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Friday November 27, 1998


I am not asking anyone to surrender. I am asking everyone to declare the victory of peace.

-- Tony Blair in a speech to the Irish Parliament the first by a British prime minister in the 76-year history of the republic


today's events

  • The traditional U.S. holiday shopping season starts today.

  • The Stock market is scheduled to close at 1 p.m. in New York.

  • Relatives of Swissair Flight 111 crash victims are scheduled to travel to the site in Nova Scotia where the plane went down September 2. About a dozen members from five different victims' families are expected to make the trip.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, November 30, a hearing for three boys charged on November 18 with conspiracy to commit first-degree intentional homicide at Burlington High School is scheduled in Racine, Washington. Prosecutors have asked for psychological evaluations of the boys.

  • On Tuesday, December 1, The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing in Washington on 'The Consequences of Perjury and Related Crimes.' Testimony is expected from judges and convicted perjurers.

  • On Wednesday, December 2, The 66th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in New York.


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  • TV personality Buffalo Bob ("The Howdy Doody Show") is 81.
  • Actress Robin Givens ("A Rage in Harlem") is 34.
  • Singer Eddie Rabbitt is 54.
  • Author Gail Henion Sheehy ("Pathfinders") is 61.

on this day

  • In 8 B.C., the Roman poet Horace died.

  • In 1701, Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale and the Celsius thermometer, was born in Sweden.

  • In 1874, Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, was born.

  • In 1895, the French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas died.

  • In 1921, Alexander Dubcek was born. As first secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party he launched the "Prague Spring" of liberalization which led to an invasion by the Soviet Union.

  • In 1941, the last Italian forces in Ethiopia surrendered at Gondar.

  • In 1967, French President Charles De Gaulle ruled out negotiations for an early British entry into the European Common Market.

  • In 1975, Ross McWhirter, co-editor and compiler of the Guinness Book of World Records, was shot dead by Irish Republican Army (IRA) gunmen at his home.

  • In 1983, an Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain, killing 181 people.

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