Thursday, May 16, 1996

At what point, when someone is an admitted perjurer, do you start saying 'I believe him now.' -- Bobby McDaniel

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  • Presidential elections will be held today in the Dominican Republic today.

  • In Detroit today, a federal appeals court is scheduled to rule on no-holds-barred fighting, one day before the Ultimate Fighting Championship is held at the Cobo Arena.

  • A verdict is expected today in case of 23 suspected Jihad militants accused of plotting to kill government officials in Egypt.

  • The Electronic Entertainment Expo begins in Los Angeles today.

  • In Nashville, Tennessee today, A.A. Birch will be sworn in as Tennessee's first black chief justice of the Supreme Court.

  • On Friday, May 17, U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin will chair a meeting of finance ministers from 34 Western Hemisphere nations in New Orleans.

  • On Saturday, May 18, the Preakness, second race in Horse racing's Triple Crown, will be run at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

  • Sunday, May 19 is the rescheduled launch date for the space shuttle "Endeavour," which will leave Cape Canaveral, Florida on a 10-day mission.

  • On Monday, May 20, a hearing in the case of defense attorney F. Lee Bailey is scheduled. The hearing is to determine who owns a disputed $25 million in stock that belonged to a former drug-dealer client.

  • On Tuesday, May 21 the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on recent arson fires at black churches in the South.

  • In 1763, the English lexicographer, author and wit Samuel Johnson first met his future biographer, James Boswell.

  • In 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.

  • In 1868, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on one of 11 articles of impeachment against him.

  • In 1920, Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome.

  • In 1929, the first Academy Awards were presented during a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The movie "Wings" won "best production" while Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor were named best actor and best actress.

  • In 1946, 50 years ago, the musical "Annie Get Your Gun," featuring songs by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, opened on Broadway.

  • In 1948, the body of C.B.S News correspondent George Polk was found in Solonika Bay in Greece, a week after he had disappeared.

  • In 1955, American author and critic James Agee died in New York.

  • In 1960, a Big Four summit conference in Paris collapsed on its opening day as the Soviet Union leveled spy charges against the U.S. in the wake of the U-2 incident.

  • In 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

  • Latin America may have a little of catching up to do when it comes to its presence on the Net, but the field is leveling out pretty quickly. Witness the Dominican Elections today. One of the main contenders in the election, Leonel Fernandez, has a Web page. Readers can check out a bio of the candidate -- a trilingual yuppie generally considered the middle class's choice -- as well as his platform and recent press releases. There's also a box on the bottom of the page for sending e-mail to the candidate. Additionally, the government body running the vote, the Junta Central Electoral, has a pretty spiffy page, with photos, sounds and the whole multi-media shebang.

  • Most of the Christian world celebrates Ascension Day today.

  • Today is Election Day, an official holiday, in the Dominican Republic.

  • Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1996, J.P. Morgan

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