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Friday, May 30, 1997

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  • "(Kabbah) is the elected leader of his country, and Nigeria recognizes him as such. Maj. (Johnny Paul) Koroma and his comrades should consider the party over and negotiate their return to the barracks."

    -- Voice of Nigeria radio

    Today's events

  • Major powers' Contact Group meets in Sintra, Bosnia, to discuss the ongoing implementation of the Dayton peace accords; Bosnia's three-man presidency attends.

  • Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit Luxembourg as part of a trip that takes them on to Brazil and Argentina.

  • Russian President Boris Yeltsin visits the Ukraine to sign an all-encompassing political accord between the two countries.

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    On the horizon

  • 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 Tuesday, June 3, it will be the eighth anniversary of China's crackdown on dissidents in Tiananmen Square.

  • On Wednesday, June 4, the World Economic Forum issues its world competitiveness report in Zurich.

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    On this day

  • In 1527, Germany's Marburg University was founded.

  • In 1672, Peter I, better known as Peter the Great, was born; as Czar and Emperor of Russia he opened the country up to outside influences and restructured its major institutions.

  • In 1783, The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first American daily newspaper.

  • In 1901, the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, at New York University, was dedicated and opened to the public.

  • In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.

  • In 1943, the Aleutian islands of Kiska and Attu, off the coast of Alaska, were retaken from Japanese forces by the U.S. Army.

  • In 1971, NASA's Martian probe Mariner 9 was launched; it became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.

  • In 1994, Pope John Paul II declared the debate on the ordination of women over in a letter to Roman Catholic bishops.

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    Holidays and more

  • Croatia celebrates its National Holiday.

  • Fiji celebrates Ratu Sir Lala Sakuna Day.

  • Malaysia holds its Harvest Festival.

  • Trinidad and Tobago celebrate Arrival Day.

  • Actor Blake Bashoff is 16.

  • Actor Keir Dullea is 61.

  • Actor Michael J. Pollard is 58.

  • Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers is 54.

  • Actor Stephen Tobolowsky is 46.

  • Actor Clint Walker is 70.

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

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