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Tuesday, May 12, 1998

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  • "We're all fans of the show and the last episode has gone beyond a television show; it's a social phenomenon. Ignoring it is like ignoring a major earthquake."

    -- Chuck Lorre on "Seinfeld's" last yada

    Today's events

  • U.S. President Clinton leaves for Berlin.

  • The Cannes Film Festival opens in France.

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    On the horizon

  • On Wednesday, May 13, a hearing on whether convicted Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols should pay restitution to bombing survivors and victims' families will be held in Denver.

  • On Thursday, May 14, the final episode of "Seinfeld" will air on NBC.

  • On Friday, May 15, the presentation of the annual Daytime Emmy Awards is to be held. For the 18th time, "All My Children" actress Susan Lucci has been nominated for best actress.

  • On Saturday, May 16, it's the running of the Preakness, the second in horse-racing's Triple Crown.

  • On Sunday, May 17, the National Basketball Association draft lottery takes place.

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    On this day

  • In 1780, during the American Revolution, Charles Town (later Charleston), South Carolina, fell to the British after a two-month siege.

  • In 1804, Robert Baldwin, Canadian statesman, was born. With Louis Lafontaine, he was joint leader of the first and second Liberal administrations in Canada.

  • In 1809, Sir Arthur Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington) defeated the French at Oporto, forcing them to retreat from Portugal.

  • In 1820, Florence Nightingale, English nurse and founder of the modern nursing profession, was born in Italy. She served as a nurse in Turkey and the Crimea during the Crimean War.

  • In 1870, the Dominion of Canada purchased Manitoba from the Hudson's Bay Company and made it a province.

  • In 1871, Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer, died. He developed opera containing spoken as well as sung passages.

  • In 1884, Czech composer Bedrich Smetana, composer of operas including "The Bartered Bride" and "The Brandenburgers in Bohemia," died.

  • In 1918, Julius Rosenberg was born. In 1953, he and his wife, Ethel, became the first U.S. civilians to be executed for espionage, despite a worldwide campaign for mercy.

  • In 1926, Norwegian Roald Amundsen, Italian Umberto Nobile and American Lincoln Ellsworth crossed the North Pole in an airship.

  • In 1926, Marshal Jozef Pilsudski led a successful military coup against the Polish government.

  • In 1937, King George VI of England was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. The BBC televised the coronation procession, its first live outside broadcast.

  • In 1943, in World War II, all organized Axis resistance in Tunisia ended and the German commander in North Africa, General von Arnim, surrendered.

  • In 1949, the Russian blockade of Berlin officially ended after 11 months with a food convoy driving into the city.

  • In 1957, Erich Von Stroheim, film actor and one of the silent screen's greatest directors, died. Films he directed included "Greed" and "The Wedding March."

  • In 1962, France and independent French-speaking West African states initialed an agreement setting up a West African Monetary Union.

  • In 1967, John Masefield, English poet and, from 1930, poet laureate, died.

  • In 1975, President Gerald Ford ordered the U.S. aircraft carrier Coral Sea into the Gulf of Thailand after the Cambodian navy seized the American merchant ship Mayaguez.

  • In 1981, President Benjamin Sheares of Singapore died in office.

  • In 1989, retired British pilot Jack Mann was kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists in Beirut. He was the oldest of the Westerners held hostage in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war.

  • In 1990, three car bombs in Colombia killed 27 people as the country's drug barons appeared to switch to indiscriminate attacks in their war against the government.

  • In 1991, the moderate Nepali Congress won Nepal's first multiparty elections in 32 years.

  • In 1992, European Community peace monitors pulled out of Sarajevo, angry at harassment and attacks by combatants in Bosnia's worsening ethnic conflict.

  • In 1993, Franco Nobili, the head of Italy's biggest state firm IRI, was arrested in Rome after a 15-month corruption probe.

  • In 1994, a token force of Palestinian police crossed the Jordan River in preparation for the end of 27 years of Israeli military rule in a West Bank enclave around Jericho.

  • In 1994, the U.S. Senate voted to order President Clinton to seek international agreement on ending the U.N.-mandated arms embargo against the Bosnian Muslims.

  • In 1997, India and Pakistan agreed to release each other's imprisoned nationals and to set up a telephone hot line to ease tensions.

  • In 1997, Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov signed a peace accord promising to end 400 years of intermittent conflict.

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    The Cannes International Film Festival kicks off tonight. Check out the official Cannes site for sights and sounds.


    Holidays and more

  • Composer Burt Bachrach ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head") is 69.

  • Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is 73.

  • Actor Bruce Boxleitner ("Scarecrow and Mrs. King") is 47.

  • Actor Gabriel Byrne ("The Usual Suspects") is 48.

  • Comedian George Carlin is 61.

  • Actress Lindsay Crouse ("House of Games") is 50.

  • Actor Emilio Estevez ("Breakfast Club") is 36.

  • Actress Kim Fields ("Living Single") is 29.

  • Actress Kim Greist ("Brazil") is 40.

  • Actress Katharine Hepburn ("On Golden Pond") is 91.

  • Actress Millie Perkins ("Knots Landing") is 60.

  • Journalist Tom Snyder is 62.

  • Artist Frank Stella ("Empress of India") is 62.

  • Musician Steve Winwood is 50.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan

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