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325        May 20, An ecumenical council was inaugurated by Emperor Constantine in Nicea, Asia Minor. The Church Council of Nicaea (aka Iznik) in Asia Minor condemned the teaching of Arius, a Christian priest at Alexandria (d.336), who held that Christ was not divine in the same sense as God the Father. The council fixed Orthodox Easter as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox unless the date falls on the 1st day of Passover, in which case it moves to the next Sunday.
    (WUD, 1994, p.80,81)(Sky, 4/97, p.56)(SFC, 4/25/97, p.A21)(HN, 5/20/98)

526        May 20, An earthquake killed 250,000 in Antioch, Turkey. This was the capital of Syria from 300-64BCE.  [see May 29]
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1303        May 20, France returned Gascony to England’s Edward I.
    (HN, 5/20/98)(PC, 1992 ed, p121)

1310        May 20, Shoes began to be made for both right and left feet.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1347        May 20, Cola di Rienzo took the title of tribune in Rome.
    (HN, 5/20/98)

1364        May 20, Sir Henry Percy (d.1403), [Harry Hotspur], British soldier, politician, and rebel leader, was born.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1069)(MC, 5/20/02)

1444        May 20, Bernardinus van Siena (63), Italian saint, died.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1498        May 20, Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived at Calicut (Kozhikkode) in Kerala, India.
    (www.indhistory.com/vasco-da-gama.html)

1501        May 20, Portuguese explorer Joao da Nova Castelia (1460-1509) discovered the Ascension Islands on Ascension Day.
    (www.eoearth.org/article/Ascension_scrub_and_grasslands)

1506        May 20, Christopher Columbus (55) died in poverty in Spain, still believing he discovered the coast of Asia. Columbus died in the Spanish city of Valladolid, and was initially interred in a monastery there. Three years later, his remains were moved to a monastery on La Cartuja. In 1537, Maria de Rojas y Toledo, widow of Columbus' son Diego, was allowed to send the bones of her husband and his father to the cathedral in Santo Domingo for burial. There they lay until 1795, when Spain ceded the island of Hispaniola to France and decided Columbus' remains should not fall into foreigners' hands. A set of remains that the Spaniards thought were Columbus' were then dug up from behind the main altar in the newly built cathedral and shipped to a cathedral in Havana, where they remained until the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898 and Spain brought them to Seville. But in 1877, workers digging inside the Santo Domingo cathedral unearthed a leaden box containing 13 large bone fragments and 28 small ones. It was inscribed "Illustrious and distinguished male, don Cristobal Colon." The Dominicans said these were the real remains of Columbus and that the Spaniards must have taken the wrong remains in 1795.
    (AP, 5/20/97)(HN, 5/20/99)(AP, 10/13/02)(SFC, 1/18/05, p.A8)

1509        May 20, Catharina Sforza (45), "La Sforza del Destino", Italian duchess of Forli, died.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1520        May 20, Hernando Cortes defeated Spanish troops sent to punish him in Mexico.
    (HN, 5/20/98)

1521        May 20, Ignatius Loyola was seriously wounded by a cannon ball.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1537        May 20, Hieronymus Fabricius Ab, physician (De Formato Foetu), was born in Aquapend, Italy.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1547        May 20, Melchior Bischoff, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1571        May 20, Venice, Spain & Pope Pius formed an anti-Turkish Saint League.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1631        May 20, A German army under earl Johann Tilly conquered Magdeburg.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1639        May 20, Dorchester, Mass., formed the 1st school funded by local taxes.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1648        May 20, In Poland King Ladislas IV died at age 55. His Jesuit brother (39) took rule as John Casimir II.
    (PCh, 1992, p.241)

1663        May 20, William Bradford, printer, was born.
    (HN, 5/20/01)

1674        May 20, John Sobieski became Poland’s first King. [see 1573]
    (HN, 5/20/98)

1690        May 20, England passed the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II.
    (HN, 5/20/98)

1704        May 20, Elias Neau formed a school for slaves in NY.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1743        May 20, [Francois D] Toussaint L'Ouverture, Haitian leader, was born on the Breda plantation in Santo Domingo.
    (MC, 5/20/02)(AP, 4/7/03)

1750        May 20, Stephen Girard, rescued U.S. bonds during War of 1812, actor, was born.
    (HN, 5/20/98)

1759        May 20, William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol, actor, was born.
    (HN, 5/20/98)

1768        May 20, Dolley Madison, first lady of President James Madison, was born. She was famous as a Washington hostess while her husband was secretary of state and president.
    (HN, 5/20/99)

1772        May 20, William Congreve (d.1828), English officer (design fire rocket), was born.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1774        May 20, The British Parliament passed the Coercive Acts to punish the colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior. The acts closed the port of Boston. [see Mar 28]
    (HN, 5/20/99)

1775        May 20, North Carolina became the first colony to declare its independence. Citizens of Mecklenburg County, NC, declared independence from Britain.
    (HN, 5/20/98)(MC, 5/20/02)

1784        May 20, Peace of Versailles ended the war between France, England, and Holland.
    (HN, 5/20/98)

1795        May 20, Ignac Martinovics, Hungarian physicist, revolutionary, was beheaded.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1799        May 20, Honore de Balzac, French novelist, was born in Tours, France. He is considered the founder of the realistic school and wrote "The Human Comedy" and "Lost Illusions."
    (AP, 5/20/99)(HN, 5/20/99)
1799        May 20, Napoleon Bonaparte ordered a withdrawal from his siege of St. Jean d'Acre in Egypt. Plague had run through his besieging French forces, forcing a retreat. Napoleon, in pursuance of his scheme for raising a Syrian rebellion against Turkish domination, appeared before Acre, but after a siege of two months (March–May) was repulsed by the Turks.
    (HN, 5/20/00)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acre,_Israel)

1806        May 20, John Stuart Mill (d.1873), British philosopher and economist, was born. He promoted utilitarianism and is known as the last great economist of the classical school. He authored "Principles of Political Economy" wherein in theorized that production was the real basis for economic law. He felt that the market was capable of allocating resources but not of distributing income. "If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
    (V.D.-H.K.p.253)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R20)(AP, 1/13/00)(HN, 5/20/01)

1818        May 20, William George Fargo, one of the founders of Wells, Fargo & Co., actor, was born.
    (HN, 5/20/98)

1825        May 20, Charles X became King of France.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1830        May 20, The 1st railroad timetable was published in the newspaper Baltimore American.
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1830        May 20, Dr. Hyde patented a fountain pen.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1834        May 20, The Marquis de Lafayette (78), US Revolutionary War hero (Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roche Gilbert du Motier), died in Paris, France. He was the 1st foreigner to address Congress. In 2002 Congress moved to make him an honorary US citizen. In 1983 Olivier Bernier authored “Lafayette, Hero of Two Worlds." In 200 Harlow Giles Unger authored “Lafayette."
    (WSJ, 1/15/97, p.A12)(SFC, 7/23/02, p.A2)(ON, 2/09, p.5)(www.marquisdelafayette.net/)

1847        May 20, Mary Lamb, writer, died.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1851        May 20, Emile Berliner, inventor of the flat phonograph record, was born in Germany.
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1851        May 20, Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, US nun, daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne, was born.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1856        May 20, Henri E. Cross (d.1910), French painter, was born. His real surname was Delacroix but was changed in 1881.
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1856        May 20, Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner (1811-1874), an outspoken antagonist against slavery, gave the "Crime Against Kansas" speech. [see May 22] Sumner helped form the Republican Party.
    (HNQ, 7/7/99)
1856        May 20, James King, editor of the Evening Bulletin, died from wounds suffered on May 14. His death brought about the rising of The Second Committee of Vigilance and the take over of the SF government.
    (http://elane.stanford.edu/wilson/Text/11b.html)(PI, 8/8/98, p.5)(SFC, 7/26/14, p.C5)

1859        May 20, A force of Austrians collide with Piedmontese cavalry at the village of Montebello, in northern Italy.
    (HN, 5/20/00)

1861        May 20, Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality in Civil War. [see May 16]
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1861        May 20, North Carolina voted to secede from the Union and became the 11th and last state to do so.
    (AP, 5/20/97)(HN, 5/20/98)
1861        May 20, The capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, Ala., to Richmond, Va.
    (AP, 5/20/97)
1861        May 20, US marshals appropriated the previous year's telegraph dispatches, to reveal pro-secessionist evidence.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1862        May 20, President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, providing 250 million acres of free land to settlers in the West. It officially opened the Nebraska territory for settlement, leading to statehood in 1867. The US government passed the Homestead Act to stop the spread of slavery to the Western territories. Public land was awarded to any head of a family on condition that the settlers improve the land and live there for 5 years.
    (Hem., 5/97, p.20)(HNQ, 12/3/00)(HN, 5/20/01)

1864        May 20, Battle at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia, killed or injured 1,400.
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1864        May 20, Spotsylvania-campaign ended after 10,920 were killed or injured person.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1867        May 20, British parliament rejected John Stuart Mill’s law on women suffrage.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1868        May 20, The Republican National Convention met in Chicago and nominated Grant.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1873        May 20, Levi Strauss of San Francisco and Jacob Davis of Reno, Nevada, received a patent for miners’ work pants that included rivets to reinforce the pockets.
    (SFC, 4/29/03, B1)(SFC, 1/23/04, p.A10)(ON, 4/05, p.12)

1874        May 20, Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets at $13.50 per doz. [see 1872]
    (HN, 5/20/98)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.B4)(MC, 5/20/02)

1882        May 20, Sigrid Undset, Norwegian novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter), was born.
    (HN, 5/20/01)
1882        May 20, Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" (Gengangere) premiered in Chicago.
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1882        May 20, The St. Gotthard-railroad tunnel opened between Switzerland & Italy.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1883        May 20, Faisal ibn Husayn (d.1933), the 3rd son of the grand sherif of Mecca, was born in Mecca. He later became 1st king of Syria (1920) and Iraq (1921).
    (www.wordiq.com/definition/Faisal_I_of_Iraq)

1889        May 20, Felix Arndt, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1890        May 20, Beniamino Gigli, tenor (Enzo-La Gioconda), was born in Italy.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1892        May 20, George Sampson patented a clothes dryer.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1895        May 20, The 1st commercial movie performance was at 153 Broadway in NYC.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1896        May 20, Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann (76), composer, died.
    (BLW, 1963 p.191)

1899        May 20, John M. Harlan, the 91st Supreme Court justice (1955-71), was born in Chicago.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1902        May 20, The United States ended its three-year military presence in Cuba as the Republic of Cuba was established under its first elected president, Tomas Estrada Palma. Theodore Roosevelt had criticized the government’s sluggish withdrawal of disease-stricken US troops from Cuba.
    (HN, 5/20/98)(WSJ, 11/13/98, p.A1)(AP, 5/20/02)

1908        May 20, Jimmy Stewart, actor, was born in Indiana, Pa. He is best remembered for his roles in "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
    (WSJ, 5/20/97, p.A18)(HN, 5/20/99)(AP, 5/20/08)

1912        May 20, Joseph Proce, 3rd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer, was born.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1913        May 20, William Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Co., was born.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1915        May 20, Moshe Dayan, Israeli general, minister of Defense, was born.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1916        May 20, The Saturday Evening Post cover featured a Norman Rockwell painting.
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1916        May 20, Sir Ernest Shackleton with 2 men crew reached a whaling station on St. Georgia Island after their ship sank in the ice of Antarctica. Shackleton’s own account of the venture was titled: "South." In 1959 Alfred Lansing wrote “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage." A biography of Shackleton was written in 1985 by Roland Huntford.
    (WSJ, 4/2/98, p.B1)(SFEC, 1/24/99, BR p.6)
1916        May 20, A tornado hit Codell, Kansas. More hit on the same date in 1917 and 1918.
    (www.islandnet.com/~see/weather/almanac/arc2006/alm06may.htm)

1917        May 20, Turkish government authorized Jews to return to Tel Aviv and Jaffa.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1918        May 20, The 1st electrically propelled warship (New Mexico).
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1919        May 20, Volcano Keluit on Java erupted killing 550.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1926        May 20, Thomas Edison said Americans prefer silent movies over talkies.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1927        May 20, Charles Lindbergh (25) took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, N.Y., at 7:40 AM aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France. The Minnesota native had decided to compete for the $25,000 prize, offered in 1919 by a NY hotel owner to the first pilot to complete the feat. The Spirit of St. Louis, was capable of flying 4,000 miles on 425 gallons of fuel. His greatest problems on the 33-hour, 30-minute flight were staying awake and keeping ice from forming on the airplane’s wings.
    (AP, 5/20/97)(HN, 5/20/98)(HNPD, 5/21/00)(USAW, 5/19/02, p.26)
1927        May 20, Saudi Arabia became independent of Great Britain with the Treaty of Jedda.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1930        May 20, University of California dedicated $1,500 to research on the prevention and cure of athlete's foot.
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1930        May 20, The first airplane, piloted by Charles Nicholson, was catapulted from a dirigible.
    (HN, 5/20/98)(MC, 5/20/02)

1932        May 20, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Because of weather and equipment problems, Earhart set down in Northern Ireland after 13 ½ hours instead of her intended destination, France.
    (HFA, '96, p.30)(HN, 5/20/01)(AP, 5/20/07)(ON, 12/07, p.9)

1933        May 20, Danny Aiello, actor (Moonstruck, Do the Right Thing), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1939        May 20, Regular trans-Atlantic air mail service began as a Pan American Airways plane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, N.Y., bound for Marseilles, France.
    (AP, 5/20/97)(www.airliner.net/pan-am-clipper-flying-boat/transatlantic-airline-service/)

1940        May 20, Igor Sikorsky unveiled his helicopter invention.
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1940        May 20, Gen Guderian's British expeditionary army tanks reached The Channel.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1941        May 20, Germany invaded Crete by air.
    (HN, 5/20/98)

1942        May 20, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo" at Victor Studios in Hollywood.
    (AP, 5/20/02)
1942        May 20, US Navy 1st permitted black recruits to serve.
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1942        May 20, Japan completed the conquest of Burma.
    (HN, 5/20/98)

1943        May 20, French, British and US held a victory parade in Tunis, Tunisia.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1944        May 20, US Communist Party dissolved.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1948        May 20, Israel made the 1st use of its Air Force and claimed its 1st war victory with the defeat of the Syrian army.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1951        May 20, During the Korean War, U.S. Air Force Captain James Jabara, flying an F-28 Saberjet, became the first jet air ace in history.
    (HN, 5/20/99)

1954        May 20, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek became president of Nationalist China.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1955        May 20, Argentine parliament accepted the separation of church & state.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1956        May 20, The US dropped a thermonuclear bomb from a plane onto Bikini Atoll. [see May 21]
    (HN, 5/20/98)
1956        May 20, Max Beerbohm, caricaturist, writer (Yet Again), died.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1959        May 20, Ford won a battle with Chrysler to call its new car "Falcon."
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1959        May 20, Japanese-Americans regained their citizenship.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1961        May 20, A white mob attacked a busload of "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order.
    (AP, 5/20/97)(HN, 5/20/98)

1963        May 20, A fire in New Jersey burned out of control and killed 7 people. Nearly 1,000 were left homeless as the fire moved 9 miles in 6 hours on what was called Black Saturday.
    (SFC, 5/20/09, p.D8)
1963        May 20, Sukarno was appointed president of Indonesia.
    (MC, 5/20/02)
1963        May 20-23, In East Pakistan a cyclone killed about 22,000 along coast of the Bay of Bengal.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1967        May 20, A 2-day Spring Mobilization Conference opened in Washington D.C. The gathering of 700 antiwar activists was called to evaluate the antiwar demonstrations that had taken place on April 15, 1967 in New York City and San Francisco. The conference set another antiwar action for the fall of 1967 and created an administrative committee to plan it. That committee was the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (MOBE).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Mobilization_Committee_to_End_the_War_in_Vietnam)
1967        May 20, BBC disc jockey Kenny Everett gave the official preview of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the radio show Where It's At, broadcast on the BBC Light Program. He was unable to play the final track "A Day in the Life," which the BBC had banned a day earlier due to drug references.
    (www.beatlesbible.com/1967/05/20/the-bbc-bans-a-day-in-the-life/)

1968        May 20, The US Supreme Court (United States v. United Shoe Machinery Corp., 391 U.S. 244) ruled for the breakup of United Shoe Machinery Company in Mass.
    (http://supreme.justia.com/us/391/244/)(WSJ, 10/2/97, p.A16)

1969        May 20, In Connecticut Warren Kimbro (d.2009 at 74), a member of the Black Panthers, fatally shot Alex Rackley (19), another member of the Black Panthers, who was believed to be an FBI informant. The shooting was ordered by George Sams, a local Black Panther leader. Prosecutors later alleged that Bobby Seale had ordered the murder.
    (AP, 2/11/09)
1969        May 20, U.S. troops of the 101st Airborne Division and South Vietnamese forces captured Ap Bia Mountain, Hill 937, after nine days of fighting entrenched North Vietnamese forces. Ap Bia was referred to as Hamburger Hill by the Americans, following one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.
    (HN, 5/20/02)(AP, 5/20/08)

1970        May 20, Some 100,000 people demonstrated in New York's Wall Street district in support of U.S. policy in Vietnam and Cambodia.
    (AP, 5/20/97)(HN, 5/20/98)

1971        May 20, The US Congress cancelled the supersonic SST airplane program.
    (WSJ, 7/26/00, p.A26)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_2707)
1971        May 20, In Turkey the National Order Party was shut down by Constitutional Court for being anti-secular. Erbakan went to Switzerland in self-exile.
    (AP, 11/4/02)(http://tinyurl.com/5vabve)

1973        May 20, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" closed at St. James Theater in NYC after 613 performances.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Two_Gentlemen_of_Verona)
1973        May 20, In the 25th Emmy Awards the winners included The Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore.
    (www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Emmy_Awards/1973)

1974        May 20, Judge John Sirica ordered President Nixon to turn over tapes and records of 64 White House conversations regarding Watergate.
    (http://law.jrank.org/pages/13513/United-States-v-Nixon.html)
1974        May 20, Ian Fairweather (b.1891), Scotland-born Australian artist, died. He lived for much of his life as a recluse on Bribie Island, north of Brisbane. In Murray Bail authored “Fairweather," a biography with color reproductions. The book was expanded in 2009.
    (Econ, 4/18/09, p.91)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Fairweather)

1975        May 20, The European Economic Community adopted a trade agreement with Israel.
    (http://ec.europa.eu/comm/competition/international/3a15en.html)

1978        May 20, The Tokyo International Airport at Narita opened on a 2,632 acre site on Chiba Peninsula. The opening was 8 years after it was built due to opposition by local farmers and univ. students.
    (Hem, 8/95, p.53)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narita_International_Airport)

1979        May 20, Helen Smith (b.1956), a British nurse, died after reportedly fall from a balcony in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The bodies of Helen and Johannes Otten (35), a Dutch tugboat captain, were found in the street 70 feet below a sixth floor balcony. Helen was found lying in the road fully clothed and Johannes, whose underpants were around his thighs, was impaled upon the spiked railings surrounding the apartment block. Helen’s father, Ron Smith, did not allow her burial because he did not believe official Saudi and British reports that the death was an accident. He believed his daughter was murdered and that her body could provide forensic evidence to expose a cover up. In 2009 Smith and his ex-wife decided to cremate their daughter before they both died.
    (AP, 11/9/09)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Smith_%28nurse%29)

1980        May 20, In Canada a referendum of 59.5% of Quebec voters rejected separatism.
    (http://torontosun.com/Anniversary/25th/2006/07/24/1700461.html)
1980        May 20, A fire in nursing home in Kingston, Jamaica, killed some 153 old women.
    (http://www.jnht.com/disndat/eventide.php)

1984        May 20, "On Your Toes" closed at the Virginia Theater in NYC after 505 performances.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=4208)
1984        May 20, Peter Bull (72), British actor (Dr Doolittle), died of a heart attack.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0119988/)

1985        May 20, US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Mart%C3%AD)
1985        May 20, FBI arrested John A. Walker. US Navy Chief Petty Officer Walker began spying for the Soviet Union in 1968 for $1,000 per week. Walker’s ex-wife turned him into the FBI.
    (www.dss.mil/training/espionage/1985.htm)
1985        May 20, Israel exchanged 1,150 Palestinian prisoners for 3 Israeli soldiers. The exchange was later referred to as the Jibril deal after the leader of the PFLP-GC, Ahmad Jibril.
    (www.passia.org/palestine_facts/chronology/19631988.htm)(http://tinyurl.com/6qrln3)

1986        May 20, The Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration aired on CBS-TV.
    (www.topthat.net/webrock/specials/25thAnniversary.htm)
1986        May 20, In China a tornado picked up 12 children and deposited them on a sand dune 12 miles away unharmed.
    (SFEC, 7/6/97, Z1 p.6)

1987        May 20, Captain Glenn Brindel, commander of the US frigate Stark, broke his silence regarding the May 17 loss of 37 sailors in an Iraqi missile attack. Brindel said he was warned only seconds before missiles struck, and that he'd had no time to activate the ship's defense system.
    (AP, 5/20/97)

1988        May 20, 30-year-old Laurie Dann walked into a Winnetka, Ill., elementary school classroom, where she shot to death 8-year-old Nicholas Corwin and wounded several other children. After wounding a young man at his home, Dann took her own life.
    (AP, 5/20/98)

1989        May 20, Comedian Gilda Radner died in Los Angeles at age 42.
    (AP, 5/20/99)
1989        May 20, China declared martial law in Beijing. During the pro-democracy protests, Beijing officials ordered CBS and CNN to end their live on-scene reports.
    (AP, 5/20/99)

1990        May 20, In Massachusetts the body of Cheryl Kosilek (35) was found in her car at a North Attleborough shopping mall. Robert Kosilek (41) was convicted of her murder in 1993 and while in prison demanded that the state of Massachusetts provide him or her with a sex-change operation.
    (SFC, 11/24/09, p.A9)(www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-8176530.html)
1990        May 20, The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs.
    (AP, 5/20/00)
1990        May 20, An Israeli opened fire on a group of Palestinian laborers south of Tel Aviv, killing seven; the gunman was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 5/20/00)
1990        May 20, Romania's ruling National Salvation Front scored victories in the country's first free elections in more than 50 years.
    (AP, 5/20/00)

1991        May 20, The movie “Barton Fink" won the top prizes at the 44th annual Cannes Film Festival.
    (AP, 5/20/01)
1991        May 20, Lawmakers in the Soviet Union voted to liberalize foreign travel and emigration.
    (AP, 5/20/01)
1991        May 20, The American Red Cross announced measures aimed at screening blood more carefully for the AIDS virus.
    (AP, 5/20/97)

1992        May 20, Proclaiming his innocence to the end, Roger Keith Coleman was executed in Virginia's electric chair for the 1981 rape-murder of his sister-in-law, Wanda McCoy. In 2006 DNA evidence confirmed that Coleman was guilty.
    (AP, 5/20/97)(AP, 1/13/06)
1992        May 20, Thailand's much-revered monarch (King Bhumibol Adulyadej) called for an end to violent clashes between troops and pro-democracy protesters.
    (AP, 5/20/02)

1993        May 20, An estimated 93 million people tuned in for the 274th & final episode of "Cheers" on NBC-TV.
    (AP, 5/20/98)
1993        May 20, Max Klein (77), inventor of paint by numbers, died.
    (www.inthe90s.com/generated/obit1993.shtml)

1994        May 20, Tributes poured in following the death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. President Clinton said of the former first lady: "She captivated our nation and the world with her intelligence, her elegance and her grace."
    (AP, 5/20/99)

1995        May 20, Timber Country won the Preakness at Pimlico.
    (AP, 5/20/00)
1995        May 20, President Clinton announced that the two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House would be permanently closed to motor vehicles as a security measure.
    (AP, 5/20/00)
1995        May 20, CBS News fired co-anchor Connie Chung.
    (http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/tvbarn/message/148)

1996        May 20, The song Blue composed by Bill Mack in 1963 for Patsy Cline was finally recorded by 14-year-old LeAnn Rimes.
    (WSJ, 8/29/96, p.B1)
1996        May 20, The Supreme Court struck down, 6-3, a Colorado constitutional amendment banning laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination. In another decision, the court curtailed, 5-4, huge jury awards aimed at punishing or deterring misconduct.
    (WSJ, 5/21/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/20/97)
1996        May 20, The US paid North Korea $2 million to help recover the remains of US soldiers killed during the Korean War.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-11)
1996        May 20, John Pertwee (76), English actor (Dr Who), died.
    (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0675727/)
1996        May 20, Iraq and the UN reached an agreement for oil sales in exchange for use of the revenue in humanitarian aid.
    (WSJ, 5/21/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 20, Dr. Eyyad Sarraj, a Palestinian human rights advocate, was arrested after accusing the Palestinian Authority of dictatorial rule and torturing prisoners in the Gaza Strip.
    (SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-9)
1996        May 20, In Malaysia timber exports have reached $1.5 billion from the state of Sarawak in north-central Borneo Island. The lives of the local Penans and other forest peoples have been forever fractured. Half of Sarawak is zoned for logging, 8% is to be permanently protected, and 42% is to be stripped away for development.
    (SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-8)
1996        May 20, Public workers in many cities of Germany staged warning strikes against the governments proposed decrease in public spending.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 20, Giovanni Brusca (36), believed by many to be the leader of the Italian Mafia, was arrested in Sicily. He is charged with masterminding the murder of Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three bodyguards in 1992 and of leading teams that damaged the Uffizi museum in Florence with car bombs in 1993.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-11)(SFC, 8/24/96, p.A12)
1996        May 20, Two French soldiers were shot and wounded as they assisted French citizens to evacuate from Bangui in the Central African Republic. This was the second uprising by the army in two months with 7 people killed since fighting started.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-11)

1997        May 20, The Senate approved legislation to ban certain late-term abortions, but fell three votes shy of the total needed to override President Clinton's threatened veto.
    (AP, 5/20/98)
1997        May 20, Marine Corporal Clemente Banuelos shot and killed the goat herder Esequiel Hernandez on the Mexican border at El Paso while on border patrol. The marine claimed self-defense after Hernandez fired 2 shots from a .22-caliber rifle. A grand jury later declined to indict Banuelos.
    (SFC, 8/15/97, p.A8)
1997        May 20, In Venezuela it was reported that a plan was approved to allow the country’s 4,000 jaguars to be legally hunted. Proceeds of hunting licenses would be used to move remaining jaguars to protected areas.
    (SFC, 5/20/97, p.A14)

1998        May 20, Pres. Clinton vetoed a school voucher plan that would have provided tax funds for poor children in Washington D.C. to attend private or religious schools.
    (WSJ, 5/21/98, p.A1)
1998        May 20, The House voted overwhelmingly to block future satellite exports to China. [see May 10, 1999]
    (AP, 5/20/99)
1998        May 20, The government unveiled the design for the new $20 bill, featuring a larger and slightly off-center portrait of Andrew Jackson.
    (AP, 5/20/99)
1998        May 20, In another part of Operation Casablanca, a US federal indictment in LA charged 5 Venezuelans with laundering millions of dollars from drug cartels. Bankers Esperanza de Saad and Marco Tulio Henriquez were included.
    (SFC, 5/21/98, p.A5)
1998        May 20, In Wisconsin abortion clinics resumed first-trimester abortions after being assured that the new state law did not impact the first trimester operations.
    (SFC, 5/21/98, p.A6)
1998        May 20, In Streamwood Ill., Frank Capaci, a retired electrician, won the record $195 mil Powerball lottery of Wisconsin. He chose to take a $104.23 mil lump sum payment.
    (SFC, 5/22/98, p.A3)
1998        May 20, In Beverly Hills, Calif., Hollywood royalty bid farewell to Frank Sinatra, who had died almost a week earlier at age 82, in a private, invitation-only funeral.
    (AP, 5/20/99)
1998        May 20, In Argentina Alfredo Yabran, a businessman wanted in connection with a 1997 murder, committed suicide in Entre Rios province.
    (SFC, 5/21/98, p.A14)
1998        May 20, In Bangladesh a cyclone pounded the southeastern coast and killed at least 14 people. Nearly 100 fisherman were missing.
    (SFC, 5/22/98, p.D4)
1998        May 20, In Cambodia Prince Ranariddh quit as head of an opposition alliance against Hun Sen and chose to support Son Soubert.
    (WSJ, 5/21/98, p.A1)
1998        May 20, The EU approved a rescue package to save the French Credit Lyonnais banking group. In exchange the state bank would be privatized and assets would have to be sold.
    (SFC, 5/22/98, p.D4)
1998        May 20, In Kyrgyzstan a truck spilled 20 tons of cyanide and forced 600 people to seek medical treatment. 3,876 pounds of cyanide leached out of the truck but did not seem to hurt any local residents. Some fish died in the river and the water flowed into the 113-mile-long Lake Ysyk Kol. The Cameco Corp. of Canada ran the Kumtor gold mine and contributed some 15% of the country’s GNP.
    (WSJ, 5/28/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/18/98, p.A18)
1998        May 20, In Trinidad Ishmael Sammy, a 22-year-old mechanic, was dragged out of his home by masked men and shot. In 2010 the director of public prosecutions said the state did not have the evidence to proceed with a murder charge against Yasin Abu Bakr and Brent Miller, members of the Jamaat al Muslimeen group, in the slaying of Sammy. Bakr, a former police officer who converted to Islam in the 1970s, has been charged with various crimes over the years but never convicted.
    (www.ttgapers.com/News/2010/9/30/abu-bakr-arrested-for-murder-again/)(AP, 10/21/10)

1999        May 20, Robbie Knievel (37) jumped a 200-foot-wide chasm over the Grand Canyon with his motorcycle. His old world record was 223 feet.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A3)
1999        May 20, The US Senate passed a bill imposing new gun control measures that included background checks on all firearm transactions at gun shows and pawn shops.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A1)
1999        May 20, The US Justice Dept. settled charges against Roche Holding AG and BASF AG, two of the largest vitamin makers, for price fixing. Roche agreed to pay $500 million with a guilty plea, and BASF agreed to pay $225 million with a guilty plea.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A3)
1999        May 20, The US FDA approved the painkiller Vioxx made by Merck. The clinical trial of Vioxx® included more than 5000 patients and approved for diminishing pain in patients with acute and chronic osteoarthritis, adult pain relief and primary dysmenorrheal.
    (www.weitzlux.com/vioxxrecallhistory_94.html)
1999        May 20, In Conyers, Ga., a 15-year-old boy shot and wounded 6 fellow students at Heritage High School.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A1)
1999        May 20, NATO bombs struck a hospital in Belgrade and its suburbs leaving a hospital in smoldering ruins, three patients dead and the nearby homes of three European ambassadors damaged.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A12)(AP, 5/20/00)
1999        May 20, In Canada the Supreme Court struck down a heterosexual definition of "spouse" as unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A12)
1999        May 20, In Italy Massimo D'Antona, a univ. professor of labor law and the architect of labor reforms, was shot to death as he walked to work in Rome. The Red Brigade claimed responsibility in a 28-page manifesto left in a trash bin. In 2005 Nadia Desdemona Lioce, Marco Mezzasalma and Roberto Morandi were convicted and sentenced to life terms. Paolo Broccatelli received a nine-year term.
    (SFC, 5/22/99, p.A13)(AP, 7/9/05)
1999        May 20, Off the western coast of Malaysia over 1,100 people escaped from the Bahamian-registered Sun Vista cruise ship, which caught fire and sank. The 547-cabin ship under Captain Sven Hartzell was in the Strait of Malacca when the fire began.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.D2)(SFC, 5/24/99, p.A12)
1999        May 20, In Pakistan a cyclone struck the Arabian Sea coast and left an estimated 700 people missing, many of whom were presumed dead. Residents said that as many as 3,500 people were missing. Some 92 bodies of Indians were recovered from the cyclone that hit the Pakistani coast by May 27. The number of bodies of Indian fisherman found reached 278 on Jun 2.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A13)(SFC, 5/22/99, p.A16)(SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)
1999        May 20, In Turkey Semdik Sakik, a Kurdish guerrilla commander was sentenced to death along with his brother Arif Sakik.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.D2)
1999        May 20, The Yugoslav army took control of the borders of Montenegro to prevent men escaping into Bosnia and to halt the flow of recruits and weapons to the KLA.
    (WSJ, 5/21/99, p.A9)

2000        May 20, “Red Bullet" won the Preakness Stakes, outpacing Kentucky Derby winner “Fusaichi Pegasus."
    (AP, 5/20/01)
2000        May 20, In North Carolina a bridge collapsed at the Winston NASCAR stock car race in Concord. 107 people were treated and 53 were hospitalized.
    (SFC, 5/22/00, p.A2)
2000        May 20, Jean-Pierre Rampal, classical flutist, died in Paris at age 78.
    (SFEC, 5/21/00, p.B11)
2000        May 20, Israeli warplanes attacked Palestinian targets in Lebanon and destroyed 10 tanks. Israeli soldiers clashed with Palestinian demonstrators for the 9th day in Palestinian territories within Israel.
    (SFEC, 5/21/00, p.A10)
2000        May 20, In Taiwan Lee Teng-hui (b.1923 ended his 12-year presidency.
    (Econ, 7/9/11, p.42)
2000        May 20, The 5 nuclear powers of the UN Security Council agreed to eliminate their nuclear arsenals over time as part of a new disarmament agenda approved by 187 countries.
    (SFEC, 5/21/00, p.A8)

2001        May 20, President Bush, in an address to graduating Notre Dame students, urged a new generation of American voters to "revive the spirit of citizenship" and carry on the work of two Democratic presidents: Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty and welfare reforms under Bill Clinton.
    (AP, 5/20/02)
2001        May 20, In China 20 miners were feared dead in a gypsum mine in the Guangxi region and another 38-39 were trapped in a coal mine in Sichuan. The miners in Sichuan were working a prison-run mine.
    (SFC, 5/21/01, p.A10)(SFC, 5/22/01, p.A11)
2001        May 20, In China 14 people were executed in 2 cities for robbery and murder.
    (SFC, 5/21/01, p.A10)
2001        May 20, The Italian film "The Son's Room" won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
    (AP, 5/20/02)
2001        May 20, In Iran a power failure by Tavanir, the state-owned utility, left almost the whole country without electricity for several hours.
    (SFC, 5/21/01, p.A10)
2001        May 20, In Iran a woman was stoned to death after her conviction for acting in pornographic films was upheld by the Supreme Court.
    (SFC, 5/22/01, p.A11)
2001        May 20, In Macedonia government troops shelled ethnic Albanian positions in response to machine gun and sniper fire.
    (SFC, 5/22/01, p.A11)
2001        May 20, In Mongolia the 3rd presidential elections were scheduled. Pres. Bagabandi was re-elected with 58% of the vote.
    (SFC, 5/17/01, p.C4)(SFC, 5/22/01, p.A11)

2002        May 20, Pres. Bush marked Cuban Independence Day with a speech that offered Cuba greater economic and political ties in exchange for free and transparent elections and an open economy.
    (WSJ, 5/20/02, p.A3)(SFC, 5/21/02, p.A3)
2002        May 20, FBI Chief Mueller said the US may soon be confronted with human bombs like those in the Mideast.
    (WSJ, 5/21/02, p.A1)
2002        May 20, Steven Jay Gould (60), polymath, paleontologist and writer, died of cancer in NYC. He and Niles Eldredge were proponents of the theory of punctuated evolution, an update on Darwin's theory of evolution. His books included “The Mismeasure of Man" (1988). His book “The Hedgehog, the Fox and the Magister's Pox: Mending the Gap Between Science and the Humanities" was published posthumously in 2003.
    (SFC, 5/21/02, p.A6)(SSFC, 4/13/03, p.M1)
2002        May 20, Veteran Los Angeles TV newscaster Jerry Dunphy died at age 80.
    (AP, 5/20/03)
2002        May 20, East Timor, with a population at about 800,000, celebrated independence. A legal battle loomed with Australia over the disputed Greater Sunrise natural gas field in the Timor Sea. The filed lay 95 miles south of East Timor and 250 miles north of Australia.
    (SFC, 5/20/02, p.A6)(WSJ, 5/20/02, p.A19)(WSJ, 6/10/04, p.A1)
2002        May 20, East Timor was renamed Timor-Leste upon independence.
    (www.mindef.gov.sg/armynews/display0.asp?articleId=57)
2002        May 20, In Israel a Palestinian suicide bomber killed himself and Israeli troops in Tulkarem arrested a women who planned a suicide attack. It was also reported that a Palestinian plan to bomb the twin 50-story towers in Tel Aviv had been thwarted 3 weeks earlier. PM Sharon fired 4 Cabinet members of Shas who helped defeat his emergency economic plan.
    (SFC, 5/21/02, p.A1)
2002        May 20, In Japan the Int'l. Whaling Commission rejected Iceland's bid for full membership for a 2nd year in a row.
    (SFC, 5/21/02, p.A16)
2002        May 20, In Lebanon a car bomb killed Jihad Jibril (38), head of local military operations for the PFLP-GC. He was the son of Palestinian guerrilla leader Ahmed Jibril who headed the Syrian-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, founded in 1968. In 2008 a retired Lebanese police officer and a Palestinian were indicted for allegedly working with Israeli intelligence to assassinate Jibril.
    (SFC, 5/21/02, p.A16)(AP, 6/18/08)
2002        May 20, Liberia rejected a cease-fire appeal by neighboring West African nations and ordered its forces to look for a missing British priest and 60-blind Liberian civilians last seen May 13.
    (SFC, 5/21/02, p.A16)
2002        May 20, Palestine called for int'l. monitors for the Kashmir border. 2 Indian soldiers were killed in fighting.
    (SFC, 5/21/02, p.A9)

2003        May 20, The TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" had its finale. Set in the fictional California town of Sunnydale, "Buffy" depicted high school as a literal Hell. The TV series began in 1997 based on a 1992 movie.
    (AP, 5/20/03)
2003        May 20, The Bush administration raised the terrorism alert level to orange on and called for increased security nationwide.
    (AP, 5/20/03)
2003        May 20, The United States banned all beef imports from Canada after a lone case of mad cow disease was discovered in the heart of Canada's cattle country.
    (AP, 5/20/04)
2003        May 20, Afghan governors signed an agreement with President Hamid Karzai to pay vital customs revenues to the central government. Karzai had threatened to resign due to lack of revenue payments.
    (AP, 5/20/03)(WSJ, 5/20/03, p.A1)
2003        May 20, Canadian agriculture officials said that it took 15 weeks -- from Jan. 31 to May 16 -- before a battery of tests ordered on a sickly, underweight cow that had been deemed unfit for human consumption proved it had mad cow disease. In 2004 investigators identified 68 British cattle as the probable source of Canada's mad cow cases.
    (AP, 5/20/03)(WSJ, 3/22/04, p.A1)
2003        May 20, In northern China a powerful gas explosion at the Yongtai mine, an unlicensed coal mine, killed 25 miners. On May 23 flooding in a coal mine in central China trapped 15 miners,
    (AP, 5/26/03)
2003        May 20, Indonesian troops killed or captured dozens of insurgents in its northwestern province of Aceh, the 2nd day of a major offensive aimed at destroying a separatist rebellion.
    (AP, 5/20/03)
2003        May 20, Malaysia launched its government sponsored BioValley complex at a cost of $150 million. In 2005 the journal Nature reported it as a failed project.
    (Econ, 10/31/09, p.78)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BioValley_%28Malaysia%29)
2003        May 20, The first of more than 12,000 Somali Bantus awaiting resettlement set out for the US, leaving at long last the refugee camps where most have lived for a decade.
    (AP, 5/20/03)

2004        May 20, President Bush made a rare visit to Capitol Hill, where he sought to ease Republican lawmakers' concerns over the Iraq campaign.
    (AP, 5/20/05)
2004        May 20, Detroit Zoo officials said they will stop exhibiting elephants on ethical grounds because elephants can develop arthritis and stress-related ailments in captivity.
    (Reuters, 5/20/04)
2004        May 20, In Afghanistan 3 suspected militants were killed and 23 people detained after 4 U.S. soldiers were shot and wounded during raids against militia forces in Tani district. Residents claimed a case of mistaken identities.
    (AP, 5/21/04)
2004        May 20, In Colombia 3 bombs exploded in 2 parts of Medellin, killing at least four people and wounding 15. A wave of attacks marked the 40th anniversary of FARC.
    (AP, 5/21/04)(AP, 5/22/04)
2004        May 20, Iraqi police backed by American soldiers raided the home and offices of Ahmad Chalabi, a prominent Iraqi politician.
    (AP, 5/20/04)
2004        May 20, Taketo Hatakeyama (41), a member of Japan’s Sumiyoshi Kai crime group, killed himself as police stormed his apartment building in Utsunomiya. This followed a 2-day standoff. A woman was found dead inside.
    (AP, 5/20/04)
2004        May 20, Voters in Malawi, one of the world's poorest nations, flocked to the polls for their third multiparty elections in a decade. Bingu wa Mutharika, Pres. Muluzi’s handpicked successor, was declared the winner. The ruling party lost its parliamentary majority.
    (AP, 5/20/04)(SFC, 5/24/04, p.A3)
2004        May 20, Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti, widely seen as a potential successor to Yasser Arafat, was convicted of ordering shootings that killed four Israelis and a Greek monk and supplying funds and arms for other attacks. Israeli troops pressed their offensive in a Gaza Strip refugee camp for a third day, killing 8 Palestinians, most of them armed, and demolishing several buildings. In the West Bank, 3 Palestinians were killed by army fire.
    (AP, 5/20/04)
2004        May 20, Four suspected Saudi militants and a policeman were killed in a shootout the Saudi city of Buraida.
    (Reuters, 5/21/04)
2004        May 20, In Uganda rebels raided the northern village of Gulu, hacking and burning to death at least 25 people, including eight children.
    (AP, 5/22/04)

2005        May 20, The US military condemned the publication of photographs showing an imprisoned Saddam Hussein naked except for his white underwear, and ordered an investigation of how the pictures were leaked to a British tabloid.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2005        May 20, A federal judge in SF tossed out half of the convictions against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko in a multi-count money-laundering and fraud verdict, but refused to grant a new trial.
    (AP, 5/21/05)
2005        May 20, Illinois lawmakers voted to have the state sell off about $1 billion worth of investments in companies doing business with Sudan, part of a nationwide campaign to protest genocide in the African nation.
    (AP, 5/20/05)
2005        May 20, US Airways and America West merged in a $1.5 billion deal.
    (SFC, 5/20/05, p.C1)
2005        May 20-2005 May 23, In Arizona 12 illegal immigrants were reported dead while crossing the border under triple digit heat.
    (SFC, 5/23/05, p.A3)
2005        May 20, Australia stepped up diplomatic efforts to stop Japan from increasing its whale hunt, saying up to 35 countries were opposed to the plan.
    (Reuters, 5/20/05)
2005        May 20, Officials said 3 ferry accidents in Bangladesh in the past week left at least 133 people dead as hope faded for 187 people still missing.
    (AP, 5/20/05)
2005        May 20, British scientists reported the discovery of a new species of monkey in Tanzania, the Lophocebus kipunji.
    (SFC, 5/21/05, p.A1)
2005        May 20, A bus crash north of Edmonton killed 6 people. RCMP later charged truck driver Inderjit Singh Virk (32), of Brampton, Ontario, with dangerous driving.
    (CP, 11/28/05)
2005        May 20, Young Chilean soldiers who made it out of a blizzard alive said they had to leave behind comrades who collapsed from exhaustion and cold. The soldiers were on a training march in the Andes Mountains May 18, when hit by the worst snowstorm in the area in decades. As many as 41 soldiers, 40 draftees and one officer, were believed to have died.
    (AP, 5/21/05)
2005        May 20, Chinese state media reported China is to lift a decades-old ban on mainland tourists visiting political rival Taiwan. Ultimately, however, it was up to the Taiwan government to decide whether the floodgates should be opened.
    (Reuters, 5/20/05)
2005        May 20, In northern China 20 people died in mine explosions in two neighboring mines in Shanxi province.
    (AP, 5/22/05)
2005        May 20, Ashraf Saeed Youssef (27), ringleader of 3 recent attacks that targeted Western tourists in Egypt, died in the Cairo hospital he'd been transferred to a week ago for treatment after hitting his head several times against the wall of his prison cell.
    (AP, 5/21/05)
2005        May 20, Hurricane Adrian slammed into El Salvador, unleashing torrential rains in an area prone to devastating floods and forcing some 14,000 people to seek higher ground.
    (AP, 5/20/05)
2005        May 20, The EU and NATO called for an int’l. investigation into the May 13 suppression of protestors at Andijan, Uzbekistan.
    (WSJ, 9/2/05, p.A13)
2005        May 20, The Finnish paper industry, which accounts for 15% of world production, remained at a standstill after labor talks between unions and employers ended without resolution.
    (AP, 5/20/05)
2005        May 20, Paul Ricoeur (92), a French philosopher whose broad interests included biblical interpretation and the study of human perception, died.
    (AP, 5/21/05)
2005        May 20, In Guatemala an angry mob in the remote settlement of Cruz Chich set fire to 6 people accused of forming a band of robbers, killing 4 as authorities tried to stop the violence.
    (AP, 5/23/05)
2005        May 20, Thousands of Shiites, many waving Islam's holy book over their heads, protested the US presence in Iraq. Sunnis shut down places of worship elsewhere in a show of anger over alleged sectarian violence against the minority.
    (AP, 5/20/05)
2005        May 20, Palestinian militants fired six anti-tank missiles and a mortar round and opened up with light arms at a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 5/20/05)
2005        May 20, A bomb exploded in an apartment building in southern Russia's Dagestan region, killing the area's minister for ethnic relations and his bodyguard.
    (AP, 5/21/05)
2005        May 20, Syrian Ambassador Imad Moustapha said Syria has cut off military and intelligence cooperation with the US over the last 10 days amid strains in relations between the two countries over the insurgency in Iraq.
    (AP, 5/24/05)

2006        May 20, Federal agents searched the Capitol Hill office of Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana as part of a bribery investigation.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2006        May 20, In Maryland Barbaro, winner of the Kentucky Derby, fractured an ankle at the start of the Preakness; Bernardini won the race. Barbaro was euthanized Jan 29, 2007, due to medical complications.
    (SSFC, 5/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 1/29/07)
2006        May 20, New Orleans Voters re-elected Mayor Ray Nagin, whose blunt style endeared him to some but outraged others after Hurricane Katrina, giving him four more years to oversee one of the largest rebuilding projects in U.S. history.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 20, Barry Bonds tied Babe Ruth for second place on the career list with his 714th home run.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2006        May 20, An explosion in the Darby Mine No. 1 coal mine in Harlan County, eastern Kentucky, killed five miners while one other miner was able to get out alive.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, In southern Afghanistan one French and 16 Afghan soldiers were killed and about 40 other troops were wounded in two firefights as rebels ambushed two Afghan army convoys and US forces. At least 9 Taliban militants were killed in the battle in Sangin district. 2 French special forces troops were killed in neighboring Kandahar province.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 20, Australian Aborigines rejected calls for military peacekeepers to protect indigenous women and children from violence, as a new report revealed high levels of sexual abuse of young indigenous males.
    (AFP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, In Brazil Sao Paulo's government refused to release the names of 109 people killed by police during a week of gangland violence, despite increased pressure from activists who said public confidence in law enforcement had been shaken.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 20, China held a ceremonial pouring of a final slab of cement for its Three Gorges Dam in Hubei province. The 600-foot dam cost at least $22 billion.
    (SFC, 5/18/06, p.A10)(WSJ, 8/29/07, p.A12)
2006        May 20, President Hosni Mubarak opened the World Economic Forum in a booming Red Sea resort with a surprisingly tough speech that signaled deepening strains in the once-ironclad links with Egypt's American allies and benefactors. PM Ahmed Nazif said the Egyptian government is not in a hurry to change the country's political system.
    (Reuters, 5/20/06)(AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, Lordi, a Finnish metal band with monster masks and apocalyptic lyrics, won the Eurovision contest in Greece.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 20, India announced a one billion dollar package to revive its tea industry blighted by plummeting prices and a downturn in exports.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, Iraq's parliament approved a national unity government, achieving a goal Washington hopes will reduce violence so U.S. forces can eventually go home. But as the legislators met, a series of attacks killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, Irish police removed Afghan hunger-strikers from a Dublin cathedral, where some 40 protesters gathered on May 15 demanding asylum and warning they would kill themselves if officers came near.
    (AP, 5/21/06)
2006        May 20, Chanchu, the most powerful storm to strike the South China Sea this early in the typhoon season, killed nearly 90 people in Asia over the past week. It was now weakened to a tropical storm and hovering off southern Japan. 198 Vietnamese fishermen remained missing.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, Lithuanian police arrested Vidmantas Sungaila (41) for driving his truck down the center of a two-lane highway 60 miles from Vilnius. Sungaila (41) registered 7.27 grams per liter of alcohol in his blood repeatedly on different devices. Medical experts say anything above 3.5 grams per liter of alcohol in the blood is lethal for most people. Lithuania has one of the worst road safety records in the EU. Last year 760 people died in traffic accidents in this country of 3.5 million residents. Most were alcohol-related.
    (AP, 5/23/06)
2006        May 20, A bomb blast seriously wounded Tareq Abu Rajab, the Palestinian intelligence chief, at his headquarters in what security officials called an assassination attempt against a key ally of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. One bodyguard was killed.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, In Gaza City an Israeli missile killed Mohammed Dadouh, the top military commander of the militant group Islamic Jihad. A 2nd missile killed civilians: 3 generations of the Amen family, a grandmother, mother and son were killed, and a 4-year-old daughter and uncle were paralyzed. The Israeli Defense Ministry later decided to pay the Amen family’s medical expenses as "special humanitarian treatment."
    (AP, 6/8/06)
2006        May 20, South Korean media reported that 4 North Koreans had overpowered a security guard and scaled the wall of a US consulate in China in hopes of gaining asylum from their impoverished, communist country.
    (AP, 5/20/06)
2006        May 20, A man wielding a box cutter attacked Park Geun-hye (54), the leader of South Korea's main opposition party, slashing her face during a campaign rally. Park's mother, Yook Young-soo, was fatally shot in 1974. Five years later, Park's father was assassinated by the then-chief of the state intelligence agency.
    (AP, 5/21/06)

2007        May 20, President Bush welcomed NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer to his Crawford, Texas, ranch, to review strategy on a flurry of issues.
    (AP, 5/20/08)
2007        May 20, It was reported that the US continued to pay Pakistan some $1 billion a year in reimbursements for military counterterrorism efforts along the Afghan border. Over the last 5 years Pakistan has received $5.6 billion. Payments averaged $80 million a month.
    (SSFC, 5/20/07, p.A6)
2007        May 20, In Idaho law enforcement officers stormed a church in Moscow where Jason Hamilton (36) went after wounding three in a courthouse ambush where he faced mental evaluation. Hamilton killed his wife at home and sexton Paul Bauer at the church before taking his own life. An officer who was shot responding to a gunman spraying bullets at a courthouse died of his injuries.
    (AP, 5/20/07)(SFC, 5/21/07, p.A5)(SFC, 5/22/07, p.A3)
2007        May 20, San Francisco’s 96th annual Bay to Breakers race drew some 60,000 runners. Joe Spinale (53) died of a heart attack after crossing the finish line.
    (SFC, 5/21/07, p.B1)(SFC, 5/22/07, p.B2)
2007        May 20, Alltel Corp., the fifth-biggest US wireless company and owner of the nation's largest geographic network, announced that it had signed an agreement to be acquired by TPG Capital, formerly Texas Pacific Group, and GS Capital Partners, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs in a deal worth $27.5 billion.
    (AP, 5/21/07)
2007        May 20, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber on foot detonated himself in a crowded market just after a US convoy drove by, killing at least 14 people and wounding 31. Suspected insurgents ambushed a US-led coalition and Afghan patrol, sparking a battle and airstrikes that killed 25 suspected insurgents in Helmand province. A suicide bomber walked into a crowded market in the eastern city of Gardez and blew himself up, killing 14 people and wounding 31. In eastern Nangarhar province, a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle in the district of Dara-I-Nur, killing two policemen and wounding seven others. A British soldier died of wounds from an accident at a British military base in Sangin.
    (AP, 5/20/07)(AP, 5/21/07)
2007        May 20, Confessed Australian al-Qaida supporter David Hicks was transferred to a maximum security prison in his hometown after spending more than five years at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, Fiona Dawson, managing director of the Mars snack food business in Britain, apologized for a widely mocked decision to use animal products in chocolate bars and said in future its candy would be suitable for vegetarians.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, An exit poll showed that Bulgaria's ruling Socialist party won the country's first elections for the European Parliament with 23.9% of votes, despite voter frustration with rampant corruption and poverty.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, China’s state press said that pollution and the excessive use of chemicals in foodstuffs are sending national cancer rates soaring. 20 Chinese women were killed and 4 injured when a 3-wheeled tractor overturned on a mountain road in northern Liaoning province.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, Jose Ramos-Horta was sworn in as East Timor's president as violence erupted in the capital between rival groups, leaving one person dead.
    (AFP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, Guram Sharadze (67), the leader of a Georgian opposition movement, was gunned down on a street in a central part of the capital, Tbilisi.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, In Germany engineering concern Siemens said Peter Loescher, from US pharmaceutical giant Merck, will take over as chief executive from July 1.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, Hungary’s PM Ferenc Gyurcsany said that the justice minister resigned and the national and Budapest police chiefs were dismissed in an effort to restore public confidence in the force after cases accusing officers of rape, corruption and theft.
    (AP, 5/21/07)(Econ, 6/2/07, p.51)
2007        May 20, A suicide bomber exploded a tanker truck near an Iraqi police checkpoint outside a market west of Baghdad, killing at least two officers and injuring nine people. A bomb planted under a parked car exploded in the central Baghdad neighborhood of Bab al-Sharji, near the Zahraa Shiite mosque. The blast killed two civilians, wounded 10. A mortar shell landed in a commercial area in central Baghdad, killing one person and wounding three.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres said his government would offer a counterproposal to an Arab peace initiative to resolve the conflict with Palestinians. Israeli warplanes fired missiles into a car carrying Hamas militants and a load of weapons, killing 3 people, and also demolished arms factories of 2 Palestinian militant groups.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, In Kenya 6 men were beheaded over the weekend in villages on the outskirts of Nairobi. This came weeks after members of the Mungiki sect fought with the police over control of minibus terminals, where they have been extorting money from drivers. 7 people were soon arrested in connection with the beheadings.
    (AP, 5/23/07)
2007        May 20, Kuwait broke ranks with the US dollar and decided to track a basket of currencies. It was estimated that the dollar still accounted for 70% of the basket.
    (Econ, 11/24/07, p.75)(http://tinyurl.com/2wojz3)
2007        May 20, Lebanese tanks pounded a militant group's headquarters in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli after the northern city's worst clashes in two decades killed 13 soldiers and 17 militants. The raid that triggered the clashes was part of a police search for suspects in a bank robbery a day earlier in Amyoun, a town southeast of Tripoli. Gunmen of the radical jihadist faction known as Fatah al-Islam made off with $125,000 in cash in the robbery. The siege lasted 106 days leaving 47 civilians, 167 Lebanese soldiers and some 287 guerrillas dead.
    (AP, 5/20/07)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.47)(Econ, 5/10/08, p.57)
2007        May 20, Police in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara arrested three leading human rights campaigners following weeks of crackdowns against students and activists in the territory.
    (AP, 5/21/07)
2007        May 20, Officials said Nigeria's largest state has sued US drug firm Pfizer for allegedly using 200 children as "guinea pigs" for a drug test in 1996 that led to multiple deaths and deformities. In 2010 a leaked WikiLeaks cable said Pfizer hired investigators to unearth evidence of corruption against Nigeria’s former attorney general Michael Aondoakaa to persuade him to drop legal action over the company’s experimental antibiotic, Trovan.
    (AFP, 5/20/07)(SSFC, 12/12/10, p.A4)
2007        May 20, In Pakistan hardline clerics said that they had released two policemen held hostage at an Islamabad mosque, after a deal was struck with authorities to free 4 extremists.
    (AFP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Moscow’s main broadcast facility to protest what they called lies and censorship on TV stations that are either controlled by the state or under its influence.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, A bomb detonated in Mogadishu near the mayor's vehicle convoy, leaving at least two civilians dead. His bodyguards shot and killed a suspected insurgent who had been in a tree near the explosion.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, Sri Lanka's government claimed to have killed more than 500 rebels in the past four months and lost 44 of its own soldiers in fierce fighting that has completely shattered the island nation's peace process.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents shot and killed two Buddhist civilians and wounded a third, while a bomb wounded 11 people, including five policemen.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, Thousands of flag-waving Turks demonstrated in the Black Sea port city of Samsun against the Islamic-rooted government, which they fear is undermining Turkey's secular system.
    (AP, 5/20/07)
2007        May 20, Vietnam elected a new National Assembly. Vietnam's communist party won more than 91% of seats in elections for the new national assembly, which will consist of 493 members.
    (Econ, 5/19/07, p.45)(AP, 5/29/07)

2008        May 20, Sen. Barack Obama won the Oregon primary 58% to 42% for Hillary Clinton. In Kentucky Clinton won 65% to 30% for Obama. Obama’s delegate count rose to 1,956 with 1,776 for Clinton. 2,026 delegates were needed to win the Democratic nomination.
    (SFC, 5/21/08, p.A1)
2008        May 20, Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy (76) was diagnosed with a malignant bran tumor.
    (WSJ, 5/21/08, p.A1)
2008        May 20, Merck & Co. announced that it had agreed to pay $58 million as part of a multi-state settlement of allegations that its ads played down the health risks for the painkiller Vioxx.
    (SFC, 5/21/08, p.C3)
2008        May 20, Scientists delivered a warning about nanotechnology after tests on lab rodents found that microscopic, needle-like fibers that are already in commercial use led to lesions similar to those caused by asbestos.
    (AFP, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, Hamilton Jordan (b.1944), former strategist and chief of staff for Pres. Jimmy Carter, died in Atlanta, Georgia.
    (SFC, 5/21/08, p.A5)
2008        May 20, In Afghanistan airstrikes and a 3-hour gun battle in Zabul province killed an Afghan army soldier and 14 insurgents. 6 of the dead insurgents appeared to be Arabs.
    (AP, 5/21/08)(WSJ, 5/22/08, p.A9)
2008        May 20, Painted and feathered Indians waving machetes and clubs slashed Eletrobras engineer Paulo Fernando Rezende, an official of Brazil's national electric company during a protest over a proposed hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River. Environmentalists warned it could destroy the traditional fishing grounds of Indians living nearby and displace as many as 15,000 people. The government said the proposed US$6.7 billion (euro4.3 billion) dam would supply Brazil with an estimated 11,000 megawatts of power and is essential to meet growing energy demand.
    (AP, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, British PM Gordon Brown urged rich countries to end agricultural subsidies, and said he will press for a global trade agreement to help the world's poorest farmers escape poverty.
    (AP, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, The Dalai Lama began an 11-day visit to Britain, including talks with PM Gordon Brown who faces a delicate balancing act between supporting Tibetan rights while not offending China.
    (AP, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, Howard Dill (b.1934)), Canadian pumpkin grower, died in Nova Scotia. In 1979 he grew a 438-pound pumpkin, the largest in the world and proceeded to win the pumpkin growers world championship 4 years in a row using his new seed variety, Dill’s Atlantic Giant.
    (WSJ, 6/7/08, p.A12)
2008        May 20, In China the confirmed death toll rose to more than 40,000 as authorities struggled to find shelter for many of the 5 million people whose homes were destroyed in last week's earthquake.
    (AP, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, In Ethiopia 3 people were killed and four wounded when a bomb exploded near the foreign ministry in central Addis Ababa.
    (AFP, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, The UN children's agency warned that a severe drought in Ethiopia threatens up to six million children.
    (AP, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, The European Parliament censured Italy for its treatment of Gypsies.
    (Econ, 5/24/08, p.71)
2008        May 20, Xavier Lopez Pena (49), the suspected leader of the Basque separatist group ETA, was detained along with three other suspected ETA members in a sweep on an apartment in the French city of Bordeaux just before midnight.
    (AP, 5/21/08)
2008        May 20, Guinea’s Pres. Conte unexpectedly fired PM Kouyate. Junior troops disgruntled over back pay and demanding that Guinea's top generals resign began firing into the air at several military bases on the outskirts of the capital, Conakry. They took the army's second-in-command hostage.
    (AP, 9/29/09)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansana_Kouyat%C3%A9)
2008        May 20, Whale hunting season began in Iceland as the country's first whaling ship of the year set sail in defiance of a worldwide moratorium on the practice.
    (AP, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, West Bengal, India, completed 2 weeks of local elections, which left 37 people killed in fighting by rival parties.
    (Econ, 5/24/08, p.59)
2008        May 20, Thousands of Iraqi troops moved unchallenged into Baghdad's Sadr City to seize the Shiite militia stronghold. Four anti-al-Qaida fighters were killed by gunmen in an ambush near Duluiyah, north of Baghdad. A boy (7) was killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the house of the head of the so-called awakening council in Mandali, east of the capital. Shells slammed into the center of Balad Ruz, 45 miles northeast of Baghdad, killing three civilians and wounding nine others.
    (AP, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, Israeli aircraft launched at least three strikes on Palestinians, killing a boy (13), a Hamas fighter and an unidentified man. The first raid aircraft fired on the northeastern Gaza Strip at a group of Palestinians launching rockets. The 2nd aircraft fired at Palestinians who were planting explosives along the fence in central Gaza.
    (AP, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, In Mexico’s Durango state two rival groups opened fire at each other with pistols and assault rifles on a highway, killing eight people. Officials said the Mexican military took over the police department of Villa Ahumada this week because all 20 officers on the force have either been killed, run out of town or quit. The body of Victor Enrique Payan, 2nd in command of police in Morelos, was found with a second, unidentified Morelos state police officer in the trunk of a car south of Mexico City.
    (AP, 5/20/08)(AP, 5/22/08)
2008        May 20, The UN's top humanitarian official made fresh pleas to Myanmar's military government to allow in more foreign aid for cyclone survivors, as the country began three days of mourning for the 134,000 dead and missing.
    (AP, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, In Russia Pres. Medvedev convened top officials and lawyers to set up a task force aimed at cleaning up the weak and often corrupt court system.
    (WSJ, 5/21/08, p.A13)
2008        May 20, The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said a wave of violence against foreigners in South Africa has forced 13,000 people to flee their homes and seek shelter in churches and other social centers. Violence against foreigners had killed at least 24 people and unnerved investors.
    (AFP, 5/20/08)(Reuters, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, In Sri Lanka ground battles in the Welioya, Vavuniya and Mannar areas bordering the rebels' de facto state in the north killed 25 rebels. Tamil leader Balasegaram Kandiah (43), known by his nom de guerre, Brig. Balraj, died of a heart attack. He reportedly led a number of battles against government forces.
    (AP, 5/21/08)
2008        May 20, In Sudan deadly fighting raged between rival forces in Abyei, a flashpoint oil district between north and south whose status remains contested three years after the end of civil war. 22 government troops died in fighting that threatened the peace process.
    (AP, 5/20/08)(AFP, 5/21/08)
2008        May 20, Taiwanese prosecutors launched a corruption probe against outgoing President Chen Shui-bian, hours after he completed eight combative years in office. Ma Ying-jeou (57) took office and exhorted Beijing to build a better future for people on both sides of the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Strait.
    (AP, 5/20/08)
2008        May 20, Ian Shuttleworth (42), a former British police officer, was arrested in Bangkok in an international crackdown on a sex trafficking ring that saw nine Thais detained last month in London. He was arrested at his apartment in downtown Bangkok, where he had set up a security company providing bodyguards to Thailand's elite. He is accused of luring Thai women into prostitution by promising them well-paid restaurant jobs in London, and then selling them to a madam.
    (AFP, 5/21/08)

2009        May 20, The US House passed legislation imposing new rules on credit card companies. Attached to the legislation was a bill allowing people to bring concealed and loaded guns into US national parks. Pres. Obama signed the legislation on May 22.
    (SFC, 5/21/09, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/qbhe4g)
2009        May 20, In Alabama 5 Birmingham police officers were fired for beating an unconscious suspect ejected from a car after a chase. The attack was captured on a patrol car videotape but didn't surface publicly for a year. The video shows police pursuing Anthony Warren's van on Jan. 23, 2008. One officer on foot was hurt when the van swerved through traffic. It overturned on a ramp, ejecting Warren, who lay motionless as officers ran toward him. The video shows them beating him with their fists, feet and a billy club.
    (AP, 5/21/09)
2009        May 20, SF-based Craigslist sued South Carolina’s Attorney Gen’l. Henry McMaster to block him from filing criminal charges against the online classified site for abetting prostitution.
    (SFC, 5/21/09, p.C1)
2009        May 20, In NYC four ex-convicts, 3 Americans and a Haitian citizen, were arrested and accused of plotting to place bombs at NYC synagogues and shoot down National Guard jets. James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen envisioned themselves as holy warriors. The 4 men were convicted on Oct 18, 2010. They were caught in an FBI sting operation led by undercover informant Shahed Hussain, who faced serious punishment in a separate fraud case.
    (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=7642086&page=1)(SFC, 5/22/09, p.A7)(SFC, 10/19/10, p.A6)
2009        May 20, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heinemen signed a bill to prevent registered sex offenders from using social networking sites such as Facebook.
    (SFC, 5/21/09, p.A4)
2009        May 20, Eric Yang (13), Singapore-born Texas student, won the National Geographic Bee and took home a $25,000 college scholarship.
    (SFC, 5/21/09, p.A7)
2009        May 20, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb near Kabul killed two Americans, one service member and a civilian. 7 militants died after a firefight and airstrikes in central Ghazni province.
    (AP, 5/20/09)(AP, 5/21/09)
2009        May 20, Australian authorities declared a state of emergency in Queensland as torrential rain and gale force winds caused extensive flooding and left one man dead.
    (AFP, 5/20/09)
2009        May 20, In Britain hundreds of protesters blocked roads near an oil refinery, as other sites were hit by a second day of wildcat strikes in a dispute over hiring foreign workers.
    (AP, 5/20/09)
2009        May 20, British actress Lucy Gordon (28), an up-and-coming talent who played a role in Spider-Man 3 and will soon appear as Jane Birkin in a Serge Gainsbourg biopic, killed herself in Paris.
    (AFP, 5/21/09)
2009        May 20, The Cayman Islands elected a new government.
    (Econ, 5/23/09, p.42)
2009        May 20, EU and Chinese leaders met in Prague to tackle the economic crisis and turn the page on tensions over the Dalai Lama. Lingering differences cast a shadow over the talks.
    (AFP, 5/20/09)
2009        May 20, In India the shanty home of another "Slumdog Millionaire" child star was torn down by Mumbai authorities as they demolished part of city's slum where she lived.
    (AP, 5/20/09)
2009        May 20, An Indonesian C-130 Hercules military transport plane, carrying troops and their families, crashed into a row of houses in East Java and burst into flames, killing 99 people.
    (AP, 5/20/09)
2009        May 20, Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran test-fired a new advanced missile with a range capable of reaching Israel and US Mideast bases. The solid-fuel Sajjil-2 surface-to-surface missile has a range of about 1,200 miles, far enough to strike at southeastern Europe.
    (AP, 5/20/09)
2009        May 20, An Iraqi government agency reported that nearly one in four Iraqis lives below the poverty line. A car bomb exploded near a group of restaurants in the Shiite Shula neighborhood of northwest Baghdad, leaving 41 people dead and more than 70 others injured.
    (AP, 5/21/09)(SFC, 5/21/09, p.A3)
2009        May 20, Ireland’s High Court Justice Sean Ryan unveiled a 2,600-page final report of Ireland's Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse, which is based on testimony from thousands of former students and officials from more than 250 church-run institutions. The nine-year investigation into Ireland's Roman Catholic-run institutions says priests and nuns terrorized thousands of boys and girls in workhouse-style schools for decades, and government inspectors failed to stop the chronic beatings, rapes and humiliation.
    (AP, 5/20/09)
2009        May 20, In Mexico Raymundo Almanza Morales, a top lieutenant of the Gulf drug cartel and listed among Mexico's 37 most-wanted traffickers, was captured in Monterrey along with 3 other suspects after soldiers received an tip.
    (AP, 5/22/09)
2009        May 20, Pakistani troops killed 80 militants and drove the Taliban from a major urban stronghold, as US military planes brought aid for refugees fleeing fierce fighting across the northwest. Government forces cleared Sultanwas, the main Taliban-held town in Buner, overnight following intense clashes. Residents of Kalam gathered quickly to fight off the Taliban. They captured eight militants during a shootout and were expecting another attack.
    (AP, 5/20/09)(AP, 5/21/09)
2009        May 20, Paraguay President Fernando Lugo dismissed the heads of his army, navy and engineering corps for allowing nearly 1,000 Marxist youth to host a congress on military grounds.
    (AP, 5/2009)
2009        May 20, In Somalia an attack by Islamic insurgents on Somali troops near an African Union peacekeeping base in Mogadishu killed at least three civilians, including one child, as regional leaders met to discuss ways of aiding the beleaguered government.
    (AP, 5/20/09)
2009        May 20, Sri Lanka celebrated victory over the Tamil Tigers with a national holiday as the army hunted fugitive rebels, shooting dead 8 thought to have escaped from the final battle.
    (AFP, 5/20/09)
2009        May 20, In Venezuela thousands of university students marched through Caracas demanding more state financial aid for public universities after President Hugo Chavez's government reduced funding by 6 percent.
    (AP, 5/20/09)

2010        May 20, US researchers announced that they have produced a living cell powered by manmade DNA. They said the world's first synthetic cell, JCV1-syn1.0, is more a re-creation of existing life, changing one simple type of bacterium into another, than a built-from-scratch kind. Genome-mapping pioneer J. Craig Venter said his team's project paves the way for designing organisms that work differently from the way nature intended for a wide range of uses.
    (AP, 5/21/10)(Econ, 6/19/10, SR p.11)
2010        May 20, Mexican President Felipe Calderon also took his opposition to a new Arizona immigration law to Congress, saying it "ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree." Calderon also urged the US Congress to reinstate a ban on assault weapons to help cut cross-border gun smuggling and reduce drug gang violence for its southern neighbor.
    (AP, 5/20/10)(Reuters, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, In Arkansas 2 police officers were shot dead after pulling over a van with Ohio plates on I-40. A short time later 2 suspects were killed in a separate shootout in a Wal-Mart parking lot in West Memphis.
    (SFC, 5/21/10, p.A4)
2010        May 20, In Oakland, Ca., police arrested at least 26 people as part of a crackdown targeting members of the Ghost Town street gang. The arrests capped a 5-month operation dubbed Ghostbusters.
    (SFC, 5/21/10, p.C5)
2010        May 20, In Florida a jury in Broward County handed down a $29.1 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to Connie Buonomo (77), a widow who said her husband started smoking as a teenager. Matthew Buonomo (80) died in 2008 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    (SFC, 5/22/10, p.A4)
2010        May 20, Tesla Motors announced that it will use a $50 million investment from Toyota Corp. to help it buy the recently closed Nummi auto plant in Fremont, Ca.
    (SFC, 5/21/10, p.A1)
2010        May 20, Australian police raided 12 properties associated with Agape Ministries, led by Rocco Leo, and netted 15 guns, slow-burning fuses, detonators, extendable batons and 35,000 rounds of ammunition.
    (www.apologeticsindex.org/1666-agape-ministries)(AFP, 6/27/11)
2010        May 20, In Brazil a court ordered the arrest of a Polish priest suspected of sexually abusing a teenager in a Rio de Janeiro suburb and turning his parish home into what the judge described as an "erotic dungeon" for sex with adolescents. State prosecutors have accused Marcin Michael Strachanowski (44) of handcuffing a former altar boy (16) to a bed 3 years ago in the parish house where the priest lived and threatening to kill the youth if he spoke of the abuse.
    (AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, BP conceded that more oil than it estimated is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico as heavy crude washed into Louisiana's wetlands for the first time, feeding worries and uncertainty about the massive monthlong spill.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, Supermarket chain Asda said that it is to sell cancer drugs at cost-price and called on its peers who make massive profits on the treatments to follow suit. The group, owned by US supermarket giant Wal-Mart, said its initiative follows the success of a similar scheme by Asda for in-vitro fertility (IVF) treatments.
    (AFP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, Britain's coalition government outlined a joint legislative program, promising support for the Afghanistan war, a new drive toward Middle East peace and a "close and frank" relationship with the United States.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, Chinese officials said Ma Yaohai (53), a college professor accused of organizing a swingers club and holding private orgies, has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison, in a case that touched off national debate about sexual freedom. Ma, along with 21 other people, was arrested and charged last year under a 1997 law.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In France a lone thief stole five paintings valued at $123 million, including major works by Picasso and Matisse, in an overnight heist from the Paris Museum of Modern Art.
    (AP, 5/20/10)(SFC, 5/21/10, p.A2)
2010        May 20, French police arrested the leader of Basque separatist group ETA and his second in command, calling it an important blow but not a death knell for the violent organization.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In Greece more than 20,000 protesters marched to parliament, as unions challenged harsh austerity measures by staging their fourth general strike this year.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In India Cyclone Laila slammed into the southeast, toppling power lines and plunging a large swath of coastal Andhra Pradesh state into darkness. Heavy rains and strong winds claimed at least 23 lives.
    (AP, 5/20/10)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, In Iran 3 Americans, jailed for 10 months, hugged and kissed their mothers in an emotional reunion after the women arrived on a mission to secure the release of their children. One of the prisoners said they all hoped to go home together in the trio's first public comments since their arrest.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In Iraq a US Division-North soldier died of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident. The circumstances surrounding that incident were under investigation.
    (AP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 20, Israel released Mohammed Abu Teir, a Hamas lawmaker. He was arrested nearly four years ago following the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier by Gaza militants in a deadly cross-border raid.
    (AFP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In southern Kyrgyzstan more than 2,000 supporters of the deposed president rallied near Jalal Abad, a town wracked by ethnic violence.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In Madagascar soldiers and police clashed in what a police colonel described as a failed mutiny, leaving one police officer dead and five wounded. Lt. Col. Raymond Andrianjafy and several others were soon arrested pending investigations.
    (AP, 5/20/10)(AP, 5/22/10)
2010        May 20, In the Maldives 15 representatives of the Afghan government met with 7 Taliban members for talks, which would continue over the weekend. A Taliban statement the next day said those at the talks claiming to be from the Taliban are no longer active members and have "surrendered" to President Hamid Karzai's government.
    (SFC, 5/21/10, p.A2)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, In Mexico gunbattles between security forces and armed attackers killed nine people in two states along the US border. Federal police announced the capture of Jose Manuel Garcia, the Sinaloa cartel's alleged chief operator in Mexico state. In the state of Coahuila, 2 police officers and 3 gunmen died in a shootout in Torreon. In Ciudad Juarez federal police detained Luis Humberto Hernandez, an alleged gang member accused of participating in 11 killings. Timoteo Alejandro Ramirez and his wife Cleriberta Castro were killed by gunmen from a rival faction of San Juan Copala in southern Oaxaca state. Ramirez was the leader of the town's autonomy movement.
    (AP, 5/20/10)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, A multinational team blamed North Korea for sinking the South Korean corvette with a torpedo in March, claiming 46 lives, prompting an angry denial from Pyongyang and a threat of war if it is punished.
    (AFP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, The Pakistani government blocked access to YouTube because of "sacrilegious" content on the video-sharing website, signaling a growing Internet crackdown against sites deemed offensive to the country's majority Muslim population.
    (AP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 20, In Pakistan a British couple and their daughter were shot dead at a cemetery near Gujarat as part of a family feud while visiting for a wedding. Reports named them as Mohammad Yousaf, his wife Pervaiz and their daughter Tanya (22), from Nelson in Lancashire.
    (AFP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, In Sudan Darfur's most militarized rebel group (JEM), said it had killed 200 Sudanese government troops in the western region over the previous 2 days, but the army denied the toll in the latest fighting to cloud troubled peace talks.
    (AFP, 5/21/10)
2010        May 20, The Thai government declared it had mostly quelled 10 weeks of violent protests in the capital as buildings still smoldered, troops rooted out small pockets of resistance and residents attempted to return to normal life.
    (AP, 5/20/10)

2011        May 20, President Barack Obama met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu warned Obama against chasing what he called a Middle East peace "based on illusions" as he lectured the US president amid a widening rift in US-Israeli ties.
    (AFP, 5/20/11)(AFP, 5/21/11)
2011        May 20, The Embassy of the United States of America announced the official opening of the Office of the U.S. Secret Service in Estonia. The Secret Service office will work closely with its law enforcement partners within the criminal investigative infrastructure in the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
    (www.estonianfreepress.com)
2011        May 20, In California San Leandro police detective Jason Fredriksson (38) was charged with giving over a pound of marijuana to a confidential informant, with whom he had an extra-marital affair, so that she could sell it.
    (SFC, 5/21/11, p.A1)
2011        May 20, In Oakland, Ca., Antonio Torres (42) was robbed and killed while working on the front yard of his home on 34th Ave. In September David Lee Hall (19) and three other youths (15,16,17) were charged with his murder.
    (SFC, 9/14/11, p.C4)
2011        May 20, Randy "Macho Man" Savage (58), a larger-than-life personality from professional wrestling's 1980s flying-elbow heyday known for his raspy voice, brash style and the young woman named Miss Elizabeth who often accompanied him, died in a car crash in Florida.
    (AP, 5/21/11)
2011        May 20, A London court sentenced a former government minister to 16 months in prison over the largest bogus claim exposed in Britain's lawmaker expenses scandal. Elliot Morley (58), former Labour Party politician, had pleaded guilty last month to two charges of false accounting over bills worth 32,000 pounds (nearly $52,000).
    (AP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, BP said that it had recovered more than $1.0 billion in costs linked to last year's devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill from a US subsidiary of Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. MOEX USA Corporation held a 10-percent stake in the Macondo well project.
    (AP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, Canadian PM Stephen Harper toured the town of Slave Lake, Alberta, where hundreds of homes, businesses and public buildings had gone up in flames. 56 fires continued to burn across the north of Canada's biggest energy producing province. Ten of the fires were out of control.
    (Reuters, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, In China 2 workers were initially killed and 16 injured in the explosion at the plant of a Foxconn subsidiary in Chengdu. A seriously injured worker died two days later. The iPad 2 was being made in the building hit by the blast.
    (AFP, 5/22/11)
2011        May 20, A company China says is controlled by artist Ai Weiwei was accused of massive tax evasion in the government's clearest disclosure yet about its investigation of the activist detained more than six weeks.
    (AP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, In Guatemala Hugo Gomez Vasquez, the main suspect in the May 16 drug-cartel massacre of 27 farmworkers and relatives in Peten province, was arraigned on charges including conspiracy to murder and kidnapping.
    (AP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, Indian police brought formal charges against the Delhi Commonwealth Games chief for alleged fraud involving a $31 million deal awarded to Swiss Timing for timekeeping equipment. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a 50-page charge sheet in a New Delhi court against Suresh Kalmadi and eight others for their role in the contract.
    (AFP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, Iranian news reported that the state constitutional watchdog body has ruled that the president cannot serve as the country's caretaker oil minister.
    (AP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, Japan's Cabinet approved a plan to join a global child custody treaty, amid foreign pressure on Tokyo to revise policies some say allow Japanese mothers to too easily take their children away from foreign fathers.
    (AP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, Japan's Tokyo Electric Power posted a record $15 billion loss and Masataka Shimizu, its under-fire president, resigned to take responsibility for the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago.
    (AFP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, In Libya NATO fighter jets struck three ports in bombing runs overnight, targeting Gadhafi's navy with a goal of protecting the nearby rebel-held port of Misrata. A NATO strike this morning hit a police academy in the Tripoli neighborhood of Tajoura. An international aid group said that 3,800 Chadians who fled fighting in Libya are stranded in a remote desert town in northern Chad. NATO warplanes bombed command centers near Tripoli and in the southwest as part of a continuing effort to cut communications links between Gadhafi and his units on the battlefields.
    (AP, 5/20/11)(AP, 5/21/11)
2011        May 20, Mexican federal police captured Gilberto Barragan Balderas (41), a leading member of the Gulf drug cartel, at what appeared to have been his birthday party. In Zacatecas state at least 10 people were killed in a gunbattle apparently involving the Zetas and a rival front of gangs known as the "United Cartels." In the north a fire killed 14 inmates at a prison in the town of Apodaca, Nuevo Leon state. Police in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero reported they found the decapitated bodies of four men in the township of Tecpan de Galeana.
    (AP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, In Mexico retired Gen. Jorge Juarez Loera was shot and killed in a suburb of Mexico City after a road accident.
    (AP, 5/23/11)
2011        May 20, Pakistani defense officials said China has agreed to provide Pakistan with 50 more fighter jets in a deal clinched during Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's trip to Beijing.
    (AP, 5/20/11) 
2011        May 20, Pakistan's Taliban attacked a US consulate convoy in Peshawar. Police said a car bomb was by remote control as the convoy passed, killing one Pakistani. Twelve people were wounded including 2 US security guards.
    (Reuters, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, Two young Palestinians were moderately wounded in Gaza when Israeli troops opened fire at a protest near the border fence.
    (AFP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, The IMF approved providing Portugal with $36.8 billion as part of a rescue package to help the country tackle its debt.
    (SFC, 5/21/11, p.D2)
2011        May 20, In Sweden a 43-year old man was charged with having provided 23 women with 510 films and photos of children being exploited in "especially ruthless" manner. The 23 women from across Sweden were charged with involvement in what investigators call a unique child pornography case.
    (AP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, Swedish defense group Saab said an ongoing probe into reports it had secretly paid millions of euros to ensure South Africa did not back out of a deal to buy 26 fighter jets had turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.
    (AP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, Syrian security forces opened fire on protests around the country in the latest sign the conflict could be moving toward a long and bloody stalemate. The crackdown on protesters in different parts of the country left at least 44 people dead, making it one of the deadliest days since an uprising against Pres. Assad's regime began two months ago.
    (AP, 5/20/11)(AP, 5/21/11)
2011        May 20, In western Turkey a 5.9-magnitude earthquake damaged buildings in Simav. At least three people were killed in the region.
    (AP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, In southern Vietnam a tour boat cruising the Saigon River to celebrate a 3-year-old's birthday capsized during a violent storm, killing the boy, four other children and 10 adults.
    (AP, 5/21/11)
2011        May 20, Yemen's Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh called for early presidential elections, ignoring an earlier promise to sign a deal that would end his decades-long rule.
    (AP, 5/20/11)

2012        May 20, Pres. Obama hosted a summit with NATO allies in Chicago. They charted an outwardly confident path to a postwar Afghanistan. Nearly 50 US military veterans at an anti-NATO rally in Chicago threw their service medals into the street, an action they said symbolized their rejection of the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 5/21/12, p.A4)(Reuters, 5/21/12)
2012        May 20, In San Francisco the 101st annual Bay to Breakers run drew 40,000 registered entrants. Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia and Sammy Kitwara of Kenya were the top female and male runners.
    (SFC, 5/21/12, p.A1)
2012        May 20, An annular eclipse was visible in western US states from California to Texas. Visibility came to parts of China, Taiwan and Japan May 21 local time. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but is too far from the Earth to block it out completely, leaving the "ring of fire" visible.
    (AFP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 20, Yahoo reached a deal to sell half of its 40% stake in Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce provider, for about $7.1 billion.
    (SFC, 5/21/12, p.A5)
2012        May 20, A 70 million-year-old skeleton of Tyrannosaurus bataars sold by Heritage Auctions for over $1 million. On June 19 a federal judge ordered the dinosaur skeleton to be seized in NYC saying it was brought into the country from Britain with erroneous claims that it had originated in Britain and was worth only $15,000. Experts agreed that the skeleton was from Mongolia. On June 22 the US government seized the skeleton. In December Eric Prokopi of Gainesville, Fla., pleaded guilty to smuggling charges. In 2013 NY authorities returned the skeleton to Mongolia.
    (SFC, 6/20/12, p.A8)(SFC, 6/23/12, p.A4)(SFC, 5/7/13, p.A5)
2012        May 20, In southern Afghanistan 2 NATO soldiers were killed in an attack as alliance leaders gathered in Chicago for a summit dominated by plans to pull troops out of the Afghan war. 2 children also died and several civilians were wounded as a suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in Tirin Kot, capital of southern Uruzgan province.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, Algerian newspapers reported that security services have arrested a large number of armed Algerian Islamists in the country's northeastern Tebessa region as they were preparing to enter Libya.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, Robin Gibb (b.1949), one of the 3 Bee Gees’ brothers, died in London of cancer. He sang lead vocals on the Bee Gees' first British number one, "Massachusetts", in 1967, before they switched styles to disco in the 1970s.
    (AFP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 20, The Dominican Republic held presidential elections. Several polls showed Danilo Medina (60) ahead of Hipolito Mejia (71), a former president (2000-2004). Danilo Medina of the current president's Dominican Liberation Party received just over 51 percent of the vote.
    (AP, 5/20/12)(AP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 20, In Iraq lawyers for the fugitive Sunni vice president charged with running death squads that targeted Shiite officials and pilgrims quit the case in protest after judges would not let them present evidence at the trial.
    (AP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, In northeast Italy a 6.0 earthquake rattled the region around Bologna, killing at least 7 people, collapsing factories and sending residents running out into the streets. A report in 2014 linked this and a May 29 earthquake to high-pressure water pumped by Padana Energia into the nearby Cavone oilfield in 2011 to squeeze out more oil.
    (AP, 5/20/12)(Reuters, 5/20/12)(SFC, 5/22/12, p.A4)
2012        May 20, In north Lebanon army troops shot dead a Sunni cleric when his convoy failed to stop at a checkpoint, the scene of deadly clashes linked to the uprising in Syria. Another religious figure in the car of cleric Ahmad Abdel Wahed, known for his support of the anti-regime uprising in neighboring Syria, was also killed.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, In Libya Abdel Baset al-Megrahi (60), a Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person ever convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, died nearly three years after he was released from a Scottish prison.
    (AP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, Malian authorities and ECOWAS mediators agreed that coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo has the status of former head of state. He will have all the benefits coming with his rank. They also agreed on a transition period to full democratic rule of one year.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, In Myanmar protests began over chronic power outages in the central city Mandalay.
    (AP, 5/24/12)
2012        May 20, Pakistan blocked Twitter, saying the website had refused to remove posts promoting a Facebook competition involving caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, In Serbia nationalist Tomislav Nikolic, an ardent admirer of Russia, won the runoff in presidential elections with 50.2% of the vote. Nikolic said he remained committed to Serbia’s EU aspirations.
    (SFC, 5/21/12, p.A2)
2012        May 20, Sudan released 4 United Nations deminers, arrested over 3 weeks ago by the Sudanese army along the country's tense southern border, and turned them over to chief African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, Syrian rebels claimed in an Internet statement that they carried out a sophisticated attack that killed top political and security officials meeting in the capital. Syrian officials made quick denials. At least 48 people were killed elsewhere in the country including 34 civilians slain in the village of Souran, Hama province.
    (AP, 5/20/12)(AFP, 5/21/12)
2012        May 20, In central Tunisia thousands of hardline Ansar al-Sharia Islamists, some in Afghan military garb and waving swords, converged to rally for one of the country's most radical religious movements. Researchers estimated Salafists count about 10,000 followers in Tunisia.
    (AFP, 5/2o/12)
2012        May 20, UAR state news agency WAM reported that the president of the Gulf federation is ordering the settlement of personal debts of up to 5 million dirhams ($1.4 million) for citizens in default. Emirati leaders periodically cancel debts of citizens. A similar debt forgiveness order in January covered thousands of Emiratis owing up to 1 million dirhams ($272,480) apiece.
    (AP, 5/20/12)
2012        May 20, In Yemen fresh clashes between al-Qaida fighters and government forces left 17 dead, as the army pushed on with an offensive to regain a key town in the county's south that fell to the militants more than a year ago. Militants in Hodeida pulled up in a vehicle and sprayed three US Coast Guard trainers, wounding one with machinegun fire.
    (AP, 5/20/12)(AP, 5/21/12)

2013        May 20, Former general Thein Sein became the first Myanmar president to be welcomed to the White House in almost 47 years.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, Edward Snowden (29), a US contractor working at the National Security Agency, left his NSA office in Hawaii for Hong Kong.
    (AP, 6/10/13)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.11)(Econ, 1/25/14, p.23)
2013        May 20, In Dayton, Iowa, Kathlynn Shepard (15) was abducted along with another girl (12). The younger girl escaped and called help. Michael Klunder (42), a registered sex offender was found dead hours later after reportedly hanging himself. Kathlynn’s body was found by a fisherman on June 7 in the Des Moines River.
    (SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A12)
2013        May 20, A NYPD detective said he’s seen no evidence that one of his informants brought up the subject of jihad as a way to bait Muslims. Text messages indicated that informant Shamiur Rahman said the NYPD had encouraged him to create conversations about jihad or terrorism, then capture responses and send them to the NYPD.
    (SFC, 5/21/13, p.A5)
2013        May 20, In New York Brooklyn assemblyman Vito Lopez resigned following allegations that he had groped or harassed at least 8 young female staffers.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.32)
2013        May 20, In Oklahoma a mile-wide category 5 tornado with winds of up to 200 mph touched down in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. 7 children were among the 24 people killed. Early estimated of damages ranged from $1.5-2 billion.
    (AP, 5/21/13)(SFC, 5/22/13, p.A6)(Reuters, 5/26/13)(Econ, 5/25/13, p.30)
2013        May 20, It was reported that Yahoo has agreed to buy Tumblr, a popular blogging service, for $1.1 billion.
    (SFC, 5/20/13, p.A1)
2013        May 20, Afghan Pres. Karzai left for a two-day state visit to India, where he is expected to request military aid. In the north a suicide bomber dressed in a police uniform killed 14 people including a prominent provincial council chief outside the council headquarters in Pul-e-Khumri, Baghlan province.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, It was reported that a businesswoman in southern China has been sentenced to death on charges of defrauding investors. Lin Haiyan was convicted of "illegal fundraising" for collecting 640 million yuan ($100 million) from investors by promising high returns and low risk, according to a statement by the Intermediate People's Court in Wenzhou. It said the scheme collapsed in October 2011 and 428 million yuan could not be recovered.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In eastern CongoDRC clashes erupted near Muja between government troops and the M23 rebel group, believed to be backed by neighboring Rwanda.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Dagestan, Russia, twin car bombings killed 3 people and injured at least 44 more in Makhachkala.
    (SFC, 5/21/13, p.A2)
2013        May 20, In Germany Ray Manzarek (74), keyboard player and founding member of the Doors, died in Rosenheim. The group was formed in 1965 when Manzarek met Jim Morrison at Venice Beach, Ca.
    (SFC, 5/21/13, p.A6)
2013        May 20, Guatemala's top court overturned the conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, and ordered that the trial be taken back to the middle of the proceedings.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 20, In Iraq a wave of car bombs and shootings killed at least 113 people in Shiite and Sunni areas. This included ten car bombs in Baghdad, killing at least 46 people and wounding more than 150. Authorities found 13 dead bodies in a remote desert area of Anbar province. The bodies included eight policemen who were kidnapped by gunmen on May 17, had been killed with a gunshot to the head.
    (AP, 5/20/13)(AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 20, In Israel a gunman killed 4 people in a bungled bank robbery in Beersheba and then took his own life.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Libya militiamen attacked the Mellitah Oil and Gas complex near Zwara, injuring two guards and stealing weapons and military vehicles.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Mauritania Sanda Ould Boumana, the Timbuktu-based spokesman for Ansar Dine, was transferred Nouakchott after he turned himself in over the weekend.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Mexico residents of La Ruana, Michoacan state, who endured months besieged by the Knights Templars drug cartel, cheered the arrival of hundreds of Mexican soldiers. The town's supplies had been blocked after the Knights Templars cartel declared war on the hamlet.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, A Moroccan court convicted two men of homosexuality and public indecency, and sentenced each to four months in prison, in the latest case against gays in this North African nation.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 20, In Nepal five climbers, including two Hungarians and a South Korean, disappeared on Mount Kanchenjunga. Bad weather prevented a rescue helicopter from reaching their base camp.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 20, New Zealand PM John Key said a frozen meat issue is a technical hiccup that he expects will be resolved this week. Hundreds of tons of frozen mutton, lamb and beef from New Zealand have been stranded for 2-3 weeks on Chinese docks after China halted their import due to a certification dispute.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, A Norwegian security firm reported that cyber spies had attacked Telenor, one of the world’s largest mobile operators, and that the attack was probably directed from India.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.61)
2013        May 20, A Pakistani judge granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a case related to the assassination of ex-PM Benazir Bhutto.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Pakistan gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team in the town of Mamound in the Bajur tribal area. A policeman guarding the team was killed.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, Russia's only independent polling agency, said it may have to close after prosecutors targeted it for "political activity" under a law spearheading Pres. Putin's crackdown on foreign-funded NGOs. Levada Center receives between 1.5 and 3% of its funding from foreign sources.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, Russia's counterterrorism agency said that its special forces killed two militants and detained a third believed to have been planning a terrorist act in Moscow.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, Saudi Arabia recorded another death from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 16. More than 20 people have died from the virus worldwide.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 20, In Sweden gangs of youth angered by the police shooting death of an elderly man in a mainly immigrant neighborhood hurled rocks at police and set cars and buildings on fire in a Stockholm suburb early today, forcing the evacuation of an apartment block.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, Syrian government forces pushed deeper into Qusair near the Lebanese border, battling rebels in fierce street fighting. An activist group said at least 23 elite fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group fighting alongside regime troops have been killed in the clashes.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Turkey a hot air balloon collided with another balloon mid-air during a sightseeing tour in the Cappadocia region and crashed to the ground, killing two Brazilian tourists and injuring 23 other people on board.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, Ugandan police disabled the presses of the Daily Monitor, an independent newspaper in Kampala, after forcibly entering its premises to look for evidence against an army general who recently questioned the president's alleged plan to have his son succeed him.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, United Arab Emirates-based construction company Arabtec said it's working to resolve a rare strike by laborers seeking higher wages. Arabtec said an undisclosed number of workers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have stayed in camps for a second day.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Yemen a suspected US drone killed two alleged al-Qaida militants riding a motorbike outside Radda in Bayda province.
    (AP, 5/20/13)

2014        May 20, In Arizona the human-caused Slide Fire began around Oak Creek Canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff. By May 26 it covered 25 square miles.
    (SFC, 5/23/14, p.A8)(SFC, 5/27/14, p.A6)
2014        May 20, Santa Ana, Ca., police arrested Isidro Garcia (41) of Bell Gardens for kidnapping a girl (15) in 2004. He force her to marry him and have his child in a hostage relationship for 10 years.
    (SFC, 5/22/14, p.A14)
2014        May 20, A US federal judge overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.
    (SFC, 5/21/14, p.A8)
2014        May 20, In Bosnia nineteen convicts escaped from prison late today while their guards manned defenses against the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)
2014        May 20, In Brazil several leading politicians were arrested as part of a large corruption and money laundering probe in Cuiaba, a World Cup host city that has had some of the worst delays and other problems as the soccer tournament approaches.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)
2014        May 20, A British man, for the first time, was convicted of terrorism-related offenses after going to Syria with the intention of joining the conflict there. Kingston Crown Court convicted Mashudur Choudhury (31) of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, Prince Rupert Loewenstein (80), former business manager of the Rolling Stones (1968-2007), died in a London hospital after suffering from Parkinson's disease. He was the prince who helped make the Rolling Stones as rich as kings.
    (AP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 20, China warned the US was jeopardizing military ties by charging five Chinese officers with cyberspying and tried to turn the tables on Washington by calling it "the biggest attacker of China's cyberspace."
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, China's Xinjiang Supreme Court jailed 39 people in a special operation to curb the spread of audio and video materials inciting terrorism. They were convicted of crimes including organizing and leading terrorist groups, inciting ethnic hatred, ethnic discrimination and the illegal manufacturing of guns.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 20, EU regulators charged banks JPMorgan, HSBC and Credit Agricole with colluding to manipulate the price of financial products linked to interest rates.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, The European Commission paid out a first loan tranche of 100 million euros ($137 million) to Ukraine, launching a 1.6 billion euro macro-financial assistance loan program to prop up the beleaguered economy.
    (Reuters, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, Police in Iran confirmed the arrest of six young people for posting a video online of them dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy," showing them on state television as a public warning to youth in the Islamic Republic. On Sep 17 the six were given suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison for obscene behavior.
    (AP, 5/21/14)(Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014        May 20, Kenyan university students threw rocks at police in Nairobi as authorities fired back with tear gas in running battles that didn't end until police cornered students in a campus building and fired dozens of rounds of tear gas inside. Students demonstrated in at least four cities across the country over a proposed increase in university fees.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, Kuwait set June 26 as the day for by-elections to replace five lawmakers who resigned in protest after the largely pro-government parliament refused to question PM Sheik Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah over corruption allegations.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, In Libya gunmen killed a Chinese engineer after kidnapping him and two others from their worksite. The two others were released.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)
2014        May 20, Macedonian police said they have detained 18 people following overnight riots in Skopje sparked by the fatal stabbing of a Macedonian teenager by an Albanian bicycle thief. Police arrested a 19-year-old suspect for the slaying.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, Malawi held presidential elections. Soldiers deployed the commercial capital of Blantyre after voters, angered by delays and mishaps at polling stations in a hotly contested presidential election, torched voting materials and blocked roads. Incumbent President Joyce Banda, southern Africa's first female head of state, faced 11 challengers. On May 30 the electoral commission said Mutharika, the brother of former president Bingu wa Mutharika, took 36.4% of the votes cast against Banda's 20.2%.
    (Reuters, 5/20/14)(AFP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 20, Nigeria's parliament approved a six-month extension to a state of emergency in three northeast states hit by Islamist militant violence. Two bomb blasts by Boko Haram in the city of Jos killed at least 118 people. Most victims were women and children vendors. Hours later assaults by Boko Haram in three villages killed 48 people.
    (AFP, 5/20/14)(AP, 5/21/14)(SFC, 5/22/14, p.A3)
2014        May 20, In Norway international donors pledged more than $600 million dollars in aid to South Sudan at a conference in Oslo aimed at averting a famine threatening millions of people.
    (AFP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, The Pakistani army effectively declared it would override a crucial plank of the government's strategy and take matters into its own hands. The army said the time for talks with the troublesome Pakistani Taliban was over.
    (Reuters, 5/23/14)
2014        May 20, In Russia a collision between a cargo train and a passenger train near Moscow killed at least 6 people and left up to 45 others injured.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, A Moscow court convicted five men of involvement in the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Four of the men were of Chechen origin.
    (SFC, 5/21/14, p.A2)
2014        May 20, Thailand's powerful military chief intervened for the first time in the country's latest political crisis, declaring martial law and dispatching gun-mounted jeeps into the heart of the capital with a vow to resolve the deepening conflict as quickly as possible.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, UN diplomats said Nigeria has formally asked the UN Security Council al Qaeda sanctions committee to blacklist the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
    (Reuters, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, The UN refugee agency said at least 10,000 people have been driven from their homes since the start of the Ukraine crisis, with Crimean Tatars the hardest-hit.
    (AFP, 5/20/14)

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