Friday, May 15, 1998
The Group of Eight summit opens in Birmingham, England.
The Daytime Emmy Awards show will be held.
On the horizon
On Saturday, May 16, it's the running of the Preakness, the second in
horse-racing's Triple Crown.
On Sunday, May 17, the National Basketball Association draft lottery takes place.
On Monday, May 18, the Socialist International annual meeting will be held in Norway.
On Tuesday, May 19, the National Geography Bee finals will be held in Washington.
On Wednesday, May 20, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan will unveil a redesigned $20 bill.
On this day
In 1004, Henry II, the last Saxon ruler of Germany, was
crowned king of Lombardy following the defeat of Arduin of
Ivrea. The city of Pavia rioted at the news.
In 1718, James Puckle, a London lawyer, patented the world's
first machine gun.
In 1860, Giuseppe Garibaldi, with 1,000 volunteers, defeated the superior Neapolitan army at the Battle of Calatafimi.
In 1916, in Italy, Asiago fell when Austrian troops under von
Hotzendorf attacked the Italian front along the Trentino.
In 1918, the world's first airmail postal service began
between New York, Philadelphia and Washington, using planes
supplied by the U.S. War Department.
In 1934, Karlis Ulmanis seized power in a coup in Latvia.
In 1936, Amy Johnson arrived in Croydon, England, after a
record-breaking return flight from South Africa that took four
days and 16 hours.
In 1940, nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in
the United States.
In 1940, the Dutch army surrendered to Nazi Germany.
In 1941, Britain's first jet-propelled aircraft, the
Gloster-Whittle E.28/39, was flown for the first time.
In 1955, the Vienna Treaty, signed by Britain, France, the
United States and the USSR, restored Austria's independence.
In 1957, Britain dropped its first hydrogen bomb on Christmas
Island in the Pacific.
In 1972, Alabama Gov. George Wallace was shot and crippled
in an assassination attempt as he campaigned in Maryland for the
In 1988, Moscow began the withdrawal of its estimated 115,000
troops in Afghanistan by pulling a unit out of Jalalabad.
In 1990, "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" by Vincent van Gogh
sold for $82.5 million at Christies in New York, smashing the
world record of $53.9 million.
In 1992, Opposition Popular Front forces in Azerbaijan swept
President Ayaz Mutalibov from power only a day after parliament
In 1993, French police rescued six schoolgirls and a teacher
after a 46-hour hostage drama at a Paris suburban school.
In 1995, China condu