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Friday, May 1, 1998

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  • "I still can't believe I did it."

    -- Mark Hatterer, who gave mouth-to-snout resuscitation to a Scottish terrier that had fallen into a septic tank

    Today's events

  • European Union leaders will meet to select EU member states that will adopt Europe's single currency, the euro, on January 1, 1999.

  • A preliminary hearing will he held in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, for the 14-year-old charged with killing a teacher at a school dance.

  • U.S Secretary of State Albright visits South Korea

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    On the horizon

  • On Saturday, May 2, the Kentucky Derby, the first in racing's Triple Crown, is to be held in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • On Sunday, May 3, the National Cable Television Association opens its annual convention in Atlanta.

  • On Monday, May 4, the Kent State Students Memorial Day will be observed.

  • On Tuesday, May 5, NATO chiefs of staff meet in Brussels.

  • On Wednesday, May 6, the Children and the Media conference will be held in Los Angeles to examine the media's portrayals of race and class and their impact on children.

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    On this day

  • In 1672, Joseph Addison, English poet, essayist and politician, was born. Together with Richard Steele, he founded the Spectator in March 1711.

  • In 1700, John Dryden, English poet and poet laureate from 1668-88, died.

  • In 1707, Scotland and England were joined together under the name of Great Britain.

  • In 1808, after only a few days in power, Ferdinand relinquished the Spanish throne in favor of Napoleon of France.

  • In 1851, Queen Victoria opened the first Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London.

  • In 1873, David Livingstone, Scottish missionary and explorer, was found dead at Chitambo, now in Zambia.

  • In 1876, the Royal Titles Bill was passed by the British Parliament, entitling Queen Victoria to call herself Empress of India.

  • In 1884, work began on a 10-story building in Chicago using a unique steel-framed interior, making it the world's first "skyscraper."

  • In 1898, in the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War, U.S. forces destroyed the Spanish fleet and blockaded the bay for three months before capturing Manila itself.

  • In 1904, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, noted for his ninth symphony "From the New World," died.

  • In 1915, the liner Lusitania left New York on the same day the German Embassy took out advertisements warning anyone traveling on ships carrying a British flag that they did so at their own risk. It was sunk six days later.

  • In 1931, the 102-story Empire State Building in New York, at the time the world's tallest building, officially opened.

  • In 1937, Spanish painter Pablo Picasso produced the first sketch of his masterpiece "Guernica," five days after the Basque town had been bombed by the Germans.

  • In 1945, Hamburg radio officially announced that Hitler had died in Berlin; Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels committed suicide in his Berlin bunker; German headquarters in Italy formally agreed to an unconditional surrender.

  • In 1960, the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 plane piloted by Gary Powers. He was jailed for spying before being exchanged in an East-West spy swap in February 1962.

  • In 1961, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared the country a socialist nation and abolished elections.

  • In 1963, Sir Winston Churchill announced his retirement from the House of Commons.

  • In 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas.

  • In 1971, the Amtrak rail passenger service took over operation of most passenger trains in the United States.

  • In 1978, Naomi Uemura, a Japanese explorer, became the first man to reach the North Pole alone.

  • In 1982, in Poland, 50,000 supporters of "Solidarity" demonstrated in Warsaw against military rule.

  • In 1990, Chinese troops began withdrawing from the Tibetan capital of Lhasa as martial law was lifted.

  • In 1991, Col. Elias Ramaema was sworn in as the military ruler of Lesotho.

  • In 1992, Turkmenistan announced it would switch to a Latin-based Turkish alphabet from the Cyrillic script.

  • In 1993, President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ruling party won the most seats in united Yemen's first general elections.

  • In 1993, Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa died of injuries sustained in a bomb blast during a May Day procession.

  • In 1994, Ayrton Senna, three times world F-1 auto racing champion, died after a high-speed crash in the San Marino Grand Prix.

  • In 1995, Croatia recaptured the rebel Serb enclave of Western Slavonia it lost in 1991.

  • In 1996, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Sheila Copps announced she was resigning over the government's failure to abolish a controversial sales tax.

  • In 1997, Tony Blair's Labor Party won a landslide victory in Britain's general election.

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    Today is important in the history of skyscrapers. On this day in 1884, work began on the world's first high-rise, and in 1931, the Empire State Building opened to the public. To learn more about tall buildings (it's interesting, we promise), check out the High-Rise pages.



  • Much of the world marks International Labor Day, or May Day.

  • Ethiopia celebrates Patriots Victory Day.

  • Singer Judy Collins ("Both SIdes Now") is 59.

  • Singer Rita Coolidge ("Higher and Higher") is 53.

  • Writer Joseph Heller ("Catch-22") is 75.

  • Singer Sonny James ("Young Love") is 69.

  • Writer Bobbie Ann Mason ("In Country") is 58.

  • Entertainer Jack Paar is 80.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan

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