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Friday, November 20, 1998


Nothing in this overkill of an investigation amounts to a justification for the impeachment of the president of the United States.

-- President Clinton's lawyer David Kendall


today's events

  • President Clinton is scheduled to finish up his visit to Tokyo and leave for Seoul, South Korea. His schedule includes a joint press availability with South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.

  • The launch of Zarya Control Module, first component of International Space Station is scheduled in Baikonur, Kazakstan.

  • The beginning of a two-day summit of 16 southern European countries is scheduled in Zagreb, Croatia.

  • A hearing for Joshua Earl Patrick Phillips, the 14-year-old charged with killing an 8-year-old girl and hiding her under his water bed, is scheduled in Jacksonville, Florida.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, November 25, Britain's highest court is scheduled to announce a decision in London on whether General Augusto Pinochet has immunity from arrest. The former Chilean dictator turns 83 years old today.


Mark your calendar with United Nations International Days here.

  • TV game show host Richard Dawson is 66.
  • Actress Bo Derek is 42.
  • Actress Veronica Hamel is 55.
  • Concert pianist Ruth Laredo is 61.
  • Actor Richard Masur is 50.
  • Comedian Dick Smothers is 60.
  • Journalist Judy Woodruff is 52.
  • Acress Sean Young is 39.

on this day

  • In 1759, in the battle of Quiberon Bay during the Seven Years War, the British fleet with 23 warships under Admiral Hawke destroyed the French invasion fleet of 21 warships under Admiral Conflans.

  • In 1780, after the Dutch had supplied French and Spanish arms to American rebels, the British declared war on Holland.

  • In 1917, 324 tanks under the command of General Elles struck at the German lines in the battle of Cambrai, France, the first major battle to involve tanks. By the end of the battle no gains had been made and the British lost 43,000 casualties.

  • In 1922, the Lausanne Conference began in Switzerland to resolve differences between the Allied powers and Turkey following World War I.

  • In 1943, the U.S. Army landed on Makin and Tarawa Atolls in the Gilbert Islands and captured them from the Japanese after five days.

  • In 1945, the Allied Control Commission approved the transfer of six million Germans from Austria, Hungary and Poland back to West Germany.

  • In 1945, the war crimes trials of 24 German World War II leaders began in Nuremberg.

  • In 1947, Princess Elizabeth, heir to the British throne, married Prince Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey.

  • In 1962, President John F. Kennedy agreed to lift the American blockade of Cuba, ending the Cuban missile crisis.

  • In 1974, the first crash of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet occurred when a Lufthansa airliner crashed after takeoff at Nairobi airport in Kenya, killing 59 people.

  • In 1979, some 300 armed Shiite rebels seized the Great Mosque at Mecca and occupied it until December 4 when they were driven out by the army with many casualties.

  • In 1980, in China, Jiang Qing, the widow of Mao Zedong, went on trial on charges of treason.

  • In 1992, 20 paintings by Adolf Hitler went unsold at an auction after they failed to attract a single bid.

  • In 1995, The European Union slapped an arms embargo and aid freeze on Nigeria to punish it for the execution of nine human rights activists.

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