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Wednesday, May 13, 1998

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  • "This newspaper is so caught up in denial ... that it has begun to believe its own propaganda."

    -- Lin Wood, attorney for Richard Jewell, on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's refusal to reveal the source of articles that said Jewell was a suspect in the Olympic park bombing

    Today's events

  • 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.

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton meets with German President Helmut Kohl in Berlin.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Monday, May 18, the Socialist International annual meeting will be held in Norway.

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    On this day

  • In 1568, Mary, Queen of Scots was defeated by the English at the battle of Langside in Glasgow.

  • In 1607, Captain John Smith and a party of soldiers landed in Virginia, named the spot Jamestown and established the first permanent British settlement in the New World.

  • In 1619, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, statesman and founding father of the Netherlands, was executed by Prince Maurice of Nassau on a charge of subverting religion.

  • In 1717, Maria Theresa, empress of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia, was born in Vienna.

  • In 1767, John VI of Portugal was born. He ruled first as prince regent (1799-1816) and then as king (1816-26), and formally acknowledged Brazil's independence in 1825.

  • In 1787, the first fleet of ships carrying convicts to the new penal colony of Australia left England. They arrived the following January.

  • In 1830, the Republic of Ecuador was founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president.

  • In 1842, Sir Arthur Sullivan, English composer who together with librettist W.S. Gilbert wrote such operettas as "The Mikado," "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Gondoliers," was born.

  • In 1846, the U.S. Congress formally declared war on Mexico over California, although fighting had begun days earlier.

  • In 1882, French painter Georges Braque was born. He worked closely with Pablo Picasso, helping create the movement known as Cubism.

  • In 1884, Cyrus Hall McCormick, U.S. industrialist and inventor, died. He is generally credited with the development of the mechanical harvester.

  • In 1888, Brazil's parliament agreed to abolish slavery.

  • In 1907, British novelist Daphne du Maurier (Lady Browning), granddaughter of novelist George Browning and best known for her novel "Rebecca," was born.

  • In 1930, Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian Arctic explorer and diplomat, died. He headed Norway's team at the League of Nations and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922

  • In 1940, chosen to head Britain's wartime coalition, Winston Churchill told parliament he could offer "nothing but blood, toil, tears and sweat."

  • In 1941, Martin Bormann became deputy leader of German's Nazi party following Rudolf Hess's mysterious flight to Scotland.

  • In 1943, the Italian commander-in-chief in Tunisia surrendered a day after his German counterpart, with the Allies holding some 250,000 prisoners of war.

  • In 1949, the first British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, made its maiden test flight.

  • In 1958, French nationalists in Algeria rebelled against their government's policy of doing a deal with Algerian rebels, seizing government buildings and taking over several towns.

  • In 1961, U.S. film actor Gary Cooper, who won Oscars for his roles in "Sergeant York" and "High Noon," died at age 60.

  • In 1965, Israel and West Germany agreed to establish diplomatic relations. Several Arab nations broke ties with West Germany.

  • In 1968, talks between North Vietnamese and American negotiators, aimed at ending the Vietnam War, opened in Paris.

  • In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded as he drove through a crowd of 20,000 in St Peter's Square in Rome. The gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca, was arrested.

  • In 1990, rebels seized the state radio station on the Indian Ocean island republic of Madagascar, but the government quickly regained control after the coup attempt failed to secure mass support.

  • In 1992, three astronauts simultaneously walked in space for the first time. The trio retrieved and repaired the Intelsat-6 satellite from the U.S. shuttle Endeavour in a walk lasting 8 hours, 29 minutes.

  • In 1993, the Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars"), the futuristic defense program initiated by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, was downgraded by the Pentagon.

  • In 1993, Ezer Weizman was sworn in as Israel's seventh president. His uncle, Chaim Weizmann, was the first president at Israel's founding in 1948.

  • In 1994, Palestinian police took over control of Jericho from Israeli soldiers.

  • In 1994, foreign ministers from the West and Russia agreed on a new joint strategy to relaunch Bosnian peace negotiations.

  • In 1996, thousands of Liberian war refugees, many ill after a week at sea, were refused admission to the Ghanaian port of Takoradi.

  • In 1996, more than 600 people were killed by a tornado in the northern Bangladesh district of Tangail.

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    On this day in 1607, the colony of Jamestown was founded in what is now Virginia, the first permanent British settlement in the New World. Over time, the settlement died out. But the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities has taken on the job of uncovering the lost colony. See for yourself what the Jamestown Rediscovery project has accomplished.



  • Actress Bea Arthur ("The Golden Girls") is 72.

  • Actress Frances Barber ("We Think the World of You") is 41.

  • Singer Peter Gabriel ("Shock the Monkey") is 48.

  • Actor Harvey Keitel ("The Piano") is 59.

  • Actor Tim Pigott-Smith ("Remains of the Day") is 52.

  • Basketball star Dennis Rodman is 37.

  • Singer Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish is 30.

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

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