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Thursday, May 21, 1998

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  • "This is the first time in 35 years that pagers have gone silent."

    -- PageMart Wireless chief John D. Beletic

    Today's events

  • The Sons of Italy Foundation will honor the late Frank Sinatra at its 10th annual gala.

  • Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Commerce committees are scheduled to hold a joint hearing on Iraqi weapons inspections and U.N. sanctions.

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    On the horizon

  • On Friday, May 22, voter referendums on the Northern Ireland peace agreement are to be held in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

  • On Saturday, May 23, Pope John Paul II visits Turin.

  • On Sunday, May 24, the Indianapolis 500 will be held.

  • Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day in the United States.

  • On Tuesday, May 26, a trial will be held for members of the Montana Freemen.

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    On this day

  • In 1471, Albrecht Durer, German painter and engraver, was born. He is considered the greatest of the German Renaissance artists.

  • In 1471, King Henry VI of England was murdered in the Tower of London, in the latest twist in the Wars of the Roses. Edward IV resumed the throne.

  • In 1502, the Portuguese discovered the island of St. Helena.

  • In 1542, Hernando de Soto, Spanish explorer of South America and what was to become the southeastern United States, died.

  • In 1688, Alexander Pope, English poet and satirist, was born.

  • In 1840, Captain William Hobson claimed British sovereignty over the whole of New Zealand, even though negotiations had not been completed and it did not become a British colony until 1841.

  • In 1844, Henri Rousseau, French postimpressionist painter known as Le Douanier, was born.

  • In 1860, Willem Einthoven, Dutch physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in 1924 for his development of the electrocardiograph, was born.

  • In 1878, Glenn Curtiss, American pioneering aviator whose planes were used during World War I, was born.

  • In 1898, Armand Hammer, head of the Occidental Petroleum Corp, was born. He struck up a strong relationship with Soviet authorities and often acted as an intermediary between them and the United States.

  • In 1904, Fats Waller, jazz pianist and composer notably for "Ain't Misbehavin'," was born.

  • In 1904, Football's international body, FIFA, was established in Paris.

  • In 1927, American Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to fly the Atlantic solo, from Long Island, New York, to Paris. On this day in 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo, from Newfoundland to Ireland.

  • In 1929, Lord Rosebery, English Liberal party leader and prime minister, 1894-95, died.

  • In 1945, Syria and Lebanon broke off negotiations with France and demanded full independence.

  • In 1961, the military cabinet in South Korea was formed under army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Chang Do Yung

  • In 1969, Sirhan B. Sirhan was sentenced to death for the murder of Robert Kennedy in 1968. The sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment.

  • In 1981, in France, Francois Mitterrand was installed as president and set up a caretaker government under prime minister Pierre Mauroy.

  • In 1982, in the Falklands War, British troops established a bridgehead at Port San Carlos.

  • In 1989, a million people, a sixth of the population of Hong Kong, demonstrated in support of rebellious students in Peking.

  • In 1991, former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a bomb hidden in a bouquet of flowers while campaigning for elections in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu.

  • In 1991, Ethiopia's military strongman Mengitsu Haile Mariam stepped down and flew to exile after 14 years of brutal rule.

  • In 1993, Octavio Lepage was sworn in as the new acting leader of Venezuela after the suspension of President Carlos Andres Perez on corruption charges.

  • In 1994, Bakili Muluzi was sworn in as Malawi's president and quickly moved to erase the worst excesses of defeated President Kamuzu Banda's 30-year single-party rule.

  • In 1996, in East Africa's worst marine disaster, a Tanzanian ferry capsized on Lake Victoria near the western town of Mwanza. Of the estimated 1,000 on board only 114 survived.

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    An out-of-control Galaxy IV satellite disrupted pager and television signals across the United States and the Caribbean on Wednesday. Learn more about the Galaxy IV.



  • It is Ascension Day in much of the world.

  • Actress Peggy Cass ("The Hathaways") is 74.

  • Author Robery Creeley ("Windows") is 72.

  • Writer Janet Dailey ("Tangled Vines") is 54.

  • Comedian and writer Al Franken ("Saturday Night Live") is 47.

  • Actor Judge Reinhold ("Beverly Hills Cop") is 41.

  • Singer Leo Sayer ("You Make Me Feel Like Dancing") is 50.

  • Actor Mr. T ("The A-Team") is 46.

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

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