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Thursday, November 19, 1998


Some people in Mexico survive on tortillas alone. Mexico is the tortilla, the tortilla is Mexico.

-- Jorge Garcia, mill worker commenting on increasing tortilla prices in Mexico.


today's events

  • The House Judiciary Committee is to open Impeachment Hearings in Washington. Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr is scheduled to testify.

  • The rescheduled preliminary hearing for Aaron James McKinney, charged in the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard takes place in Laramie, Wyoming.

  • The start of oral arguments in the civil suit against Louise Woodward are scheduled in Boston.

  • The start of the first public hearings of the Special Oversight Board for the Department of Defense Investigations of Gulf War Chemical and Biological Incidents is scheduled in Washington.

  • Russian President Boris Yeltsin is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Moscow.

on the horizon

  • On Friday, November 20, the target launch of the Zarya Control Module, the first component of the International Space Station, is scheduled in Baikonur, Kazakstan.

  • On Saturday, November 21, President Clinton is scheduled to attend a state dinner in the South Korean capital Seoul. He is scheduled to return to Washington on Sunday.

  • On Sunday, November 22, ambassadors and representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority are scheduled to convene at a special symposium on the Mideast peace process. The State Department's Middle East coordinator is also scheduled to speak.

  • On Monday, November 23, the OPEC meeting convenes in Vienna, Austria.

  • On Tuesday, November 24, the eighth annual International Press Freedom Award dinner benefiting the Committee to Protect Journalists is to be held in New York.


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  • Entertainer Dick Cavett ('The Dick Cavett Show') is 62.
  • Actress Jodie Foster ('The Accused') is 36.
  • U.S. Senator Thomas R. Harkin is 59.
  • Talk show host Larry King is 65.
  • Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 56.
  • Actress Glynnis O'Connor ('Johnny Dangerously') is 43.
  • Actress Kathleen Quinlan ('The Doors') is 44.
  • Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is 49.
  • Actress Meg Ryan ('When Harry Met Sally') is 37.

on this day

  • In 1600, Charles I, the King of Scotland and England was born; his authoritarian rule led to civil war and his eventual execution.

  • In 1703, the "Man in the Iron Mask," a prisoner in the Bastille prison in Paris, died. His true identity was the cause of much intrigue and is celebrated in the literary works of Francois Voltaire and Alexandre Dumas.

  • In 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, citing the need to preserve "government of the people, by the people and for the people."

  • In 1893, the first newspaper color supplement was published in the Sunday paper "New York World".

  • In 1917, Indian prime minister and stateswoman Indira Gandhi was born; she was prime minister from 1966-1975 and again from 1980-1984, when she was assassinated.

  • In 1942, the Soviet Red Army troops began a massive counter-offensive against the Germans at Stalingrad.

  • In 1946, the first UNESCO conference opened in Paris at which the organization attained full status as an agency.

  • In 1949, Prince Rainier was sworn in as 30th ruling Prince of Monaco.

  • In 1969, the U.S. Apollo 12 lunar module landed on the moon, carrying astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean.

  • In 1972, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt won a second term with an increased majority.

  • In 1976, Algeria voted for a new constitution with a national assembly and increased powers for an elected president.

  • In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.

  • In 1990, leaders of NATO and the Warsaw Pact marked the end of the Cold War when they signed the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe, slashing their Cold War arsenals.

  • In 1994, the U.N. Security Council authorized NATO warplanes to strike targets in Croatia used by Serbs to launch air attacks against U.N. designated safe areas in neighboring Bosnia.

  • In 1995, a suicide bomber blasted his way into the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad, setting off a powerful explosion that killed 16 people and wounded more than 60,including diplomats.

  • In 1996, a historic first meeting in the Vatican took place between the Pope and veteran revolutionary Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

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