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Saturday, May 23, 1998

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  • "Sadly I have to report to you that we must now list Ben Walker, age 16, as a fatality."

    -- Roy Orr, spokesman for McKenzie-Willamette Hospitalin Oregon

    Today's events

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

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Thursday, May 28, NATO foreign ministers meet in Luxembourg.

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    On this day

  • In 1430, Joan of Arc was captured at Compiegne and handed over to the British.

  • In 1498, Girolamo Savonarola, Italian religious and political reformer, was hanged and burned at the stake.

  • In 1533, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declared Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon void, and his marriage to Anne Boleyn in January legal, infuriating the Vatican.

  • In 1618, the Defenestration of Prague took place, a Bohemian revolt against the Habsburg Emperor, beginning the Thirty Years War.

    In 1701, "Captain" William Kidd, Scottish pirate, was hanged at London's Execution Dock.

  • In 1706, the Battle of Ramillies took place in Belgium in the War of the Spanish Succession. The British forces allied with the Dutch and Germans defeated the French.

  • In 1785, in a letter to a friend, Benjamin Franklin reveals his latest invention -- spectacles of two thicknesses, the first bi-focals.

  • In 1788, South Carolina became the eighth state of the Union.

  • In 1795, Sir Charles Barry, English architect and designer of the Houses of Parliament, born.

  • In 1797, during a financial crisis, a cartoon by James Gilray appeared depicting the Bank of England as a haggard old woman. This is generally thought to be the origin of the bank's nickname "The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street."

  • In 1848, Otto Lilienthal, German inventor and aeronautical engineer, born. His work on flying models was used by later pioneers like the Wright Brothers.

  • In 1868, Kit Carson, American frontiersman and soldier who contributed greatly to the westward expansion of the U.S., died.

  • In 1873, the North West Mounted Police were formed in Canada, later to become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

  • In 1901, Gaetano Brecci, assassin of King Umberto of Italy, committed suicide.

  • In 1908, John Bardeen, U.S. physicist and twice winner of the Nobel Prize, born. With William Shockley he invented the transistor.

  • In 1915, having been neutral, Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary.

  • In 1921, Humphrey Lyttelton, English jazz musician, trumpeter and broadcaster, born.

  • In 1933, Joan Collins, English actress notably in "The Stud" and "The Bitch" on film and "Dynasty" on TV, born.

  • In 1934, Bonnie (Parker) and Clyde (Barrow), notorious American outlaws, robbers and murderers, were killed in a shootout with police.

  • In 1937, John D. Rockefeller, U.S. multimillionaire and founder of the Standard Oil Company, died.

  • In 1941, Herbert Austin, English motor manufacturer, died.

  • In 1945, Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi leader and Chief of Police, committed suicide a day after being captured; Admiral Karl Doenitz and leading members of the German government were arrested; Winston Churchill resigned, bringing to an end Britain's wartime coalition.

  • In 1949, the German Federal Republic formally came into existence with Bonn as the capital, after the signing of the constitution.

  • In 1951, Anatoly Karpov, Russian world chess champion, born.

  • In 1960, Adolf Eichmann, Nazi leader wanted for war atrocities, was found and captured by Israeli agents in Argentina.

  • In 1983, the South African Air Force bombed Maputo, Mozambique following a car bomb explosion in Pretoria.

  • In 1992, Judge Giovanni Falcone, a top Italian anti-Mafia prosecutor, assassinated. A one-tonne bomb exploded as his three-car motorcade was passing.

  • In 1994, Roman Herzog, the candidate of Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democrats, won the decisive third round of presidential voting to become Germany's head of state.

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    This week's events in Indonesia have seen the end of the iron-fist rule of one of the Cold War's great strongmen. Learn more about Jakarta by clicking here.



  • Actress Barbara Barrie ("Barney Miller") is 67.

  • Actor Drew Carey ("The Drew Carey Show") is 37.

  • Actress Joan Collins ("Dynasty") is 65.

  • Boxing legend Marvin Hagler is 44.

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

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