Wednesday, May 21, 1997
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber sells his wine collection of
18,000 bottles at auction in London. Said by Sotheby's to be
"undoubtedly the greatest single wine collection ever to
appear at auction," the sale is expected to fetch more than
Spanish King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia open the
Intenational World Assembly for International Society
Development in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Trial of Jean Paul Akayesu, accused of genocide and crimes
against humanity in 1994, resumes in Arusha, Tanzania, at
the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda.
On the horizon
On Thursday, May 22, the International Coffee Organization
holds a two-day council meeting in London.
On Friday, May 23, presidential elections are to be held in
Iran to elect a successor to President Akbar Hashemi
On Saturday, May 24, Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is
scheduled to visit Dhaka.
On Sunday, May 25, the first round of French elections are
scheduled to begin.
On Monday, May 26, a preliminary hearing begins at the U.N.
Tribunal for former Yugoslavia of the appeal by Drazen
Erdemovic against a 10-year jail sentence for crimes against
On this day
In 1881, the United States Lawn Tennis Association was
formed in New York City.
In 1922, Rollin Kirby's cartoon, "On the Road to Moscow",
became the first cartoon to win a Pulitzer Prize this day.
In 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh arrived to a hero's welcome in
Paris in his spindly monoplane, "The Spirit of St. Louis."
In 1929, the first automatic electric stock quotation board
was put into operation by Sutro and Company of New York
In 1972, Lazlo Toth, a Hungarian native, attacked
Michelangelo's centuries-old sculpture "Pieta."
The Hubble Space Telescope on Tuesday forecast Martian
weather -- cold and cloudy, with a possible transition to
blowing pink dust -- in preparation for the July 4 landing
of the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft. For a closer look at the Red Planet, click here.
Holidays and more
Chile remembers the Battle of Iquique.
In Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka, it is Wesak Day.
In Burma, it is the Full Moon of Kason.
Actress Peggy Cass is 73.
Author Robert Creeley is 71.
Author Janet Dailey is 53.
Author Harold Robbins is 81.
Signer Leo Sayer is 49.
Actor Mr. T is 45.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan