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Best Picture Nominees

The 85th Academy Award Best Picture Nominees Below are the nominees for best film. This year nine films were nominated instead of ten, which had been the number in recent years.

October 1997 News and Events

1997 Month-By-MonthWorldU.S. Sends Carrier to Gulf (Oct. 3): The Nimitz is dispatched in a warning to Iran to halt air attacks on Iraq, a violation of the no-flight zone imposed at the end of …

Native States

Most of the 560-odd native states and subdivisions of pre-1947 India acceded to the new nation, and the central government pursued a vigorous policy of integration. This took three forms: merger int…

Panama Canal.

In 1524, King Charles V of Spain ordered a survey of a waterway across the isthmus in consideration of building a canal. In 1878, the Colombian government gave a construction concession to th…

Ruler

Queen Elizabeth II, born April 21, 1926, elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, succeeded to the throne upon the death of her father on Feb. 6, 1952. On Nov. 20, 1947, she married Pri…

Secretariat

This is the directorate on UN operations, apart from political decisions. The staff works under the secretary-general, whom it assists and advises. Sec…

Tips on Tipping

Source: American Society of Travel Agents, Alexandria, Va. Who do you tip? When? How much? These are the questions that have nagged at consumers since the first service transaction. The pra…

Affirmative Action Setbacks

1997 News of the Nation One of the most hotly debated topics of the year was that of affirmative action. A ballot initiative in California, Proposition 209, gave a resounding mandate to efforts…

Political Infighting

1997 News of the Nation In mid-summer, no longer content with fighting across the aisle, Republicans began taking aim at their own members. In late July, a group of dissidents decided to hold …