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Monday, November 9, 1998


When you lose market share, which we've done in '96 and '98, I felt like you need to look at everything from the CEO to the janitor.

-- U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts, R-Okla., discussing the Republican showing on Election Day.


today's events

  • Negotiations on a national settlement by eight states with the nation's four largest tobacco companies (R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris, Lorillard and Brown & Williamson) are expected to continue in New York.

  • The murder trial of Thomas Capano, charged with killing his former girlfriend Anne Marie Fahey is scheduled in Wilmington, Delaware. She was Del. Gov. Thomas Carper's scheduling secretary. Fahey disappeared in June 1996 and her body has not been found.

  • Berlin celebrates the ninth anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall.

  • Montana begins its annual week-long Veterans Day celebration, billed as the nation's largest.

on the horizon

  • 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 to take a 10-day tour of Asia. His first stop is Guam.

  • On Saturday, November 14, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa is scheduled to travel to Colorado to attend PeaceJam, which brings peace prize winners together with teen-agers.


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  • Actor Lou Ferrigno is 47.
  • Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson is 63.
  • Golfer Tom Weiskopf is 56.
  • Florida Sen. Bob Graham is 62.

on this day

  • In 1938, anti-Jewish riots took place in much of Germany after the murder of a German official in Paris. The streets of the main cities were littered with glass, and the night became known as "Kristallnacht," or Crystal Night.

  • In 1940, Neville Chamberlain died. British prime minister from 1937, he followed a policy of appeasement with Nazi Germany in the years before World War II, negotiating the Munich agreement with Adolf Hitler in 1938. Replaced by Winston Churchill in May 1940, he died six months later.

  • In 1952, Chaim Weizmann, first president of the newly founded Jewish state of Israel from 1948-52, died.

  • In 1953, King Ibn Saud, Muslim religious leader who created the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, died.

  • In 1967, the first Saturn V rocket carrying the unmanned Apollo 4 spacecraft was successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center.

  • In 1970, Charles De Gaulle, French soldier and statesman, died at 79. The symbol of France's resistance to Nazi occupation, De Gaulle led the French government in exile during World War II and headed the first government after the Liberation. Later, he founded the Fifth Republic and served as its president from 1958 until 1969.

  • In 1989, East Germans on foot and in cars began arriving in West Germany and West Berlin only hours after the East German government opened its border to the West.

  • In 1990, King Birendra of Nepal proclaimed a new Constitution that restored multi-party democracy to the Himalayan kingdom and stripped him of his absolute power.

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