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

Sunday, November 1, 1998


I guess I feel young all the time. That's the reason I volunteered to come up here.

-- Astronaut John Glenn


today's events

  • The running of the New York City Marathon takes place.

  • America's Community Bankers will hold its 1998 convention and director's conference in Chicago with former Sen. Bob Dole scheduled as guest speaker.

on the horizon

  • On Monday, November 2, negotiators from around the world gather for a global warming conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • On Tuesday, November 3, general elections are to be held across the United States.

  • On Wednesday, November 4, Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek of Slovenia is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Bill Clinton in Washington.

  • On Thursday, November 5, a hearing is scheduled in Salt Lake City, Utah, for a couple accused of kidnapping their malnourished child from a hospital. Prosecutors say Christopher and Kyndra Fink think their son is a religious prophet and needs only "pure" food.

  • On Friday, November 6, Prince Charles begins a two-day visit to Sofia, Bulgaria.


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  • Hustler publisher Larry Flynt is 55.
  • Singer Lyle Lovette is 41.
  • Actress Betsy Palmer ("I've Got a Secret") is 72.
  • Golfer Gary Player is 63.
  • Actress Rachel Ticotin ("Natural Born Killers") is 40.

on this day

  • In 1700, Charles II of Spain died and was succeeded by Philip V, marking the start of the War of Spanish Succession.

  • In 1755, a devastating earthquake reduced almost two-thirds of Lisbon to rubble and resulted in the deaths of an estimated 60,000 people.

  • In 1762, French troops capitulated at Cassel and evacuated the right bank of the Rhine during the Seven Years War.

  • In 1856, following a Persian invasion of Afghanistan to occupy Herat, Britain declared war on Persia.

  • In 1936, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini proclaimed the Rome-Berlin Axis after a visit to Berlin by Italian Foreign Secretary Ciano.

  • In 1950, an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate U.S. President Harry Truman was made by two members of a Puerto Rican nationalist movement.

  • In 1963, South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu were killed in a military coup.

  • In 1984, Rajiv Gandhi was sworn in as Indian prime minister amid anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

  • In 1987, veteran revolutionaries left the center-stage of Chinese politics, including Deng Xiaoping. He was one of more than 90 members to step down from the party's guiding Central Committee.

  • In 1993, the Maastricht Treaty came into effect, creating a new "European Union."

  • In 1995, South Africans voted in their first all-race local government elections, completing the destruction of the apartheid system.

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