Saturday, May 10, 1997
- President Bill Clinton attends a summit of Caribbean leaders in Barbados.
- Pope John Paul II visits Lebanon. The trip marks the Pope's first visit to the Middle East.
On the horizon
- On Sunday, May 11, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is scheduled to visit Kazakhstan.
- On Monday, May 12, U.S. and North Korean senior officials are scheduled to hold talks to discuss U.S. concerns over North Korea's export of missiles, including those to such countries as Iran.
- On Tuesday, May 13, the 38th annual Clio advertising awards will be presented in New York.
- On Wednesday, May 14, French President Jacques Chirac visits China.
- On Thursday, May 15, the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for launch on a mission to the Russian Mir space station.
On this day
- In 1655, Jamaica was taken by the British after being in Spanish hands for 161 years.
- In 1774, King Louis XV of France died of smallpox. He became king at the age of five on the death of King Louis XIV.
- In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte's Army of Italy defeated the Austrians in the Battle of Lodi, southeast of Milan.
- In 1857, the Sepoy Mutiny against British rule in India broke out.
- In 1863, Stonewall Jackson, a Confederate general in the American Civil War, died after being accidentally shot by his own troops.
- In 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, was captured by Union forces during the American Civil War.
- In 1869, the Pacific railroad was completed when the Union Pacific and Central Pacific lines were joined at Promontory, Utah.
- In 1871, a Franco-German peace treaty was signed in Frankfurt by which France ceded Alsace-Lorraine.
- In 1933, Nazis, nationalist students and professors in black robes gathered on a square in central Berlin to burn books by Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Bertolt Brecht, Albert Einstein and other authors condemned by Adolf Hitler's followers as decadent or "un-German."
- In 1940, Winston Churchill took over as British prime minister following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain.
- In 1941 - Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachuted into Scotland in an apparent attempt to negotiate a peace deal. He was arrested and imprisoned for the rest of the war.
- In 1945, Russian troops occupied Prague; The Allies captured Rangoon from the Japanese.
- In 1960, the U.S. nuclear-powered submarine Triton completed its 84-day submerged voyage around the world.
- In 1963, Pope John XXIII received the Balzan Peace Prize, the first peace prize ever awarded to a pope.
- In 1972, referendum in the Irish Republic gave an 83 percent majority in favor of joining the European Economic Community.
- In 1981, in the second round of the French presidential election, Francois Mitterrand defeated President Valery Giscard D'Estaing.
- In 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first black president.
- In 1995, Britain lifted a 23-year ban on ministerial talks with Sinn Fein.
- In 1996, Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao resigned after his Congress Party was mauled in general elections.
President Clinton is dropping by the lovely Caribbean island of Barbados for a regional pow-wow Saturday. But the sun-kissed gem of a tourist destination is most frequently visited for a little rest and relaxation, a fact not lost on the Barbados Tourism Authority. Visit their Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia for a peak at the fun to be had in the sand down south.
Holidays and more
- Guatemala celebrates Mother's Day.
- Pop star Bono is 37.
- Actor Jason Brooks is 31.
- Dancer Judith Jamison is 53.
- Singer Dave Mason is 51.
- Actor Gary Owens is 61.
- Former football coach Ara Parseghian is 74.
- Actress Marie-France Pisier is 53.
- Basketball player Rony Seikaly is 32.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan