Sunday, November 23, 1997
Voters in Slovenia head to the polls for presidential elections for the third time since the former Yugoslav republic gained independence in 1991.
Ecuador hosts a meeting of army chiefs from the Americas to discuss ways to improve security and peace in the region.
U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen is to hold a news conference from Tokyo before heading home.
On the horizon
On Monday, November 24, European Union foreign affairs ministers are to meet in Brussels.
On Tuesday, November 25, the "Italy Today" exhibition is to open in Beijing.
On Wednesday, November 26, Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov is to travel to Colombia for an official visit.
On Thursday, November 27, European Union budget ministers are scheduled to meet in Brussels.
On Friday, November 28, leading European media are to hold a joint conference to discuss the future of Europe.
On this day
In 1499, Perkin Warbeck, Flemish imposter and pretender to the throne of King Henry VII of England, was executed in the Tower of London. He claimed to be Richard, Duke of York, son of Edward IV.
In 1531, in Switzerland, the Peace of Kappel was signed, ending the second civil war and ensuring Roman Catholic areas were recognized as part of the Swiss Confederation.
In 1889, the first jukebox was installed at the Palais Royal
Saloon in San Francisco.
In 1890, Princess Wilhelmina became Queen of the Netherlands
at the age of 10 upon the death of her father William III. Her mother, Queen Emma, acted as regent until 1898.
In 1919, the first play-by-play football game was broadcast. Texas A&M blanked the University of Texas 7-0.
In 1961, the Dominican Republic changed the name of its capital from Ciudad Trujillo to Santo Domingo.
In 1979, Thomas McMahon was sentenced to life
in prison for the assassination of Earl Mountbatten, cousin
of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1980, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Eboli in southern Italy, killing 2,735 people and injuring at least 7,500.
In 1983, the Soviet Union walked out of arms limitation talks in Geneva in protest of the deployment of U.S. cruise missiles in Europe.
In 1995, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic forced Bosnian
Serb hardliners to accept a U.S.-sponsored peace deal, the key to ending 3 1/2 years of U.N. sanctions on rump Yugoslavia.
Around the world, pop fans expressed grief, disappointment and even cynicism over
the death of INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence. Visit the band's official site.
Holidays and more
Japan celebrates Labor Thanksgiving Day.
Georgia marks St. George's Day.
Actress Susan Anspach is 52.
Composer Krzysztof Penderecki is 64.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan