Friday, November 28, 1997
Leading European media are to hold a joint conference to
discuss the future of Europe.
European Union development ministers meet in Brussels.
Christmas at Graceland kicks off in Memphis, Tennessee.
On the horizon
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 Tuesday, December 2, NATO defense ministers meet in
On Wednesday, December 3, the United Nations marks the
International Day of Disabled Persons.
On this day
In 1520, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan passed
through the strait which bears his name to the Pacific Ocean.
In 1582, poet and playwright William Shakespeare married Anne
In 1821, Panama declared itself independent from Spain and
joined the Republic of Colombia.
In 1899, in the Second Boer War, the British, under Lord
Methuen, defeated a force of 9,000 Boers in the Battle of
In 1905, the Irish political party Sinn Fein was founded in
Dublin by Arthur Griffith.
In 1912, after more than 400 years of Turkish rule, Albania
declared its independence.
In 1919, Lady Nancy Astor was elected as the first woman to
sit in the British House of Commons.
In 1942, nearly 500 people were killed in a fire at the
Coconut Grove nightclub in Boston.
In 1943, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin gathered at Tehran
for their first meeting to chart the future Allied course for
World War II.
In 1958, Mauritania became an autonomous republic within the
In 1979, an Air Zealand DC-10 from Auckland to the South Pole
hit Mount Erebus in Antarctica, killing all 257 people
In 1994, convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was clubbed
to death in prison as he was cleaning a toilet.
In 1995, Prime Ministers John Major of Britain and John
Bruton of Ireland unveiled a new initiative for all-party
talks on the future of the British-ruled province of Northern
In 1996, Gen. Ratko Mladic formally gave up leadership of the
Bosnian Serb army.
Shhhh ...can you hear the bells? It's that time of year again
-- when the Salvation Army kicks off its annual Kettle
Drive and volunteers can be found ringing all round town.
Find out how you can help.
Holidays and more
It is National Day in Albania.
Chad celebrates Proclamation of the Republic.
Indonesia and Kuwait celebrate the Ascension of the Prophet
Iran celebrates the birthday of Imam Ali.
It is Independence Day in Mauritania.
Panama celebrates its independence from Spain.
Motown founder Barry Gordy Jr. is 68.
Actor Ed Harris is 47.
Former Sen. Gary Hart is 59.
Actor Judd Nelson is 38.
Singer Randy Newman is 54.
Band leader Paul Shaffer is 48.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan