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Friday, November 28, 1997

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  • "I've felt for a long time ... that the text was lost among the pictures."

    -- former National Geographic editor Charles McCarry

    Today's events

  • 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.

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    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 Turkey.

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

  • On Tuesday, December 2, NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels.

  • On Wednesday, December 3, the United Nations marks the International Day of Disabled Persons.

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    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 Hathaway.

  • 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 Modder River.

  • 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 French community.

  • In 1979, an Air Zealand DC-10 from Auckland to the South Pole hit Mount Erebus in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.

  • 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 Ireland.

  • In 1996, Gen. Ratko Mladic formally gave up leadership of the Bosnian Serb army.

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    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 Mohammed.

  • 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.

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

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