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Saturday, November 21, 1998
We have only 44 launches to go and about a thousand hours of space walks and countless problems and countless issues. But if we ever want to leave Earth's orbit we're going to have to figure out how people live and work safely and efficiently with ever-increasing productivity in space. We cannot do it on the ground.
Dan Goldin, head of U.S. space agency NASA, following launch of first segment of International Space Station
- President Clinton is scheduled to attend a state dinner in the South Korean capital Seoul.
- The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival takes place in Chicago.
- Today is the 26th annual 'World Hello Day'. Launched in the wake of the 1973 war between Israel and Egypt, the event is aimed at demonstrating the importance of personal communication for preserving peace. Participants are asked to say 'hello' to 10 people today.
- 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.
- On Thursday, November 26, British Prime Minister Tony Blair is scheduled to address the Irish Parliament in Dublin, Ireland. He is the first British politician to do so since the formation of the independent Irish state in 1922.
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- Quarterback Troy Aikman is 32.
- Conductor of Oregon Symphony James DePreist is 62.
- U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois is 54.
- Baseball player Ken Griffey, Jr. is 29.
- Actress Goldie Hawn ('Cactus Flower') is 53.
- Actress Lorna Luft ('Trapper John, MD') is 46.
- Dancer Natalia Makarova is 58.
- Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Stan 'the Man' Musial is 78.
- Actress Nicollette Sheridan ('The Sure Thing') is 35.
- Actress Marlo Thomas ('That Girl') is 60.
- In 1783, the first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon when Frenchmen Francois Pilatre de Rosier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d'Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes above Paris for a distance of some 5 1/2 miles.
- In 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state of the United States.
- In 1888, Adolph Marx, the second-oldest of the Marx brothers comedy team and known as "Harpo," was born.
- In 1916, Emperor Franz Josef died; ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1848. His attack on Serbia helped precipitate World War I.
- In 1918, the German High Seas Fleet surrendered at the Firth of Forth in Scotland, one of the key conditions of the armistice signed on November 11.
- 1920, the Irish Republican Army shot and killed 14 British soldiers in what became known as the country's first "Bloody Sunday."
- In 1953, the British Museum published a scientific report proving that the Piltdown Man discovery by Charles Dawson in 1912 was a hoax.
- In 1990, Lebanon's strongest Christian militia agreed to surrender its Beirut stronghold, rescuing a bid by the Syrian-backed government to end 15 years of civil war.
- In 1995, parties at the Bosnia peace talks in Dayton, Ohio, agreed to an accord ending the bloody Balkan conflict.
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