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Friday, May 22, 1998

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  • "For the support and help from the people of Indonesia that I have received during my leadership, I ask for forgiveness if there are any mistakes or shortcomings."

    -- Indonesian President Suharto, in his resignation speech

    Today's events

  • Voter referendums on the Northern Ireland peace agreement will be held in Belfast and Dublin.

  • The EXPO '98 World Fair opens in Lisbon, Portugal.

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton is scheduled to address the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

  • Disneyland’s new Tomorrowland debuts in Anaheim, California.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, May 27, Michael Fortier will be sentenced for his role in the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing.

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    On this day

  • In 1455, the opening battle in England's 30-year War of the Roses took place at St. Albans, when the Lancastrians defeated the Yorkists.

  • In 1629, the Peace of Luebeck was signed, ending hostilities between the Holy Roman Empire and Denmark.

  • In 1761, the first life insurance policy in the United States was issued, in Philadelphia.

  • In 1897, the Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales.

  • In 1908, in the U.S. the Wright Brothers patented their flying machine.

  • In 1915, the worst train disaster in Britain took place when a troop train collided with a passenger train at Gretna Green, Scotland, killing 227.

  • In 1939, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a "Pact of Steel" committing Germany and Italy to a military alliance.

  • In 1943, the Third Communist International, known as COMINTERM, was dissolved by the Soviet Union in a gesture to the West.

  • In 1945, U.S. troops captured Yonabaro on Okinawa island, Japan.

  • In 1967, fire at the Brussels department store "L'Innovation" killed more than 320 people.

  • In 1969, the Apollo 10 lunar module Snoopy came within 9.4 miles of the moon's surface.

  • In 1972, President Nixon arrived in Moscow on a week's visit -- the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union.

  • In 1972, Ceylon became a republic within the Commonwealth under the name of Sri Lanka.

  • In 1979, in Canada, the 11-year premiership of Pierre Trudeau ended when the Liberal Party were defeated in a general election by the Progressive Conservative Party led by Joe Clark.

  • In 1981, in Britain, Peter Sutcliffe (the Yorkshire Ripper) was jailed for life after being convicted of 13 counts of murder.

  • In 1989, Soviet authorities announced curbs on the number of staff at the British embassy and other institutions in Moscow, from 375 to 205.

  • In 1990, former Marxist South Yemen and conservative North Yemen merged into one state.

  • In 1994, Rwandan rebels seized the key government army barracks in Kigali, removing the biggest obstacle in their drive to capture the capital.

  • In 1996, Japan settled lawsuits which brought to an end the mercury poisoning case called Minamata, named after the village where hundreds died between 1953-60 by eating mercury-tainted seafood.

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    The 1998 World's Fair opens today in Lisbon, Portugal. Take a virtual tour here.



  • Actor Richard Benjamin ("Goodbye Columbus") is 60.

  • Model Naomi Campbell is 28.

  • Actor Frank Converse ("Movin' On") is 60.

  • Actress Barbara Parkins ("Peyton Place") is 55.

  • Actor Michael Sarrazin ("The Flim Flam Man") is 58.

  • Actress Susan Strasberg ("The Marriage") is 60.

  • Actor Paul Winfield ("Presumed Innocent") is 58.

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

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