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Thursday, May 22, 1997

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  • "I was thrown against the floor in kind of a tornado-like rush. When I was able to stand up, all the girls that were in my office with me had totally disappeared with the six floors above us on top of them. I never saw them again."

    -- Florence Rogers, Oklahoma City bombing survivor





    Today's events


  • The International Coffee Organization holds a two-day council meeting in London.

  • An estimated 5,000 athletes are expected to begin participating in the Senior Olympics in Tucson, Arizona.

  • The World Economic Forum is scheduled to hold a Southern African Summit in Zimbabwe.

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    On the horizon


  • 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.

  • On Tuesday, May 27, the 9th annual National Geography Bee is scheduled to begin in Washington.

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    On this day


  • In 1455, the opening battle in England's 30-year War of the Roses took place at St. Albans, when the Lancastrians defeated the Yorkists.

  • In 1629, the Peace of Luebeck was signed, ending hostilities between the Holy Roman Empire and Denmark.

  • In 1897, the Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales.

  • In 1908, in the U.S. the Wright Brothers patented their flying machine.

  • In 1915, the worst train disaster in Britain took place when a troop train collided with a passenger train at Gretna Green, Scotland, killing 227.

  • In 1943, the Third Communist International, known as COMINTERM, was dissolved by the Soviet Union in a gesture to the West.

  • In 1945, U.S. troops captured Yonabaro on Okinawa island, Japan.

  • In 1967, fire at the Brussels department store "L'Innovation" killed more than 320 people.

  • In 1969, the Apollo 10 lunar module Snoopy came within 9.4 miles of the Moon's surface.

  • In 1972, President Nixon arrived in Moscow on a week's visit - the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union.

  • In 1972, Ceylon became a republic within the Commonwealth under the name of Sri Lanka.

  • In 1979, in Canada, the 11-year premiership of Pierre Trudeau ended when the Liberal Party were defeated in a general election by the Progressive Conservative Party led by Joe Clark.

  • In 1981, in Britain, Peter Sutcliffe (the Yorkshire Ripper) was jailed for life after being convicted of 13 counts of murder.

  • In 1989, Soviet authorities announced curbs on the number of staff at the British embassy and other institutions in Moscow, from 375 to 205.

  • In 1990, former Marxist South Yemen and conservative North Yemen merged into one state.

  • In 1994, Rwandan rebels seized the key government army barracks in Kigali, removing the biggest obstacle in their drive to capture the capital.

  • In 1996, Japan settled lawsuits which bought to an end the mercury poisoning case called Minamata, named after the village where hundreds died between 1953-60 by eating mercury-tainted seafood.

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    Newslink


    The NCAA Women's College Softball World Series starts today at the Oklahoma City Amateur Softball Hall of Fame stadium. To keep up with all the action, click here.


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    Holidays and more


  • Today is Waisak Day in Indonesia.

  • Today is Immigrant's Day in Canada.

  • It's a National Day in Yemen.

  • Actor Richard Benjamin is 59.

  • Actor Frank Converse is 59.

  • Actress Barbara Parkins is 54.

  • Actor Michael Sarrazin is 57,

  • Actress Susan Strasberg is 59.

  • Actor Paul Winfield is 57.

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



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