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Friday, May 15, 1998

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  • "What India has done is short of a declaration of war -- the provocation has been that extreme."

    -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub,

    referring to India's nuclear testing

    Today's events

  • The Group of Eight summit opens in Birmingham, England.

  • The Daytime Emmy Awards show will be held.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, May 19, the National Geography Bee finals will be held in Washington.

  • On Wednesday, May 20, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan will unveil a redesigned $20 bill.

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    On this day


  • In 1004, Henry II, the last Saxon ruler of Germany, was crowned king of Lombardy following the defeat of Arduin of Ivrea. The city of Pavia rioted at the news.

  • In 1718, James Puckle, a London lawyer, patented the world's first machine gun.

  • In 1860, Giuseppe Garibaldi, with 1,000 volunteers, defeated the superior Neapolitan army at the Battle of Calatafimi.

  • In 1916, in Italy, Asiago fell when Austrian troops under von Hotzendorf attacked the Italian front along the Trentino.

  • In 1918, the world's first airmail postal service began between New York, Philadelphia and Washington, using planes supplied by the U.S. War Department.

  • In 1934, Karlis Ulmanis seized power in a coup in Latvia.

  • In 1936, Amy Johnson arrived in Croydon, England, after a record-breaking return flight from South Africa that took four days and 16 hours.

  • In 1940, nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the United States.

  • In 1940, the Dutch army surrendered to Nazi Germany.

  • In 1941, Britain's first jet-propelled aircraft, the Gloster-Whittle E.28/39, was flown for the first time.

  • In 1955, the Vienna Treaty, signed by Britain, France, the United States and the USSR, restored Austria's independence.

  • In 1957, Britain dropped its first hydrogen bomb on Christmas Island in the Pacific.

  • In 1972, Alabama Gov. George Wallace was shot and crippled in an assassination attempt as he campaigned in Maryland for the U.S. presidency.

  • In 1988, Moscow began the withdrawal of its estimated 115,000 troops in Afghanistan by pulling a unit out of Jalalabad.

  • In 1990, "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" by Vincent van Gogh sold for $82.5 million at Christies in New York, smashing the world record of $53.9 million.

  • In 1992, Opposition Popular Front forces in Azerbaijan swept President Ayaz Mutalibov from power only a day after parliament reinstated him.

  • In 1993, French police rescued six schoolgirls and a teacher after a 46-hour hostage drama at a Paris suburban school.

  • In 1995, China conducted an underground nuclear test just days after it had agreed to an extension of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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    Good heavens. It's International Pickle Week.



  • It is Buddha Jayanti in Nepal.

  • Paraguay celebrates Independence Day.

  • It is Saint Isidro's Day in Spain and Mexico.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is 61.

  • Photographer Richard Avedon is 75.

  • Filmmaker David Cronenberg is 55.

  • Musician Brian Eno is 50.

  • Actor Lee Horsley ("Matt Houston") is 43.

  • Artist Jasper Johns is 68.

  • Singer and actress Lanie Kazan ("My Favorite Year") is 56.

  • Actor and singer Trini Lopez ("The Dirty Dozen") is 61.

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

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