhibition is to open in Beijing.

  • On Wednesday, November 26, Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov is to travel to Colombia for an official state visit.

  • On Thursday, November 27, European Union budget ministers are scheduled to meet in Brussels.

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    On this day

  • In 1497, Portugal's Vasco Da Gama became the first navigator to sail around the Cape of Good Hope in his search for a sea route to India.

  • In 1718, Edward Teach, known as "Blackbeard" the pirate, was killed off the coast of North Carolina.

  • In 1774, Robert Clive, soldier and colonial administrator, committed suicide. The first British administrator of Bengal, Clive was instrumental in the foundation of British rule in India.

  • In 1830, the Belgian Congress voted to turn the country into a monarchy.

  • In 1842, Mount St. Helens in the state of Washington erupted and became the the first volcano to erupt in America for which a date could be established.

  • In 1878, in Afghanistan, the British under Sir Samuel Browne bombed and captured the Ali Masjid fortress thus heralding the start of Second Afghan War.

  • In 1890, Gen. Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French during World War II and later French president, born.

  • In 1943, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss the war against Japan.

  • In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

  • In 1974, gunmen hijacked a British Airways VC10 at Dubai; three days later they abandoned the plane at Tunis after murdering a passenger and securing the release of Palestinians from jails in Cairo and The Hague.

  • In 1975, King Juan Carlos was sworn in as King of Spain, the first Spanish monarch since Alfonso XIII went into exile in 1931. General Francisco Franco, who had ruled Spain since 1939, died two days earlier.

  • In 1977, after two years of legal wrangling, the Anglo-French Concorde began regular flights to New York from London and Paris.

  • In 1989, the newly-elected president of Lebanon, Rene Muawad, was assassinated in west Beirut while passing through the city in a motorcade to celebrate Independence Day. Sixteen others died in the attack.

  • In 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher resigned after 11 years in office.

  • In 1991, the United Nations Security Council picked Egyptian deputy Prime Minister Boutros Boutros Ghali to be U.N. secretary general to succeed Javier Perez de Cuellar.

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    The crew of the space shuttle Columbia was stymied again Friday in its attempt to launch a science satellite when controls aboard the satellite failed to activate after it was released. Find out more about mission from NASA's shuttle Web site.


    Holidays and more

  • Lebanon celebrates its Independence Day.

  • Tennis player Boris Becker is 30.

  • Actor Tom Conti is 56.

  • Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 39.

  • Actor Rodney Dangerfield is 76.

  • Sports sociologist Harry Edwards is 55.

  • Actor Allen Garfield is 58.

  • Actor Stephen Geoffreys is 38.

  • Actor Terry Gilliam is 57.

  • PONY league baseball co-founder Lew Hays is 83.

  • Actress Mariel Hemingway is 36.

  • Tennis player Billy Jean King is 54.

  • Retired Senator Claiborne Pell is 79.

  • Actor Robert Vaughn is 65.

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

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