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Tuesday, November 25, 1997

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  • "We don't censor the reading tastes of the public. That's the bottom line."

    -- Penny Byrd, manager of a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Brentwood, Tennessee.





    Today's events


  • The Conservative Party meets in Helsinki, Finland.

  • The "Italy Today" exhibition opens in Beijing.

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    On the horizon


  • 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.

  • On Friday, November 28, leading European media are to hold a joint conference to discuss the future of Europe.

  • On Saturday, November 29, Russian President Boris Yeltsin is to meet with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl for one-day talks at the presidential residence near Moscow.

  • On Sunday, November 30, a nationwide census will be taken in Turkey.

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    On this day


  • In 1783, the last British troops left New York City at the end of the American War of Independence.

  • In 1881, Pope John XXIII was born as Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli; he became pope in 1958.

  • In 1882, Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta "Iolanthe" opened simultaneously in New York and London.

  • In 1884, evaporated milk was patented by John Mayenberg of St. Louis, Missouri.

  • In 1885, King Alfonso XII of Spain died of tuberculosis at age 27.

  • In 1901, Gustav Mahler conducted the world premiere of his "Fourth Symphony" in Munich.

  • In 1935, King George II returned to Greece after 12 years of exile, restored to his throne by a referendum.

  • In 1936, the Anti-Comintern Pact, an agreement between Japan and Germany to collaborate in opposition to the spread of Communism, was signed.

  • In 1941, the British battleship Barham was sunk by a German U-boat off Sollum killing 848.

  • In 1952, Agatha Christie's play "The Mousetrap" opened in London; still playing to audiences today, it holds the record for the longest continuous run of any show in the world.

  • In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, three days after his assassination.

  • In 1969, Beatle John Lennon returned his MBE, awarded in 1965, to the queen to protest Britain's policy in Biafra -- now incorporated into Nigeria -- and its support of the United States in Vietnam.

  • In 1970, Japanese writer Yukio Mishima committed public ritual suicide in Tokyo, a protest against the westernization of Japan and the weakness of its post-World War II constitution.

  • In 1971, Denmark and Norway became the first NATO members to establish full diplomatic relations with North Vietnam.

  • In 1972, New Zealand's Labour Party swept to power with a huge majority.

  • In 1973, in Greece, military dictator George Papadopoulos was overthrown by rival officers in a bloodless coup.

  • In 1974, the Irish Republican Army was outlawed in Britain following the deaths of 21 people in a pub bombing in Birmingham three days previously.

  • In 1975, Suriname achieved independence from the Netherlands.

  • In 1986, John Poindexter resigned as U.S. national security adviser and Lt. Col. Oliver North was dismissed from the National Security Council after the Iran-Contra scandal broke.

  • In 1992, the Czech parliament voted to split the country into separate Czech and Slovak republics from January 1, 1993.

  • In 1993, Anthony Burgess, British author of the grim futuristic fantasy "A Clockwork Orange," died.

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    Newslink


    Turkey Day is near for millions of Americans. Don't panic. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is here to keep you and your family happy and free from salmonella this holiday.


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    Holidays and more


  • Suriname celebrates Independence Day.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrate a National Day.

  • Former NY Yankee great Bucky Dent is 46.

  • Football player Bernie Kosar Jr. is 34.

  • Actor John Larroquette is 50.

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



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