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Monday, May 11, 1998

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  • "Let us spill our blood."

    -- Indonesian student protesters

    Today's events

  • Today is the scheduled deadline for U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno to decide whether to seek an independent counsel to investigate Labor Secretary Alexis Herman.

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    On the horizon

  • On Tuesday, May 12, the Cannes Film Festival opens in France.

  • On Wednesday, May 13, a hearing on whether convicted Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols should pay restitution to bombing survivors and victims' famililies will be held in Denver.

  • On Thursday, May 14, the final episode of "Seinfeld" will air on NBC.

  • On Friday, May 15, the presentation of the annual Daytime Emmy Awards is to be held. For the 18th time, "All My Children" actress Susan Lucci has been nominated for best actress.

  • On Saturday, May 16, it's the running of the Preakness, the second in horse-racing's Triple Crown.

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    On this day

  • In 330, Constantinople was dedicated as the new capital of the Roman Empire. Named after the Emperor Constantine, it was built over the ancient city of Byzantium.

  • In 1686, Otto von Guericke, German physicist who demonstrated the vacuum, died. He also invented the first air pump.

  • In 1778, William Pitt the Elder, British statesman, died. He conducted most of the Seven Years' War (1756-63) which secured Britain a huge new empire.

  • In 1812, British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was assassinated by a bankrupt broker, John Bellingham, as he entered the House of Commons.

  • In 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state of the Union.

  • In 1867, the European powers guaranteed the independence and neutrality of the duchy of Luxembourg under the Treaty of London.

  • In 1871, British astronomer Sir John Herschel died. He added over 500 nebulae and clusters of stars to the known universe.

  • In 1888, Irving Berlin, U.S. composer, born. He wrote music for several stage shows, including "Annie Get Your Gun," and also wrote "Alexander's Ragtime Band."

  • In 1904, Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist painter, born.

  • In 1943, two U.S. amphibious forces landed on Attu in the Aleutians, the first American territory to be recaptured from the Japanese in World War II.

  • In 1949, Siam changed its name to Thailand.

  • In 1967, Britain, Denmark and Ireland formally applied to join the European Economic Community.

  • In 1968, the French government bowed to Paris student demands, premier Georges Pompidou announcing concessions in an effort to end more than a week of the worst street fighting since World War II.

  • In 1981, Bob Marley, Jamaican-born singer who popularized reggae with his group The Wailers, died of cancer.

  • In 1985, 56 people died and more than 200 were injured when fire engulfed the main stand at Bradford City's football ground in northern England.

  • In 1991, Ho Dam, senior member of North Korea's Communist Party, died. As foreign minister in 1977, he was the first senior North Korean official to visit the United States.

  • In 1994, South African President Nelson Mandela named his main black political rival, Zulu chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and his estranged wife Winnie, to his new government of national unity.

  • In 1996, a ValuJet Airlines DC-9 jet with 110 people on board crashed in the swampy Everglades near Miami International Airport. There were no survivors.

  • In 1997, IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue made chess history by defeating Gary Kasparov, the first time a reigning world champion had been bested in a match by a machine.

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    Holidays and more

  • Singapore and Sri Lanka mark Vesak Day.

  • It's Victory Day in Ukraine.

  • Singer Peter Gabriel is 48.

  • Actor Harvey Keitel (Mean Streets) is 59.

  • NBA star Dennis "The Worm" Rodman is 37.

  • Singer Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) is 30.

  • Singer Stevie Wonder is 47.

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

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