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Wednesday, November 26, 1997

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  • "I've been thinking about taking some time off for a long time.... I think Jeannie has noticed I've been uneasy the last year or so. Wives notice these things."

    -- "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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 Turkey.

  • On Monday, December 1, an international conference on climate control convenes in Kyoto, Japan.

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    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 Street.

  • In 1914, the British battleship Bulwark, carrying 750 men, blew up as it was loading ammunition; there were only 12 survivors.

  • 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 War II.

  • 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 Sinatra.

  • 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 Brittany.

  • 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 was unhurt.

  • In 1974, Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka resigned following allegations of irregularities in his private business affairs.

  • 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 war.

  • In 1989, opposition candidate Luis Alberto Lacalle of the Blanco (National) Party was elected president in Uruguay's first free elections since 1971.

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    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 Museum.


    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.

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

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