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Today's Events | On Horizon | On This Day | Newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

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


today's events

  • 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 the horizon

  • 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.

on this day

  • 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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