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Tuesday, May 13, 1997

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  • "With these images, we are lifting the dusty veil of secrecy from star birth and star death."

    -- scientist Rodger Thompson

    Today's events

    • The 38th annual Clio advertising awards will be presented in New York.

    • The 31st International Federation of the Periodical Press World Congress opens in Tokyo.

    • The Court of Appeal in London holds a deportation hearing concerning the 20-year-old Nepalese youth Jay Khadka, adopted by British millionaire Richard Morley; Khadka was brought to Britain in honor of a pact Morley made with Khadka's father after the Nepalese man saved his life.


    On the horizon

    • 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 Saturday, May 17, Hong Kong's Governor is scheduled to visit London to brief Britain's Labour government on the pre-handover situation.

    • On Sunday, May 18, the Hong Kong pro-democracy and pro-dissident movement stages a kite-flying event in remembrance of the crushed Chinese pro-democracy movement.


    On this day

    • In 1568, Mary Queen of Scots was defeated by the English at the battle of Langside in Glasgow.

    • In 1607, Captain John Smith and a party of soldiers landed in Virginia at Jamestown and established the first permanent British settlement in the New World.

    • In 1619, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, statesman and founding father of the Netherlands, was executed by Prince Maurice of Nassau on a charge of subverting religion.

    • In 1717, Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, was born in Vienna.

    • In 1787, The first fleet of ships carrying convicts to the new penal colony of Australia left England. They arrived the following January.

    • In 1830, the Republic of Ecuador founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president.

    • In 1846, the U.S. Congress formally declared war on Mexico over California, although fighting had begun days earlier.

    • In 1888, Brazil's parliament decided to abolish slavery.

    • In 1927, "Black Friday" occurred in Germany, signaling the collapse of its economic structure.

    • In 1940, after setting up Britain's wartime coalition, Winston Churchill told parliament he could offer "....nothing but blood, toil, tears and sweat."

    • In 1941, Martin Bormann was named head of the Nazi Party Chancellery in Germany, following Rudolf Hess's mysterious flight to Scotland.

    • In 1949, the first British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, made its first test flight.

    • In 1965, Israel and West Germany agreed to establish diplomatic relations. Several Arab nations broke ties with Germany.

    • In 1968, talks between North Vietnamese and American negotiators began in Paris, aimed at ending the Vietnam War.

    • In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded as he drove through a crowd of 20,000 in St. Peter's Square in Rome. The gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca, was arrested.

    • In 1992, three astronauts simultaneously walked in space for the first time. The trio retrieved and repaired the Intelsat-6 satellite from the U.S. shuttle Endeavour in a walk lasting 8 hours 29 minutes.

    • In 1994, Palestinian police took over control of Jericho from Israeli soldiers.



    Advertising is nearly as important to modern society as the programming it supports. Witness the Clio Awards, for 38 years the pinnacle of advertising excellence. The Clios are handed out today, but are always available for examination on the Web.


    Holidays and more

    • Actor Franklyn Ajaye is 48.

    • Actress Beatrice Arthur is 71.

    • Actress Frances Barber is 40.

    • Critic Clive Barnes is 70.

    • Singer Peter Gabriel is 47.

    • Actor Harvey Keitel is 58.

    • Basketball player Dennis Rodman is 36.

    • Actor, choreographer Herbert Ross is 70.

    • Actor Tim Pigott-Smith is 51.

    • Singer Stevie Wonder is 46.


    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan

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