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

November 8, 1998


Discovery and this crew took us around and around, and that view is still tremendous. To those whose prayers followed us around the world, our heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

-- astronaut John Glenn, after he returned to Earth on Saturday


today's events

  • The Dalai Lama is scheduled to teach Tibetan Buddhist text at American University in Washington.

  • The verdict is expected to be announced in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in the case of four former generals and a journalist-turned-politician accused in 1975 assassination of the first prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology is scheduled to hold its annual meeting in New Orleans. Topics range from microchip surgery to "shaken baby syndrome."

on the horizon

  • 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 House gather in Washington for freshman orientation and leadership elections.

  • On Friday, November 13, President Clinton is tentatively scheduled take a 10-day tour of Asia. His first stop is Guam.


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  • Television host Mary Hart is 47.
  • Actress June Havoc is 82.
  • Playboy executive Christie Hefner is 46.
  • Musician Rickie Lee Jones is 44.
  • Actress Virna Lisi is 61.
  • Singer Patti Page is 71.
  • Singer Bonnie Raitt is 49.
  • Journalist Morley Safer is 67.

on this day

  • In 1520, King Christian II ordered the massacre of Swedish bishops and nobles in what became known as the "Stockholm Bloodbath," helping to incite a Swedish war of liberation against Danish rule.

  • In 1830, Ferdinand II became King of the Two Sicilies.

  • In 1889, Montana became the 41st U.S. state.

  • In 1900, Margaret Mitchell -- the U.S. novelist who wrote the bestseller "Gone with the Wind," which was turned into an Oscar-winning film in 1939 -- was born.

  • In 1917, in Russia, the Council of People's Commissars was established as the new government of Russia, and it named Lenin as chairman, Trotsky as foreign commissar and Stalin as commissar of nationalities.

  • In 1923, Adolf Hitler attempted to start a putsch in Munich's largest beer hall but was arrested two days later.

  • In 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected U.S. president. Re-elected three times, he was to remain in power until his death in 1945.

  • In 1933, Nadir Shah, ruler of Afghanistan, was assassinated and succeeded by his son, Mohammed Zahir Shah.

  • In 1942, allied forces began landings in North Africa, beginning the Algeria-Morocco Campaign of World War II.

  • In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected U.S. president, with Lyndon Johnson as his vice president.

  • In 1972, West and East Germany ended 23 years of Cold War antagonism by initialing a good-neighbor treaty which pledged mutual respect for the existence of two sovereign German states.

  • In 1987, 11 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a crowd gathered for a Remembrance Day service at a war memorial in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

  • In 1988, George Bush won the U.S. presidential election, defeating Michael Dukakis.

  • In 1989, Douglas Wilder was elected governor of Virginia, the first black to become a U.S. state governor.

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