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Sunday, December 7, 1997

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  • "I am not asking for anything more than is in the agreements between us and the Israelis."

    -- -- Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

    Today's events

  • The Eleventh International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa opens.

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    On the horizon

  • On Monday. December 8, amnesty hearings resume into the death in detention of South African black activist Steve Biko.

  • On Tuesday, December 9, the Steering Board of Bosnia's Peace Implementation Council meets in Germany.

  • On Wednesday, December 10, the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize is presented in Oslo.

  • On Thursday, December 11, European Union foreign ministers meet in Geneva.

  • On Friday, December 12, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is to arrive in Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire, from Rwanda as part of a six-country tour of Africa.

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    On this day

  • In 43 B.C., Marcus Tullius died. Known as Cicero, he was a statesman, writer and is remembered as Rome's greatest orator.

  • In 1787, Delaware voted to adopt the newly created federal constitution, the first state to do so.

  • In 1815, Michel Ney, the most famous of Napoleon's marshals, was executed by firing squad for treason.

  • In 1842, the New York Philharmonic Society gave its first public concert.

  • In 1889, Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "The Gondoliers" premiered in London.

  • In 1916, Herbert Asquith resigned as British prime minister and was replaced by David Lloyd George, the war secretary, with a commitment to wage all-out war on Germany.

  • In 1941, Japanese planes attacked the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, destroying many aircraft and ships and precipitating U.S. declaration of war on Japan.

  • In 1953, David Ben Gurion, who had been prime minister of Israel since its foundation, resigned.

  • In 1965, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of the Greek Church formally annulled the excommunication pronounced on the Church of Rome in 1054.

  • In 1972, the United States launched Apollo 17, the last Apollo, on its way to the moon.

  • In 1982, Charlie Brooks Jr., a prisoner on death row at Fort Worth prison, Texas, was executed by lethal injection, the first to die by this method in the United States.

  • In 1988, a magnitude 6.9 quake struck Armenia, killing more than 25,000 people.

  • In 1989, Czech President Gustav Husak accepted the resignation of Communist Prime Minister Ladislav Adamec.

  • In 1989, President Corazon Aquino asked the Philippine Congress for extra powers to rule the country after a six-day coup attempt.

  • In 1995, a probe from the spacecraft Galileo successfully entered the atmosphere of the planet Jupiter.

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    More than 150 nations are working in Kyoto, Japan, to devise a plan to curb global warming. For an in-depth conference background and various reports from a New Scientist correspondent in Kyoto, check out Global Warming: Special Report from Kyoto .


    Holidays and more

  • Armenia marks 1988 Earthquake Memorial Day. The quake killed more than 25,000 people.

  • Cuba celebrates Independence War Veterans Day.

  • Basketball legend Larry Bird is 41.

  • Singer Gregg Allman is 50.

  • Baseball legend Johnny Bench is 50.

  • Actress Ellen Burstyn is 65.

  • Actor C. Thomas Howell is 31.

  • Actor Eli Wallach is 82.

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

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