Sunday, May 11, 1997
- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan visits Japan.
- German Chancellor Helmut Kohl visits Kazakhstan.
- Mali holds presidential elections, kicking off its second national elections since the advent of democracy in 1992.
- Burkina Faso holds parliamentary elections, the country's second national elections since introducing multi-party politics in the early 1990s.
On the horizon
- 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 Friday, May 16, Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari follows up a visit to South Africa with a stop in Tanzania.
On this day
- In 330, Constantinople was dedicated as the new capital of the Roman Empire. It was named after the Emperor Constantine and built over the ancient city of Byzantium.
- In 1745, the Battle of Fontenoy took place in Belgium, where French forces defeated the British and their allies during the War of the Austrian Succession.
- In 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state of the Union.
- In 1867, the independence and neutrality of the duchy of Luxembourg was guaranteed by the European powers under the Treaty of London.
- In 1931, the failure of Credit-Anstalt, Austria's largest bank, marked the beginning of the financial collapse of Central Europe.
- In 1943, U.S. amphibious forces landed on Attu in the Aleutians, the first American territory to be recaptured by the U.S. from the Japanese.
- In 1949, Siam changed its name to Thailand.
- In 1960, the world's longest ocean liner, the S.S. France, was launched.
- In 1987, the Indian government imposed direct rule on Punjab because of the terror campaign being waged by Sikh extremists.
- In 1994, Deir Al-Balah became the first Gaza town to come under Palestinian self-rule.
- In 1996, a ValuJet Airlines DC-9 jet with 110 people on board crashed in the swampy Everglades near Miami International Airport. There were no survivors.
President Clinton has just ended a short trip south of the border. His chariot? Air Force One, of course. The president's specially modified Boeing 747 is one of America's most visible symbols of power. Visit the Andrews Air Force Base homepage to take a peak at the president's plane and the base it calls home.
Holidays and more
- Holidays and more
- Israel celebrates Remembrance Day.
- Jamaica celebrates Bob Marley Day.
- The U.S. celebrates Mother's Day.
- Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is 64.
- Artificial heart pioneer Dr. Robert Jarvik is 51.
- Actor Denver Pyle is 77.
- Actor Mort Sahl is 70.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan