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

Friday, November 13, 1998


The whole world sees Iraq responsible for the current crisis.

-- State Department spokesman James Rubin


today's events

  • President Clinton is tentatively scheduled to begin a 10-day Asian tour. His first stop is Guam.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen to address Norfolk Conference on NATO Challenges of the 21st Century in Suffolk, Virginia.

  • Democratic House members are scheduled to gather in Washington for freshman orientation and leadership elections.

  • NASA to hold background briefing on the next mission to Mars and the upcoming Space Shuttle launch.

  • Northwestern Law School to hold National Conference on Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty in Chicago.

  • Former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide is to speak at the Fifth African Business and Investment Summit in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • A poignant letter written by author and poet Rudyard Kipling inquiring about the fate of his son during World War I to be auctioned in London.

  • California Conference on physician assisted suicide to be held in San Francisco.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, November 18, the Republican Governors Association holds its 1998 annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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  • Actress Whoopie Goldberg is 43.
  • Actor Joe Mantegna is 51.
  • Actor Richard Mulligan is 66.
  • Actor Chris Noth is 41.
  • Actress Tracy Scoggins is 39.
  • New York Jets QB Vinnie Testaverde is 35.

on this day

  • In 1887, socialist demonstrators rioted at London's Trafalgar Square in what was the first "Bloody Sunday."

  • In 1913, the first modern elasticized brassiere was patented in the United States by its inventor Mary Phelps Jacob.

  • In 1927, the Holland Tunnel, running under the Hudson River between New York and Jersey City, was opened.

  • In 1940, Walt Disney's film "Fantasia," which depicted various pieces of music set to cartoons, opened in New York.

  • In 1941, the British aircraft carrier Ark Royal was hit by a torpedo off Gibraltor and sank early the following day.

  • In 1945, Gen. Charles De Gaulle was elected president of the French provisional government with the vote of all 555 deputies.

  • In 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregation of the races on public buses was unconstitutional.

  • In 1970, Hafez al-Assad seized power in Syria in a bloodless military coup.

  • In 1973, the "cod war" between Britain and Iceland subsided when the Icelandic parliament approved terms of settlement.

  • In 1982, U.S. President Ronald Reagan lifted sanctions against European firms supplying components for a Soviet gas pipeline.

  • In 1985, in Colombia, the Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted; an estimated 25,000 people died.

  • In 1989, the Pakistani Cabinet resigned, giving Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto a free hand to form a new government.

  • In 1992, a group of retired military officers made an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and overthrow the government.

  • In 1994, Swedes voted by 52.2 percent in a referendum to join the European Union.

  • In 1995, a bomb attack on a U.S.-run military center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killed seven people, five of them Americans.

  • In 1995, Israel began pulling troops out of the West Bank city of Jenin to end 28 years of occupation.

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