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Thursday, May 28, 1998

quote   "No one can possibly understand the magnitude of the loss and grief. ... The hardest thing a mother will ever have to do is bury her child."

-- Marsha Kight, whose daughter was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing


today's events

  • NATO foreign ministers meet in Luxembourg.

  • A funeral will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, for James Earl Ray, confessed assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.

  • The fourth annual "Viva Elvis" festival begins in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

on the horizon

  • On Friday, May 29, Adam Pletcher of Long Grove, Illinois, is expected to be sentenced in an attempt to extort money from Microsoft head Bill Gates.

  • On Saturday, May 30, the MTV Movie Awards will be presented in Santa Monica, California.

  • On Sunday, May 31, Pope John Paul II visits Poland.

  • On Monday, June 1, the hurricane season begins in the Central Pacific.

  • On Tuesday, June 2, the space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch on a 10-day mission.


Amnesty International was formed on this day in 1961. Today the group has more than a million members in 150 countries who work to guarantee human rights for everyone.

  • Armenia celebrates Restoration of Statehood.

  • It is Day of the Republic in Azerbaijan Republic.

  • Malaysia celebrates Raja of Perlis' Birthday.

  • Actress Carroll Baker ("Harlow") is 67.

  • New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is 54.

  • Singer Gladys Knight ("If I Were Your Woman") is 54.

  • Actress Sondra Locke ("Bronco Billy") is 51.

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 after Stanley Baldwin's retirement.

  • In 1940, Belgium's King Leopold surrendered to Nazi Germany.

  • In 1940, Norwegian and British forces captured Narvik in Norway.

  • 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 saved.

  • 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 1,400 prisoners.

  • In 1987, a 19-year-old West German, Mathias Rust, flew a 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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