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

Sunday November 29, 1998


If anybody makes it around the world it should be us.

-- Ted Moore, capsule manager for balloon enthusiasts hoping to make a round-the-world balloon trek


today's events

  • The annual Hollywood Christmas Parade is scheduled to take place in New York.

  • Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is scheduled to meet with Commerce Secretary Daley, World Bank President Wolfensohn and address the Arab American Institute Foundation in Washington.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, December 3, the target launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on an eleven-day International Space Station mission is scheduled at Cape Canaveral. The 'Endeavour' is tentatively scheduled to rendezvous with the Space Station on December 6.

  • On Friday, December 4, The American Epilepsy Society holds annual meeting in San Diego.


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  • French President Jaques Chirac is 66.
  • Actress Diane Ladd ('Ramblin Rose') is 66.
  • Writer Madeleine L'Engle ('A Wrinkle in Time') is 80.
  • Comedian Howie Mandel is 43.
  • Composer Chuck Mangione is 58.
  • Musician John Mayall is 65.
  • Actor Andrew McCarthy ('Pretty in Pink') is 36.
  • Actress Cathy Moriarty ('The Mambo Kings') is 38.
  • Sportscaster Vin Scully is 71.
  • Comedian Garry Shandling is 49.

on this day

  • In 1864, at Sand Creek, Colorado, an army force led by Colonel John Chivington attacked and massacred at least 400 Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians who had surrendered and been given permission to camp.

  • In 1872, U.S. editor Horace Greeley died; he founded the daily New York Tribune in 1841.

  • In 1890, the first Imperial Diet was opened in Japan. It consisted of a House of Peers and a House of Representatives.

  • In 1929, U.S. explorer Richard Byrd and Bernt Balchen completed the first flight over the South Pole.

  • In 1939, the USSR broke off diplomatic relations with Finland prior to the Soviet attack on the country.

  • In 1945, the newly elected Constituent Assembly in Yugoslavia proclaimed a federal republic.

  • In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly voted to partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab land, leading to the establishment of a Jewish state the following year.

  • In 1966, King Ntare IV was overthrown in Burundi and a republic was proclaimed.

  • In 1974, a bill to outlaw the Irish Republican Army became law in Britain.

  • In 1990, Bulgarian Prime Minister Lukanov and his government resigned following a general strike

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