Wednesday, May 14, 1997
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
The Grand Sumo Tournament is being held in Tokyo.
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
On Monday, May 29, Attorney General Janet Reno is scheduled to deliver the
commencement address at Boston College.
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,
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.
It's taking the world by storm. The first virtual pet that needs to be fed,
played with and properly care for. It's Tamagotchi. Want to learn more?
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan