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Sunday, May 24, 1998

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  • "It's a day for joy. This is another giant stride along the path towards peace and hope in the future."

    -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair

    Today's events

  • The Indianapolis 500 will be held.

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    On the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Friday, May 29, the sentencing of Adam Pletcher of Long Grove, Illinois, is to take place for attempting to extort money from Microsoft head Bill Gates.

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    On this day

  • In 1153, King David I of Scotland died and was succeeded by his grandson Malcolm IV.

  • In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish founder of modern astronomy, died.

  • In 1544, William Gilbert, distinguished British scientist and pioneer of magnetism, born.

  • In 1686, Gabriel Fahrenheit, inventor of the temperature scale that bears his name, born.

  • In 1743, Jean Paul Marat, Swiss-born French revolutionary leader, born.

  • In 1819, Princess Alexandrina Victoria was born at Kensington Palace in London, the only daughter of the Duke of Kent. As Queen Victoria, she reigned for 63 years, from 1837 until her death in 1901.

  • In 1822, Antonio Jose de Sucre defeated the Spanish royalists at the battle of Pichincha, securing the independence of Quito, later to become Ecuador.

  • In 1844, Samuel Morse transmitted the world's first telegraph message to his associate 40 miles (65 km) away. The message was "What hath God wrought?"

  • In 1856, the Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas. A pro-slavery settlement in Franklin County was attacked by an anti-slavery group led by John Brown.

  • In 1862, the new Westminster Bridge in London was completely opened.

  • In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was opened, linking Manhattan to Brooklyn, New York.

  • In 1920, French President Paul Deschanel fell from a train and was found later wandering along the track in his pajamas.

  • In 1941, the British cruiser HMS Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck, killing over 1,300.

  • In 1941, Bob Dylan, U.S. singer, born as Robert Zimmerman. He took his stage name from the poet Dylan Thomas, whom he admired.

  • In 1959, John Foster Dulles, U.S. Secretary of State, died.

  • In 1962, Barbados, Leeward and Windward delegates, the "Little Eight," agree with the British on the formation of a new West Indies Federation.

  • In 1962, Malcolm Scott Carpenter completed the second U.S. manned orbital space flight, when Aurora 7 splashed down after three trips around the Earth.

  • In 1974, Duke Ellington, U.S. jazz pianist, composer and bandleader, died.

  • In 1976, the British and French Concordes made their first commercial flights from London and Paris respectively to Washington Dulles International Airport in just under four hours.

  • In 1981, President Jaime Roldos Aguilera of Ecuador and seven others were killed in a terrorist-directed air crash.

  • In 1993, Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after a 30-year civil war.

  • In 1993, violent demonstrations broke out in Tibet against Chinese rule.

  • In 1995, former prime minister Harold Wilson, before Tony Blair the last Labour Party leader to win a British general election, died in his sleep after a long illness. He was 79.

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    "What hath God wrought?" That was the message of Samuel Morse's first telegraph on this day in 1844. Learn more about the Morse code by clicking here.



  • Belize marks Commonwealth Day.

  • Bulgaria observes Bulgarian Enlightenment and Education's Day.

  • Actor Gary Burghoff (M*A*S*H) is 55.

  • Nature writer Roger Caras is 70.

  • Actor Tommy Chong (Up in Smoke) is 60.

  • Singer Bob Dylan is 57.

  • Singer Patti LaBelle is 54.

  • Actor Alfred Molina (Raiders of the Lost Ark) is 45.

  • Priscilla Presley is 53.

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

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