Saturday, November 17, 2007

On November 17, ...

... 1989, in Prague, an antigovernment protest by more than 15,000 Czechs was crushed by police. The demonstration marked the beginning of the Velvet Revolution that eventually brought an end to Soviet-controlled rule. (photo credit)
... 1997 (10 years ago today), more than 60 tourists were killed while visiting the temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, a town in southern Egypt. Half a dozen gunmen were killed at the time, and several other persons arrested, but no one ever stood trial for the assault, said to have been the work of an extremist group funded by Osama bin Laden.

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