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Today's Events | On Horizon | On This Day | Newslink | Notable | Almanac archive

Friday, May 29, 1998

quote   "This is a guy who was always laughter, always having a great time. It's just terrible."

-- Actor Steve Guttenberg, referring to Phil Hartman, the noted comedic actor, who was found shot to death on Thursday


today's events

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

  • The ninth annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award will be presented in Boston.

on the horizon

  • 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.

  • On Wednesday, June 3, Chief U.N. weapons inspector Richard Butler updates the Security Council on his team's progress.


For more than 50 years, Bob Hope has been entertaining the world. Follow his remarkable career and wish him a happy 95th birthday here.

  • It is Memorial Day in the Bahamas.

  • It is Ratu Sir Lala Sakuna Day in Fiji.

  • Actress Annette Bening ("The American President") is 40.

  • Actor Kevin Conway ("Of Mice and Men") is 56.

  • Singer Melissa Etheridge is 37.

  • Actor Anthony Geary ("General Hospital") is 50.

  • Comedian Bob Hope is 95.

  • Actor Adrian Paul ("Highlander") is 39.

  • Auto racer Al Unser Sr. is 59.

  • Former baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent Jr. is 60.

  • Actress Lisa Whelchel ("Facts of Life") is 35.

on this day

  • In 1167, Frederick Barbarossa was decisively defeated by the combined cities of the Lombard League at the Battle of Legnano.

  • In 1453, an army of 12,000 Turkish Janissary infantry men captured Constantinople in a furious battle after a long siege. In the melee, Emperor Constantine XI was killed.

  • In 1500, Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Diaz, who discovered the Cape of Good Hope, drowned during a voyage.

  • In 1630, Charles II, king of England from 1660, was born. On this day in 1660 he marched into London and was restored to the throne 11 years after the execution of his father Charles I.

  • In 1765, Patrick Henry, who was to become the first U.S. state governor, introduced seven resolutions in the House of Burgesses in Virginia attacking the right of Britain to tax the colonies by the Stamp Act.

  • In 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th state of the United States, the last of the original colonies to ratify the constitution.

  • In 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state of the United States.

  • In 1911, Sir William Gilbert, English librettist who collaborated with composer Sir Arthur Sullivan on many operettas, died of a heart attack after rescuing a woman from drowning.

  • In 1914, the British liner Empress of Ireland carrying 1,477 passengers and crew collided with the Norwegian freighter Storstadt in the St Lawrence River in Canada. At least 1,012 people died.

  • In 1917, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, future U.S. president, was born. He was president from January 1961 until his assassination on November 22, 1963.

  • In 1940, German forces captured Ostend and Ypres in Belgium and Lille in France.

  • In 1942, John Barrymore, U.S. stage and screen actor, died. He starred in films from 1913. In "Rasputin and the Empress," he appeared with his sister Ethel and brother Lionel.

  • In 1944, a German submarine sank the Block Island, a U.S. aircraft carrier, near Madeira. She was the only U.S. carrier lost in the Atlantic in World War II.

  • In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese Sherpa, reached the summit of Mount Everest, the first team to scale the world's tallest mountain. The feat was not reported until June 1.

  • In 1968, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution imposing mandatory sanctions on white-ruled Rhodesia.

  • In 1974, the British government brought Northern Ireland under direct rule from Westminster one day after the collapse of the Northern Ireland executive. A crippling general strike in the province ended.

  • In 1979, Mary Pickford, U.S. silent movie star, died. She formed the film company United Artists Corporation in 1919 along with Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin.

  • In 1979, Bishop Abel Muzorewa was sworn in as first black prime minister of "Zimbabwe Rhodesia," as the country was briefly known prior to independence.

  • In 1982, Pope Paul II, in the first papal visit to Britain since 1531, prayed alongside the archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England, in Canterbury Cathedral.

  • In 1985, 39 soccer fans, mostly Italian, were crushed or trampled to death in rioting involving Liverpool and Juventus supporters at the European Cup Final at the Heysel stadium in Brussels. More than 400 people were injured.

  • In 1994, Erich Honecker, who ruled communist East Germany with an iron fist for 18 years and supervised the building of the Berlin Wall, died in exile in Chile. He was 81.

  • In 1997, Laurent Kabila took office as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the former Zaire, promising to hold elections in April 1999 and bury the legacy of dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

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