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Monday, November 23, 1998
Our strategy of putting more police on the beat and getting guns off the street is working.
President Clinton, responding to news that the U.S. murder rate is at its lowest in 30 years
- A preliminary hearing for Byron (Low Tax) Looper, the Putnam County property assessor charged with murdering his political opponent, state Sen. Tommy Burks, is scheduled in Crossville, Tennessee.
- European Union agriculture ministers are scheduled to vote on a proposal to lift the UK beef ban during a two-day meeting in Brussels.
- OPEC's regular ministerial meeting is scheduled to begin in Vienna, Austria. The agenda will include recent weak oil prices.
- On Tuesday, November 24, the eighth annual International Press Freedom Award dinner benefiting the Committee to Protect Journalists is to be held in New York.
- On Wednesday, November 25, Britain's highest court is scheduled to announce a decision in London on whether General Augusto Pinochet has immunity from arrest. The former Chilean dictator turns 83 years old today.
- On Thursday, November 26, British Prime Minister Tony Blair is scheduled to address the Irish Parliament in Dublin, Ireland. He is the first British politician to do so since the formation of the independent Irish state in 1922.
- On Friday, November 27, the traditional holiday shopping season starts.
- On Saturday, November 28, The Media Foundation marks its annual 'Buy Nothing Day' in an attempt to counteract holiday shopping 'affluenza' and return to a less commercialized season.
Today marks the beginning of National Family Caregivers Week. Click here.
- Quarterback Troy Aikman is 32.
- Conductor of Oregon Symphony James DePreist is 62.
- U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois is 54.
- Baseball player Ken Griffey, Jr. is 29.
- Actress Goldie Hawn ('Cactus Flower') is 53.
- Actress Lorna Luft ('Trapper John, MD') is 46.
- Dancer Natalia Makarova is 58.
- Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Stan 'the Man' Musial is 78.
- Actress Nicollette Sheridan ('The Sure Thing') is 35.
- Actress Marlo Thomas ('That Girl') is 60.
- In 1783, the first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon when Frenchmen Francois Pilatre de Rosier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d'Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes above Paris for a distance of some 5 1/2 miles.
- In 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state of the United States.
- In 1888, Adolph Marx, the second-oldest of the Marx brothers comedy team and known as "Harpo," was born.
- In 1916, Emperor Franz Josef died; ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1848. His attack on Serbia helped precipitate World War I.
- In 1918, the German High Seas Fleet surrendered at the Firth of Forth in Scotland, one of the key conditions of the armistice signed on November 11.
- 1920, the Irish Republican Army shot and killed 14 British soldiers in what became known as the country's first "Bloody Sunday."
- In 1953, the British Museum published a scientific report proving that the Piltdown Man discovery by Charles Dawson in 1912 was a hoax.
- In 1990, Lebanon's strongest Christian militia agreed to surrender its Beirut stronghold, rescuing a bid by the Syrian-backed government to end 15 years of civil war.
- In 1995, parties at the Bosnia peace talks in Dayton, Ohio, agreed to an accord ending the bloody Balkan conflict.
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