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May 21, Plato (d.347BC), Greek philosopher, was born. His work
included the "Republic," and the dialogues "Critias" and "Timaeus"
in which he mentioned the island empire of Atlantis. He claimed that
an Egyptian priest confided information about Atlantis to Solon, the
Athenian legislator, whose memoirs Plato claimed to have read. In
1998 2 books on Atlantis were published: "Atlantis Destroyed" by
Rodney Castleden and "Imagining Atlantis" by Richard Ellis.
(HN, 5/21/98)(WSJ, 6/26/98, p.W9)
685 May 21, Battle at
Nechtansmere: Picts trounced the Northumbrians.
987 May 21, Louis V, last
Carolingian King of France (966-987), died. The Carolingian period
of Frankish rule from the dynasty of Pepin the Short ended in France
with the death of Louis V (20). [see May 22]
(PCh, 1992, p.78)(AHD, 1971, p.205)(MC, 5/21/02)
996 May 21, Otto III (16) was
crowned the Roman Emperor by his cousin Pope Gregory V.
(HN, 5/21/98)(MC, 5/21/02)
1471 May 21, King Henry VI was
killed in the tower of London, and Edward IV took the throne.
1527 May 21, Philip II
(d.1598), king of Spain and Portugal (1556-98), was born. He invaded
England and roasted heretics. He collected a fifth of all the wealth
generated from the mines and trade in the Americas. He invested
heavily into his military and lost it all with the defeat of the
Armada in 1588. His debt at his death amounted to 85 million ducats,
or 300 tons of gold.
(HN, 5/21/98)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R8)(MC, 5/21/02)
1535 May 21, Imperial
authorities in Antwerp captured and imprisoned William Tyndale for
heresy over his translation of the Bible into English.
1536 May 21, The Reformation
was officially adopted in Geneva, Switzerland.
1542 May 21, Spanish explorer
Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi
River. His men buried his body in the Mississippi River in what is
now Louisiana in order that Indians would not learn of his death,
and thus disprove de Soto's claims of divinity.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.16)(AP, 5/21/97)(MC, 5/21/02)
1602 May 21, Martha’s Vineyard
was first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.
1639 May 21, Tommaso Campanella
(b.1568), Italian philosopher, theologian, astrologer, and poet,
died. He spent 27 years imprisoned in Naples (1599-1626) for leading
a conspiracy against the Spanish rule. During his detention, he
wrote his most important works: The Monarchy of Spain (1600),
Political Aphorisms (1601), Atheismus triumphatus (Atheism
Conquered, 1605–1607), Quod reminiscetur (1606?), Metaphysica
(1609–1623), Theologia (1613–1624), and his most famous work, The
City of the Sun (originally written in Italian in 1602; published in
Latin in Frankfurt (1623) and later in Paris (1638)).
1650 May 21, James, Marquis of
Montrose, Scottish general, was hanged.
1674 May 21, Gen. Jan Sobieski
was chosen King of Poland. [see May 20]
1688 May 21, Alexander Pope
(d.1744), England, poet (Rape of the Lock), was born. His "Essay on
Criticism" contains the line: "A little learning is a dangerous
(NH, 9/97, p.24)(MC, 5/21/02)
1786 May 21, Carl W. Scheele
(43), Swedish pharmacist, chemist, died.
1790 May 21, Paris was divided
into 48 zones.
1792 May 21, Gustave-Gaspard
Coriolis (d.1843), French engineer and mathematician, was born. He
became first person to describe the Coriolis force.
1809 May 21, Robert Milligan
(b.1746), prominent Scottish merchant and ship-owner, died. Milligan
headed a group of powerful businessmen who planned and built
London's West India Docks (1800). At the time of his death Milligan
owned 526 slaves in Jamaica who worked at his sugar plantation
called Kellet's and Mammee Gully. On June 9, 2020, a statue of
Milligan was removed from the front of the Museum of London
Docklands by the local authority to "recognise the wishes of the
1810 May 21, Charles Chevalier
d'Eon de Beaumont (81), French spy, cross dresser, died.
1819 May 21, The 1st bicycles
(swift walkers) in US were introduced in NYC.
1832 May 21, The first
Democratic National Convention got under way in Baltimore and
re-nominated Andrew Jackson.
(Hem, 8/96, p.86)(AP, 5/21/97)
1836 May 21, Eliza Fraser was
shipwrecked off the coast of Queensland, Australia and was soon
captured by aborigines on Great Sandy Island (later Fraser island).
A rescue party that included John Graham, an escaped convict who had
lived for six years with the Aborigines, brought her back to
Brisbane in August.
1840 May 21, The Treaty of
Waitangi was signed by Maori chiefs of New Zealand and
representatives of Queen Victoria. It granted sovereignty over all
New Zealand to Queen Victoria, but only guaranteed the Maoris the
land they wished to retain. The treaty remained a source of friction
to the present day.
(NG, Aug, 1974, p.197)(AP, 5/21/97)(SSFC,
1844 May 21, Henri Rousseau
(d.1910), French painter (Dream), was born in Laval.
1853 May 21, Lola Montez
(1821-1861), Irish-born dancer and former lover of Franz Liszt and
mistress of King Ludwig of Bavaria, arrived in San Francisco aboard
a steamer from Panama.
(SFC, 5/31/14, p.D1)
1856 May 21, Grace Hoadley
Dodge, philanthropist, helped organize the YWCA, was born.
1856 May 21, Lawrence, Kansas,
was captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces.
1860 May 21, Willem Einthoven,
Dutch physiologist, inventor of the electrocardiogram, was born.
(HN, 5/21/01)(MC, 5/21/02)
1861 May 21, The Confederate
Congress, meeting in Montgomery, Ala., voted to move the capital of
the Confederacy from Montgomery to Richmond, Va.
1861 May 21, Elena Molokhovets
(1831-1918), Russian writer, published “A Gift to Young Housewives,”
which remained popular in Russia for half a century.
1863 May 21, The siege on Port
Hudson, Louisiana, began.
1864 May 21, Gen. David Hunter
took command of Dept. of West Virginia.
1865 May 21, C.J. Thomsen,
archaeologist who named the Stone, Iron and Bronze Ages, was born in
1867 May 21, Frances Densmore,
ethnomusicologist, was born.
1871 May 21-May 28, French
government troops attacked the Commune of Paris. As many as 10,000
communards were killed. Of 36,000 people arrested some 10,000 were
executed, imprisoned or deported. In 2014 John Merriman authored
“Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune of 1871.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Commune)(Econ, 11/29/14, p.74)
1878 May 21, Glenn Hammond
Curtiss, aviation pioneer and contemporary of the Wright brothers,
was born in Hammondsport, N.Y. He also originally made bicycles and
invented the hydroplane. Curtiss` entrance into flying began in 1904
when Thomas Scott Baldwin, famous lighter-than-air devotee, asked
Curtiss to make him a two-cylinder, air-cooled engine to power his
airship. The first plane Curtiss had anything to do with was Red
Wing, which Casey Baldwin lofted from the ice at Keuka Lake on March
(HN, 5/21/98)(HNQ, 5/28/01)
1879 May 21, Battle of Iquiquw
1881 May 21, Clara Barton filed
papers for the American Association of the Red Cross.
(ON, 8/12, p.12) (AP, 5/21/97)
1891 May 21, James J. Corbett
fought Peter "Black Prince" Jackson (1861-1901), in a much-heralded
bout between San Francisco cross-town rivals. Since Corbett and
Jackson were boxing instructors at the two most prestigious athletic
clubs. They fought to a draw after 61 rounds. Jackson had won the
Australian heavyweight championship in 1886 and the British Empire
title in 1892.
1892 May 21, The opera "I
Pagliacci," by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, was first performed, in Milan,
1898 May 21, Armand Hammer,
millionaire industrialist, was born.
1902 May 21, Marcel Breuer,
Hungarian-born architect, was born.
1904 May 21, Fats Waller
(d.1943), [Thomas Wright], jazz singer, composer (Ain't
Misbehavin'), was born in NYC.
1908 May 21, The Aerial
Experiment Association (AEA) launched their 2nd airplane, called
White Wing, equipped with aelerons, a mechanism proposed by
Alexander Graham Bell, to steer the craft. Pilot Glenn Curtiss
flew over 1000 feet and landed safely.
(ON, 12/11, p.10)
1909 May 21, Sister Maria
Innocentia Hummel, artist, was born.
1917 May 21, Raymond Burr,
actor, was born in BC, Canada. He played Perry Mason on television.
(HN, 5/21/99)(MC, 5/21/02)
1921 May 21, Andrei Sakharov,
Russian physicist, was born. He is known as "the father of the
Soviet H-bomb" and was the first recipient of the 1975 Nobel Peace
1924 May 21, Bobby Franks (14)
was murdered in a "thrill killing" committed by Nathan Leopold Jr.
(19) and Richard Loeb (18), two rich college kids of the University
of Chicago. The meticulously planned crime might never have been
solved had Leopold's unique eyeglasses not been found near Franks'
body. They were defended by Clarence Darrow, who pleaded his clients
guilty in order to keep the case from a jury. Richard Loeb was a
cousin of Bobby Franks. The sensational two-month trial generated an
outcry in favor of execution, but Judge John Caverly sentenced the
two to life imprisonment. Loeb was killed in a prison fight in 1936.
Leopold, with the support of Prosecutor Crowe, was released from
prison in 1958 and died of a heart attack in 1971. In 1956 Meyer
Levin authored “Compulsion,” an account of the case. A play
dramatizing the case was written in 1995 by John Logan. In 2008
Simon Baatz authored “For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the
Murder That Shocked Chicago.”
(AP, 5/21/97)(WSJ, 12/1/95, p.A-12)(AP,
5/21/97)(WSJ, 11/10/07, p.W8)(WSJ, 8/8/08, p.W8)
1926 May 21, Robert Creeley,
poet, was born.
1927 May 21, Charles Lindbergh
(Lucky Lindy) landed in Le Bourget Field in Paris after a 33.5-hour
nonstop, first solo flight from Roosevelt Field on New York’s Long
Island. In 1953 Lindbergh authored his memoir “The Spirit of St.
(F, 10/7/96, p.68)(AP, 5/21/97)(SFC, 10/20/99,
p.C10)(ON, 2/08, p.1)
1927 May 21, Dedication
ceremonies were held for the Carquinez Bridge over the Sacramento
River between Crocket and Vallejo, Ca. It had opened for traffic on
May 21. The cantilever bridge was built by American Toll Bridge Co.
A 2nd was added in 1958. The bridge was scheduled for demolition in
p.B3)(SSFC, 11/9/03, p.A25)
1932 May 21, Amelia Earhart
made her first transatlantic solo flight from Newfoundland to
(HN, 5/21/98)(AP, 5/20/97)
1935 May 21, Jane Addams
(b.1860), a founder of ACLU (Nobel 1973), died. She was known for
her work as a social reformer, pacifist, and founder of Hull House
in Chicago in 1889. She was the first American woman to receive the
Nobel Peace Prize (1931). In 2001 Jean Bethke Elshtain authored
"Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy" and edited "The
Jane Addams Reader."
(AHD, 1971, p.15)(HN, 9/6/98)(WSJ, 1/2/02,
1937 May 21, The San Francisco
Theater Union premiered the first stage version of John Steinbeck’s
“Of Mice and Men.”
(SSFC, 5/13/12, p.42)
1940 May 21, Nazis surrounded
the British Army at Dunkirk.
1940 May 21, British tank
forces attacked General Erwin Rommel’s 7th Panzer Division at Arras,
slowing his blitzkrieg of France.
1941 May 21, The first U.S.
ship, the SS Robin Moor, was sunk by a U-boat.
1944 May 21, In Hawaii the tank
landing ship LST-353 exploded at West Loch while handling
ammunition. In a short space of time, six LSTs were so damaged that
they sank. Two others were severely damaged. The total casualties
from the tragedy were 163 dead and 396 injured.
1944 May 21, Mary Bourke
Robinson, first woman president of Ireland (1990-1997), was born.
1945 May 21, Actors Lauren
Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married.
(SFEC, 5/18/97, Par p.6)(MC, 5/21/02)
1950 May 21, French sources
reported that Viet Minh guerrillas had infiltrated Cambodia and
opened an arms-smuggling corridor to Thailand.
1951 May 21, The U.S. Eighth
Army counterattacked to drive the Communist Chinese and North
Koreans out of South Korea.
1952 May 21, IBM introduced its
701 Electronic Data Processing System, the first commercially
successful computer. It was withdrawn from marketing on October 1,
1955 May 21, The first
transcontinental round-trip solo flight was completed.
1956 May 21, The first known
airborne US hydrogen bomb was tested over Bikini Atoll in the
(WUD, 1994, p.1685) (EWH, 1968, p.1210)(AP,
1959 May 21, The musical
"Gypsy," inspired by the life of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, opened on
1961 May 21, Governor Patterson
declared martial law in Montgomery, Alabama.
1964 May 21, The 1st
nuclear-powered lighthouse began operations in the Chesapeake Bay.
1966 May 21, The new $114
million Stanford Linear Accelerator Center at Stanford Univ., Ca.,
began smashing atoms.
(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A5)(SFC, 9/26/07, p.B7)
1966 May 21, In Northern
Ireland a group calling itself the "Ulster Volunteer Force" issued
the following statement: “From this day, we declare war against the
Irish Republican Army and its splinter groups. Known IRA men will be
executed mercilessly and without hesitation. Less extreme measures
will be taken against anyone sheltering or helping them, but if they
persist in giving them aid, then more extreme methods will be
adopted... we solemnly warn the authorities to make no more speeches
of appeasement. We are heavily armed Protestants dedicated to this
1970 May 21, The National Guard
was mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University. [see
1975 May 21, The trial against
the Baader-Meinhof gang began in Stuttgart.
1978 May 21, The Unification
Church of Sun Myung Moon wed 118 couples in England.
1979 May 21, Former San
Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary
manslaughter in the 1978 murders of Mayor George Moscone and
Supervisor Harvey Milk. The verdict set off the "White Night Riots,"
involving thousands of protesters outside City Hall. $400,000 worth
of property damage resulted including 14 police cars.
(SFC, 7/11/96, p.C2)(AP, 5/21/97)(SFC, 11/26/98,
1980 May 21, The $22 million
Star Wars sequel "Empire Strikes Back" premiered.
(SFC, 5/20/05, p.F2)
1980 May 21, Ensign Jean Marie
Butler became the first woman to graduate from a U.S. service
academy as she accepted her degree and commission from the Coast
Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
1981 May 21, Francois
Mitterrand began serving as president of France. He was the first
socialist president of the Fifth Republic and the first left-wing
head of government since 1957.
1982 May 21, During the
Falklands War, British amphibious forces landed on the beach at San
1983 May 21, Eric Hoffer
(b.1898), longshoreman-philosopher, died in SF. His writings
included "The True Believer" (1951), a critical view of mass
movements, "The Passionate State of Mind," "The Ordeal of Change,"
and "The Temper of the Time."
1985 May 21, Patti Frustaci of
Riverside, Calif., who was expecting septuplets, gave birth to six
live babies, three of whom died in the following weeks.
1987 May 21, In the wake of the
Iraqi attack on the U.S. frigate Stark that claimed 37 lives, the
Senate approved a proposal requiring President Reagan to send
Congress a report detailing the threat to U.S. ships in the Persian
1987 May 21, The TV series “The
Days and Nights of Molly Dodd” starred Blair Brown as a divorced
woman living in NYC. The show continued to 1991.
(LSA, Spring, 2009,
1988 May 21, Risen Star won the
1988 May 21, The Soviet news
agency Tass reported that the Communist Party leaders of Armenia and
Azerbaijan had been dismissed after fresh outbreaks of ethnic
tensions in the two southern Soviet republics.
1989 May 21, Thousands of
native Chinese marched in Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo and scores of
other cities in a worldwide show of support for the pro-democracy
demonstrators in Beijing.
1990 May 21, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed three Palestinians in violence sparked by the
slayings of seven Palestinians by an Israeli civilian a day earlier.
1991 May 21, Cuban composer
Julian Orbon (b.1915) died in exile in Miami. Mr. Orbon was not
recognized by Cuba's musical establishment after he left the country
permanently in 1960. He contributed to the adaptation of the famous
Guantanamera tune with the verses of the Cuban poet Jose Marti
1991 May 21, Ethiopia’s Marxist
president (Mengistu Haile Mariam) resigned and fled into exile as
rebels continued to advance. Mengistu left behind thousands of pages
of memoranda. (AP, 5/21/01)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.50)
1991 May 21, A Tamil suicide
bomber assassinated PM Rajiv Gandhi (46) at a campaign rally near
Madras. Tamil leader Velupillai Prabhakaran ordered the
assassination. Gandhi and 16 others were killed when the female
Tamil bomber, Dhanu, presented him flowers hiding explosives packed
with 10,000 metal pellets. 41 Indian and Sri Lankan suspects were
charged with murder and conspiracy. 12 suspects later committed
suicide when they were trapped by police. In 1999 4 of the 25
convicted had their death sentences confirmed. 3 death sentences
were commuted to life in prison and 19 sentences were set aside. In
1999 3 Tamil men and a woman, convicted in 1991, were scheduled for
(HFA, '96, p.30)(SFE, 9/16/96, p.A9)(SFC, 1/9/96,
p.A10)(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A15) (SFC, 1/29/98, p.A10)(WSJ, 5/12/99,
p.A1)(SFC, 10/16/99, p.A16)(SFC, 5/30/00, p.A25)
1992 May 21, The US Coast Guard
announced that high-seas interdiction of Haitian refugees was being
drastically scaled back because refugee camps at the U.S. naval base
at Guantanamo, Cuba, were filled.
1992 May 21, The EU adopted the
Habitats Directive, more formally known as Council Directive
92/43/EEC on the Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna
1993 May 21, President Clinton
met at the White House with Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev;
afterward, Clinton expressed pessimism over resolving the ethnic
conflict in the Balkans and pledged not to send American soldiers
into a "shooting gallery."
1994 May 21, Israeli commandos
swept into Lebanon’s eastern mountains and abducted Mustafa Dirani,
a Shiite Muslim guerrilla leader of the Believer's Resistance. In
2000 Dirani sued Israel with charges of torture and sodomy. Dirani
was released in Jan 2004, as part of a complex prisoner exchange
between Hezbollah and Israel.
(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.A14)(SFC, 3/14/00, p.A10)(AP,
1994 May 21, South Yemen
seceded from Yemen.
1994 May 21, John Henry Weidner
(b.1912), Dutch-US resistance fighter, died.
1995 May 21, Les Aspin (56),
former US Secretary of Defense, died at a Washington D.C. hospital
after suffering a massive stroke.
1995 May 21, Larry Lee
Hillblom, co-founder and majority shareholder of DHL Corp.,
disappeared into the Pacific Ocean in his World War II vintage
seaplane. He was conservatively valued at 500 million and willed
most of his estate to a charitable trust for medical research. $240
million was set aside for medical research at UCSF. He named the
Bank of Saipan as executor but left behind a number of illegitimate
children in the Philippines and the Mariana Islands who are laying
claim to his estate. In 1998 4 children won $90 million settlements
each. Later it was learned that many of his personal effects in
Saipan were buried to avoid DNA tests for paternity confirmation. In
2012 James D. Scurlock authored “The Life and Ruins of a Billionaire
(WSJ, 5/15/96, p.A1,8)(SFEC, 1/11/98, p.A1)(SFEC,
8/16/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/20/00, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/12/12, p.F7)
1996 May 21, The US Congress
listed the California red-legged frog as an endangered species. The
year long moratorium blocking new listings by the Fish and Wildlife
Service ended last month.
(WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-10)
1996 May 21, The Alabama Dept.
of Corrections decided to stop chaining prisoners together after one
year due to security problems.
(SFC, 6/21/96, p.A1,9)
1996 May 21, Al "Lash" LaRue, a
bullwhipping star of low-budget 1940s Westerns, died at 78. He had
performed in touring shows and attempted suicide in 1958. He was
arrested for possession of marijuana in the 1970s as a traveling
(SFC, 5/31/96, p.E2)
1996 May 21, Mary Perot Nichols
(79), journalist, died.
1996 May 21, Bangladesh Pres.
Abdur Rahman Biswas accused the army chief. Lt. General Abu Saleh
Mohammad Nasim of ordering troops to march against the government.
There has been 2 presidents assassinated, 3 military coups, and 18
coup attempts since independence in 1971.
(SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-10)
1996 May 21, A bombing in New
Delhi, India, killed 25 people. Kashmiri separatists claimed
(WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-1)
1996 May 21, A Tanzanian ferry
sank on Lake Victoria and at least 615 people, many of whom were
students, were killed. Pres. Mkapa called the sinking a national
disaster. The ferry, MV Bukoba with capacity for 441, was traveling
from Bukoba to Mwanza. 563 of the 663 aboard were presumed dead.
(WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/22/96, p.A8)(WSJ,
5/23/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/21/97)
1996 May 21, The government of
Zambia adopted new constitutional amendments to prevent Kenneth
Kaunda from running for president. The amendments require that
candidates be at least second-generation Zambians. Kaunda is the son
of immigrants from Malawi.
(SFC, 5/22/96, p.A9)
1997 May 21, Prosecutors at the
Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh rested their case.
1997 May 21, The space shuttle
Atlantis undocked from the Russian Mir space station.
1997 May 21, In Afghanistan
faction leader Gen. Abdurrashid Dostum, an ethnic-Uzbek, was up
against mutineers in 6 of his 8 northern provinces.
(SFC, 5/22/97, p.C2)(SFC, 10/10/01, p.A3)
1997 May 21, In Bulgaria Ivan
Kostov was elected the new premiere by the parliament. He planned
reforms for the economy, cleanup of corruption, and gaining
admission to the EU and NATO.
(SFC, 5/22/97, p.C3)
1997 May 21, In India an
earthquake killed at least 27. Its epicenter was near Jabalpur City,
about 400 miles southeast of New Delhi.
(SFC, 5/22/97, p.C4)
1997 May 21, In Mexico a
half-ton of cocaine was stolen from a police station in Sonora.
Seven government employees were later charged with the theft.
(SDUT, 6/6/97, p.A1)
1997 May 21, The UN approved an
agreement for equitable use of waters that flow through more than
one country. Only China and Turkey refused to sign the key UN
convention on transnational rivers.
(SFC, 5/22/97, p.C2)(AP, 4/16/11)
1998 May 21, In Anaheim, Ca.,
Disney opened its world of tomorrow.
(SFC, 5/22/98, p.A19)
1998 May 21, Frank and Shirley
Capaci of Streamwood, Ill., announced they were holding a winning
Powerball ticket worth $195 million.
1998 May 21, In Springfield,
Ore., Kipland Kinkel (15) killed 1 classmate and wounded 19 more at
Thurston High School. His parents, William (59) and Faith (57), were
found shot dead at home and a 2nd student died the next day. He had
been expelled from school the previous day for bringing a gun to
school. Kinkel dropped an insanity plea in 1999 and pleaded guilty
to 4 counts of murder and 26 counts of attempted murder. He was
sentenced to over 111 years in prison.
(SFC, 5/22/98, p.A1)(SFC, 5/23/98, p.A1)(SFC,
9/25/99, p.A3)(SFC, 11/11/99, p.A3)
1998 May 21, Canada ordered
major cuts in the catch of Coho salmon on the West Coast due to
declining stocks. Fishing on the Skeena and Thompson River runs was
banned and US officials were urged to take similar action.
(WSJ, 5/22/98, p.A1)
1998 May 21, India announced a
moratorium on nuclear tests and restated a willingness to negotiate
an agreement on a formal test ban.
(SFC, 5/22/98, p.D3)
1998 May 21, In the wake of
deadly anti-government protests, Indonesia’s Pres. Suharto resigned
after 32 years in power and appointed his vice-president, B.J.
Habibie (b. 6/25/36), as the new leader. In 2005 Richard Lloyd Parry
authored “In the Time of Madness,” an account of Indonesia’s
transformation following the resignation of Suharto.
(SFC, 5/21/98, p.A14)(AP, 5/21/99)(Econ, 4/2/05,
1998 May 21, In Cuernavaca,
Mexico, police arrested the wife, son, daughter and daughter-in-law
of kidnapper Daniel Arizmendi Lopez. He was wanted for carrying out
at least 18 bold and brutal kidnappings since 1996.
(SFEC, 5/31/98, p.A24)
1998 May 21, In Portugal the
4-month Expo ‘98 was inaugurated in Lisbon. The theme of the fair
expanded on the UN theme Int’l. Year of the Oceans. 15 million
people were expected to visit with exhibits from almost 150
(SFEC, 2/1/98, p.T6)(SFC, 5/22/98, p.D3)
1998 May 21, In Russia armed
gunmen occupied a building in Makhachkala, Dagestan, in support of
Nadirshakh Khachilayev, who led demands for a new government.
(SFC, 5/22/98, p.D3)
1998 May 21, In northwest
Turkey rains caused floods and left at least 10 people dead.
(SFC, 5/22/98, p.D4)
1999 May 21, Susan Lucci won a
Daytime Emmy Award for best actress on her 19th try.
1999 May 21, Presidential
friend and fund-raiser Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie pleaded guilty to
campaign finance violations and agreed to cooperate in an
investigation of illegal Asian donations to the Democrats.
1999 May 21, The US urged a
buildup of ground forces to secure the return of Kosovo refugees.
(SFC, 5/22/99, p.A1)
1999 May 21, NATO forces bombed
the Dubrava prison near Istok and 19 inmates and guards were killed.
NATO said the facility was used as military barracks. NATO also
mistakenly bombed a KLA base in Kosare that had been seized 6 weeks
earlier and 7 KLA fighters were killed and 25 wounded.
(SFC, 5/22/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.A8)
1999 May 21, In Colombia Piedad
Cordoba, an opposition senator, was kidnapped in Bogota by suspected
ELN rebels. They said she would be freed with a message about the
peace process. Carlos Castano, head of the United Self-Defense
Forces later admitted that he ordered the abduction.
(SFC, 5/22/99, p.A16)(SFC, 5/24/99, p.A13)
1999 May 21, In Indonesia
students in Jakarta clashed with police during protests that former
Pres. Suharto be prosecuted on the one year anniversary of Suharto's
(SFC, 5/22/99, p.A12)
1999 May 21, A luxury cruise
liner, the Sun Vista, sank off Malaysia's western coast; nearly
1,100 passengers and crew escaped safely.
1999 May 21, In Mexico the
northern states of Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora, Durango and Sinaloa
were declared disaster areas due to the ongoing drought.
(SFC, 5/22/99, p.A16)
1999 May 21, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin reappointed several key members of the previous government
to a new Cabinet. He named Vladimir Rushailo as the interior
minister and Nikolai Aksyonenko as a first deputy prime minister.
The media described Rushailo and Aksyonenko as tools of Boris
Berezovsky. Yeltsin also signed permission to keep the Mir space
station aloft pending private financing.
(SFC, 5/22/99, p.A16)(SFC, 5/25/99, p.A8)
1999 May 21, In South Africa a
principal and teacher opened fire on students who were throwing
stones angered by field trip fees. Sithembiso Gcwenya (19) was
killed and 2 students were wounded near Scottburgh on the Indian
(SFC, 5/22/99, p.A12)
2000 May 21, "Dancer in the
Dark" won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; the Grand
Prize went to "Devils on the Doorstep."
2000 May 21, In Pennsylvania a
commuter plane, returning from Atlantic City, NJ, crashed in the
Pocono Mountains near Wilkes-Barre and all 19 people aboard were
(SFC, 5/22/00, p.A1)(AP, 5/21/01)
2000 May 21, Mark Hughes (44),
the late founder of Herbalife International, a maker of nutritional
supplements, died. His son Alex (8) was the sole beneficiary of a
$400 million trust.
2000 May 21, Sir John Gielgud
English actor, died in Aylesbury at age 96. In 2004 Richard Mangan
introduced and edited “Sir John Gielgud: A Life in Letters.”
(SFC, 5/23/00, p.A1)(AP, 5/21/01)(WSJ, 6/18/04,
2000 May 21, In Britain Dame
Barbara Cartland, author of 723 romance novels, died at age 98.
(SFC, 5/22/00, p.A14)
2000 May 21, In Fiji 10 junior
MPs were released after they signed resignation letters. Prime
Minister Chaudhry also agreed to sign a letter of resignation.
(SFEC, 5/21/00, p.B11)
2000 May 21, In Haiti elections
began for 7,625 positions. The Family Lavalas party of former Pres.
Aristide won 14 of 19 senate seats. The international community put
millions in foreign aid on hold until results are revised.
(SFC, 5/22/00, p.A11)(SFC, 5/27/00, p.A13)(SFC,
5/31/00, p.A13)(AP, 2/11/04)
2000 May 21, In the Philippines
soldiers rescued 2 children held by hostages on Basilan. 7 hostages
still remained with Muslim rebels.
(SFC, 5/22/00, p.A11)
2000 May 21, In Sierra Leone
rebels freed 54 more UN workers as government forces advanced on
(SFC, 5/22/00, p.A10)
2001 May 21, The Supreme Court
ruled, six-to-three, that a radio host cannot be sued for airing a
phone conversation taped illegally by a third party.
2001 May 21, The Mitchell
Report on Mideast violence called on Palestinians to jail terrorists
and Israel to freeze settlement activity.
2001 May 21, Ford Motor and
Bridgestone/Firestone announced the termination of their century old
(WSJ, 5/23/01, p.A1)
2001 May 21, Joerg C. Tiller of
MIT said a new polymer, called hexyl-PVP, could be used as a surface
coating and was able to kill common disease-causing organisms.
(SFC, 5/22/01, p.A6)
2001 May 21, The body of
Quetzalcoatl Alba (15) was found in a storage room in the carport
area of the Park Plaza Drive apartment complex in Daly City, Ca.
Suspects Carlos Maldonado and Erick Morales denied involvement and
left the area. In 2007 police found evidence of the crime and
tracked down Maldonado in Miami. He attempted to escape police on
arrival at the SF Airport and jumped a railing plunging 25 feet to
the arrival area of the airport, suffering serious, but non-life
threatening injuries. In 2009 police arrested Erick Morales (25) in
NY state and planned to extradite him to San Mateo. In 2013 Reynaldo
Maldonado (34) was convicted of murder.
(SFC, 10/24/07, p.B4)(SFC, 10/14/09, p.D2)
2001 May 21, In Seattle, Wa.,
members of the Earth Liberation Front torched the Univ. of
Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture causing about $6 million
in damage. An Oregon tree farm owned by Jefferson Poplar Farms was
also burned. 4 people were later convicted of taking part in the
firebombing. One later committed suicide in prison. In 2011 Briana
Waters (35) pleaded guilty to arson and related charges in the
firebombing. In 2012 Waters was sentenced to 4 years in prison with
credit for time served.
p.C3)(SFC, 6/23/12, p.A4)
2001 May 21, In Chile Pres.
Ricardo Lagos made a state-of-the-nation address and raised the
government’s job creation pledge to 150,000 to help offset rising
(WSJ, 5/25/01, p.A8)
2001 May 21, In Iquique, Chile,
26 prisoners, mostly first time offenders, died after rioting
inmates set fires in their cells. Authorities later said the fire
was started by accident.
(WSJ, 5/22/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/23/01, p.A1)
2001 May 21, In Cairo Saad
Eddin Ibrahim, an Egyptian American human rights campaigner, was
sentenced to 7 years in prison of charges of tarnishing Egypt’s
image, accepting foreign money and embezzling funds. His conviction
was overturned Dec 3, 2002.
(SFC, 5/22/01, p.A10)(SFC, 12/4/02, p.A19)
2001 May 21, Amid escalating
Middle East violence, an international commission submitted a report
calling for end to violence, but it was never implemented.
2001 May 21, Cardinals from
around the world gathered at the Vatican for a three-day meeting to
ponder the challenges facing the Roman Catholic Church and who might
lead it after Pope John Paul II.
2002 May 21, President Bush
warned that al-Qaida terrorists still "want to hurt us," while his
Pentagon chief, Donald Rumsfeld, said terrorists inevitably will
acquire weapons of mass destruction from countries like Iraq, Iran
or North Korea.
2002 May 21, The Bush
administration announced that it would resume economic aid to
Yugoslavia because it had met requirements to cooperate with the war
crimes tribunal in The Hague.
(SFC, 5/22/02, p.A15)
2002 May 21, The US State Dept
issued its annual report on terrorism: "Patterns of Global Terrorism
2001." Iran was branded as the most active supporter of terrorism
due to increased support for Palestinian militants.
(SFC, 5/22/02, p.A12)
2002 May 21, Merrill Lynch
agreed to pay $100 million to settle allegations that it misled
investors during the 1990s.
(SFC, 5/22/02, p.A1)
2002 May 21, Citigroup agreed
to buy Cal Fed Bank for $5.8 billion in cash and stock.
(SFC, 5/22/02, p.A1)
2002 May 21, In Medellin,
Colombia, fighting between security forces and guerrillas left at
least 9 people dead including 2 children.
(SFC, 5/22/02, p.A15)
2002 May 21, In Germany there
were anti-war protests on the eve of Pres. Bush's arrival.
(WSJ, 5/22/02, p.A1)
2002 May 21, It was reported
that scientists in Guatemala had found the source of jade deposits
used by the Olmecs and Mayans.
(SFC, 5/22/02, p.A2)
2002 May 21, Fighting between
Indian and Pakistan soldiers in Kashmir killed 9 civilians and
wounded 7 others. Gunmen in Srinagar assassinated Abdul Ghani Lone
(70), a moderate Kashmiri separatist leader.
(SFC, 5/21/02, p.A9)(SFC, 5/22/02, p.A13)(WSJ,
2003 May 21, Ruben Studdard
edged Clay Aiken to win the second "American Idol" competition on
2003 May 21, Christie Whitman
(56), former New Jersey governor, announced her resignation as chief
of the Environmental Protective Agency.
(SFC, 5/22/03, p.A1)
2003 May 21, In Algeria a 6.7
earthquake struck near Algiers. More than 2,200 people were killed
and thousands injured. Thenia, 40 miles east of Algiers, was worst
(SFC, 5/22/03, p.A1)(AP, 5/25/03)(SFC, 5/27/03,
2003 May 21, American troops
guarding the US Embassy in Kabul shot and killed four Afghan
soldiers, apparently mistaking them for assailants.
2003 May 21, In Barbados PM
Owen Arthur's governing Labor Party won elections in a landslide
victory that secured the party 23 seats in the legislature. The
opposition Democratic Labor Party won seven seats in the 30-seat
2003 May 21, In northeastern
Congo the death toll from more than a week of tribal fighting rose
to 280 people.
2003 May 21, In Iraq US forces
captured Aziz Saleh Numan, former Baath regional command chairman
for west Baghdad. He was No. 8 on the most wanted list.
(SFC, 5/23/03, p.A20)
2003 May 21, Israeli troops
shot to death 2 Palestinians including a mother of 8 during a clash
at the West Bank village of Qarawat Bani Zeid.
(SFC, 5/22/03, p.A3)
2003 May 21, In Myanmar bombs
exploded on the border with Thailand, killing four people.
2003 May 21, The Mexican
Justice Department said that 258 women had been killed since 1993 in
2003 May 21, NATO's 19 nations
agreed unanimously to start planning to help Poland lead a
multinational peacekeeping force in Iraq.
2003 May 21, Taiwan reported 35
new cases of SARS for a total of 418 with 52 deaths.
(SFC, 5/22/03, p.A3)
2004 May 21, Nearly 100,000
unionized SBC Communications Inc. workers began a four-day strike to
protest the local-phone giant's latest contract offer.
2004 May 21, In northeastern
Bangladesh a bomb exploded during noon prayers at a Muslim shrine,
killing two Bangladeshi men and wounding about 100 people.
2004 May 21, The UN Security
Council approved a peacekeeping force of 5,600 troops for Burundi to
help the African nation finally end a 10-year civil war.
2004 May 21, The European Union
confirmed its backing for Russia to join the World Trade
Organization, and Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow in
turn would speed up ratification of the troubled Kyoto accord on
2004 May 21, In Iraq American
AC-130 gunships and tanks bombarded militia positions near two
shrines in the holy city of Karbala, killing 18 fighters loyal to a
2004 May 21, Israeli troops
pulled back from two neighborhoods in the Rafah refugee camp.
2004 May 21, Japanese automaker
Mitsubishi Motors Corp., struggling to survive, announced it would
cut 11,000 jobs.
2004 May 21, African finance
ministers began a two-day meeting in Uganda to discuss how their
governments can do more to reduce trade imbalances with rich
2005 May 21, Afleet Alex
regained his footing and his drive after being cut off by Scrappy T
in a frightening collision and breezed home to win the Preakness
Stakes; Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo finished third.
2005 May 21, In Oakland, Ca.,
groundbreaking took place for the new Cathedral of Christ the Light
at the northwest tip of Lake Merritt. It was built on the site of an
1893 neo-Gothic brick church damaged by the 1989 earthquake. The
$131 million Catholic project was designed by Craig Hartman.
Completion was expected in 2008. Dedication ceremonies for the $190
million cathedral were later set for Sep 25, 2008.
(SSFC, 5/22/05, p.A1)(SFC, 9/13/08, p.A7)(WSJ,
2005 May 21, In east Cleveland,
Ohio, a fire broke out during a sleepover at a crowded house,
killing Medeia Carter (33), 4 of her children and 4 other children.
In 2010 a judge ruled that suspect Antun Lewis (27) is mentally
disabled and can’t face execution. On Feb 14, 2011, Lewis was
convicted for the arson deaths.
(AP, 5/22/05)(SFC, 12/28/10, p.A6)(SFC, 2/15/11,
2005 May 21, In NYC a Cessna
172S crashed at Coney Island killing all 4 people aboard.
(SSFC, 5/22/05, p.A4)
2005 May 21, Howard Morris
(85), best known for playing poetry-spouting hillbilly Ernest T.
Bass on the "Andy Griffith Show," died at his home in the Hollywood
section of Los Angeles.
2005 May 21, In eastern
Afghanistan fighting between insurgents and US-led coalition and
Afghan forces left 12 rebels dead and one U.S. soldier slightly
wounded. In southern Afghanistan a bomb exploded near a U.S.
military patrol, killing one American soldier and wounding two
(AP, 5/21/05)(AP, 5/22/05)
2005 May 21, Azerbaijani
protesters demanding free elections were beaten back by police, who
arrested dozens as they broke up a banned rally.
2005 May 21, The Belgian film
“The Child,” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, won the Palme d’Or at
the Cannes Film Festival.
(SSFC, 5/22/05, p.A2)
2005 May 21, China ordered
emergency measures to prevent an outbreak of avian flu after
investigators said migratory birds found dead in a western province
this month were killed by the virus.
2005 May 21-2005 May 22, Some
160 delegates from Cuba’s opposition movement held an assembly in
Havana without government interference.
(Econ, 5/28/05, p.40)
2005 May 21, Germany's
prestigious Academy of Arts was reopened at its pre-World War II
site next to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.
2005 May 21, Sunni groups
joined forces to form a political and religious organization to
represent the minority as it seeks to gain influence in Iraq's new
2005 May 21, In South Korea
Chung Se-yung (76) died in Seoul. He helped build Hyundai Motor Co.
into one of the world’s biggest car companies.
(SFC, 5/23/05, p.B4)
2005 May 21, In Libya reporter
Daif al-Ghazal (32) was taken from the northern city of Benghazi by
armed men and taken to an unknown location. His body was found a
2005 May 21, In Lahore,
Pakistan, some 300 male and female runners participated in .06-mile
footrace in a symbolic victory for co-ed running.
(SFC, 6/1/05, p.A8)
2005 May 21, The Palestinian
interior ministry said the Hamas militant group has agreed to halt
mortar and rocket fire on Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, a
deal meant to save a truce threatened by three consecutive days of
2005 May 21, In central Peru a
passenger bus plunged off a bridge into a river on, killing at least
35 people and injuring 30 others.
2005 May 21, In South Africa
several hundred people, most of them white, demonstrated to protest
a proposal to change the capital's name from Pretoria, the name
given to it by white settlers, to Tshwane, as the site was once
known to its original African inhabitants.
2005 The Eurovision song
contest was held in Kiev, Ukraine.
(Econ, 5/14/05, p.57)
2005 May 21, In eastern
Venezuela armed gunmen stole a 2nd government-owned helicopter
before dawn after taking 3 security guards hostage at an airport in
2006 May 21, US Attorney
General Alberto Gonzales said the government has the legal authority
to prosecute journalists for publishing classified information.
(SFC, 5/22/06, p.A2)
2006 May 21, In Louisiana a
shooting spree at The Ministry of Jesus Christ church in Baton Rouge
left 4 people dead. Anthony Bell (25) then kidnapped his wife and
killed her. He was charged with murder in the deaths of his wife and
her grandparents, great aunt and a cousin.
(AP, 5/22/06)(SFC, 5/22/06, p.A3)
2006 May 21, In Oregon
demolition crews destroyed the 499-foot cooling tower of the Trojan
Nuclear Power Plant. Demolition of the containment dome was
scheduled in 2008.
(SFC, 5/22/06, p.A2)
2006 May 21, In SF some 62,000
runners participated in the annual Bay to Breakers race. Gilbert
Okari (27) of Kenya won in 34 minutes and 20 seconds. Among the
women Ukrainian Tetyana Hladyr won in 39:09. Mayor Newsom finished
the 7.46 miles in 59:04.
(SFC, 5/22/06, p.A1)
2006 May 21, Katherine Dunham
(96), a pioneering dancer, author and civil rights activist, died in
2006 May 21, Grand Ole Opry
legend Billy Walker (77) died in a traffic accident along an Alabama
2006 May 21, In Afghanistan a
car bomb exploded on a busy road in Kabul, killing the driver of the
car and two civilians.
2006 May 21, Greek Cypriots
voted to elect a new parliament on this divided island, their first
vote since rejecting a UN reunification plan. Voters put their
weight behind parties in President Tassos Papadopoulos' governing
coalition, a result likely to be seen as an endorsement of his
rejection of a UN plan to reunify this war-divided island.
2006 May 21, In Egypt global
business and political leaders focused on dialogue, democracy and
development in the Middle East. 3 major players, Iran, Hamas and
Syria, were absent.
2006 May 21, Iraq's new PM
Nouri al-Maliki promised to use "maximum force" if necessary to end
the brutal insurgent and sectarian violence racking his country. A
suicide bomber killed at least 13 people and injured 17 when he blew
himself up in a downtown Baghdad restaurant frequented by police.
The attack came as PM Nouri al-Maliki pledged to soon fill vacancies
in his two key security ministries. Bombs and killings across Iraq
left a total of 30 people dead.
(AP, 5/21/06)(SFC, 5/22/06, p.A6)(AP, 5/21/07)
2006 May 21, The Israeli
Cabinet approved the transfer of $11 million worth of medicine and
health supplies to the Palestinians to help ease the deteriorating
humanitarian conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Officials
said that Israel has approved plans to expand four Jewish
settlements in the West Bank, a practice the United States has
opposed in the past.
2006 May 21, Local authorities
said boats carrying more than 400 migrants have been intercepted off
Lampedusa over the past 48 hours, overwhelming the tiny island south
2006 May 21, Islamic militants
dressed as policemen hurled grenades and shot into a rally by the
ruling Congress party in India's portion of Kashmir, killing at
least 7 people and wounding 22 others. Two attackers were killed.
2006 May 21, Kuwait's ruler
dissolved parliament and called early elections amid a dispute
between the government and lawmakers over electoral reform.
2006 May 21, A Kuwait criminal
court acquitted five former Guantanamo detainees of charges that
they collected money for Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
Abdullah Salih al-Ajmi (29), released from Guantanamo in 2005, took
part in a suicide bomb attack in Mosul in April, 2008.
(AP, 5/21/06)(SFC, 5/8/08, p.A8)
2006 May 21, In Liberia tens of
thousands of children marched against hunger, adding their voices to
a global event to tackle food shortages that many in the
war-battered west African nation have felt firsthand.
2006 May 21, Montenegro voted
by a slim margin to secede from Serbia and form a separate nation,
erasing the last vestiges of the former Yugoslavia. More than 55
percent of Montenegrins voted for independence.
(Econ, 3/4/06, p.47)(AP, 5/22/06)(AFP, 7/19/18)
2006 May 21, In Nigeria rock
star and activist Bono told African finance ministers that the
recent goodwill of wealthy industrialized countries toward Africa
could dissipate unless the continent tackles corruption.
2006 May 21, Pakistan and Iran
officials met again in Islamabad to discuss a proposed 1,735-mile
pipeline that would deliver Iranian gas to Pakistan and India.
2006 May 21, In Sri Lanka 2
soldiers were killed and two others wounded in two separate Claymore
mine attacks in the northeastern Trincomalee district and the
northern district of Vavuniya. Figures maintained by the
Scandinavian truce monitoring mission showed that 510 people were
killed in Sri Lanka's embattled regions since December. Suspected
rebels attacked the offices of three international aid groups in
what appeared to be their first assault on foreigners. Tamil
separatists denied the charge.
(AFP, 5/21/06)(AP, 5/21/06)
2007 May 21, US Democratic
presidential hopeful Joseph Biden called for US troops to help quell
the violence in Sudan's Darfur region, drawing a strong rebuke from
Sudan's UN envoy.
2007 May 21, A Chinese
delegation led by Vice Premier Wu Yi arrived in the United States
for two days of talks that will spotlight tensions over US trade
deficits with the Asian export giant. A Chinese state fund that is
buying a $3 billion stake in US private equity firm Blackstone Group
LP wants to avoid political backlashes when it makes other
2007 May 21, Bill Richardson,
Gov. of New Mexico, officially joined the race for the Democratic
(WSJ, 5/22/07, p.A1)
2007 May 21, The US Supreme
Court ruled that parents don't need to hire a lawyer to sue public
school districts over their children's special education needs.
2007 May 21, The US Food and
Drug Administration issued a safety alert for the diabetes drug
Avandia, marketed by GlaxoSmithKline, which disputed a report saying
it was linked to a greater risk of heart attack. A doctor in
Maryland had linked Avandia to congestive heart failure in 2000, but
GlaxoSmithKline rejected her warning and tried to stop her from
talking about it with other doctors and hospitals.
(AP, 5/21/08)(WSJ, 11/19/08, p.B6)
2007 May 21, Florida set its
2008 presidential primary for January 29.
(WSJ, 5/22/07, p.A1)
2007 May 21, It was reported
that California’s spending trends would have the prison budget
overtake spending on state universities in five years.
(SFC, 5/21/07, p.A1)
2007 May 21, Afghanistan's
lower house of parliament voted to oust an outspoken female lawmaker
who has enraged former mujahedeen fighters now in President Hamid
Karzai's US-backed government. Malalai Joya (29) had compared
parliament to a stable full of animals in a recent TV interview. A
parliament rule known as Article 70 forbids lawmakers from
criticizing one another.
2007 May 21, Mining giant Rio
Tinto and energy powerhouse BP announced plans for a $1.5 billion
coal-fired power project in Australia which would capture carbon
dioxide to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
2007 May 21, The presidents of
Belarus and Iran sought to cement ties that the Belarusian leader
called "a strategic partnership." Belarus will develop an oil field
in Iran under an agreement announced by President Alexander
Lukashenko during a visit by Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
2007 May 21, In Greenwich,
England, a spectacular fire heavily damaged the clipper ship Cutty
Sark, one of London's proudest relics of the 19th century tea trade
with China designed to be the fastest ship of its day. Cutty Sark
left London on its first voyage on Feb. 16, 1870, proceeding around
Cape Hope to Shanghai 3 1/2 months later. The ship made only eight
voyages to China in the tea trade, as steam ships replaced sail on
the high seas.
2007 May 21, In Chile Pres.
Michelle Bachelet apologized for failing to fix her capital's public
bus system and promised to raise education spending by hundreds of
millions of dollars.
2007 May 21, Ethiopian troops
backing Somalia's fragile government killed one person and wounded
another after their convoy was targeted by a land mine in Mogadishu.
Two Ethiopian rebel groups, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and the
Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), said they have killed 157
troops in the east of the country this month.
(AP, 5/21/07)(AFP, 5/22/07)
2007 May 21, Indar Jit Rikhye
(86), Indian peacekeeper, died. In 1970 he set up the Int’l. Peace
Academy in NYC to train military officers and diplomats in simulated
(Econ, 6/9/07, p.99)(www.ipacademy.org/our-work)
2007 May 21, Iran charged Haleh
Esfandiari, a jailed Iranian-American academic, with setting up a
network to overthrow the Islamic establishment, the government
announced. Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the
Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, has been held
at Tehran's notorious Evin Prison since early May.
2007 May 21, Gunmen in two cars
attacked a minibus outside Hibhib, Diyala Province, killing 7
passengers, including a child. In western Baghdad, a roadside bomb
exploded near a group of Iraqi soldiers patrolling the
Sunni-dominated Adil neighborhood in western Baghdad, killing three
of the soldiers and injuring two. The Iraqi newspaper Azzaman
reported that one of its reporters, Ali Khalil (22), was kidnapped
while leaving a relative's house in the increasingly volatile Baiyaa
neighborhood of Baghdad and found dead several hours later. Two
gunmen killed two police officers as they walked by the police
station in Muqdadiyah. In Basra gunmen killed one police officer and
wounding another in an attack on their patrol. A British soldier and
a civilian driver were killed when a supply convoy was attacked in
the center of Basra.
(AP, 5/21/07)(AP, 5/22/07)
2007 May 21, Israel pushed
ahead with its campaign against Palestinian rocket squads, pounding
the Gaza Strip with new airstrikes that killed five militants. A
rocket from Gaza killed an Israeli woman.
(AP, 5/21/07)(WSJ, 5/22/07, p.A1)
2007 May 21, Japanese Emperor
Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Sweden, kicking off a 10-day
tour of Europe that will take in the three Baltic nations and
Britain, where they have faced protests in the past.
2007 May 21, Kazakhstan's Pres.
Nazarbayev (66) approved a constitutional amendment that waives
presidential term limits and allows him to seek the top post
(AP, 5/22/07)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.42)
2007 May 21, Lebanese troops
pounded a Palestinian refugee camp with artillery and tank fire for
a second day, raising huge palls of smoke as they battled a militant
group suspected of ties to al-Qaida in the worst eruption of
violence since the end of the 1975-90 civil war.
2007 May 21, Norway said it
would make its first transfer of direct aid to the Palestinians' new
government, more than two months after the Nordic country broke with
most Western nations by recognizing the Hamas-led coalition.
2007 May 21, In Pakistan
radical Islamist students kidnapped three policemen in Islamabad,
creating a second tense police hostage stand-off.
2007 May 21, Paraguayan
President Nicanor Duarte and Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met
in Paraguay's capital, Asuncion, and vowed to boost legitimate trade
and to strengthen cross-border cooperation in fighting smuggling in
the Triple Border.
2007 May 21, Polish doctors
launched a nationwide open-ended strike, demanding a pay raise amid
complaints that the health system is underfunded and medical
professionals are overworked.
2007 May 21, In northern Sri
Lanka 6 people were killed during deepening fighting between
government soldiers and separatist rebels.
2007 May 21, In Tanzania the
appeals court of the UN-backed Rwandan genocide tribunal upheld a
life sentence for Mika Muhimana (57), convicted on multiple counts
of rape and murder. Muhimana, a Hutu, was accused of involvement in
the rape of nearly 30 women from the minority Tutsi tribe during
Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
2008 May 21, Pres. Bush signed
legislation to protect people from losing their jobs or health
insurance when genetic testing reveals they are susceptible to
costly diseases. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act was
designed to prohibit the improper use of genetic information in
health insurance and employment.
2008 May 21, American Airlines
said it will remove 75 of 954 aircraft in its fleet and start
charging some domestic passengers $15 to check a suitcase due to
rising fuel costs. Oil futures closed at a record $133.17.
(SFC, 5/22/08, p.C1)(WSJ, 5/22/08, p.A1)
2008 May 21, In Afghanistan 2
NATO soldiers and a civilian interpreter were killed when an
explosion hit them during a patrol in eastern Ghazni province. In
eastern Kunar province a rocket hit a schoolyard in Asmor district,
killing one student and wounding four others. The victims were
between eight and 14 years old.
(AP, 5/21/08)(WSJ, 5/22/08, p.A9)(AP, 5/23/08)
2008 May 21, In Australia
Milton Orkopoulos (50), the former New South Wales state minister
for Aboriginal affairs, was jailed for nearly 14 years on child sex
and drugs charges.
2008 May 21, Ethiopian PM Meles
Zenawi claimed that government troops have killed or captured 95
percent of rebels in the separatist Ogaden region.
2008 May 21, Hundreds of French
fishermen clashed with police in Paris and severely disrupted
cross-Channel traffic as they stepped up a 10-day-old protest
against soaring fuel costs.
2008 May 21, Georgia held
2008 May 21, India and Pakistan
signed a pact in Islamabad granting consular access to prisoners in
each other's jails but reported no significant progress in
negotiations on the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
2008 May 21, In Indonesia
thousands of students took to the streets across the country to
protest the government's plan to raise fuel prices.
2008 May 21, At least 11 people
were killed when gunfire broke out after a roadside bombing in a
Shiite militia stronghold in eastern Baghdad near Sadr City, scene
of a major military clampdown. The shooting occurred in the Obeidi
neighborhood after three roadside bombs targeted joint US-Iraqi
troops. An Iraqi television cameraman, Wissam Ali Auda, of Afaq TV,
was killed in the fighting. A second journalist was killed north of
Baghdad. The bullet-riddled body of Hashim al-Hussein (35), a
correspondent for the Sharq newspaper kidnapped a day earlier, was
found dumped near the city of Baqouba. A US helicopter strike north
of Baghdad killed 8 civilians, including several children. The US
military said the assault targeted al-Qaida fighters but
acknowledged that children died.
(AP, 5/21/08)(AP, 5/22/08)
2008 May 21, Brian Keenan (66),
a commanding figure during the Irish Republican Army's long march
from war to peace, died of cancer.
2008 May 21, Israel and Syria
said they were holding indirect peace talks through Turkish
mediators on a dispute that centers on the Golan Heights.
2008 May 21, Premier Silvio
Berlusconi moved his Cabinet meeting to Naples, vowing to clean the
city's streets of the garbage that has piled up for months and
become a stinking symbol of government inadequacy.
2008 May 21, Lebanon's feuding
factions reached a breakthrough deal, following talks in Qatar, to
end the country's 18-month political stalemate. The deal gives the
militant Hezbollah group and its allies veto over any government
2008 May 21, In northern Mali
27 people were killed, including 10 soldiers, following an insurgent
attack on an army base. Ethnic Tuareg rebels active in the area
claimed responsibility for the attack. They said only one of their
fighters died in the skirmish and that they had taken some 60
2008 May 21, UN chief Ban
Ki-moon began a mission for Myanmar's cyclone victims, saying "our
focus now is on saving lives," as the military government gave
approval UN helicopters to distribute aid.
(Reuters, 5/21/08)(WSJ, 5/22/08, p.A1)
2008 May 21, In northern
Nigeria 46 soldiers, who just returned from a peacekeeping mission
in Darfur, were killed in a road accident. 10 people drowned and six
were rescued when their boat capsized in Port Harcourt.
(AFP, 5/22/08)(AFP, 5/23/08)
2008 May 21, Pakistan's
government promised to "gradually" pull out troops from the
northwestern valley of Swat after signing a peace agreement with
2008 May 21, In Moscow, Russia,
Manchester United prevailed over Chelsea in the soccer final of the
(Econ, 5/24/08, p.77)
2008 May 21, The interior
ministers of Senegal and Spain signed an agreement extending
cooperation between the west African nation and the EU border
control agency Frontex to combat illegal immigration by one year.
2008 May 21, In southern
Somalia dozens of heavily armed gunmen kidnapped two Italian aid
workers and their Somali colleague.
2008 May 21, In South Africa
xenophobic violence, that has killed at least 24 people, spilled
over to the volatile Zulu heartland and security officials discussed
whether to use troops to quell unrest.
2008 May 21, Dozens of men on
horseback armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades
ambushed Nigerian peacekeepers serving with the joint UN-African
Union force in Darfur. No casualties were reported.
2008 May 21, Two Swedish
contractors were arrested suspected of preparing to sabotage The
Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in southern Sweden, after traces of
explosives were found on one of the men. Police released the 2 men
the next day as technical experts continued an investigation.
(AFP, 5/21/08)(Reuters, 5/22/08)
2008 May 21, Ukraine moved to
strengthen its currency, the hryvnia, by revising its peg to the
dollar form 5.05 hryvnia per dollar to 4.85.
(WSJ, 5/22/08, p.C14)
2009 May 21, Alaska’s Gov.
Sarah Palin became the only governor to turn down federal stimulus
money for energy efficiency, a move that legislators called
"disappointing" for a state with some of the country's highest
2009 May 21, In northern
California police arrested James Stanley Koenig (57), Gary T.
Armitage (59) and Jeffery A. Guidi (54) for running an alleged Ponzi
scheme that swindled thousands of people of more then $200 million
(SFC, 5/23/09, p.B1)
2009 May 21, In Florida 11
people were indicted in Miami on charges of running a money
laundering racket for the Bonano crime family of New York. A FBI
agent posing as a crooked businessman was key to the indictment.
(SFC, 5/22/09, p.A6)
2009 May 21, Linda Fleming
(66), a woman with late-stage pancreatic cancer, became the first
person to kill herself under Washington state's new assisted suicide
law, known as "death with dignity."
2009 May 21, In Afghanistan two
militants were killed and six others detained after a clash in
southern Helmand province. A US military statement said US and
Afghan forces had seized 16.5 tons of drugs and killed 34 Islamic
militants during a 3-day operation in the south.
(AP, 5/21/09)(SFC, 5/22/09, p.A2)
2009 May 21, Bolivia’s
President Evo Morales called for an about-face in relations with
Washington, saying past diplomatic spats can be overcome if the new
US government refrains from meddling in Bolivian affairs.
2009 May 21, The British
government announced a climbdown over settlement rights for Gurkha
veterans, saying all of the Nepalese fighters who have served at
least four years can apply to live here.
2009 May 21, In Egypt Hisham
Talaat Moustafa, a real estate mogul with ties to Egyptian president
Hosni Mubarak's son, was sentenced to death for ordering the slaying
of a Lebanese pop star in a case that sparked a media frenzy in a
country where the elite is often perceived as being above the law.
Moustafa, a member of the ruling National Democratic Party, was
accused of paying a former Egyptian police officer $2 million to
kill Suzanne Tamim while she was in Dubai. Former officer, Mohsen
el-Sukkary, was also convicted and sentenced to death. On March 4,
2010, the Court of Cassation, the country's highest court of appeal,
overturned his conviction, and ordered a retrial.
(AP, 5/21/09)(AP, 3/4/10)
2009 May 21, In Georgia police
killed Giorgy Krialashvili, a former military officer accused of
plotting mutiny, and wounded two others in an overnight gunbattle.
Protesters condemned the shootings and blocked Tbilisi streets in
the seventh week of an anti-government campaign.
2009 May 21, In Iraq a suicide
bomber killed 8 US-backed Sunni paramilitaries as they waited in a
line to receive salaries at an Iraqi military base in the northern
city of Kirkuk. A bomb exploded inside a police station in western
Baghdad, killing 2 policemen and wounding 19 others. 3 American
soldiers were killed in a bombing in Baghdad that also killed 12
(AP, 5/21/09)(SFC, 5/22/09, p.A4)
2009 May 21, Israeli security
forces demolished a minor Jewish settlement outpost in the West
Bank, three days after President Barack Obama told visiting Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he must halt settlement activity.
2009 May 21, Japan’s PM Taro
Aso again urged the public to stay calm as a total of 292 swine flu
cases were reported, including the third in greater Tokyo, the
world's largest urban area.
2009 May 21, Fathi al-Jahmi,
Libyan dissident and human rights activist repeatedly imprisoned in
Libya for defying the country's leader Moammar Gadhafi, died after
being released earlier this month to Jordan. He never regained
consciousness after having slipped into a coma following a stroke on
May 4 in a Libyan jail. He was sentenced to death in 2006 for
failing to recognize Gadhafi's authority, and remained behind bars
until his release to Jordan.
2009 May 21, Nepal's Maoists
agreed to stop blocking parliamentary proceedings so lawmakers can
choose a new government to ease the country's political crisis.
Lawmakers from the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) said that
although they had agreed to lift their protests, they would
permanently end them only if the chamber takes up a motion censuring
President Ram Baran Yadav.
2009 May 21, New Zealand police
launched an international search for Leo Gao, a businessman, and his
girlfriend, Kara Hurring, who allegedly took money and ran after the
Westpac Bank in Rotorua mistakenly put 10 million New Zealand
dollars ($6.1 million) into their account. The couple managed to
flee the country with about $2.3 million. Hurring returned to New
Zealand voluntarily in Feb, 2011. She faced trial in 2012 on charges
of stealing NZ$11,000 and money laundering HK$1.5 million ($192,000)
in Macau. Hui (Leo) Gao was arrested by Hong Kong border patrol on
Sep 29 as he tried to enter the territory from China.
(AP, 5/21/09)(AP, 5/22/09)(AFP, 9/30/11)(AFP,
2009 May 21, Pakistan said five
soldiers and an unspecified number of "miscreants-terrorists" were
killed in battles in several parts of the Swat valley during the
previous 24 hours. Seven militants were captured.
2009 May 21, South Korea’s
Supreme Court said that doctors treating a comatose woman (76) must
remove her from life support as her family requested, the first time
it has ruled in favor of a patient's right to die.
2009 May 21, Sri Lanka said it
planned to return most of the nearly 300,000 civilians displaced by
civil war to their homes this year as the president called on the
country to be magnanimous in victory.
2009 May 21, Sudan announced
the results of a nationwide census seen as crucial to prepare
constituencies for elections next year, but which former southern
rebels said they would reject. The census showed Sudan to have a
total population of 39,154,490, with 8,260,490 or 21 percent living
in the south.
2009 May 21, In Venezuela
police and soldiers raided a property belonging to the head of the
only anti-government news network amid a growing confrontation
between the station and President Hugo Chavez's government.
2009 May 21, Zimbabwe’s PM
Morgan Tsvangirai said the unity government has agreed on key
appointments in an attempt to resolve the political impasse that has
paralyzed the new administration.
2010 May 21, In San Francisco
the city planning commission approved a plan to open a medical
marijuana facility in the Sunset District, despite objections by
(SFC, 5/22/10, p.C1)
2010 May 21, The Texas State
Board of Education adopted a social studies and history curriculum
that amended or watered down the teaching of civil rights, slavery,
America’s relationship with the UN and hundreds of other items.
(SFC, 5/22/10, p.A6)
2010 May 21, European Union
finance ministers started laying out new, tougher rules for their
public finances in the hopes of winning back market confidence and
preventing a repeat of the debt crisis that is threatening the euro.
2010 May 21, In Bolivia retired
Gen. Gary Prado, famous for capturing Ernesto "Che" Guevara, was
ordered held under house arrest in connection with an alleged plot
against President Evo Morales. Prosecutors alleged that Prado had
exchanged "ultrasecret" encrypted e-mail with Eduardo Rozsa, a
Bolivian-born Hungarian who was slain in an April 2009 raid by an
elite police unit.
2010 May 21, In China some 1900
workers at a Honda auto parts factory in Guangdong province went on
strike demanding higher pay. Monthly pay at the facility in Foshan
city was about $117 per month. Similar companies paid between $292
and $365 a month. Honda announced a settlement on June 4.
5/30/10, p.A4)(AP, 6/4/10)
2010 May 21, Three Americans
jailed in Iran for 10 months met with their mothers a second time as
Iranian authorities used their visit to underline their complaints
about their own citizens detained by the United States.
2010 May 21, In Iraq a car
bombing at an open-air market in Khalis, a Shiite town northeast of
Baghdad, left 30 people dead. A US Division-North soldier was killed
near Mosul in an incident that was put under investigation.
2010 May 21, In Indian Kashmir
thousands of people turned out to pay tribute to two slain
separatist leaders as a one-day strike called to mark the occasion
closed shops and businesses.
2010 May 21, Mexican officials
said Jose Manuel Garcia, a senior member of the Sinaloa cartel, one
of Mexico's largest criminal gangs, has been arrested along with a
cache of weapons, money and drugs.
2010 May 21, Nigerian officials
and residents said hundreds of Niger nationals, mostly women and
children, have flooded into the country in search of food.
2010 May 21, Norwegian browser
developer Opera Software said it is moving its data processing
capacity to a newly-built center in Iceland, one of the first
foreign investment deals for the crisis-hit island as it tries to
rebuild its economy.
2010 May 21, Pakistani
protesters shouted "Death to Facebook", "Death to America" and burnt
US flags, venting growing anger over "sacrilegious" caricatures of
the Prophet Mohammed on the Internet.
2010 May 21, Two Palestinian
militants, Nader Abu Dakkar (17) and Hamdi Abu Hammad (17)
infiltrated Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip but were killed
in a firefight with Israeli troops. The Israeli military launched
aerial raids overnight in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, following a
rocket attack the previous evening. No one was injured or killed in
(AP, 5/21/10)(AFP, 5/21/10)(AFP, 5/22/10)
2010 May 21, Spain convicted 3
members of Basque separatist group ETA of detonating a car bomb at
Madrid airport in 2006 that killed two Ecuadorians.
2010 May 21, In southern Sudan
President Salva Kiir was sworn in eight months ahead of a scheduled
referendum on whether the south will secede from the north. The
south and the northern government, led by Sudanese President Omar
al-Bashir, must still negotiate how the two regions will share oil
revenues and divide access to the Nile River waters before the
2010 May 21, Yemen’s Pres.
Saleh extended an olive branch to the opposition, offering to form a
national unity government and announcing an amnesty for imprisoned
southern separatists and Shiite rebels.
2011 May 21, Hackers launched a
"significant and tenacious" cyber attack on Lockheed Martin, a major
defense contractor holding highly sensitive information.
2011 May 21, It was reported
that a mutated form of equine herpes virus-1 has killed at least 7
horses and sickened another 37 in 8 states including 14 in
(SFC, 5/21/11, p.D1)
2011 May 21, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed at least 6 medical students and wounded 23
more at a military hospital in a heavily-guarded area of Kabul. 3
Afghan policemen were killed and 3 wounded when their vehicle was
struck by a roadside bomb in the western province of Herat. A border
police officer was killed when his vehicle was struck by a roadside
bomb in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar.
(AFP, 5/21/11)(AP, 5/22/11)
2011 May 21, Iran's
Intelligence Ministry claimed that it has arrested at least 30
people allegedly linked to a CIA-run spy network in accusations that
also could spill over into the country's deepening political power
2011 May 21, Iranian dissident
Mohammad Rasoulof won the Cannes prize for best director in the Un
Certain Regard section but could not attend because of "Kafkaesque"
authorities at home.
2011 May 21, In northern Iraq
violence in the disputed province of Kirkuk left five people dead,
just two days after a string of anti-police attacks in the region
2011 May 21, In Ivory Coast
Alassane Ouattara was inaugurated as the president, in a ceremony
meant to mark the return of constitutional order and the end of a
political standoff that sparked a conflict that killed hundreds
earlier this year.
2011 May 21, The leaders of
Japan, China and South Korea travelled to Fukushima in a show of
solidarity over the ongoing nuclear crisis, visiting evacuees left
homeless by the quake and tsunami.
2011 May 21, In Malaysia a
landslide left 15 boys and one adult dead at an orphanage for ethnic
Malay Muslim boys in a village in central Selangor state. 9 people
(AP, 5/21/11)(AP, 5/22/11)
2011 May 21, Mexican marines
were confronted when passing by what proved to be a gang safe house
in the Durango state capital, also named Durango. Gunmen fired at
the marines, who shot back then rushed into the house, killing three
2011 May 21, In the Netherlands
the Salesian order's top official, Delegate Herman Spronck,
confirmed in a statement that a priest, identified by RTL Nieuws as
73-year-old "Father Van B.," had served on the board of "Martijn," a
group that campaigns to end the Dutch ban on adult-child sex.
2011 May 21, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il was said to have visited an industrial city in
northeastern China and appeared headed to Beijing by train on the
second day of a mysterious trip to his country's most important
2011 May 21, In the Khyber
region of Pakistan a bomb attack on a NATO fuel tanker headed to
Afghanistan sparked a huge fire that killed 15 people who had been
scrambling to collect petrol leaking out from the bombed-out
vehicle. 11 other NATO supply vehicles, "most of them oil tankers,"
were destroyed at a terminal in nearby Torkham town.
2011 May 21, Palestinian
officials said that Israel's dismissive response to President Barack
Obama's new Mideast peace proposal proves there's not enough common
ground for meaningful negotiations.
2011 May 21, Masked
Palestinians shot dead Omar Helwan (32) of Beit Dajan village. The
West Bank man was suspected of spying for Israel. This was the
second such killing in the occupied territory this month.
2011 May 21, Russia's oil
pipeline monopoly said it would appeal a court ruling ordering it to
release board meeting minutes, saying an anti-corruption blogger
wanted the information as part of a conspiracy against Russia.
2011 May 21, Seychelles'
incumbent President James Michel said he was confident of
re-election as residents of the archipelago's three main islands
voted on the final day of a three-day polling. Michel from the
ruling Lepep party took 55 percent of the vote.
(AFP, 5/21/11)(AP, 5/22/11)
2011 May 21, Southern Sudan's
army said the northern army is bombing by air for a second day in
the border hotspot of Abyei. Local officials said at least six
rebels and soldiers have been killed in clashes between the southern
army and rebels over the last 24 hours in Unity state. Northern
Sudanese forces with tanks occupied the disputed town of Abyei,
scattering southern troops that were there as part of a joint
(AP, 5/21/11)(AP, 5/22/11)
2011 May 21, Spanish protesters
furious over soaring unemployment remained camped in a Madrid square
after all-night festivities in defiance of a 48-hour ban ahead of
2011 May 21, In Syria at least
five people were killed while marching during the funeral procession
of several people among 44 killed during protests a day earlier.
2011 May 21, Thailand police
arrested a man suspected of being a key player in one of Thailand's
largest tiger trafficking rings.
2011 May 21, Six senior
politicians in a Turkish opposition party resigned amid a sex video
scandal that could have far-reaching consequences in elections on
2011 May 21, In Venezuela
inmates at a Caracas prison freed the warden and 14 other officers
after holding them hostage for more than a day.
2011 May 21, Yemeni Pres. Ali
Abdullah Saleh condemned a US-backed proposal by Gulf Arab nations
that he step down, calling it "a coup over legitimacy," and warning
of an al-Qaida takeover if he leaves office. The deal would give
Saleh immunity from prosecution if he steps down within 30 days.
2012 May 21, US Roman Catholic
leaders filed federal lawsuits against the Obama administration
mandate that employers provide workers birth control coverage.
(SFC, 5/22/12, p.A7)
2012 May 21, A "threats report"
was released by McAfee showed that the number of new pieces of
malicious code, or "malware," targeting Windows machines in the
first three months of this year was the highest in four years. There
was also a rise in malware aimed at mobile gadgets running on
Google-backed Android software and at Macintosh computers based on
Apple operating systems.
2012 May 21, In Natchez,
Mississippi, a gang fight at the privately Adams County Correctional
Center for illegal immigrants escalated into a riot involving as
many as 300 inmates. One guard was beaten to death.
(SFC, 5/22/12, p.A6)
2012 May 21, In Colombia 12
soldiers were killed in an ambush by alleged FARC rebels near the
(SFC, 5/22/12, p.A2)
2012 May 21, An Egyptian court
sentenced 12 Christians to life in prison and acquitted 8 Muslims in
relations to the April, 2010, strife in Minya province that left 2
(SFC, 5/22/12, p.A2)
2012 May 21, Guinea police
seized over 800 pieces of ivory, including sculptures and elephant
tusks, in the capital Conakry during raids beginning May 19 that led
to six arrests.
2012 May 21, In Honduras Juan
Carlos Bonilla Valladares (46), nicknamed "The Tiger," was named
police chief as part of President Porfirio Lobo's efforts to reform
a department that is widely accused of killings and human rights
violations. A 10-year-old report on Bonilla Valladares soon
resurfaced in widely distributed emails and on a local website. The
report named him in at least 3 killings or forced disappearances
between 1998 and 2002 and said he was among several officers
suspected in 11 other cases.
2012 May 21, Lebanese Sunni
groups supporting and opposing the Damascus regime fired
rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns in Beirut, killing at
least two people.
2012 May 21, Mali’s interim
President Dioncounda Traore suffered a head wound after an attack by
protesters and was taken to a hospital. Traore was released from the
hospital a few hours later.
2012 May 21, North Korea’s
official Central News Agency expressed concern about drought in
western areas, which it said had received little rainfall in the
past few weeks. A Seoul-based online newspaper said some residents
even in the southwestern rice belt have starved to death.
2012 May 21, Palestinian
security forces arrested 10 members of the Islamic Jihad in the
Jenin refugee camp.
2012 May 21, Papua New Guinea's
Supreme Court called for veteran leader Sir Michael Somare (76) to
be reinstated over PM Peter O'Neill. 2 of the 5 justices abstained
from taking part in the ruling.
2012 May 21, Syrian forces
ambushed and killed nine army deserters in a north Damascus suburb,
as NATO ruled out military action against the regime of President
Bashar al-Assad. A bomb struck a restaurant late in the in Damascus
killing at least five people.
(AFP, 5/21/12)(AP, 5/22/12)
2012 May 21, In Tunisia
military police confiscated the cameras of Ramzi Bettaieb, who works
for Nawaat, a collective blog, when he filmed the trial of Ben Ali
and 22 co-accused in the northwestern town of Kef over their role in
crushing anti-regime protests. On May 28 he launched a hunger strike
to defend press freedom.
2012 May 21, A group of
Ukrainians announced a project to provide free accommodation,
translation and other services to foreign football fans attending
next month's European Championship. UEFA President Michel Platini
has called on the government to stop "bandits and crooks" from
ripping off fans with exorbitant accommodation prices. Euro 2012,
jointly held with Poland, begins June 8.
2012 May 21, In Yemen a suicide
bombing at a military parade rehearsal in Sanaa killed 96 soldiers
and left some 200 wounded. The bombing appeared to be a failed
assassination attempt against Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen.
Mohammed Nasser Ahmed, who arrived at the city square for the parade
just minutes before the blast ripped through the area.
(AP, 5/21/12)(SFC, 5/22/12, p.A4)(AP, 7/24/12)
2013 May 21, A US federal
appeals court struck down Arizona’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks
(SFC, 5/22/13, p.A7)
2013 May 21, It was reported
that NASA has given a six-month grant to a company developing what
could be the world’s first 3-D food printer. And the project’s
developer, reports Quartz, an online digital news site, believes the
invention could be used to end world hunger.
2013 May 21, Rob Rhinehart (24)
raised $100,000 in after requesting donations on Twitter for support
to manufacture Soylent, an artificial food substance. Over 1,000
backers overnight pledged $65 for a week’s supply.
(SSFC, 5/26/13, p.D2)
2013 May 21, Microsoft Corp.
said it is expanding its services for hosting and processing online
data in Australia with the establishment of two new "cloud"
computing data centers in the country.
2013 May 21, In western
Afghanistan a powerful roadside bomb killed six policemen when their
vehicle hit the explosives buried in the road in Herat province.
Gunmen kidnapped Khobi Khan (60), the father of the national cricket
team captain near his home in Jalalabad.
(AP, 5/21/13)(AP, 5/23/13)
2013 May 21, New York-based
Human Rights Watch said 600 females are now detained in Afghanistan
under charges listed as moral crimes, a catch-all category that
covers running away from home and sex outside of marriage. It said
the number of females behind bars has jumped by 50% since late 2012.
2013 May 21, In Argentina 3
former Ford Motor Co. executives were charged with crimes against
humanity for allegedly targeting union workers for kidnapping and
torture after the country's 1976 military coup.
2013 May 21, A Canadian Pacific
derailment spilled 575 barrels of crude oil near Jansen,
Saskatchewan. The line reopened the next day as clean up continued.
2013 May 21, Chinese boat owner
Yu Xuejun said gunmen wearing North Korean military uniforms
released his fishing boat after holding its crew since May 5,
beating up the captain and stealing the vessel's fuel. He added that
the hijackers did not get the 600,000 yuan ($100,000) ransom they
2013 May 21, In CongoDRC
fighting between the M23 rebels and the army continued for a second
day the eastern provincial capital of Goma. The clashes have so far
killed 20 people, all of them either soldiers or rebels.
2013 May 21, Egypt's president
signed a new tax law that cut the amount paid by poorer Egyptians in
the latest move aimed at reforming the country's economy.
2013 May 21, In India Chinese
Premier Li Keqiang told Indian business leaders that developing
stronger economic ties between their two nations would have huge
benefits for both sides.
2013 May 21, Iran’s Guardian
Council approved eight hopefuls, most of them hard-line candidates
associated with the clerical establishment. It barred ex-president
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (78), a centrist who had revitalized
reformist hopes as well as Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, the top aide of
Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
2013 May 21, In Iraq new
attacks killed 7 people and wounded dozens more in Tarmiyah, Tuz
Khormato and Kirkuk. A car bomb targeting worshippers in Baghdad’s
western neighborhood of Abu Ghraib, killed 10 people and left 21
wounded. A bomb also targeted a tea house in Baghdad's mainly Sunni
southern Dora neighborhood, killing 3 people and wounding 14.
2013 May 21, Kenyan President
Uhuru Kenyatta received a long-awaited Truth Justice and
Reconciliation Commission report whose findings showed that his
father, the country's first president, presided over a government
responsible for numerous human rights violations, including
political assassinations and illegal allocation of land. The report
also finds that two former presidents, Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai
Kibaki, who succeeded the late Jomo Kenyatta, presided over
governments responsible for massacres, economic crimes and
large-scale corruption, among other violations.
2013 May 21, Kyrgyzstan's
President Almazbek Atambayev reaffirmed that next year the Central
Asian nation will evict the US air base that supports military
operations in nearby Afghanistan.
2013 May 21, A Myanmar court
sentenced 7 Muslims to prison, one of them to a life term, in the
killing of a Buddhist monk. Deadly sectarian violence has been
overwhelmingly directed against minority Muslims but has not led to
any criminal trials against members of the country's Buddhist
2013 May 21, Saudi Arabia
executed five Yemenis convicted of crimes and displayed their bodies
in public as a deterrent for future criminals. A sixth man, a Saudi,
was executed for murder.
2013 May 21, In South Africa a
forced auction to pay off a debt of Nelson Mandela's ex-wife failed
to take place because no one would open her home to the sheriff.
2013 May 21, Syrian activists
said 3 members of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group died of wounds
sustained while fighting for control of Qusair, as the battle in the
area raged for its third straight day. This made 31 Hezbollah
fighters, at least 68 Syrian rebels and 9 Syrian army soldiers
killed in the fighting since May 19. Three people were killed and 24
others wounded in mortar attacks Mleiha, near Damascus.
2014 May 21, In California a
bus crashed west of Blythe near the Arizona border after it struck a
load of metal pipes that had just tumbled from a flatbed truck. 4
passengers were killed and at least 7 seriously injured.
(SFC, 5/22/14, p.A6)
2014 May 21, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters launched overnight attacks in several provinces,
killing at least 10 policemen and 3 civilians. Villagers also found
the bodies of 8 slain policemen who were abducted by militants two
2014 May 21, In Albania
fourteen fired civil servants launched a hunger strike outside the
government headquarters in protest at what they say is a politically
motivated cull of workers. They won backing from the main opposition
Democratic Party, which accused the Socialist-led government of
firing 7,000 people from public-sector posts since coming to power
eight months ago.
2014 May 21, In Brazil civil
police in 14 states went on a 24-hour strike demanding higher pay. A
strike by Sao Paulo bus drivers demanding higher pay began losing
steam as it entered a second day.
2014 May 21, Brazil and a host
of governmental and private partners agreed to create a $215 million
fund to expand protected areas of the Amazon rain forest by more
than 34,000 square miles and to help pay for its management over the
next 25 years.
(SFC, 5/22/14, p.A2)
2014 May 21, China signed a
landmark deal to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion,
giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin
and expanding Moscow's ties with Asia.
2014 May 21, China’s
state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. said it is ready to deliver
the country’s first homegrown regional airliner, the ARJ21-700, to
(SSFC, 5/25/14, p.D2)
2014 May 21, A Czech Rep. court
in Zin sentenced 10 men up to life in prison for being responsible
for a 2012 wave of methanol poisoning that killed dozens of people.
2014 May 21, In Egypt a
criminal court convicted former Pres. Hosni Mubarak of diverting
millions of dollars in public money for his personal use.
(SFC, 5/22/14, p.A2)
2014 May 21, An Egyptian court
sentenced 155 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms and gave
54 of them life sentences in a case related to violence in the Nile
Delta province of Mansour last August.
2014 May 21, In Italy Milan's
5,000 taxi drivers sought curbs on San Francisco-based Uber as
representatives met with the transport minister. Milan's taxis have
been idle for five days to protest Uber’s ride-hailing app.
2014 May 21, In Libya at least
2 people were killed when heavy fighting erupted near Tripoli. Heavy
fighting involving anti-aircraft batteries also broke out near an
army camp in Tajoura, an eastern suburb.
2014 May 21, Mali launched a
military offensive to retake control of a northern Tuareg separatist
stronghold. Witnesses reported intense fighting with machine gun and
heavy weapons fire in Kidal. At least 50 Malian soldiers were killed
and 30 wounded in a failed attempt to retake the Tuareg separatist
stronghold. Another 50 were taken prisoner and some 900 surrendered
their weapons and sought refuge at a UN post.
(Reuters, 5/21/14)(Reuters, 5/23/14)(Econ,
2014 May 21, Mexican
authorities said they have rescued 35 people who had been kidnapped
and held for ransom in Guerrero state. 4 suspected kidnappers were
(SFC, 5/22/14, p.A2)
2014 May 21, Pakistani
warplanes and helicopters pounded militant hideouts in Mir Ali,
North Waziristan, killing 60 fighters.
2014 May 21, In Pakistan
thousands of women, children and activists marched in Baluchistan in
a protest against a campaign by Tanzeemul Islam-ul-Furqan
(Organization of Islam for the Koran) to force schools to shut down
across the region.
2014 May 21, Russian President
Vladimir Putin said he ordered troops to pull out from the regions
near Ukraine to help create a positive environment ahead of the
nation's presidential vote. Putin spoke from Shanghai, China, where
he attended a security summit.
2014 May 21, South Korea
offered a $50,000 reward for information about Yoo Byung-eun (73), a
mysterious missing billionaire, who authorities say owns a ferry
that sank last April 16, leaving more than 300 people dead or
missing. Yoo faced allegations of tax evasion, embezzlement and
2014 May 21, In Taiwan a
university student (21) wielding a knife attacked riders aboard a
subway train in Taipei, killing 4 people and injuring at least 21
2014 May 21, In Tajikistan 2
people in the eastern city of Khorog were killed when police opened
fire on a crowd that tried to storm a police station to free a local
man, the brother of a former warlord, held there and then went on to
set fire to several government buildings.
2014 May 21, Thailand's army
chief assumed the role of mediator by summoning the country's key
political rivals for face-to-face talks one day after imposing
2014 May 21, Transparency
International said South Asia is the most corrupt region of the
world and governments must strengthen their anti-graft agencies to
prevent political interference and protect whistleblowers. The
watchdog group found serious problems with anti-corruption efforts
in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
2014 May 21, Jaime Lusinchi
(89), former Venezuelan president (1984-1989), died in Caracas. He
had struggled to tame an economic crisis sparked by plunging oil
prices in the late 1980s and then saw his reputation tarnished by
allegations of corruption after leaving office.
2014 May 21, Vietnamese PM
Nguyen Tan Dung said Vietnam and the Philippines are determined to
oppose Chinese infringement of their territorial waters.
2015 May 21, In Pennsylvania Xi
Xiaoxing (47), the chairman of Temple University's physics
department, appeared in U.S. District Court on four counts of wire
fraud. Federal prosecutors said he had sought prestigious
appointments in China in exchange for providing data on electronics
technology invented by a US firm and offered to make the country a
leader in the field of superconductivity.
2015 May 21, Belgium warned
Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza that it would cut off aid to
his government if he went ahead with his bid for a third term in
2015 May 21, In Burundi street
battles and gunfire erupted again in Bujumbura as protesters against
Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza rejected calls for calm. 2 protesters were
killed bringing to 20 the number of deaths witnessed by the Red
Cross over the last month.
2015 May 21, Chinese officials
said at least 15 people have been killed and thousands more forced
from their homes by flooding in southern and central China and more
rain has been forecast for coming days.
2015 May 21, Colombia’s
military raided a FARC guerrilla camp in Cauca province killing 26
fighters. Jairo Martinez, a member of the FARC's peace delegation in
Havana, was among those killed.
(SFC, 5/23/15, p.A5)(AFP, 5/27/15)
2015 May 21, German railways
operator Deutsche Bahn announced an end to a drivers strike that had
paralyzed train travel in Europe's biggest economy, after the
feuding sides agreed to mediation.
2015 May 21, In Ghana Adam
Mahama, a leading member of the country's biggest opposition party,
died after being attacked with acid the previous evening. One
suspect was soon arrested and another was at large.
2015 May 21, Iraqi forces said
that they had thwarted a third attempt by Islamic State militants to
break through their defensive lines east of Ramadi overnight.
2015 May 21, In Japan the mayor
of the fishing town of Taiji said dolphin hunts will not stop, even
after Japan's aquariums decided to stop buying captured dolphins
under international pressure sparked by cruelty concerns.
2015 May 21, In northeast Kenya
militants from Somalia-based al Shabaab attacked a village late
today but were beaten back by security forces.
2015 May 21, Kyrgyzstan Pres.
Almazbek Atambayev signed a measure to join the Eurasian Economic
Union, a Russia-led trade bloc.
2015 May 21, In Mali government
soldiers reportedly executed 9 Tuareg residents Tin Hama village in
the country's north. The Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA)
later said those executed included an aid worker for a European
2015 May 21, Qatar insisted it
was "committed" to improving conditions for its huge number of
migrant laborers following an Amnesty report accusing Doha of
failing to deliver on promised reforms.
2015 May 21, Russian Pres.
Vladimir Putin said Moscow and Baghdad are expanding military
cooperation during talks with Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi in the
2015 May 21, South Korea a
third case of MERS, a respiratory virus that has killed hundreds of
people in the Middle East.
2015 May 21, In Syria Islamic
State said in a statement it was in full charge of Palmyra,
including its military bases, marking the first time it had taken a
city directly from the Syrian military and allied forces. Clashes in
the Palmyra area over the last 24 hours reportedly killed at least
100 pro-government fighters.
2015 May 21, Turkey's main
opposition party unveiled a plan to build a new mega-city in the
center of the country, in a bid to outflank the ambitious
infrastructure projects of the ruling party ahead of elections.
2015 May 21, It was reported
that testimony from Turkish gendarmerie officers in court documents
alleged that Turkey's state intelligence agency helped deliver arms
to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and
early 2014. The witness testimony contradicted Turkey's denials that
it sent arms to Syrian rebels.
2015 May 21, Ukraine lawmakers
annulled five crucial security agreements with Moscow that allowed
Russia to transport troops to a separatist region of Moldova and
purchase weapons only produced in Ukraine. The deals were
effectively suspended with the onset of the pro-Russian uprising in
Ukraine's industrial east 13 months ago that Kiev blames the Kremlin
2015 May 21, Ukraine said one
government serviceman has been killed and eight wounded in fresh
2015 May 21, The WHO said a
cholera outbreak has killed at least 30 people in a Tanzanian
refugee camp for Burundians.
2015 May 21, In southern Yemen
Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out fresh raids on rebel
positions as pro-government tribesmen advanced on Shiite Huthi
strongholds in the north. Saudi shells hit an international
humanitarian aid office in northern Yemen, killing 5 Ethiopian
refugees and wounding ten.
(AFP, 5/21/15)(Reuters, 5/21/15)
2016 May 21, The Swiss-made
Solar Impulse 2 took off from Tulsa and landed at Ohio’s Dayton
Int’l. Airport on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey.
(SSFC, 5/22/16, p.A11)
2016 May 21, In Afghanistan 6
police were shot and killed by colleagues who turned their guns on
them at a checkpoint in southern Uruzgan province. Three officers
involved in the shooting escaped the scene, taking weapons and
vehicles with them.
2016 May 21, In Austria a
gunman (27) fired shots late today into a small crowd attending an
open air concert near the town of Nenzing, killing two people and
wounding 11 others before shooting himself to death.
2016 May 21, In Bangladesh
cyclone Roanu unleashed heavy rain and strong winds on the southern
coastal region, killing at least 11. About 100,000 people were
forced from their homes on Moheshkhali island in Cox's Bazar.
2016 May 21, In Bangladesh 3
workers were killed when fire engulfed a textile factory in
2016 May 21, Jan Fawcett (neé
Janet Caroline Hughes), WWII British codebreaker and savior of
Victorian buildings, died.
(Econ, 6/4/16, p.90)
2016 May 21, In Colombia
Spanish journalist Salud Hernandez (59) disappeared while reporting
a story in Norte de Santander province. She was known for opinion
columns highly critical of Colombia's insurgent groups.
2016 May 21, In India Apple CEO
Tim Cook laid out his company's plans for the vast Indian market in
a meeting with PM Narendra Modi, who in turn sought Apple's support
for his "Digital India" initiative focusing on e-education, health
and increasing farmers' incomes.
2016 May 21, In Indonesia Mount
Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as 3
km (2 miles) into the sky. At least 7 people were killed while
working on their farms in the village of Gamber.
2016 May 21, Italy’s PM Matteo
Renzi (41) launched his campaign to win an October referendum on
constitutional reform, staking his political future on an attempt to
finally give Italy stable governments.
2016 May 21, In Japan the Group
of Seven (G7) major economies showed a united front on fighting
terrorist financing and tax evasion in talks that ended today, but
shied away from coordinated action on policies to revive stalling
2016 May 21, In Japan World
Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced a new program to mobilize
funds quickly against virulent disease outbreaks after the world was
caught unprepared in the 2014 Ebola disaster in West Africa.
2016 May 21, The Church of
Scotland voted to let its ministers enter same-sex marriages, but
its clergy will not be allowed to conduct same-sex weddings.
(SSFC, 5/22/16, p.A6)
2016 May 21, In northeastern
Syria bombings suspected to have been carried out by the Islamic
State group killed at least 8 people hours after a top US commander
2016 May 21, Yemeni police
opened fire to disperse dozens of Aden residents protesting power
cuts, killing one person.
2017 May 21, The Ringling Bros.
and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed with a final show at the
Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.
(SFC, 5/23/17, p.A7)
2017 May 21, Weather caused
power outages, flooding and structural damage at the World Trade
Bridge between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Traffic was
suspended pending further notice.
2017 May 21, A court in Bahrain
convicted Ayatollah Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of the
country's Shi'ite Muslims, of collecting funds illegally and money
laundering and sentenced him to one year in jail suspended for three
2017 May 21, In Brazil unions
and leftist groups and parties staged protests throughout the
country demanding that Pres. Michel Temer leave office following
allegations of corruption.
2017 May 21, Bulgarian customs
agents reported the seizure of some 423 kg (933 pounds) of heroin
worth an estimated $34 million at a border checkpoint with Romania
in a truck heading for the Netherlands. The drugs were thought to
have originated in Iran.
2017 May 21, Chinese state
media reported that the government will shut down poultry markets in
certain districts of Binzhou city, Shandong province, and Zigong
city, Sichuan province, after H7N9 bird flu infections were detected
in two men.
2017 May 21, Egypt referred 48
people to the country's military judiciary for suspected involvement
in three deadly church bombings and accused them of joining the
militant group Islamic State.
2017 May 21, Indonesian police
detained 141 men for questioning in a raid this evening on a gay gym
and sauna in north Jakarta.
2017 May 21, Japan and other
members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreed to pursue their
trade deal without the United States. On the sidelines of the
Asia-Pacific meeting in Hanoi the 11 remaining countries of the TPP
agreed to explore how they could move ahead without erstwhile leader
the United States.
2017 May 21, Libyan media
reported that forces loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar have
bombed rival forces overnight in retaliation for a deadly attack on
an airbase in the south of the country. Human Rights Watch said in a
statement forces aligned with the UN-backed Government of National
Accord (GNA) "allegedly executed at least 30 captured soldiers".
2017 May 21, In southern Mexico
at least 16 people were killed and 30 injured in a bus crash in the
mountains of Chiapas state near the border with Guatemala.
2017 May 21, In Nepal American
climber Roland Yearwood (50) died on Mount Everest. His death came a
day after Indian climber Ravi Kumar (26) fell to his death in the
same area during his descent from the peak. Slovak mountaineer
Vladimir Strba also died. Australian climber Francesco Enrico
Marchetti (54) also died on the Tibet side of the mountain after
suffering from altitude sickness.
(Reuters, 5/21/17)(AP, 5/21/17)(SFC, 5/22/17,
2017 May 21, North Korea fired
a medium-range missile that flew eastward about 500 km (310 miles)
before landing in the sea.
2017 May 21, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed four policemen returning to their station from a
patrol about 90 km (56 miles) south of Peshawar in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province. A pair of gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire
on a stationary police van in an upscale neighborhood in the
southern port city of Karachi, killing two policemen and wounding
2017 May 21, Gaza's Hamas
rulers sentenced three Palestinians to death for allegedly killing
senior commander Mazen Faqha in March, after collaborating with
2017 May 21, Saudi Arabia's
King Salman accused regional rival Shiite Iran of exporting
extremist Islamic movements to the world and vowed to eliminate the
Islamic State group. US President Donald Trump called on Middle
Eastern leaders to combat a "crisis of Islamic extremism" emanating
from the region, casting the fight against terrorism as a "battle
between good and evil," not a clash between the West and Islam.
(AFP, 5/21/17)(AP, 5/21/17)
2017 May 21, Spain's bitterly
divided Socialist party voted to choose a new leader, in a poll that
may determine if conservative PM Mariano Rajoy's minority government
will last. The contest is widely seen as a two-way race between
Susana Diaz (42), the president of the southern region of Andalusia,
and former party leader Pedro Sanchez (45), who was ousted in a
rancorous internal rebellion.
2017 May 21, Swiss voters
backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in
subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail
out struggling utilities in a binding referendum.
2017 May 21, In Syria the last
buses carrying rebel fighters and their families left a besieged
district of Homs, completing a deal to bring the whole city back
under government control for the first time since the start of the
war. A suicide bomb attack killed at least 14 insurgents at a
headquarters for the powerful Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group in Idlib
province. The Islamic State was blamed for the attack.
2017 May 21, Tunisian media
said protesters demanding jobs and a share in energy wealth have
closed down another oil pumping station in defiance of government
efforts to protect oil and gas fields with troops and negotiate an
end to unrest.
2017 May 21, Turkey’s Pres.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a state of emergency, introduced
as a temporary measure after last year’s failed coup, would continue
until the country achieved “welfare and peace.”
(SFC, 5/22/17, p.A2)
2017 May 21, Turkish police in
Ankara killed two suspected members of the Islamic State jihadist
group believed to have been planning an attack in the capital.
2017 May 21, Pope Francis named
five new cardinals, for Spain, El Salvador and three countries where
Catholics are a tiny minority: Mali, Laos and Sweden. Francis will
formally elevate the churchmen to cardinal's rank in a ceremony on
2017 May 21, The World Health
Organization said the cholera outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen has
killed 315 people in under a month. The WHO has recorded another
29,300 suspected cases of cholera in 19 provinces.
2018 May 21, The United States
issued a steep list of demands to be included in a nuclear treaty
with Iran to replace the deal scuttled by President Donald Trump and
threatened "the strongest sanctions in history" if Iran doesn't
2018 May 21, The US Supreme
Court ruled 5-4 to allow employers to limit the ability of workers
to band together in court to pursue redress for labor violations.
(SFC, 5/22/18, p.A1)
2018 May 21, American
actress Allyn Ann McLerie (b.1926) died North Bend, Wash. Her films
included "Calamity Jane" (1953), "They Shoot Horses, Don't They"
(SSFC, 6/3/18, p.C11)
2018 May 21, American TV and
film actor Clint Walker died in Grass Valley, Ca. He was best known
for the lead role in the "Cheyenne" TV series (1955-1963). His films
included "Fort Dobbs" (1958) and "The Dirty Dozen " (1967).
(SFC, 5/23/18, p.A12)
2018 May 21, Alexander Ciccolo,
the estranged son of a respected Boston police captain arrested in
2015, pleased guilty to plotting to use guns and homemade bobms to
attack a college campus to support the Islamic State. He faced 20
years in prison.
(SFC, 5/22/18, p.A6)
2018 May 21, Orbital ATK
launched an Antares rocket with supplies to the Int'l. Space Station
from Wallops Island, Va.
(SFC, 5/22/18, p.A8)
2018 May 21, Faith Whittlesey
(b.1939), former US Ambassador to Switzerland and former director of
the White House Office of Public Liaison (1983-1985) under Pres.
Ronald Reagan, died in Washington, DC. She helped lay the foundation
for the religious right's enduring allegiance to the Republic Party.
(SSFC, 5/27/18, p.C10)
2018 May 21, In Afghanistan the
Taliban killed at least five members of a demining team in southern
Kandahar province. A sixth worker was missing. In eastern
Afghanistan the Taliban launched a wave of attacks late today in
Ghazni province, killing at least 14 police, including a district
police chief and a reserve unit's commander. The Taliban also
attacked a checkpoint in the eastern Paktia province, killing at
least two police.
(AP, 5/21/18)(AP, 5/22/18)
2018 May 21, Australia's New
South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro said his state government
has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild
horses, known as brumbies, infuriating scientists who argue the
feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country's
iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region.
2018 May 21, In Azerbaijan two
people were killed and two were wounded in a blast in a cafe in
2018 May 21, A court in Bahrain
revoked the nationality of nine people and sentenced them to between
3 and 15 years in jail amid a years-long crackdown on dissent.
(SFC, 5/22/18, p.A2)
2018 May 21, In Congo DRC the
death toll in an outbreak of Ebola rose to 26 after a person died in
the northwest city of Mbandaka, as the government began vaccinating
first responders against the dreaded disease.
2018 May 21, A letter to
Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was released in which
International stars of acting, music and sports urged Widodo to ban
what they say is a "brutal" trade in dog and cat meat for human
2018 May 21, In Italy the
League and 5-Star coalition asked Pres. Sergio Mattarella to appoint
Giuseppe Conte (54) to lead their mooted administration. Instead of
endorsing their choice immediately, the head of state played for
time, seeking further consultations.
2018 May 21, A Japanese
researcher said a survey of women working for Japanese newspapers
and TV networks has found 156 cases of alleged sexual misconduct
reported by 35 women, about one-third of which involved lawmakers,
government officials and law enforcers.
2018 May 21, In Macedonia a
criminal court in Skopje cleared PM Zoran Zaev (43) on bribery
charges dating back to when he was mayor of the southern town of
Strumica. The court ruled that the prosecution had failed to provide
2018 May 21, Malawi's
Agriculture Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha said the local maize output
declined by 19.4 percent in the 2017/18 farming year to 2.8 million
tons due to damage caused by drought and crop-eating armyworms.
2018 May 21, Mexico's city of
Guadalajara was shaken by the attempted assassination of Jalisco
Labor Secretary Luis Najera, a former state prosecutor who was
attacked by armed men in a restaurant. Assailants torched a
passenger bus after the attack, killing an eight-month-old baby. One
of the attackers was killed.
2018 May 21, In Nepal Japanese
climber Nobukazu Kuriki (35) died while attempting to scale Mount
2018 May 21, Paraguayan
President Horacio Cartes inaugurated his country's Israel embassy in
Jerusalem, making it the third nation to take the deeply
controversial step after the United States and Guatemala.
2018 May 21, In South Africa
Henri van Breda (23) found guilty of murdering three members of his
immediate family. He was also found guilty of obstruction of justice
and attempting to murder his sister on Jan. 27, 2015. His sister
Marli, then 16, suffered severe injuries and is reported to be
unable to remember the incident.
2018 May 21, The government of
Spain added its voice to a chorus of international condemnation of
Venezuela's presidential election. The Lima Group of 14 countries
from throughout the Americas refused to recognize the result of
Venezuela's disputed presidential election and urged diplomatic and
financial action in response.
2018 May 21, Sri Lanka
officials said heavy rain and lightning strikes across the country
have left at least seven people dead and displaced more than 1,000.
2018 May 21, The Syrian army
said it has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital
Damascus, for the first time since early in the seven-year war,
after pushing Islamic State militants out of the al-Hajar al-Aswad
district and the adjacent Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp.
2018 May 21, A Turkish
court sentenced 104 people to life in prison for involvement in a
failed military coup in 2016. Another 21 people were given 20 years
in prison for insulting the president, while 31 others were
sentenced to 10 years and six months for "membership of a terrorist
2019 May 21, Alabama's House of
Representatives voted 66-18 to approve a bill that would see doctors
face 20-year prison sentences if they fail to treat babies "born
alive" after an attempted abortion. Democrats said called it an
attempt to demonize abortion providers and argued that there was no
record of such instances in the state.
(SFC, 5/23/19, p.A6)
2019 May 21, California sued
the federal government over funds for its high-speed rail accusing
the Trump administration of trying to undermine the troubled project
as punishment for state opposition to the president's proposed
(SFC, 5/22/19, p.A1)
2019 May 21, Augustin Huneeus
Jr. (53), a San Francisco wine magnate, pleaded guilty to paying
$50,000 for a test proctor to correct his daughter's SAT scores and
agreeing to bribe a Univ. of Southern California athletics
department official to secure his daughter's spot on a water polo
team even though she was not a top athlete.
(SFC, 5/22/19, p.C1)
2019 May 21, In Missouri two
deaths were reported following a string of more than 30 tornadoes
that damaged homes in Oklahoma before storms moved to the northeast.
(SFC, 5/22/19, p.A6)
2019 May 21, Tennessee's
embattled house speaker announced plans to retire following a 45-24
vote of no confidence by his Republican caucus amid a scandal over
explicit text messages.
(SFC, 5/22/19, p.A4)
2019 May 21, In Texas Sierra
County, population 11,116, was one of two Republican-controlled New
Mexico counties to pass resolutions opposing the relocation of
migrants to their communities.
2019 May 21, The
Washington-based Syria Justice and Accountability Center published a
report titled "Walls Have Ears, An Analysis of Classified Syrian
Security Sector Documents" based on a sample of 5,000 documents
purportedly found in abandoned Syrian government offices during the
country's civil war. The report presents some of the most damning
evidence of state involvement — at the highest level — in the bloody
crackdown on protesters, dissidents, and even foreign journalists in
2019 May 21, Burger King said
it will launch in Sweden a version of its Impossible Whopper. The
plant-based burgers have attracted attention in the US for
resembling meat far more closely than traditional veggie burgers
with sales to start May 22.
2019 May 21, The far-right
Freedom Party (FPO) quit Austria's coalition government after the
president sided with conservative chancellor Sebastian Kurz and
sacked the hardline FPO interior minister.
2019 May 21, In Austria the
bodies of a 45-year-old mother and her daughters, both aged 18, were
found in municipal housing in the Austrian capital's Floridsdorf
district. Police later suggested that the three starved to death and
that they died at the end of March or the beginning of April.
2019 May 21, Celebrity chef
Jamie Oliver's British restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy
protection, partly due to increased competition and escalating rents
in local commercial districts.
2019 May 21, Egypt said it will
raise electricity prices for households and businesses by an average
of 15 percent, the latest in a series of austerity measures aimed at
boosting the economy.
2019 May 21, Egypt said its
police forces have killed 16 militants in raids in the restive
northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
2019 May 21, Teams of the
European Border and Coast Guard Agency, or Frontex, began joining
Albania's police to patrol its land and sea borders for migrants and
crime for the first time.
2019 May 21, German authorities
handed over to Israel some 5,000 documents kept by a confidant of
Franz Kafka, a trove whose plight could have been plucked from one
of the author's surreal stories.
2019 May 21, The International
Tracing Service in Germany said it has uploaded more than 13 million
documents from Nazi concentration camps, including prisoner cards
and death notices, to help Holocaust researchers and others
investigate the fate of victims. The ITS also announced it was
changing its name to "Arolsen Archives - International Center on
2019 May 21, An Indian lawmaker
in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh was reported killed
in an ambush by suspected rebels. Legislative Assembly member Tirong
Aboh of the National People's Party and 10 relatives and party
workers were attacked with automatic weapons as they traveled to
2019 May 21, Indonesia’s
Election Commission said Pres. Joko Widodo won 55.5% of the vote in
the April 17 election to 45.5% for his challenger, ultra-nationalist
former Gen. Prabowo Subianto. Supporters of the opposition gathered
in Jakarta to protest the result.
2019 May 21, In Indonesia
clashes began late today when supporters of former Gen. Prabowo
Subianto tried to force their way into the downtown offices of the
election supervisory agency and have continued unabated.
2019 May 21, Iraqi PM Adel
Abdul Mahdi said delegations will be sent to Washington and Tehran
to help "halt tension" amid fears of a confrontation between the
United States and Iran in the Middle East.
2019 May 21, Israel announced
that it had eased fishing restrictions off the blockaded Gaza Strip
after a ceasefire with Hamas ended a deadly escalation earlier this
month. The move restores the fishing zone to the limits set in April
ahead of Israel's general election.
2019 May 21, In Italy an
overnight fire killed two people living in apartments above the
ground-floor police station in Mirandola, north of Bologna.
Carabinieri police arrested a North African in connection with the
2019 May 21, Italy's struggling
airline Alitalia canceled over 300 flights because of a 24-hour
strike called to protest deteriorating conditions in the sector,
including the government's failure to relaunch the carrier.
2019 May 21, Kenya author
Binyavanga Wainaina (48), one of Africa's best-known authors and gay
rights activists, died in Nairobi.
2019 May 21, Malawians voted in
presidential and parliamentary elections seen as a tough test for
President Peter Mutharika (78) who is running against the deputy
president and a former pastor who heads the opposition.
2019 May 21, In Nepal nine
people in two families were found slain overnight by masked
assailants in their homes in the remote Miklajung mountain village.
2019 May 21, Sherpa mountaineer
extended his record for successful climbs of Mount Everest with his
24th ascent of the world's highest peak. Kami Rita reached the
8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak, which was his second time on the
summit in a week.
2019 May 21, New Zealand police
filed a terrorism charge against the man accused of killing 51
people at two Christchurch mosques. Australian Brenton Harrison
Tarrant (28) was already facing murder and attempted murder charges
from the March 15 shootings.
2019 May 21, Portuguese police
arrested 17 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club on suspicion
of organized crime activity.
2019 May 21, Russia's top
security chief raised alarm about Islamic extremists massing on
Afghanistan's northern border.
2019 May 21, The Serbian
parliament adopted amendments to the criminal code which raise
sentences for some serious crimes to life imprisonment. The
amendments, dubbed Tijana's law, introduced life without parole for
the rape and murder of a minor, pregnant or a disabled person,
instead of previous jail terms of 30 and 40 years.
2019 May 21, Sudan's main
protest group called for a general strike, saying two late-night
negotiation sessions with the army had failed to reach a deal on how
to lead the country after the overthrow of former president Omar
2019 May 21, Ukraine’s new
Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskiy formally ordered the parliament to
dissolve, saying that it lacks public trust. He has called for
electing the new parliament entirely on party lists, arguing the
current election system foments corruption.
2019 May 21, The United Nations
human rights office called on US authorities to ensure that women
have access to safe abortions, saying bans lead to risky underground
abortions that can endanger a woman's life.
2019 May 21, The Vatican's
financial watchdog said that after nearly 10 years of reforms, the
Holy See has a "fully functioning" system of financial regulation
and intelligence that is increasingly integrated into the global
2019 May 21, Yemen’s Houthis,
who claimed responsibility for last week's armed drone strikes on
oil assets in Saudi Arabia, said that one of their drones hit an
arms depot at the kingdom's Najran airport near the Yemeni border,
causing a fire.
2020 May 21, President Donald
Trump, who was in Michigan to visit a Ford production plant, signed
an emergency declaration authorizing the Department of Homeland
Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate
disaster relief efforts as floodwaters receded in the center of the
2020 May 21, President Trump
complained that his onetime favorite network, Fox News, isn’t doing
enough to help him and other Republicans get reelected.
(Yahoo News, 5/21/20)
2020 May 21, The Trump
administration notified international partners that it is pulling
out of a treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct unarmed,
observation flights over each other’s territory, because Russia is
violating the pact, and imagery collected during the flights can be
obtained quickly at less cost from US or commercial satellites. The
treaty entered into force in January 2002. Currently, 34 nations
have signed it.
2020 May 21, The US White House
issued a 20-page report attacking China's predatory economic
policies, military buildup, disinformation campaigns and human
(SFC, 5/22/20, p.A2)
2020 May 21, President Donald
Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (53) was released from
federal prison because of coronavirus concerns and will serve the
rest of his three-year sentence at home.
(NBC News, 5/21/20)
2020 May 21, The US delivered
50 ventilators to Russia as part of a $5.6 million humanitarian
donation to help Russia cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Another
150 were expected to follow in a week.
(SFC, 5/22/20, p.A6)
2020 May 21, California
to date had 87,939 cases of coronavirus and 3,581 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 11,591 cases and 416 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached
over 1,576,542 with the death toll at 94,661.
2020 May 21, The University of
California system announced plans to eliminate the SAT and ACT as
requirements for applying to its 10 schools.
(NY Times, 5/22/20)
2020 May 21, Authorities in
Georgia arrested William "Roddie" Bryan (50), the man who filmed the
Feb. 23 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery (25).
(SFC, 5/22/20, p.A4)
2020 May 21, The US Navy said
an active shooter at its Corpus Christi naval air station in Texas
had been "neutralized," with one security force member injured in
the early morning hours. The FBI said the case is being investigated
as terrorism related.
(Reuters, 5/21/20)(SFC, 5/22/20, p.A4)
2020 May 21, It was reported
that Victoria's Secret is closing 250 stores in shopping centers,
malls and other locations in the US and Canada.
(Good Morning America, 5/21/20)
2020 May 21, It was reported
that Argentina plans to help charter a private flight to bring in
rabbis from Israel to certify meat at the country's packing plants
for kosher markets around the world.
2020 May 21, Cyclone Amphan,
the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than a decade,
killed at least 13 people in Bangladesh and cut a path of
destruction that is still being assessed.
2020 May 21, A spokesman for PM
Boris Johnson said Britain has agreed a deal to acquire antibody
tests for the coronavirus.
2020 May 21, China's leadership
struck a hard line at the annual meeting of the legislature,
unveiling a plan to impose sweeping new security laws that would
place Hong Kong more firmly under Beijing’s thumb and crack down on
antigovernment protests. The proposed bill would forbid secessionist
and subversive activity, as well as foreign interference and
(NY Times, 5/22/20)(AP, 5/22/20)(Econ., 5/30/20,
2020 May 21, It was reported
that Jorge Rodrigo Tovar (30), the son of a notorious death squad
leader, has been appointed to run the Colombian government’s
programs for victims of the country’s long civil war, prompting fury
(The Guardian, 5/21/20)
2020 May 21, The Arab Network
for Human Rights Information said that Egyptian security forces have
disappeared one of its former researchers, Shayma Samy, a journalist
who had recently written for a news outlet run by a socialist
opposition party. The group also said the government has arrested at
least 10 journalists since the coronavirus was detected in the
country. Egypt confirmed about 14,000 cases of the coronavirus.
(AP, 5/21/20)(Econ., 5/23/20, p.35)
2020 May 21, Cyclone Amphan,
the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than a decade,
killed 77 people in West Bengal, India, and cut a path of
destruction that is still being assessed. By May 27 the death toll
rose to 100 in India and just over 20 in Bangladesh.
(AP, 5/21/20)(AP, 5/22/20)(Econ., 5/30/20, p.52)
2020 May 21, Indian
pharmaceutical company Strides Pharma Science Ltd received
regulatory approval in India to start clinical trials of antiviral
drug favipiravir, which has been touted as a potential treatment for
COVID-19. Favipiravir is manufactured under the brand name Avigan by
a unit of Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp and was approved for use as
an anti-flu drug in the country in 2014. Kyodo News has reported
that so far there has been no clear evidence of efficacy for Avigan
in treating the novel coronavirus in some clinical trials.
2020 May 21, Iran put the total
number of dead from the coronavirus at 7,249, or 66 more than a day
earlier. 2,392 new cases raised the total confirmed cases to more
than 129,000. The virus has infected more than 10,000 health care
workers in the country.
2020 May 21, Lebanon's Health
Ministry reported 63 new cases of the coronavirus, the largest
single-day increase since the outbreak of the pandemic. The country
has recorded 1,024 cases and 26 deaths.
2020 May 21, It was reported
that at least 9,479 Russian medical workers in more than 70 regions
have been infected with the coronavirus in the past month, and more
than 70 have died. Health care workers believe the death toll to be
much higher and they have compiled a list of more than 250.
2020 May 21, Russian state
media reported that Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's strongman leader, was
flown to Moscow and hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms.
(The Week, 5/21/20)
2020 May 21, In Sudan a head-on
collision between a truck carrying passengers and a tractor-trailer
killed 57 people and left more than 20 injured on a highway in the
(AP, 5/22/20)(SSFC, 5/24/20, p.A4)
2020 May 21, The International
Committee of the Red Cross warned of a worsening crisis in northeast
Syria, where water cuts, food shortages and depleted health services
are proving as dangerous as coronavirus.
2020 May 21, A Syrian court
said Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of the president and one of the
country's wealthiest businessmen, would be temporarily banned from
leaving Syria until a dispute over outstanding financial dues is
2020 May 21, Authorities in
Turkey's western city of Izmir detained an opposition politician
after she shared videos of an Italian anti-fascist song being blared
out of mosques' loudspeakers instead of the call to prayer. Ozdemir
denied any disrespect to religious values and said that she shared
the videos because she wanted to draw attention to the incident.
2020 May 21, Turkey reported
its lowest daily increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in the past
two months, with 961 new infections in the past 24 hours along with
27 more deaths. The total number of infections in the country now
stands at 153,548, with a total of 4,249 deaths.
2020 May 21, The UN launched a
new initiative to sign up millions of “digital first responders”
around the world to counter misinformation about the coronavirus
pandemic and spread fact-based information and advice to their
networks of family, friends and followers.
2020 May 21, The World Bank
announced a $500 million program for East African countries affected
by historic desert locust swarms. The affected countries included
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, South
Sudan and Uganda.
(SFC, 5/22/20, p.A6)
2020 May 21, Doctors Without
Borders in Yemen said that as many as 80 people have been dying in
Aden per day during the past week, up from a pre-outbreak normal of