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Wednesday, November 11, 1998


I think we have a bright opportunity to rearrange the leadership of the House to pull someone in like me who understands teamwork, who can touch base with people.

-- Rep. Jennifer Dunn, R-Washington, who is seeking the House majority leader post


today's events

  • This year's Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, marks the 80th anniversary of the end of World War I.

  • U.S. stock and commodity markets will be open today, but government offices, many banks and Treasury bond market will be closed.

  • World War I anniversary ceremonies will be held in Paris. Queen Elizabeth II is to lay a wreath with French President Jacques Chirac and unveil a statue of Winston Churchill.

  • U.S. Commerce Secretary William Daley is scheduled to begin a fact-finding mission to the Middle East, to determine how the U.S. can promote trade and commerce to bolster peace process initiated by the Wye accord. Daley is to meet with his counterparts in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Palestinian Authority and Lebanon.

  • Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi is scheduled to begin his visit in Moscow.

on the horizon

  • 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 begin a 10-day Asian tour. His first stop is Guam.

  • On Saturday, November 14, Prince Charles' 50th birthday party is held in London and hosted by his companion, Camilla Parker Bowles.

  • On Sunday, November 15, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu is scheduled to speak at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • On Monday, November 16, The Supreme Court is scheduled to meet in Washington to issue orders, then it will begin a two-week recess.


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  • Actress Bibi Andersson is 63.
  • U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California is 58.
  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 23.
  • Actor Philip McKeon is 34.
  • Actress Demi Moore is 36.
  • Former Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is 53.
  • Novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is 76.
  • Comedian Jonathan Winters is 73.
  • Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is 47.

on this day

  • In 1606, a peace treaty was signed at Zeitva-Torok between Turks and Austrians.

  • In 1778, British forces took St. Lucia, West Indies, from the French.

  • In 1836, Chile declared war on Peru-Bolivia federation.

  • In 1918, an armistice for World War I was signed between Allies and Germany.

  • In 1971, the U.S. Senate ratified a treaty to return the island of Okinawa to Japan.

  • In 1972, the United States turned over its big base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese, symbolizing the end of direct U.S. participation in the Vietnam War.

  • In 1973, Egypt and Israel signed a cease-fire agreement sponsored by the United States, and began discussions to carry out the pact.

  • In 1987, Boris Yeltsin, who criticized what he called the slow pace of Soviet reform, was removed as Moscow Communist Party chief.

  • In 1989, El Salvador rebels launched a major, three-week offensive against right-wing government, as at least 400 people died in fighting.

  • In 1990, China told Saddam Hussein it will not veto a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing military action to force Iraq out of Kuwait.

  • In 1991, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir vowed not to give up occupied territories.

  • In 1994, a 72-page manuscript of Leonardo da Vinci's scientific diagrams and notes was sold at auction in New York for a record amount.

  • In 1996, Guatemalan President Alvaro Arzu announced a peace agreement with the guerrilla movement to end 36 years of fighting.

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