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Monday, May 25, 1998

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  • "When you're a veteran, you're united in your efforts in the military, especially in a wartime situation. It's altogether fitting that you'd be united at your final resting place."

    -- Clyde Pinson Sr. , a retired Air Force officer

    Today's events

  • It's Memorial Day in the United States.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 1787, a convention under George Washington met for the first time in Philadelphia to draw up the United States constitution.

  • In 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet, essayist and leading exponent of New England Transcendentalism, born.

  • In 1879, Lord Beaverbrook, English statesman and newspaper owner, born as William Maxwell Aitken. He was a Cabinet minister in both World Wars and owned the Daily and Sunday Express newspapers.

  • In 1889, Igor Sikorsky, Russian-born aeronautical engineer and inventor of the helicopter, born.

  • In 1895, writer Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years hard labor in Britain for being a sodomite.

  • In 1909, Britain passed the Indian Councils Act, giving more power to local legislative councils in India.

  • In 1911, President Porfirio Diaz resigned after revolutionist forces defeated government troops in the Mexican Civil War.

  • In 1926, Miles Davis, U.S. jazz trumpeter and composer, born.

  • In 1929, Beverley Sills, U.S. operatic soprano renowned for her role in "La Traviata," born.

  • In 1934, Gustav Holst, English composer notably of the suite "The Planets," died.

  • In 1935, American athlete Jesse Owens set six world records in 45 minutes, at the Big Ten Championship at Ann Arbor.

  • In 1951, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, British foreign office officials, disappeared from London. It was later discovered they had spied for Russia.

  • In 1960, during China-Nepal discussions on their border and ownership of Mount Everest, a Chinese team reached the summit via the north face and planted a Chinese flag and bust of Mao Zedong.

  • In 1963, a summit conference of African states ended in Addis Ababa with agreement to set up the Organisation of African Unity.

  • In 1969, the Sudanese government was overthrown in a military coup led by Col. Jaafar Nimeiri.

  • In 1972, the last of the U.S. "Corona" spy satellites was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

  • In 1979, America's worst-ever air disaster occurred when a DC-10 crashed at Chicago's O'Hare airport killing 273.

  • In 1983, a fire on board three vessels on a trip on the Upper Nile in Egypt killed more than 300 people.

  • In 1986, 30 million people worldwide joined in pop singer Bob Geldof's "Race Against Time" to raise money for the starving in Africa.

  • In 1989, Mikhail Gorbachev was elected to the new post of Executive President in the Soviet Union.

  • In 1992, veteran Italian politician Oscar Luigi Scalfaro was elected president.

  • In 1993, Guatemalan President Jorge Serrano dissolved congress and suspended the constitution amid fears of a coup.

  • In 1995, a major flare-up in the Bosnian war began when NATO launched air strikes against ammunition bunkers near Pale.

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    Miles Davis, trumpeter, composer, innovator, was born on this day in 1926. Learn more about the jazz legend at



  • Argentina observes its National holiday.

  • Bermuda marks Bermuda Day.

  • Chad celebrates the Liberation of Africa.

  • Colombia observes Ascension Day.

  • Jordan honors its Independence Day.

  • Mali, Mauritania and Namibia observe Africa Day.

  • It's Memorial Day in the United States.

  • Actress Dixie Carter ("Designing Women") is 59.

  • Singer Jessi Colter is 51.

  • Actor Justin Henry (Sixteen Candles) is 27.

  • NBA legend K.C. Jones is 66.

  • Author Robert Ludlum is 71.

  • Actor Sir Ian McKellan ("Amadeus") is 59.

  • Actor-comedian Mike Myers ("Saturday Night Live") is 35.

  • Opera singer Beverly Sills is 69.

  • Basketball star Sheryl Swoopes is 27.

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

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