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Thursday, May 28, 1998
"No one can possibly understand the magnitude of the loss
and grief. ... The hardest thing a mother will ever have to
do is bury her child."
Marsha Kight, whose daughter was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing
- NATO foreign ministers meet in Luxembourg.
- A funeral will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, for
James Earl Ray, confessed assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
- The fourth annual "Viva Elvis" festival begins in
Virginia Beach, Virginia.
- On Friday, May 29, Adam Pletcher of Long Grove, Illinois,
is expected to be sentenced in an attempt to extort money
from Microsoft head Bill Gates.
- On Saturday, May 30, the MTV Movie Awards will be
presented in Santa Monica, California.
- On Sunday, May 31, Pope John Paul II visits Poland.
- On Monday, June 1, the hurricane season begins in the
- On Tuesday, June 2, the space shuttle Discovery is
scheduled to launch on a 10-day mission.
Amnesty International was formed on this day in 1961. Today the group has more than a million members in 150 countries who work to guarantee human rights for everyone.
- Armenia celebrates Restoration of Statehood.
- It is Day of the Republic in Azerbaijan Republic.
- Malaysia celebrates Raja of Perlis' Birthday.
- Actress Carroll Baker ("Harlow") is 67.
- New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is 54.
- Singer Gladys Knight ("If I Were Your Woman") is 54.
- Actress Sondra Locke ("Bronco Billy") is 51.
- In 1156, William of Sicily crushed a revolt against his
rule, defeating the Byzantine fleet at Brindisi.
- In 1937, in Britain, Neville Chamberlain took over as prime
minister at the head of a coalition government after
Stanley Baldwin's retirement.
- In 1940, Belgium's King Leopold surrendered to Nazi Germany.
- In 1940, Norwegian and British forces captured Narvik in
- In 1940, evacuation of the defeated Allied armies from
Dunkirk began. By its completion on the night of June 2, a
total of 224,585 British and 112,546 French and Belgian
troops had been saved.
- In 1982, Pope John Paul II arrived in Britain on the first
papal visit there since 1531.
- In 1982, in the Falklands war, British troops recaptured
Port Darwin and Goose Green from the Argentine army, taking
at least 1,400 prisoners.
- In 1987, a 19-year-old West German, Mathias Rust, flew a plane from Helsinki to Moscow, passing through Soviet airspace unchallenged and eventually landing on Red Square.
- In 1991, NATO defense ministers approved a radical shakeup
of its forces in post-cold war Europe, including creation of
a Rapid Reaction Force.
- In 1991, in Ethiopia, rebel tanks blasted their way into
Addis Ababa at dawn, toppling the remnants of a Marxist
government whose 17-year rule brought war and famine.
- In 1995, Russia's worst recorded earthquake killed 1,989
people in the Far East oil-producing town of Neftegorsk, on
the north of Sakhalin Island.
- In 1995, Bosnia's Foreign Minister Irfan Ljubijankic was
killed when his helicopter was downed in a rocket attack
near the Croatian border.
- In 1996, President Jacques Chirac announced France would end
military conscription from 1997, earlier than previously
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