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November 7, 1998
The Republican conference needs to be unified and it is time for me to move forward.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who plans to resign from the speaker's post and Congress
- Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to land at Cape Canaveral, Florida, following 9-day Spacelab mission with Senator John Glenn.
- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi to visit Saudi Arabia for talks on bilateral cooperation and situation in Afghanistan, Gulf region and Middle East.
- The Dalai Lama is scheduled to attend the International Conference on Tibetan Medicine.
- On Sunday, November 8, the American Academy of Ophthalmology holds its annual meeting with topics ranging from microchip surgery to "shaken baby" syndrome.
- On Monday, November 9, A House Judiciary constitution subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the history of the presidential impeachment process in Washington.
- On Tuesday, November 10, Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi is expected to begin a visit to Moscow.
- On Wednesday, November 11, this year's Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, marks the 80th anniversary of the end of World War I.
- On Thursday, November 12, newly elected Republican members of the U.S. House gather in Washington for freshman orientation and leadership elections.
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- Evangelist Billy Graham is 80.
- Jazz musician Al Hirt is 76.
- Musician Joni Mitchell is 55.
- Actor Barry Newman is 60.
- Actress Dana Plato is 34.
- Opera singer Joan Sutherland is 72.
- Singer Mary Travers is 61.
- In 1885, Canada's first transcontinental railway, the Canadian Pacific, was completed in British Columbia.
- In 1917, Russian Bolsheviks under Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky in Petrograd.
- In 1944, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected for a record fourth term.
- In 1956, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution calling upon Britain, France and Israel to withdraw their troops from Egypt immediately.
- In 1961, President Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador resigned after months of popular unrest.
- In 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon was re-elected for a second term.
- In 1973, U.S. and Egypt announced restoration of full diplomatic links for the first time since the 1967 Six-Day War.
- In 1985, troops stormed Colombia's Palace of Justice to end a 24-hour siege by gunmen of the M-19 guerrilla movement; 95 people were killed.
- In 1987, Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba, in office since independence in 1956, was overthrown in a bloodless coup.
- In 1989, the East German government resigned after pro-democracy protests.
- In 1990, Mary Robinson was elected in Ireland's first presidential election in 17 years, becoming the country's first woman president.
- In 1991, NATO leaders approved an unprecedented formal link with their former East European foes and adopted a new post-Cold War strategy.
- In 1996, A Nigerian Boeing 727 airliner carrying 142 people crashed some 25 miles from Lagos, killing all on board.
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