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Monday, November 2, 1998
To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible. It just strengthens my faith. I wish there were words to describe what it's like.
Astronaut John Glenn
- The trial of Malaysia's former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim is set to begin. Judge Augustine Paul was scheduled to hear arguments about four counts of corruption and one count of sodomy.
- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is scheduled to make his first official visit to Britain
- On Tuesday, November 3, general elections are to be held across the United States.
- On Wednesday, November 4, Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek of Slovenia is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Bill Clinton in Washington.
- On Thursday, November 5, a hearing is scheduled in Salt Lake City, Utah, for a couple accused of kidnapping their malnourished child from a hospital. Prosecutors say Christopher and Kyndra Fink think their son is a religious prophet and needs only "pure" food.
- On Friday, November 6, Prince Charles begins a two-day visit to Sofia, Bulgaria.
- On Saturday, November 7, the Dalai Lama is to attend the International Conference on Tibetan Medicine in Washington.
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- Author Shere Hite is 56.
- Golfer Dave Knapp is 57.
- Actress Stefanie Powers ("Hart to Hart") is 56.
- Actress Alfre Woodard ("Grand Canyon") is 45.
- In 1483, Britain's Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, was beheaded at Salisbury for his rebellion against King Richard III.
- In 1721, Peter I was proclaimed Emperor of all the Russias.
- In 1785, London coachbuilder Lionel Lukin patented the first lifeboat.
- In 1841, following the British occupation of Kabul, Afghans revolted and murdered Sir Alexander Burnes and 23 others heralding the start of the second Afghan War.
- In 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted to the Union as the 39th and 40th states.
- In 1917, Arthur James Balfour, British foreign secretary, submitted a declaration of intent, known as the Balfour Declaration, to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
- In 1930, Haile Selassie was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia.
- In 1936, the first public high definition television service was inaugurated by the BBC at Alexander Palace on this day using 240 and 405 lines.
- In 1938, Hungary annexed southern Slovakia following the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia at the Munich agreement in September.
- In 1947, the Hughes H-4 Hercules, an eight-engine flying boat, built by Howard Hughes, made its one and only flight of just over a mile in Los Angeles harbor.
- In 1953, Pakistan's parliament declared the country "the Islamic Republic of Pakistan."
- In 1964, King Saud of Saudi Arabia was deposed and replaced by Prince Faisal.
- In 1976, Jimmy Carter was elected 39th U.S. President, defeating Gerald Ford. He was the first president from Georgia.
- In 1978, two Soviet cosmonauts returned to Earth from the Salyut 6 space station after setting a new endurance record of 139 days, 14 hours.
- In 1995, the Argentine Supreme Court ordered the extradition to Italy of former SS captain Erich Priebke to face trial for a World War II massacre of prisoners in the Ardeatine Caves.
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