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Wednesday, May 21, 1997

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  • "If this is all they're going to do ... then this is a whitewash. These agents should be terminated."

    -- Wayne Grant, Richard Jewell's lawyer

    Today's events

  • 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 $3.3 million.

  • 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.

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    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 Rafsanjani.

  • 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 humanity.

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    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 City.

  • In 1972, Lazlo Toth, a Hungarian native, attacked Michelangelo's centuries-old sculpture "Pieta."

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    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.

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

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