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Friday, May 29, 1998
"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
- 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 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- In 1917, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, future U.S. president, was born.
He was president from January 1961 until his assassination on November
- 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
- 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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