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Wednesday, May 14, 1997

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  • "I wish to apologize to my friends, family and athletes for any disappointment I may have caused them."

    -- John E. du Pont





    Today's events


  • French President Jacques Chirac visits China.

  • The National Father's Day Committee presents its 62nd Annual Father of the Year Awards to Mario Andretti, CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Larry Doby, Henry Kravis, Frank Rich and Howard Safir. The 1997 Milton Margolis Humanitarian Award will also be presented to Marshall Hilsberg, chairman and CEO of Lord & Taylor.

  • The Grand Sumo Tournament is being held in Tokyo.

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    On the horizon


  • 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 Monday, May 29, Attorney General Janet Reno is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Boston College.

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    On this day


  • In 649, Theodore I ends his reign as Catholic Pope.

  • In 1264, the Baron's War was fought in England.

  • In 1796, the first smallpox inoculation was administered by Edward Jenner.

  • In 1804, Lewis & Clark set out from St. Louis for the Pacific Coast.

  • In 1811, Paraguay gains independence from Spain.

  • In 1904, the first Olympics in the United States are held St. Louis, Missouri.

  • In 1940, the Netherlands surrender to Germany.

  • In 1948, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion establishes the State of Israel.

  • In 1955, the Warsaw Pact is formed.

  • In 1962, Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain.

  • In 1973, the first Space Station, Skylab, is launched.

  • In 1990, the Dow Jones industrial average hits a record 2,821.53 points.

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    Newslink


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    Holidays and more


  • Today is Kamuzu Day in Malawi.

  • It's Lord Buddha's Birthday in Korea.

  • Musician Jack Bruce is 54.

  • Singer David Byrne is 45.

  • Actress Meg Foster is 49.

  • Filmmaker George Lucas is 53.

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



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