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Wednesday, May 28, 1997

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  • "The president denies the allegations of the complaint, and has no recollection of ever meeting Paula Jones."

    -- Robert Bennett, President Clinton's personal lawyer

    Today's events

  • NATO foreign ministers are scheduled to meet in Lisbon.

  • The United Nations is scheduled to launch a report on "State of World Population 1997."

  • A postal strike is expected to be called in Paris.

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    On the horizon

  • On Thursday, May 29, Indonesia holds general elections.

  • On Friday, May 30, presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in Liberia.

  • On Saturday, May 31, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is scheduled to visit Sarajevo for talks with political leaders.

  • On Sunday, June 1, the second round of French parliamentary elections is scheduled to begin.

  • On Monday, June 2, Canada is scheduled to hold its general elections.

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    On this day

  • In 1156, William of Sicily crushed a revolt against his rule, defeating the Byzantine fleet at Brindisi.

  • In 1937, in Britain, Neville Chamberlain took over as prime minister at the head of a coalition government following Stanley Baldwin's retirement.

  • In 1940, Belgium's King Leopold surrendered to Nazi Germany.

  • In 1940, Norwegian and British forces captured Narvik in Norway.

  • In 1940, evacuation of the defeated Allied armies from Dunkirk began. By its completion on the night of June 2, a total of 224,585 British and 112,546 French and Belgian troops had been saved.

  • In 1982, Pope John Paul II arrived in Britain on the first papal visit there since 1531.

  • In 1982, in the Falklands war, British troops recaptured Port Darwin and Goose Green from the Argentine army, taking at least 1,400 prisoners.

  • In 1987, a 19-year-old West German, Mathias Rust, flew his light plane from Helsinki to Moscow, passing through Soviet airspace unchallenged and eventually landing on Red Square.

  • In 1991, NATO defense ministers approved a radical shakeup of its forces in post-cold war Europe, including creation of a Rapid Reaction Force.

  • In 1991, in Ethiopia, rebel tanks blasted their way into Addis Ababa at dawn, toppling the remnants of a Marxist government whose 17-year rule brought war and famine.

  • In 1995, Russia's worst recorded earthquake killed 1,989 people in the Far East oil-producing town of Neftegorsk, on the north of Sakhalin Island.

  • In 1995, Bosnia's Foreign Minister Irfan Ljubijankic was killed when his helicopter was downed in a rocket attack near the Croatian border.

  • In 1996, President Jacques Chirac announced France would end military conscription from 1997, earlier than previously planned.

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    Holidays and more

  • Today, Armenia recognizes the restoration of Armenia's Statehood.

  • It's a Day of the Republic in the Azerbaijan Republic.

  • Today is Tassua in Iran.

  • Actress Caroll Baker is 66.

  • New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is 53.

  • Singer Gladys Knight is 53.

  • Actress Sondra Locke is 50.

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

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