Wednesday, November 26, 1997
Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov travels to
Colombia for an official state visit.
Chinese President Jiang Zemin is scheduled to begin a state visits to Canada and Mexico
"High Times" magazine is scheduled to sponsor the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The event is known as the world's largest gathering of marijuana
experts and activists and Bob Marley will be inducted at the group's
first Hall of Fame Awards.
On the horizon
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
On Monday, December 1, an international conference on
climate control convenes in Kyoto, Japan.
On this day
In 1703, a two-day "Great Storm" raged throughout southern
England, flooding the Thames and Severn rivers and killing
at least 8,000 people.
In 1832, a horse-drawn streetcar was used for the first time
to carry passengers in the United States. It was introduced
in New York on Fourth Avenue between Prince Street and 14th
In 1914, the British battleship Bulwark, carrying 750 men,
blew up as it was loading ammunition; there were only 12
In 1922, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon became the first
to enter the tomb of King Tutankhamun since it was sealed.
In 1940, Germany began walling off the Jewish Ghetto in
Warsaw, sealing in its 400,000 inhabitants.
In 1940, the Belgian Congo declared war on Italy in World
In 1944, the port of Antwerp was reopened and the Germans
began attacking it with their new V-1 and V-2 rockets.
In 1949, India's Constituent Assembly passed the country's
constitution; it came into force two months later.
In 1956, bandleader Tommy Dorsey died; he led one of the
leading swing and dance bands and often performed with Frank
In 1965, France launched its first satellite into orbit.
In 1966, French President Charles De Gaulle opened the
world's first tidal power station at the Rance estuary in
In 1967, the birth of the People's Republic of South Yemen
was proclaimed in Aden by the National Liberation Front.
In 1970, Pope Paul VI was attacked with a dagger by a
Bolivian artist dressed as a priest at Manila airport, but
In 1974, Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka resigned
following allegations of irregularities in his private
In 1979, a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 707
crashed in Jeddah; all 156 passengers and crew were killed.
In 1979, the International Olympic Committee voted to
re-admit China after an absence of 21 years.
In 1987, rebel guerrillas massacred 16 whites at a mission
near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
In 1988, the United States, citing terrorist attacks on
Americans, denied a request by PLO leader Yasser Arafat for
a visa so he could address a session of the United Nations
in New York.
In 1989, President Alfredo Cristiani announced the
suspension of "all relations" with Nicaragua, accusing the
left-wing government there of fanning El Salvador's civil
In 1989, opposition candidate Luis Alberto Lacalle of the
Blanco (National) Party was elected president in Uruguay's
first free elections since 1971.
Seventy-five years ago, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon
entered the tomb of King Tutankhamun for the first time
since it was sealed in 1323 B.C. Take a peek at what they
found in the Virtual
Holidays and more
Mongolia celebrates Independence Day.
Former football player Johnny Lyndell Hector is 37.
Impressionist Rich Little is 59.
Cartoonist Charles Schulz is 75.
Singer Tina Turner is 59.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan