Wednesday, May 28, 1997
NATO foreign ministers are scheduled to meet in Lisbon.
The United Nations is scheduled to launch a report on "State of World
A postal strike is expected to be called in Paris.
On the horizon
On Thursday, May 29, Indonesia holds general
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.
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
In 1940, Belgium's King Leopold surrendered to Nazi Germany.
In 1940, Norwegian and British forces captured Narvik in
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
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
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.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of Events 1997, J.P. Morgan