Friday, May 1, 1998
European Union leaders will meet to select EU member
states that will adopt Europe's single currency, the euro, on
January 1, 1999.
A preliminary hearing will he held in Edinboro,
Pennsylvania, for the 14-year-old charged with killing a
teacher at a school dance.
U.S Secretary of State Albright visits South Korea
On the horizon
On Saturday, May 2, the Kentucky Derby, the first in
racing's Triple Crown, is to be held in Louisville, Kentucky.
On Sunday, May 3, the National Cable Television
Association opens its annual convention in Atlanta.
On Monday, May 4, the Kent State Students Memorial Day
will be observed.
On Tuesday, May 5, NATO chiefs of staff meet in Brussels.
On Wednesday, May 6, the Children and the Media conference
will be held in Los Angeles to examine the media's portrayals
of race and class and their impact on children.
On this day
In 1672, Joseph Addison, English poet, essayist and
politician, was born. Together with Richard Steele, he founded
the Spectator in March 1711.
In 1700, John Dryden, English poet and poet laureate from
In 1707, Scotland and England were joined together under
the name of Great Britain.
In 1808, after only a few days in power, Ferdinand
relinquished the Spanish throne in favor of Napoleon of
In 1851, Queen Victoria opened the first Great Exhibition
in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London.
In 1873, David Livingstone, Scottish missionary and
explorer, was found dead at Chitambo, now in Zambia.
In 1876, the Royal Titles Bill was passed by the British
Parliament, entitling Queen Victoria to call herself Empress
In 1884, work began on a 10-story building in Chicago
using a unique steel-framed interior, making it the world's
In 1898, in the Battle of Manila Bay in the
Spanish-American War, U.S. forces destroyed the Spanish fleet
and blockaded the bay for three months before capturing Manila
In 1904, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, noted for his
ninth symphony "From the New World," died.
In 1915, the liner Lusitania left New York on the same day
the German Embassy took out advertisements warning anyone
traveling on ships carrying a British flag that they did so at
their own risk. It was sunk six days later.
In 1931, the 102-story Empire State Building in New York,
at the time the world's tallest building, officially opened.
In 1937, Spanish painter Pablo Picasso produced the first
sketch of his masterpiece "Guernica," five days after the
Basque town had been bombed by the Germans.
In 1945, Hamburg radio officially announced that Hitler
had died in Berlin; Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels committed
suicide in his Berlin bunker; German headquarters in Italy
formally agreed to an unconditional surrender.
In 1960, the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 plane
piloted by Gary Powers. He was jailed for spying before being
exchanged in an East-West spy swap in February 1962.
In 1961, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared the country a
socialist nation and abolished elections.
In 1963, Sir Winston Churchill announced his retirement
from the House of Commons.
In 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las
In 1971, the Amtrak rail passenger service took over
operation of most passenger trains in the United States.
In 1978, Naomi Uemura, a Japanese explorer, became the
first man to reach the North Pole alone.
In 1982, in Poland, 50,000 supporters of "Solidarity"
demonstrated in Warsaw against military rule.
In 1990, Chinese troops began withdrawing from the Tibetan
capital of Lhasa as martial law was lifted.
In 1991, Col. Elias Ramaema was sworn in as the military
ruler of Lesotho.
In 1992, Turkmenistan announced it would switch to a
Latin-based Turkish alphabet from the Cyrillic script.
In 1993, President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ruling party won
the most seats in united Yemen's first general elections.
In 1993, Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa died of
injuries sustained in a bomb blast during a May Day
In 1994, Ayrton Senna, three times world F-1 auto racing
champion, died after a high-speed crash in the San Marino
In 1995, Croatia recaptured the rebel Serb enclave of
Western Slavonia it lost in 1991.
In 1996, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Sheila Copps
announced she was resigning over the government's failure to
abolish a controversial sales tax.
In 1997, Tony Blair's Labor Party won a landslide victory
in Britain's general election.
Today is important in the history of skyscrapers. On this
day in 1884, work began on the world's first high-rise, and in
1931, the Empire State Building opened to the public. To learn
more about tall buildings (it's interesting, we promise),
check out the High-Rise pages.
Much of the world marks International Labor Day, or May
Ethiopia celebrates Patriots Victory Day.
Singer Judy Collins ("Both SIdes Now") is 59.
Singer Rita Coolidge ("Higher and Higher") is 53.
Writer Joseph Heller ("Catch-22") is 75.
Singer Sonny James ("Young Love") is 69.
Writer Bobbie Ann Mason ("In Country") is 58.
Entertainer Jack Paar is 80.
Sources: Associated Press,
Chase's Calendar of
Events 1998, J.P. Morgan