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Wednesday, November 4, 1998
Given what we've gone through the past few months, the outcome is truly remarkable. Think about all of the predictions, the ones that said Republicans would sweep to a huge majority. It didn't happen.
Senior White House official, discussing the Tuesday night election results
- Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek of Slovenia is scheduled to meet with President Clinton in Washington.
- A grand jury is scheduled to meet in Bridgeport, Connecticut, regarding the 1975 murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley. Both Michael and Thomas Skakel, nephews of Robert F. Kennedy, have been identified as possible suspects.
- The Dalai Lama is scheduled to begin his U.S. visit.
- Florence Griffith Joyner's ARETE Award for courage in sports will be accepted by her husband, Al Joyner, and sister-in-law, Jackie Joyner Kersee in Chicago. Griffith-Joyner died in her sleep Sept. 21 at the age of 38.
- On Thursday, November 5, a two-day conference of Nobel Peace Prize winners begins in Charlottesville, Virginia. They'll discuss their current efforts to promote peace and human rights.
- On Friday, November 6, Prince Charles begins a two-day visit to Sofia, Bulgaria.
- On Saturday, November 7, the Dalai Lama attends the International Conference on Tibetan Medicine in Washington.
- 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 rescheduled to hold a hearing on the history of the presidential impeachment process in Washington.
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- Actor Art Carney is 80.
- Rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs is 28.
- Journalist Walter Cronkite is 82.
- Actor Ralph Macchio is 36.
- Actor Matthew McConaughey is 29.
- Actress Markie Post is 48.
- Actress Loretta Swit is 61.
- Pianist Yanni is 44.
- In 1307, the Swiss Confederation declared itself independent of Austria.
- In 1854, Florence Nightingale and a team of 38 nurses arrived in the Crimea to set up a hospital for British troops at Scutari.
- In 1918, the allied powers in World War I agreed on peace terms for Germany based on U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's "Fourteen Points."
- In 1921, Takashi Hara, prime minister of Japan, was assassinated by a rightist fanatic.
- In 1922, English archaeologist Howard Carter found the first signs of what proved to be King Tutankhamen's tomb in the Valley of the Tombs of Kings in Egypt.
- In 1946, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was formed.
- In 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president of the United States.
- In 1956, Soviet troops moved in to crush the Hungarian uprising. Imre Nagy was ousted as prime minister and replaced by Janos Kadar.
- In 1966, the worst floods in Italy's history affected a third of the country. Florence was cut off and many of the city's art treasures were damaged.
- In 1979, Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and captured 90 hostages; 52 were held captive for 444 days.
- In 1980, Ronald Reagan elected president of the United States.
- In 1982, the United Nations passed a resolution calling on Argentina and Britain to discuss sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.
- In 1983, in Lebanon, over 40 Israeli soldiers were killed when an Arab suicide bomber drove a truck full of explosives into their camp.
- In 1995, Yigal Amir, who said he was acting on God's orders, assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin as he left a peace rally in Tel Aviv.
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