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Thursday, November 12, 1998


It is a precautionary move only and I sincerely hope it is temporary.

-- UNSCOM chief Richard Butler, commenting on the withdrawal of U.N. weapons inspectors from Iraq


today's events

  • The newly-elected Republican members of the House gather in Washington for freshman orientation and leadership elections.

  • Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, his son Stephen and four associates are scheduled to make their initial court appearances before a federal magistrate in Baton Rouge on gambling corruption charges.

  • Grand jury testimony is scheduled to begin in Ellicott City, Maryland, for New York literary agent Lucianne Goldberg and her son Jonah Goldberg. The panel is investigating alleged state wiretapping violations by Linda Tripp.

  • Annual Christmas tree to arrive at Rockefeller Center in New York.

  • The 7th Beam Games, an international robotics competition for students, to begin today in Lucknow, India.

on the horizon

  • 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 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.

  • On Tuesday, November 17, President Clinton is scheduled to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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  • Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci is 37.
  • Actress Kim Hunter is 76.
  • Actress Stefanie Powers is 56.
  • U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island is 49.
  • Baseball slugger Sammy Sosa is 30.

on this day

  • In 1859, in Paris, the first flying trapeze act was performed by Jules Leotard at the Cirque Napoleon without a safety net. The body-hugging costume he used was later named after him.

  • In 1867, a major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy began and lasted for several months.

  • In 1893, an agreement was signed between Afghanistan and Britain marking the boundary between Afghan tribal lands and British territories.

  • In 1912, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Canalejas was assassinated by anarchist gunman Manuel Pardinas, who then shot himself.

  • In 1918, Austria's First Republic was proclaimed one day after the World War I armistice and the abdication of Emperor Karl I.

  • In 1923, in Germany, Adolf Hitler was arrested for failed attempt to seize power.

  • In 1942, the British Eighth Army under Gen. Bernard Montgomery captured Tobruk, Libya, taking at least 30,000 prisoners.

  • In 1944, the German battleship Tirpitz, sister ship of the Bismarck and Hitler's last major warship, was sunk by Lancaster bombers at Tromso Fjord in northern Norway.

  • In 1968, the U.N. General Assembly voted against admission of Communist China.

  • In 1970, in East Pakistan a cyclone and tidal wave hit several districts, causing the deaths of at least 200,000 people.

  • In 1974, South Africa was suspended from the U.N. General Assembly over its racial policies.

  • In 1979, after Islamic students seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on November 4, President Jimmy Carter announced an immediate halt to all imports of Iranian oil.

  • In 1981, the space shuttle Columbia was launched for the second time; it was the first space vehicle to be used more than once.

  • In 1982, Yuri Andropov was elected First Secretary of the Soviet Communist party following the death of Leonid Brezhnev.

  • In 1982, Polish Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa was freed after 11 months detention in a state-owned hunting lodge.

  • In 1990, Emperor Akihito was enthroned in Japan.

  • In 1996, 349 people were killed when a Saudi Arabian jumbo jet and a Kazakh airliner collided in mid-air over India.

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