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

Tuesday, November 24, 1998


I'm telling you the landscape will change as a result of this

-- Robert Froehlich, market analyst, Scudder Kemper Investments, on mergers such as the expected America Online acquisition of Netscape Communications


today's events

  • The eighth annual International Press Freedom Award dinner benefiting the Committee to Protect Journalists is to be held in New York.

  • Tuesday is deadline for Attorney General Janet Reno's decision whether or not to appoint an independent counsel to investigate Vice President Al Gore's fund-raising efforts.

  • Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to preside over the state opening of Parliament in London.

  • President Clinton is scheduled to receive a National Thanksgiving Turkey from The National Turkey Federation.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, November 27, the traditional holiday shopping season starts.

  • On Saturday, November 28, The Media Foundation marks its annual 'Buy Nothing Day' in an attempt to counteract holiday shopping 'affluenza' and return to a less commercialized season.

  • On Sunday, November 29, the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place in New York.


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  • Editor William Frank Buckley ('The National Review') is 73.
  • Opera singer Alfredo Kraus is 71.
  • Actor Stanley Livingston ('My Three Sons') is 48.
  • Basketball Hall of Fame guard Oscar Robertson is 60.
  • Actor Dwight Schultz ('Star Trek-The Next Generation') is 51.

on this day

  • In 1572, Scottish Protestant reformer John Knox died. He was the founder of Scottish Presbyterianism and was author of the "History of the Reformation in Scotland."

  • In 1639, the transit of Venus (its passage across the Sun's disc) was first observed by astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks.

  • In 1642, Abel Tasman discovered Van Diemen's land, named after his captain and later renamed Tasmania.

  • In 1655, Charles XI, King of Sweden who created an absolute monarchy which ruled until 1718, was born.

  • In 1784, Zachary Taylor, 12th U.S. president, was born. Nicknamed "old rough and ready" he won the presidency after his heroics in the Mexican War of 1846-48.

  • In 1859, Charles Darwin's controversial "Origin of Species” was published. His revolutionary theory of evolution had its critics, notably the church, which feared the book undermined religious belief.

  • In 1864, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born. He is noted for his posters and lithographs of the personalities and scenery of Parisian nightlife.

  • In 1929, French statesman Georges Clemenceau died. Known as "The Tiger" he was prime minister of France twice and presided at the 1919 peace conference at Versailles.

  • In 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of President Kennedy was himself shot dead by Jack Ruby in the car park of Dallas Police headquarters.

  • In 1965, Sheikh Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah became ruler of Kuwait following the death of his brother.

  • In 1976, in Turkey, an earthquake struck which destroyed the town of Muradiye and left 5,291 people dead. Over 50,000 people were made homeless.

  • In 1989, the entire presidium and secretariat of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, including leader Milos Jakes, resigned following mass demonstrations in Prague.

  • In 1991, pop star Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the group Queen, died of AIDS.

  • In 1993, in England, two 11-year-old boys were sentenced to be detained indefinitely after they were found guilty of the murder of two-year-old James Bulger.

  • In 1995, French film director Louis Malle's death at his home in Beverly Hills was announced.

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