Today in History - May 26

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17AD        May 26, Germanicus of Rome celebrated a victory over the Germans.
    (HN, 5/26/98)

451AD    May 26, The Battle of Avarair. Vardan Mamikonian, son of Sparapet (general) Hamazasp Mamikonian and Sahakanush, daughter of the Catholicos Sahak Bartev, led a force of 66,000 Armenians to face the Persians. Prior to battle Vardan read aloud the story of the Jewish Maccabees. Persian losses tripled the Armenian dead, but Mushkan won and Vardan was killed.
    (MH, 12/96)

735        May 26, The Venerable Bede (~62), Beda Venerabilis, English speaking church historian, died.
    (MC, 5/26/02)(WSJ, 10/22/03, p.D12)

1328        May 26, William of Ockham was forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII.
    (HN, 5/26/98)

1421        May 26, Mohammed I, Ottoman sultan (1413-21), died.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1521        May 26, Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms of because of his religious beliefs and writings.
    (AP, 5/26/97)

1538        May 26, Geneva threw out John Calvin and his zealots. Calvin was exiled from Geneva for three years and lived in Strasbourg.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.15)(MC, 5/26/02)

1595        May 26, Philippus Nerius (79), [Filippo Neri], Italian merchant, Jesuit, saint, died.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1607        May 26, Some 200 Indian warriors stormed the unfinished stockade at Jamestown, Va. 2 settlers were killed and 10 seriously wounded before they were repulsed by cannon fire from the colonists’ 3 moored ships.
    (ON, 2/07, p.7)

1637        May 26, The Connecticut English militia and their Mohegan allies killed over 600 Pequot Indians at their village at Mystic. The survivors were parceled out to other tribes. Those given to the Mohegans eventually became the Mashantucket Pequots.
    (AH, 6/07, p.18)(www.dowdgen.com/dowd/document/pequots.html)

1647        May 26, A new law banned Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts. The penalty was banishment or death for a second offense.
    (HN, 5/26/99)

1660        May 26, Charles II (29), returning from exile, landed at Dover.
    (PCh, 1992, p.248)

1667        May 26, Abraham De Moivre, mathematician, was born.
    (HN, 5/26/98)

1670        May 26, A treaty was signed in secret in Dover, England, between Charles II and Louis XIV ending hostilities between them.
    (HN, 5/26/99)

1689        May 26, Mary Wortley Montagu, English essayist, feminist, eccentric, was born.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1691        May 26, Jacob Leiser, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary’s accession to the throne, was executed for treason.
    (HN, 5/26/99)

1703        May 26, Samuel Pepys (b.1633), English diarist, died. In the 1930s Sir Arthur Bryant authored a 3-volume biography. In the 1970s Richard Ollard authored a single volume biography. In 2001 Stephen Coote authored “Samuel Pepys: A Life” and another was expected by Claire Tomalin. In 2002 Claire Tomalin authored “Samuel Pepys: The Unequaled Self.”
    (WSJ, 6/2/99, p.A24)(HN, 2/23/01)(SSFC, 12/22/02, p.M3)(MC, 5/26/02)

1736        May 26, In northwestern Mississippi, British and Chickasaw Indians defeated a combined force of French soldiers and Chocktaw Indians at the Battle of Ackia, thus opening the region to English settlement.
    (AHD, 1971, p.11)(HN, 5/26/98)

1782        May 26, British officer Capt. Charles Asgill (20), a captive from Yorktown, drew a short straw and was thereby selected to be executed should Capt. Lippincott not be turned over to the Patriots for trial. Asgill was spared following an appeal by French foreign minister Comte de Vergennes.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Huddy)(Econ, 12/20/14, p.49)

1790        May 26, Territory South of River Ohio was created by Congress.
    (HN, 5/26/98)

1798        May 26, British killed about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1799        May 26, Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet (d.1837), was born. His bicentennial in Russia was celebrated Jun 6, 1999. [see Jun 6]
    (HFA, '96, p.30)(AHD, p.1062)(SFC, 6/3/99, p.C2)

1805        May 26, Lewis and Clark first saw the Rocky Mountains.
    (MC, 5/26/02)
1805        May 26, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned king of Italy.
    (AP, 5/26/97)

1819        May 26, The first steam-propelled vessel to attempt a trans-Atlantic crossing, the 350-ton Savannah, departed from Savannah, Ga., May 26 and arrived in Liverpool, England, Jun 20. [HNQ set May 24 for the departure]
    (AP, 5/22/97)(HNQ, 3/18/02)

1822        May 26, Edmond de Goncourt, writer, was born.
    (MC, 5/26/02)
1822        Apr 26, Frederick Olmstead, landscape architect, was born. His work included Yosemite Nat’l. Park, Central Park in New York City, and other city parks in Boston, Ma., Hartford, Ct., and Louisville, Ky.
    (440 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.5)

1831        May 26, Russians defeated the Poles at battle of Ostrolenska.
    (HN, 5/26/98)

1835        May 26, Edward Porter Alexander, brigadier general of artillery, was born.
    (HN, 5/26/98)
1835        May 26, A resolution was passed in the U.S. Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.
    (HN, 5/26/99)

1853        May 26, John Wesley Hardin was born in Bonham, Texas. The 19th-century Western outlaw John Wesley Hardin was named after John Wesley, who began the Methodist movement in 1738.   
    (HNQ, 4/1/00)

1856        May 26, George Templeton Strong, composer, essayist, was born.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1859        May 26, Captain James Simpson and his party, looking for the shortest route across Nevada, crossed the Hickison Summit into Big Smoky Valley. Their path was later followed by the Pony Express (1860) and the Overland Mail and Stage (1861).
    (BLM, 2001)

1860        May 26, Garibaldi occupied Palermo, Italy.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1861        May 26, Postmaster General Blair announced the end of postal connection with South.
    (MC, 5/26/02)
1861        May 26, Union blockaded New Orleans, LA., and Mobile, AL.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1864        May 26, Congress created the Montana Territory and Virginia City became the capital in 1865. Helena was made capital of the territory in 1875.  Montana became the 41st state in 1889, with Helena the state capital.
    (AP, 5/26/98)(HNQ, 2/9/00)
1864        May 26-30, There was a skirmish along the Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1865        May 26, Arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi. The last Confederate Army surrendered in Shreveport, La.
    (AP, 5/26/97)(HN, 5/26/99)
1865        May 26, At the Battle of Galveston, TX., Edmund Kirby Smith surrendered.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1867        May 26, Mary, queen of Great Britain-North Ireland, was born.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1868         May 26, The US Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal as the Senate fell one vote short of the two-thirds majority required for conviction. Edward Ross of Kansas cast the deciding vote.
    (AP, 5/26/97)(SFC, 2/12/99, p.A12)
1868        May 26, Michael Barrett, Irish nationalist, was executed for his part in the 1867 Clerkenwell bombing. This was the last British public execution.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Barrett_%28Fenian%29)

1883        May 26, Mamie Smith, blues singer, was born.
    (HN, 5/26/01)

1885        May 26, Al Jolson (d.1950), American jazz singer and silent film actor, was born in Seredzius, Lithuania as Asa Yoelson. His father Morris was a rabbi and a cantor and so Asa started singing early, alongside his elder brother Harry and two elder sisters. In 1894 the family set off for America in search of a new life.
    (www.unionsquaremusic.co.uk/titlev4.php?ALBUM_ID=576&LABEL_ID=5)

1895        May 26, Dorothea Lange, documentary photographer, was born.
    (HN, 5/26/01)
1895        May 26, Paul Lukas, actor (Watch on the Rhine, Sphynx), was born in Budapest, Hungary.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1896        May 26, The Dow Jones Industrial Average [DJIA] was first published. Charles H. Dow set up an index of 12 industrial companies that began at 40.94. Of the current 30 stocks in the DJ, only General Electric was in the original group. The 12 companies included: The American Cotton Oil Company, American Sugar Refining Company, American Tobacco, Chicago Gas, General Electric Co., Laclede Gas Light Co., National Lead, North American Co., Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Co., U.S. Leather, U.S. Rubber Co.
    (WSJ, 1/8/96, p.C-1)(WSJ, 5/28/96, p.R45)
1896        May 26, Nicholas II, the last Czar of Russia, was crowned.
    (HN, 5/26/98)

1899        May 26, Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal, was born.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1903        May 26, Estes Kefauver, senator from Tennessee, was born. He wanted the Democratic nomination for president against John Kennedy.
    (HN, 5/26/99)
1903        May 26, Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of 3 Gables."
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1905        May 26, There was a pogrom against Jews in Minsk, Belorussia.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1906        May 26, Pres. Theodore Roosevelt approved the US Congress chartered the Archaeological Institute of America.
    (www.archaeological.org/pdfs/AIA_Congressional_CharterA5S.pdf)

1907        May 26, John Wayne, American actor, was born as Marion Michael Morrison in Winterset, Iowa. He became famous for his western and World War II movies.
    (HN, 5/26/99)(AP, 5/26/07)

1908        May 26, Robert Morley, British character actor, was born in Semley, England.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
1908         May 26, The first major oil strike in the Middle East took place as engineers working for British entrepreneur William Knox D'Arcy and led by George B. Reynolds hit a gusher more than 1,100 feet below ground in Masjid-i-Suleiman, Persia (Iran). The Concessions Syndicate Limited, later the Anglo-Persian Oil Co., included the Burmah Oil Company of Glasgow, Scotland, and the Persian oil project of William Knox D'Arcy.
    (WSJ, 9/13/99, p.R4)(WSJ, 4/2/07, p.A6)(AP, 5/26/08)(ON, 8/08, p.3)
1908        May 26, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (b.1835), Indian founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, died in Lahore. Ghulam Ahmad had declared that Jesus (or Isa) had survived crucifixion and migrated to Kashmir, where he died a natural death.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirza_Ghulam_Ahmad)

1910        May 26, Laurance S. Rockefeller, CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1912        May 26, Jay Silverheels (d.1980) was born as Harold J. Smith on the Six Nations Indian Reservation, Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He was the son of a Mohawk Indian chief and became an actor who portrayed Tonto on "The Lone Ranger."
    (www.imdb.com)

1913        May 26, The Actors' Equity Association was organized in NYC.
    (AP, 5/26/97)

1914        May 26, Jacob A. Riis (b.1849), Denmark-born author and photographer, died in Barre, Mass. His books included “How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York” (1890) and his autobiography “The Making of an American” (1901). In 2008 Tom Buk-Swienty’s “The Other Half: The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America” was published. The original Danish version was translated by his wife, Annette.
    (www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAriis.htm)(SSFC, 9/21/08, Books p.4)

1917        May 26, Up to eight separate tornadoes cut a path of destruction for nearly 300 miles across Illinois and Indiana.
    (SFC, 5/26/09, p.D8)

1919        May 26, Jay Silverheels, actor, was born. He played Tonto in The Lone Ranger TV series
    (HN, 5/26/01)

1920        May 26, Peggy Lee (d.2002), jazz singer, was born in Jamestown, ND, as Norma Dolores Egstrom.
    (HN, 5/26/01)(SFC, 1/23/02, p.A2)

1922        May 26, Lenin suffered a stroke.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1923        May 26, James Arness, actor (Gunsmoke), was born in Minneapolis, MN.
    (HN, 5/26/01)(MC, 5/26/02)

1924        May 26, President Coolidge signed an Immigration-restriction law based on eugenic principles.
    (www.historicaldocuments.com/ImmigrationActof1924.htm)(WSJ, 2/28/06, p.D8)
1924        May 26, The US Immigration Act of 1924 (aka Johnson–Reed Act) prevented any further Japanese immigration to the US for the next four decades.  It included the National Origins Act and the Asian Exclusion Act which  prohibited the immigration of Arabs, East Asians, and Indians.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Act_of_1924)(SFC, 8/23/14, p.C2)
1924        May 26, Victor Herbert (65), Irish-US cellist, composer ("Babes in Toyland," "Eileen," "The Red Mill") conductor, died.
    (MC, 5/26/02)
1924        May 26, German government of Marx resigned.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1927        May 26, Jacques Bergerac, actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun), was born in France.
    (MC, 5/26/02)
1927        May 26, Ford Motor Company manufactured its 15 millionth Model T automobile.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1930        May 26, Supreme Court ruled that buying liquor does not violate the Constitution.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1932        May 26, American Tobacco was re-instated as a component of the Dow Jones.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, p. R-45)

1933        May 26, Jimmie Rodgers (b.1897), American country singer known most widely for his rhythmic yodeling, died of tuberculosis in NYC.
     (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmie_Rodgers_%28country_singer%29)(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.C12)

1934        May 26, Century of Progress Exposition reopened in Chicago.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1938        May 26, William Bolcom, American composer, was born in Seattle. Washington. Bolcom won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1988 for 12 New Etudes for Piano. In the fall of 1994, he was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bolcom)
1938        May 26, Teresa Stratas, [Anastasia Stratakis], soprano (Salome), was born in Toronto.
    (MC, 5/26/02)
1938        May 26, House Committee on Un-American Activities began its work of searching for subversives in the United States.
    (HN, 5/26/99)

1939        May 26, Charles H. Mayo (74), US surgeon, co-founder (Mayo Clinic), died.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1940        May 26, Operation Dynamo was launched for the evacuation of British, French and Belgian soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in northern France. The German Luftwaffe launched a bombing campaign on the harbor of Dunkirk. The new British Spitfire fighters helped provide air cover. The operation continued to June 4.
    (ON, 3/07, p.2)(AP, 5/26/97)(ON, 8/12, p.2)

1941        May 26, American Flag House, the Betsy Ross Home, was given to the city of Phila.
    (MC, 5/26/02)
1941        May 26, Ark Royal airplane sighted the German battleship Bismarck.
    (MC, 5/26/02)
1941        May 26, German occupiers began youth labor.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1942        May 26, Tank battle at Bir Hakeim: African corps vs. British army.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1943        May 26, Jews rioted against Germans in Amsterdam.
    (MC, 5/26/02)
1943        May 26, Edsel Ford, president (49) of the Ford Motor Company, died.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1945        May 26, US dropped fire bombs on Tokyo.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1946        May 26, A patent was filed in U.S. for H-bomb.
    (HN, 5/26/98)

1948        May 26, Entire Hagana arm forces were sworn-in as Israeli soldiers.
    (MC, 5/26/02)
1948        May 26, South Africa elected a nationalist government with apartheid policy. The National Party of the Dutch Afrikaners came to power and imposed apartheid. P.W. Botha (1916-2006) was among those elected to parliament.
    (WSJ, 7/28/98, p.A16)(http://tinyurl.com/yxx4zh)(Econ, 11/4/06, p.56)

1949        May 26, Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), was born in Shreveport, La.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1951        May 26, Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was born in LA, Calif. She flew on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
    (HN, 5/26/99)(MC, 5/26/02)

1955        May 26, Khrushchev arrived in Belgrade.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1956        May 26, Aircraft carrier "Bennington" burned off RI, killing 103.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1958        May 26, Janice Kulsar was born in Manhattan, N.Y. She later established renown as a denizen of the Cafe Babar in SF, and went on to sail the world as an adventuress and healer.
    (CB, 12/28/97)
1958        May 26, Union Square in San Francisco became a state historical landmark.
    (HN, 5/26/98)

1960        May 26, UN Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge accused the Soviets of hiding a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States that they presented to the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
    (AP, 5/26/99)

1961        May 26, Civil rights activist group Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee was established in Atlanta.
    (HN, 5/26/98)
1961        May 26, A USAF bomber flew the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours.
    (HN, 5/26/98)

1966        May 26, A Buddhist monk set himself on fire at US consulate in Hu, South-Vietnam.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1967        May 26, California State Senator J. Eugene McAteer (b.1916) died during his campaign for mayor of SF. Joseph Alioto, the co-chairman of the campaign, ran in his place and overcame his rival, Harold Dobbs.
    (SFC, 1/30/98, p.A10)(www.joincalifornia.com/candidate/5668)

1969        May 26, The Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.
    (AP, 5/26/97)(HN, 5/26/98)

1971        May 26, Juan Corona (b.1934) was arrested for 25 murders. The farm labor contractor from Yuba City Ca., had killed and mutilated 25 farm workers. He was convicted to life in prison.
    (SFEC, 5/4/97, p.B12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Corona)

1972        May 26, President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid Brezhnev signed in Moscow the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, an arms reduction agreement that became known as SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks). The US withdrew from the treaty in 2002.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.B5)(AP, 5/26/07)

1973        May 26, Jacques Lipchitz (b.1891), Lithuanian-born, French-US cubist sculptor, died on Capri and was buried in Jerusalem.
    (www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1B1-370321.html)

1976        May 26, Martin Heidegger (b.1889), German philosopher (Holzweg), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Heidegger)

1977        May 26, The movie "Star Wars" made its debut.
    (HN, 5/26/98)
1977        May 26, George H. Willig scaled the 110-story South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center. He was arrested at the top of the building.
    (AP, 5/26/97)

1978        May 26, The first legal casino in the eastern U.S. opened in Atlantic City, N.J.
    (AP, 5/26/98)

1981        May 26, 14 people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.
    (AP, 5/26/97)
1981        May 26, Russia’s Soyuz T-4, launched on March 12, landed.
    (http://space.kursknet.ru/cosmos/english/machines/st4.sht)

1984        May 26, A frisbee was kept aloft for 16.72 seconds by Don Cain of Philadelphia.
    (www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum30/HTML/000476.html)

1985        May 26, Harold Hecht (b.1907), choreographer, died of cancer.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Hecht)

1987        May 26, The US Supreme Court ruled that "dangerous defendants" can be held without bail.
    (www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0481_0739_ZD.html)
1987        May 26, Former PTL leader Jim Bakker told ABC's "Nightline" he had made a "terrible mistake" in turning control of the ministry over to the Rev. Jerry Falwell. He accused Falwell of misleading him.
    (AP, 5/26/97)
1987        May 26, Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (b.1913), physician and philanthropist, died. He donated a large collection of Asian art housed in the National Museum Sackler Gallery, which adjoins the Freer in Washington DC.
    (WSJ, 11/6/98, p.W10)(www.britannica.com/eb/article-9001219)
1987        May 26, Sri Lanka launched Operation Liberation, an offensive against the Tamil rebellion in Jaffra. It ended May 31 with over 1,000 deaths and 2,000 arrests in Vadamaradchy.
    (www.tamilnation.org/indictment/indict043.htm)

1988        May 26, The National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers completed a four-game sweep of the Boston Bruins to capture their fourth Stanley Cup in five seasons.
    (AP, 5/26/98)
1988        May 26, In San Francisco Lu Hurley’s $20 helicopter rides were grounded at Pier 43.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, DB p.42)
1988        May 26, The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the 1st NYC cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever struck 4 people in the Bronx between May and July of 1987.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nsejy)

1989        May 26, Reports began circulating that House Majority Whip Tony Coelho would resign to spare himself and the Democratic Party the ordeal of an investigation into his ethics.
    (AP, 5/26/99)
1989        May 26, Danish parliament allowed legal marriage among homosexuals.
    (www.wayoflife.org/fbns/pushing.htm)

1990        May 26, Soviet maverick politician Boris N. Yeltsin failed in a second round of voting to win the presidency of the Russian Federation. He succeeded in a third round of balloting three days later.
    (AP, 5/26/00)

1991        May 26, Rick Mears became the third driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times.
    (AP, 5/26/01)
1991        May 26, An Austrian Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashed in Thailand, killing all 223 people aboard. Crash investigators blamed an engine thrust reverser that had inexplicably deployed shortly after takeoff. The plane was enroute to Vienna and crashed shortly after takeoff from the Bangkok airport.
    (AP, 5/26/01)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)
1991        May 26, In Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala (1925-2010) became prime minister of the first democratically elected government after a popular revolt ended absolute rule by the king.
    (AP, 3/20/10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girija_Prasad_Koirala)

1992        May 26, President Bush and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton won primaries in Kentucky, Arkansas and Idaho.
    (AP, 5/26/97)
1992        May 26, The White House announced that the Coast Guard was returning a group of Haitian refugees picked up at sea to their homeland under a new executive order signed by Bush.
    (AP, 5/26/97)

1993        May 26, In what amounted to a sales pitch for health reform, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton denounced price gougers and profiteers in medicine before an enthusiastic audience of union activists in Washington, D.C.
    (AP, 5/26/98)
1993        May 26, DJs Mancow Muller and Chewy Gomez from the KSOL radio station stopped all traffic on the Bay Bridge for "8 minutes" during the morning commute for a haircut. Muller was fined $500 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service. They were inspired by news reports that Pres. Clinton had held up air traffic in LA for a haircut in Air Force One 8 days before. United Broadcasting Corp. agreed to pay $1.5 million plus expenses for some bridge improvements.
    (SFC, 9/9/96, p.A1,13)(SFC, 2/5/97, p.A20)
1993        May 26, In Pakistan the Supreme Court restored the government of Nawaz Sharif.
    (SFC, 1/30/97, p.A9)

1994        May 26, President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced his administration would no longer link China's trade status with its human rights record.
    (AP, 5/26/99)
1994        May 26, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. The marriage ended in 1996.
    (AP, 5/26/99)

1995        May 26, In the tobacco industry’s largest recall ever, Philip Morris USA halted sales of several cigarette brands, including some versions of top-selling Marlboro, because some filters were contaminated.
    (AP, 5/26/00)
1995        May 26, Serbs bombarded Serajevo. On Jun 6 NATO launched 2 air raids against an ammunition dump in Serb-held central Bosnia.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A10)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)

1996        May 26, Buddy Lazier won the Indianapolis 500.
    (AP, 5/26/97)
1996        May 26, A police sergeant searching the murky waters where ValuJet Flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people aboard, found the crucial cockpit voice recorder.
    (AP, 5/26/97)

1997        May 26, It was reported that the Hearst Corp. planned to develop some 400 of its 83,000 acres in the California San Simeon-Cambria coastline. It was opposed by environmentalists.
    (SFEC, 5/26/97, p.A13)
1997        May 26, In Ferryville, Wisconsin the 8th annual Weedstock Festival, a pro-marijuana event, had 3,500 people with 60 arrests.
    (SFC, 5/27/97, p.A3)
1997        May 26, President Clinton left for Paris to sign a new agreement between NATO and Russia.
    (AP, 5/26/98)
1997        May 26, France's deeply unpopular prime minister, Alain Juppe, announced he would resign, a day after the country's governing center-right coalition suffered major losses in first-round parliamentary elections.
    (SFC, 5/27/97, p.A1)(AP, 5/26/98)
1997        May 26, It was reported that Galway, Ireland, had become Europe’s fastest growing city with a rate of 12.3%.
    (SFEC, 5/26/97, p.A8)
1997        May 26, In Venezuela the jaguar hunting plan was dropped.
    (SFC, 5/27/97, p.A16)
1997        May 26, In Yemen it was announced that 21 children died after being injected with insulin rather than inoculations against fatal diseases.
    (SFC, 5/27/97, p.A16)

1998        May 26, The 109,000 ton, 2,600 passenger Grand Princess cruise ship made its debut. It cost $450 million and was billed as the largest and most expensive cruise ship. Its inaugural season was to be in the Mediterranean after which it would do year-round 7-day cruises in the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale.
    (SFEC, 1/18/98, p.T5)(SFEC, 5/24/98, p.T3)(SFEC, 7/12/98, p.T9)
1998        May 26, The Supreme Court made it far more difficult for police to be sued by people hurt during high-speed chases.
    (AP, 5/26/99)
1998        May 26, The US Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island is mainly in New Jersey, based on an 1834 border agreement between New York and New Jersey.
    (SFC, 5/27/98, p.A3)
1998        May 26, In Australia the first National Sorry Day was held, to acknowledge the wrong that had been done to indigenous families and to allow healing process to begin. Sorry Day is also in remembrance of mistreatment of the Aboriginal people and not only to the children involved in the Stolen Generation. The day was held annually until 2004. It was renamed National Day of Healing from 2005, however, in September, 2005, the name reverted when the National Sorry Day Committee decided to restore the name Sorry Day.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Sorry_Day)
1998        May 26, Police in 5 European countries arrested 74 alleged Algerian separatists. 53 were arrested in France and 21 in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. The idea was to dismantle terrorist networks prior to the World Cup.
    (SFC, 5/27/98, p.A10)
1998        May 26, The Korean stock market hit an 11-year low.
    (WSJ, 5/27/98, p.A17)
1998        May 26, Palestinian lawmakers clashed with Israeli police in East Jerusalem after Mayor Ehud Olmert ordered the dismantling of tin shacks built by Jewish nationalist settlers of the Ateret Cohanim.
    (SFC, 5/27/98, p.A10)
1998        May 26, In Russia Pres. Yeltsin signed an accord with King Harold V of Norway for the dismantling and disposal of 90 nuclear submarines decaying in the Barents Sea. Russia expected Norway to provide $30 million for the project, which was expected to cost billions and take over a decade.
    (SFC, 5/27/98, p.C2)
1998        May 26, In Rwanda Hutu rebels killed at least 94 civilians and wounded 67 outside Gisenyi.
    (SFC, 5/29/98, p.A16)

1999        May 26, House Republicans pushed through legislation that would put new obstacles in the way of spending government surpluses that came from Social Security taxes.
    (AP, 5/26/00)
1999        May 26, NATO military commanders won political approval to strike at the civilian telephone and computer networks of Yugoslavia. Warplanes carried out a record 650 sorties with 284 bombing attacks.
    (SFC, 5/27/99, p.C18)
1999        May 26, Serbian military fired over 30 missiles at NATO warplanes which had begun flying at lower altitudes to strike tanks, artillery and ground troops.
    (WSJ, 5/28/99, p.A15)
1999        May 26, Eutelsat, a European satellite consortium, cut off TV broadcasts by RTS, Serbian Radio Television. The move deprived Western broadcasters of their main source of video from Serbia.
    (WSJ, 5/27/99, p.A21)
1999        May 26, In Kosovo the KLA launched an offensive to open a 2nd supply corridor on the NW border of Albania.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.A16)
1999        May 26, In Belgium the public was informed that animal feed contaminated with dioxin was fed to chickens and pigs.
    (WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A19)
1999        May 26, Indian aircraft fired on separatist guerrillas in Kashmir province and Pakistan threatened retaliation; it was the first use of air power in years in the long-running conflict over the Himalayan border region.
    (AP, 5/26/00)
1999        May 26, India launched a rocket carrying South Korean and German satellites into orbit.
    (WSJ, 5/27/99, p.A1)

2000        May 26, The “Killer Resume” computer virus began to circulate.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A1)
2000        May 26, In Florida, Nathaniel Brazill, a 13-year-old student, shot and killed teacher Barry Grunow (35) on the last day of classes at Lake Worth Community Middle School after the teacher refused to let him talk with two girls in his classroom. Brazill, a seventh grader, had been sent home for throwing water balloons. In 2001 Brazill was tried as an adult, convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 28 years in prison.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A3)(SFC, 5/10/01, p.C2)(SFC, 5/17/01, p.A3)(AP, 5/26/05)
2000        May 26, In Canada an outbreak of E. coli in Walkerton, Ontario, left 5 people dead and made over 1,000 very ill. The local water system had become contaminated.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A13)
2000        May 26, Eritrea and Ethiopia agreed to resume peace talks even as Ethiopia continue to push into Eritrean territory.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A12)
2000        May 26, In Fiji Pres. Mara fired the elected government and said he would probably grant immunity to coup leaders.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A12)
2000        May 26, Haitian rights activists denounced the arrests of dozens of opposition candidates following the apparent victory of the Lavalas party. Most of the arrested opposition candidates were soon released.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A13)(SFC, 5/31/00, p.A13)
2000        May 26, In Kyrgyzstan gunmen opened fire on a visiting Chinese delegation and one official was killed. The visitors had planned to investigate an arson attack at a Chinese market.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A13)
2000        May 26, In Sierra Leone rebels released another 180 UN hostages. Pres. Kabbah announced plans to prosecute rebel leader Foday Sankoh. The government issued a statement promising not to recruit children under 18.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A12,14)
2000        May 26, In Turkey a 6 volume report by a parliamentary human rights panel was obtained by the Associated Press. It documented cases of torture in police stations across the country.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.C1)

2001        May 26, Republicans and moderate Democrats drove a sweeping $1.35 trillion, 10-year tax cut through Congress, handing President Bush a political triumph. Some 100 million refund checks were due to be mailed out by Oct 1.
    (SSFC, 5/27/01, p.A1)(AP, 5/26/02)
2001        May 26, Sec. of State Colin Powell met with Pres. Daniel arap Moi of Kenya and urged to step aside for the 2002 elections.
    (SSFC, 5/27/01, p.A12)
2001        May 26, In England riots broke out in Oldham between whites and residents of East Indian origin.
    (SFC, 5/28/01, p.B12)

2002        May 26, Roman Polanski won the Palme d'Or at Cannes for his film “The Pianist.”
    (SFC, 5/27/02, p.D2)
2002        May 26, Helio Castroneves won his second straight Indianapolis 500 despite a protest filed by Paul Tracy.
    (AP, 5/26/03)
2002        May 26, President Bush visited Paris, where he met with French President Jacques Chirac.
    (AP, 5/26/03)
2002        May 26, In Oklahoma a barge hit an I-40 bridge over the Arkansas River and 14 people were killed. A 500-600-foot section of the 1,988-foot bridge collapsed after Joe Dedmon, Capt. of the Robert Y. Love tugboat, apparently blacked out.
    (SFC, 5/27/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/28/02, p.A3)(SFC, 5/30/02, p.A5)
2002        May 26, In Maryland Erika (25) and Benjamin Sifrit (25) killed and dismembered Joshua Ford (32) and Martha Crutchley (51), a tourist couple in Ocean City. Both were found guilty in 2003. Benjamin Sifrit received a total of 35 years in prison. Erika was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison.
    (www.wtopnews.com/index.php?nid=25&sid=792917)(SFC, 5/14/09, p.A4)
2002        May 26, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem for the 2nd time in 2 days.
    (SFC, 5/27/02, p.A3)
2002        May 26, In Veracruz, Mexico, police arrested Jesus Albino Quintero Meraz along with 6 associates and a federal police officer for cocaine trafficking.
    (SFC, 5/28/02, p.A9)

2003        May 26, FBI and state police issued fugitive and murder warrants for Derrick Todd Lee, a prime suspect in the killings of 5 women in south Louisiana. Lee was arrested May 27 in Atlanta. Georgia.
    (SFC, 5/27/03, p.A3)(AP, 5/28/03)
2003        May 26, The World Health Organization (WHO) said it would put Canada's business capital Toronto back on the list of areas where SARS is spreading.
    (Reuters, 5/26/03)
2003        May 26, China's Pres. Hu Jintao arrived in Moscow for talks with Pres. Putin.
    (SFC, 5/27/03, p.A12)
2003        May 26, In Ecuador 9 renegade Huaorani killed 26 members of the Tagaeri tribe. They justified the massacre as payback for a 1993 murder. Huaorani elders pardoned all attackers. Loggers were suspected as influencing the Huaorani.
    (AP, 5/29/03)(SFC, 9/3/04, p.W1)
2003        May 26, PM Sharon said Israel must end its occupation of Palestinian lands. Sharon declared in a speech to his Likud Party that he was determined to reach a peace deal and end 36 years of rule over the Palestinians.
    (SFC, 5/27/03, p.A1)(AP, 5/26/08)
2003        May 26, A 7.0 earthquake hit Japan's main island of Honshu. At least 54 people were injured.
    (SFC, 5/27/03, p.A3)
2003        May 26, Thomas R. Odhiambo (72), the Kenyan scientist who founded an int'l insect research center renowned for giving African farmers low-cost solutions for pest control, died.  He founded the African Academy of Sciences in 1985.
    (AP, 5/28/03)
2003        May 26, Rwandans voted in the country's first constitutional referendum. It was overwhelmingly endorsed.
    (AP, 5/28/03)
2003        May 26, An airplane carrying Spanish peacekeepers crashed into a mountain in northeastern Turkey while making its third attempt to land in thick fog. All 74 people aboard were killed. The Yak-42 was chartered from a Ukrainian company.
    (AP, 5/26/03)(WSJ, 5/27/03, p.A1)

2004        May 26, Fantasia Barrino was crowned the latest American Idol in the Fox network's talent contest.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2004        May 26, The US government planned to set a limit on how much salt American should consume to 2,300 mg a day.
    (WSJ, 5/26/04, p.A1)
2004        May 26, The FBI issued an alert warning of a possible major terrorist attack in the US this summer. Photos of 7 suspects were released.
    (SFC, 5/26/04, p.A1)(SFC, 5/27/04, p.A1)
2004        May 26, A District court jury in McAlester, Oklahoma, convicted Terry Nichols of 161 counts of 1st degree murder in the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing. Nichols later received 161 consecutive life sentences.
    (SFC, 5/27/04, p.A3)(AP, 5/26/05)
2004        May 26, It was reported that a new study showed that aspirin might help reduce women’s chances of developing the most common form of breast cancer.
    (WSJ, 5/26/04, p.A1)
2004        May 26, Argentina said it is imposing a 20% tax on natural gas exports. Chile, which imports 90% of Argentina’s gas, would be hard hit.
    (WSJ, 5/27/04, p.A18)
2004        May 26, Amnesty International charged that Brazilian police killed hundreds of suspects over the past year, despite a commitment by the government to set higher standards for public security.
    (AP, 5/26/04)
2004        May 26, African and Latin American leaders meeting in China urged rich countries to fight terrorism by sharing wealth, not through military intervention.
    (AP, 5/26/04)
2004        May 26, The U.N. mission in Democratic Republic of Congo is widening an investigation into allegations peacekeepers sexually abused minors in the northeastern town of Bunia.
    (AP, 5/26/04)
2004        May 26, U.S. troops captured a key lieutenant of radical Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr during overnight clashes in Najaf that killed 24 people and wounded nearly 50.
    (AP, 5/26/04)
2004        May 26, In Iraq masked gunmen attacked Russian technicians heading to work at a major electric power station, killing two of them. In Moscow, the firm's executive director, Alexander Rybinsky, announced the full evacuation of company personnel from Iraq. Some 241 employees are expected to start leaving.
    (AP, 5/26/04)
2004        May 26, In Pakistan 2 cars exploded minutes apart outside an English-language school near the U.S. consul's residence in Karachi, killing a policeman and wounding 25 other people.
    (AP, 5/26/04)
2004        May 26, In Russia Pres. Putin gave his state-of–the-union address and called for an expansion of the oil export capacity.
    (WSJ, 5/27/04, p.A1)
2004        May 26, Sudanese VP Ali Osman Taha and John Garang, SPLA southern rebel leader, signed protocols to pave the way for a comprehensive deal.
    (AP, 5/27/04)(Econ, 5/29/04, p.14)
2004        May 26, The U.N. Security Council called for the immediate deployment of international monitors to Sudan's western Darfur region and put new pressure on the country's government to end a conflict there.
    (AP, 5/26/04)

2005        May 26, President Bush met with Palestinian leader Mohmoud Abbas, praised his steps toward democracy, and said the US will pay $50 million in housing aid for Palestinians in Gaza.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, Investigators confirmed five cases in which military personnel mishandled the Qurans of Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, but said they had found no "credible evidence" that a holy book was flushed in a toilet.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2005        May 26, The US and Ukraine signed an agreement to safeguard nuclear waste and upgrade storage facilities in Ukraine.
    (SFC, 5/27/05, p.A3)
2005        May 26, In Tennessee 4 lawmakers and a member of a powerful political family were indicted on charges of taking bribes in a FBI sting dubbed “Tennessee Waltz.” State Sen. John Ford had received payments totaling $55,000 and boasted to undercover agents: “You are talking to the guy that makes the deals.”
    (SFC, 5/27/05, p.A12)(Econ, 6/4/05, p.32)
2005        May 26, Eddie Albert (99), actor who moved smoothly from the Broadway stage to nearly 100 movies, died. He found stardom as the constantly befuddled city slicker-turned-farmer in television's "Green Acres."
    (AP, 5/28/05)(SFC, 5/28/05, p.A2)
2005        May 26, Dale Velzy (b.1927), pioneer surfboard builder, died in Mission Viejo, Ca. His famous board, The Pig, was made in 1955. Velzy helped launch the surfing-movie genre by funding Bruce Brown to shoot “Slippery When Wet” (1957).
    (SFC, 5/31/05, p.B4)
2005        May 26, It was reported that Jayant "Jay" Patel (56), an America surgeon born and trained in India and linked to the deaths of at least 87 patients in Australia over two years (2003-2005, had been given glowing references by six colleagues in the United States despite having been cited for negligence there earlier. In 2006 a court issued warrants for Patel’s arrest on three charges of manslaughter and five charges of causing grievous bodily harm to patients at Bundaberg Base Hospital in Queensland. Patel was hired at Bundaberg without disclosing that he had been disciplined for negligence by medical boards in Oregon and New York. In 2008 Patel was arrested by FBI agents in Oregon.
    (AP, 5/26/05)(AP, 11/22/06)(AFP, 3/12/08)
2005        May 26, In Sao Paulo, Brazil, at least 1.5 million evangelical Protestants rallied in the heart of the financial district, demonstrating their growing clout in the world's largest Roman Catholic country. "The purpose of this march, and of all the other ones we have organized over the years, is to conquer Brazil for Jesus Christ."
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, China’s Xinhua news agency reported that China has developed vaccines that block the spread of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu among birds and mammals.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, Pascal Lamy, former European Union trade chief, was named next head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and immediately vowed to steer struggling free trade talks to a successful end. He was selected on May 13.
    (AP, 5/26/05)(Econ, 5/21/05, p.79)
2005        May 26, Officials announced that a nationwide referendum to open the way for Egypt's first multicandidate presidential elections passed overwhelmingly.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, In southwestern France protesting winemakers set fire to train cars, pelted them with rocks and blocked rail traffic on their way home from demonstrations in Nimes.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, India and Pakistan exchanged ideas on ending a two-decade-old military standoff on Kashmir's Siachen glacier, as senior defense officials began a two-day meeting.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, In northeastern India mudslides killed at least 14 people, burying them alive as they slept in Nagaland state.
    (AP, 5/27/05)
2005        May 26, The WTO agreed to allow Iran to open talks to join the body that governs international commerce, a day after Iranian nuclear negotiators renewed Tehran's vow to refrain from developing atomic weapons.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, The Iraqi government announced that a security cordon of 40,000 Iraqi soldiers and police will ring Baghdad starting next week to try to halt a spree of insurgent violence. Attacks left 15 Iraqis and one Marine dead.
    (AP, 5/26/05)(WSJ, 5/27/05, p.A1)
2005        May 26, The Iraqi government arrested Musaab Kasser Abdul Rahman Hassan, known as Abu Younis, a suspected member of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al-Qaida in Iraq. The government claimed he was responsible for building car bombs and carrying out more than 60 bombings around the capital. The arrest was not announced until June 19.
    (AP, 6/19/05)
2005        May 26, In central Iraq 2 US soldiers were killed when their helicopter was shot down and crashed.
    (AP, 5/27/05)
2005        May 26, Police killed 2 gunmen in a Dublin post office, the first fatal shootings by Ireland's largely unarmed force in five years.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, The South Africa state agency responsible for names of towns and cities approved plans to rename the capital of Pretoria as Tshwane.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, International donors pledged an additional $200 million to fund the African Union peacekeeping operation in Sudan's western Darfur region during a conference in Ethiopia to discuss the ongoing violence.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, Suriname's ruling coalition survived an election challenge from a former dictator. But former dictator Desi Bouterse's National Democratic Party more than doubled its seats in the National Assembly.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, Syria's UN ambassador said Syria has arrested more than 1,200 people trying to cross the border into Iraq in recent weeks and sent many back to their home countries because of suspicions they were trying to join the insurgency.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, In Tham Krabok, Thailand, the largest refugee camp for ethnic Hmong, who had fled communist Laos, was officially closed.
    (AP, 5/27/05)

2006        May 26, US Air Force General Michael Hayden won confirmation to be the 20th CIA director in a 78-15 Senate vote.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
2006        May 26, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed legislation making California the 1st state in the country to adopt comprehensive controls on fish farming.
    (SFC, 5/27/06, p.B2)
2006        May 26, American International Group Inc. said that one of its units had received approval from local Chinese regulators to provide group insurance there, as the world's largest insurer makes a push to boost its business in the world's most populous nation.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, Researchers reported that a study involving 1200 marijuana users showed no increased incidence of 3 cancers that were studied from smoking marijuana.
    (SFC, 5/26/06, p.A2)
2006        May 26, Tiffany Marie Souers (b.1986), a Junior Civil Engineering major at Clemson University, was found dead in her apartment at The Reserve in Central, SC. In 2009 Jerry Buck Inman was sentenced to death for raping and strangling Souers.
    (www.clemsonwiki.com/wiki/Tiffany_Marie_Souers)(SFC, 4/23/09, p.A4)
2006        May 26, Cy Coben, American song writer, died in California. His songs included “A Good Woman’s Love” sung by Bill Monroe and other, and “Red Hot Women and Ice Cold Beer” sing by New Riders of the Purple Sage in 1977.
    (SFC, 6/12/06, p.B8)
2006        May 26, A US-led coalition strike on a militant training facility in Afghanistan's borderlands with Pakistan killed five suspected extremists. Nearly a dozen people were killed in fresh clashes between police and Taliban militants.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 26, In Belarus a monument to Soviet secret police founder Felix Dzerzhinsky was unveiled in Minsk, provoking protests from human rights defenders and opposition politicians.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, Bosnia's war crimes court sentenced Bosnian Serb former officer Dragoje Paunovic to 20 years in prison for crimes against humanity during the country's 1992-95 war.
    (Reuters, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, News Corp.'s London-based newspaper The Times announced it will launch a US edition next month as part of a push to make the paper an international brand.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, In Bulgaria lawmakers overwhelmingly approved an agreement allowing US troops to use Bulgarian military facilities.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, Hundreds of foreign troops struggled to keep East Timor from tipping into civil war amid widening violence, including a mob attack that killed six relatives of a government minister and set his house ablaze.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, The government of Estonia banned rallies near a statue in Tallinn marking the Red Army's victory over Nazi Germany, moving to ease recent tensions between some ethnic Estonians and native Russian speakers.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, Arcelor, Europe’s biggest steel maker, unveiled a plan to merge with Severstal, a Russian steelmaker. This was part of an effort to fend off a hostile bid by India’s Mittal Steel.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.58)
2006        May 26, In Germany a knife-wielding teenager went on a rampage and attacked pedestrians as they left a celebration in Berlin, wounding 27 people. The attacker (17) had mingled with crowds leaving a sound-and-light show inaugurating Berlin's new central rail station in the heart of the capital.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 26, In Iraq a powerful bomb exploded in an outdoor market in a majority Shiite part of east Baghdad, killing at least nine people and wounding 30.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, Italy said it will pull 1,100 of its troops from Iraq in June, giving its first specific numbers about the planned withdrawal.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, In Naples, Italy, the body of a man was found in a manhole with a knife in his abdomen. He was soon identified as Lewis Brooks Miskell (49), a Canadian diplomat missing since March.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 26, In Lebanon security officials said a car bomb killed Mahmoud Majzoub (41), a leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and his brother Nidal (39). Islamic Jihad vowed retaliation. The Iran-backed militant group had persisted in attacking Israel while other major factions adhered to a cease-fire. Islamic Jihad is led by Ramadan Shallah, a Palestinian from Gaza who now lives in exile in Syria. It considers the 1979 Iranian Revolution to be the beginning of a new era for the Muslim world and wants to turn all of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza into an Islamic state. It rejects compromise with Israel.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, The Hamas-led government withdrew a controversial 3,000-member private militia from the streets of Gaza, saying it wanted to reduce friction with the rival Fatah movement.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, In Russia the only known militant to survive the Beslan school siege was convicted in the deaths of 331 people, many of them children, and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 5/26/06)
2006        May 26, Yukos sold its 53.7% stake in Mazeikiai to the Polish PKN Orlen oil refining company for US$1.49 billion. Orlen signed the agreement in Amsterdam with the Yukos company’s Netherlands-registered subsidiary, Yukos International, which had all along held the legal title to that stake. The Lithuanian government had exercised its right to authorize this sale-and-purchase three days earlier.
    (http://cms2000.isn.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?ID=16079)
2006        May 26, A Moscow court upheld a ban by city authorities on what would have been the Russian capital's first gay and lesbian pride parade. Organizers said they were considering flouting the prohibition. Russian police, militant Orthodox Christians and neo-fascists broke up a first ever gay rights march in Moscow, but the homosexuals claimed their short-lived protest as a "great victory."
    (AP, 5/27/06)(Reuters, 5/27/06)
2006        May 26, Las Vegas Sands Corp., owner of The Venetian in Nevada, won a hotly-contested license to build Singapore's first casino. The Marina Bay Sands (MBS) opened in April 2010.
    (AP, 5/26/06)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.72)
2006        May 26, In Sudan one African Union soldier was killed and another critically wounded when heavily armed men ambushed a patrol not far from their base in West Darfur.
    (Reuters, 5/29/06)
2006        May 26, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez moved to expand his oil-rich country's influence in Bolivia with a set of accords to secure Venezuela's role in the impoverished Andean nation's recently nationalized energy industry.
    (AP, 5/26/06)

2007        May 26, In Washington, DC, some 100 supporters of Syria’s largest exile opposition group, the National Salvation Front, gathered outside the Damascus embassy to protest against the government of Pres. Assad.
    (WSJ, 1/25/07, p.A1)
2007        May 26, In southern Afghanistan an explosion during a fight with Taliban militants killed a British soldier. US-led coalition and Afghan forces detained a Taliban commander and two suspected al-Qaida militants in the east. In Kandahar 3 policemen and a civilian passer-by were wounded in a suicide attack. Gen. Mohammad Doud said Afghan forces have eradicated some 64,250 acres of poppies this year compared with 39,000 acres last year. Officials expected from 407,715 acres to 482,000 acres of poppies to be cultivated this year.
    (AP, 5/26/07)(AFP, 5/26/07)
2007        May 26, In northeast China a restaurant fire killed 11 staff and diners and injured 16 others. The fire started in the kitchen and raged through the popular three-story Baixinglou restaurant in Liaoning province's Chaoyang city.
    (AP, 5/27/07)
2007        May 26, In southern Greece a flash flood swept away a group of hikers alongside the Lousios River, killing at least five people.
    (AP, 5/27/07)
2007        May 26, In India a bomb exploded in a busy market in northeast Assam state, killing 7 people and injuring 18.
    (Reuters, 5/26/07)
2007        May 26, An Iranian official said that Iran, embroiled in a row with Washington over its nuclear program, has increased the amount of its oil export earnings in currencies other than US dollars to about 70%.
    (Reuters, 5/26/07)
2007        May 26, Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki, US Ambassador Ryan Crocker and American Cmdr. Gen. David Petraeus flew to Iraq's blistering western desert in a rare joint outing to highlight gains there in the fight against insurgents. American forces raided Sadr City stronghold and killed five suspected militia fighters in air strikes. In Basra 5 Mahdi Army fighters were killed and 15 wounded. The US military reported the deaths of 8 US troops.
    (AP, 5/26/07)(AP, 5/27/07)(AP, 5/26/08)
2007        May 26, Israel fired missiles at five Hamas targets minutes apart, killing five people just hours after Gaza militants floated the idea of halting rocket fire on Israeli border towns if the 10-day-old air campaign ends. In the West Bank, Israeli troops arrested Cabinet minister Wasfi Kabaha, confiscating his computer and many of his documents. Also in the West Bank, Palestinian police ambushed Adbel Razik (26), the leader of the violent Fatah offshoot the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, as he emerged from his home. A grenade blew up in his hand, and he later died of his wounds.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
2007        May 26, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev sacked his son-in-law, diplomat Rakhat Aliyev, after Aliyev challenged the Kazakh leader by declaring he intended to run for the presidency.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
2007        May 26, The newly installed Dutch government said some 25,000 asylum-seekers whose applications for refuge were rejected will be allowed to stay, reversing the previous administration's hardline immigration policy. The amnesty will apply to asylum-seekers who arrived before April 1, 2001 and were found not to qualify but who remained in the country anyway.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
2007        May 26, Nigeria's oil unions said they have suspended a two-day-old strike after the government met their demands over the proposed sale of two state-owned oil refineries.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
2007        May 26, In northwestern Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded near a military convoy, killing at least two soldiers and wounding seven others.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
2007        May 26, Egyptian Lieutenant Colonel Ihab Ahmed, a UN peacekeeper, died after he was shot during a robbery at his residence in El Fasher. Ahmed, part of a small group of reinforcements sent to Darfur, became the UN's first casualty since its arrival in the region.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
2007        May 26, In Turkey thousands of flag-waving protesters filled streets in Denizli, accusing the government of trying to impose Islamic values on the country's Western way of life.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
2007        May 26, In Ukraine several thousand interior troops streamed to Kiev, strengthening President Viktor Yushchenko's hand in a bitter dispute with the nation's prime minister that stoked up fears of violence.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
2007        May 26, Tens of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets chanting "Freedom, Freedom!" to protest President Hugo Chavez's decision not to renew the broadcast license of the country's most-watched TV station, an outlet for the opposition.
    (AP, 5/26/07)
2007        May 26, Zimbabwe riot police arrested more than 200 opposition activists and officials during a meeting they were holding at their party headquarters in Harare.
    (Reuters, 5/26/07)

2008        May 26, David Mumford of Brown University said he would donate his $33,333 portion of the prestigious Israeli mathematics Wolf Prize, to a Palestinian university and an Israeli group that tries to ease Israeli travel restrictions on Palestinian students.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, Earle H. Hagen (b.1919), composer, died at his home in Rancho Mirage, Ca. He co-wrote the jazz classic "Harlem Nocturne" (1939) and composed memorable themes for "The Andy Griffith Show," "I Spy," "The Mod Squad" and other TV shows.
    (AP, 5/28/08)
2008        May 26, Sydney Pollack (b.1934), American actor and director, died in Los Angeles. His directed films included "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1970), "Out of Africa" (1986) and "Tootsie" (1982).
    (AP, 5/27/08)(SFC, 5/27/08, p.A2)
2008        May 26, Burundi's government and last active rebel group signed an unconditional ceasefire agreement, raising hopes of a definitive end to the small central African nation's 15-year civil war.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, Canadian Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier resigned after it emerged he had left classified documents in the apartment of a former girlfriend who was once linked to organized crime figures.
    (Reuters, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, China said the confirmed death toll had risen to 65,080 with 23,150 people still missing. The final number of dead was expected to exceed 80,000. officials said that the country's one-child policy exempts families with a child killed, severely injured or disabled in the country's devastating earthquake.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, A small faction of Rwandan Hutu rebels in east Democratic Republic of Congo pledged to lay down their guns and return home, but the main rebel movement refused and rejected the ceremony as a sham.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, Egypt's parliament at the request of the government extended emergency law for another two years or until the government prepares an anti-terrorism law.
    (www.ikhwanweb.com/Article.asp?ID=17228&SectionID=0)
2008        May 26, Ethiopia's Supreme Court sentenced former dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam to death in his absence, along with 17 senior officials of his regime, overturning a previous life term on appeal. Mengistu has lived in exile in Zimbabwe since he was toppled in 1991.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, Germany turned red as unusual weather brought iron-rich dust from Africa to Europe.
    (Econ, 1/8/11, p.79)
2008        May 26, In Iraq 6 teenage boys who said they were being trained as suicide bombers were detained in Mosul. Initial investigations showed they were being trained by a Saudi militant who was killed in military operations. A suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck a checkpoint manned by Iraqi police and US-allied Sunni fighters north of Baghdad, killing four people. Suspected al-Qaida fighters kidnapped an awakening council leader, Sheik Saleh al-Karkhi, and his brother after blowing up his house in the village of Busaleh in Diyala province. A US soldier was killed and two others wounded in a roadside bombing in the northern Salahuddin province.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, In Italy police arrested 49 suspected mobsters in raids on the Naples-based Camorra mob, the equivalent of the Sicilian Mafia for the Naples area.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, In Japan the Group of Eight (G8) environment chiefs pledged "strong political will" toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, declaring that developed nations should take the lead in battling global warming, but failed to agree on much more contentious near-term targets.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, Dutch scientists claimed they have completed the first sequencing of an individual woman's DNA.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, Rebels from Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta said they had blown up a Royal Dutch Shell pipeline and killed 11 soldiers in a firefight, but the army denied losing any men.
    (Reuters, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, In northwest Pakistan gunmen fired on a vehicle carrying Shiite Muslims, killing four people before fleeing in what appeared to be a sectarian attack,
    (AP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, A Russian an An-12 cargo plane crashed near Chelyabinsk, Siberia, killing all 9 people onboard.
    (SFC, 5/27/08, p.A3)
2008        May 26, In Somalia Islamist insurgents attacked African Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu, sparking fierce clashes that killed at least 13 Somalis, most of them civilians.
    (AFP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, South Korea and a group of governments from the Middle East and Africa agreed to launch a cooperative organization aimed at enhancing political, cultural and economic ties. The Korea-Arab Society will group South Korea with governments, corporations and organizations from 22 countries and authorities in the Arab world.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, In Sri Lanka a bomb ripped through part of a packed passenger train during evening rush hour, killing 8 people and wounding 70 others near the Colombo.
    (AP, 5/26/08)
2008        May 26, Zimbabwe’s state-run Herald newspaper reported that President Robert Mugabe will respect the will of voters if they end his 28-year rule in a run-off election against opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
    (AP, 5/26/08)

2009        May 26, President Barack Obama tapped federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, making her the first Hispanic in history picked to wear the robes of a justice.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, The California Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to uphold proposition 8, the November initiative that amended the state constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The court said same-sex couple married before Nov. 4 remain legally wed.
    (SFC, 5/27/09, p.A1,6)
2009        May 26, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-rigged car into a military convoy in eastern Kapisa province, killing three American soldiers and three Afghan civilians. In the eastern Logar province US and Afghan troops called in airstrikes on two groups of militants, killing 13 insurgents. In eastern Khost province, a convoy of Afghan and American troops killed the driver of a car when the vehicle did not slow down in response to shouts to stop and warning shots.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, In Algeria 9 soldiers were killed near Biskra, 425 kilometers south of the capital, in n ambush which wounded 10 others.
    (AFP, 6/18/09)
2009        May 26, Cyclone Aila lashed low-lying areas in eastern India and Bangladesh, destroying thousands of homes, stranding tens of thousands of people in flooded villages and killing at least 191 before it began to ease.
    (AP, 5/26/09)(AP, 5/27/09)
2009        May 26, Wilmer Ignacio Guerrero Ibanez (40), a suspected trafficker accused of smuggling cocaine through Venezuela was deported to Colombia, where officials took him into custody at an international bridge linking the countries.
    (AP, 5/27/09)
2009        May 26, In Denmark business leaders attending the World Business Summit on Climate Change urged governments to order steep and mandatory cuts in greenhouse gases, favoring a cap-and-trade system instead of a tax to set a market price for carbon waste.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, A Danish court ruled that residents of Copenhagen's counterculture Christiania neighborhood have no right to use the former navy base they took over in 1971. The residents planned to appeal.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, French President Nicolas Sarkozy opened his nation's first military base in the Gulf outside Abu Dhabi, boosting the naval presence along strategic oil routes and in pirate-infested waters off the Somali coast.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, In Paris the body of Polish-born French woman Kinga Legg (36) was found at the exclusive Hotel Bristol. Police sought her English boyfriend Ian Griffin (39).
    (AFP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 26, Iran restored access to Facebook, after a block on the social networking Web site last week generated accusations that the government was trying to muzzle one of the main presidential campaign tools of the reformist opposition.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, A leading rights group urged Jordan to stop the detentions of thousands without trial each year and annul a 55-year-old law that allows people to be held without due process.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, Libya and Ukraine signed deals to cooperate in both peaceful civilian nuclear energy and in defense during a visit by Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko.
    (AP, 5/27/09)
2009        May 26, Mexican federal forces detained 10 mayors and 18 other officials for allegedly protecting one of Mexico's most violent drug cartels in an unprecedented anti-corruption sweep in the Pacific coast state of Michoacan. Three of the mayors were released soon after they were arrested, 4 others were quietly let go Jan. 30.
    (AP, 5/27/09)(AP, 3/4/10)
2009        May 26, In New Zealand an animal keeper was mauled to death by a rare white tiger at a wildlife park in New Zealand while visitors watched in horror. South African national Dalu Mncube was attacked after he and a colleague entered the cage at Zion Wildlife Park on New Zealand's North Island to clean it.
    (AP, 5/27/09)
2009        May 26, The Nigerian army said it destroyed a militants' camp in the restive Niger Delta as it kept up operations to stem the violence and kidnappings of soldiers and foreigners in the oil-rich region.
    (AFP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, North Korea reportedly tested two more short-range missiles, a day after detonating a nuclear bomb underground, pushing the regime further into a confrontation with world powers despite the threat of UN action.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, Pakistan's supreme court overturned a ban on former premier Nawaz Sharif from holding office, allowing the popular opposition leader to contest elections. Military commanders said troops fighting street-by-street with Taliban militants have regained control of more than half of the largest town in the Swat valley, and many insurgents were now fleeing the battlefield.
    (AFP, 5/26/09)(AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, Russia's uranium export company signed a groundbreaking $1 billion package of contracts to supply three US utilities with enriched fuel for nuclear power plants. Tenex signed contracts to provide enriched uranium fuel to San Francisco, California-based Pacific Gas & Electric Company; St. Louis, Missouri-based AmerenUE; and Dallas, Texas-based Luminant. Tenex will supply fuel to the US utilities from 2014 through 2020 under the contracts, which provide the option for renewal.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, Somali insurgents fired mortars at the presidential palace in Mogadishu, killing seven civilians and two government soldiers. The UN Security Council voted unanimously to condemn the recent surge in fighting in Somalia and called for an end to actions that undermine the country's Western-backed government.
    (AP, 5/27/09)
2009        May 26, In Sudan scores of policemen and nearly 200 tribesmen were killed when 3,000 armed Arab tribesmen on horseback attacked security forces in the oil-producing Southern Kordofan region.
    (Reuters, 5/26/09)(Reuters, 5/29/09)
2009        May 26, A Swedish Navy ship detained seven suspected pirates after stopping them from capturing a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, Tunisia’s Justice Minister Bechir Tekkari said his country is ready to accept the 10 Tunisians held at Guantanamo Bay.
    (SFC, 5/27/09, p.A2)
2009        May 26, A fire at a western Turkish hospital killed eight patients in an intensive care unit.
    (AP, 5/26/09)
2009        May 26, The Red Cross said the number of cholera cases in Zimbabwe is expected to cross the 100,000 mark in the coming days, warning that the epidemic was Africa's worst in 15 years.
    (AFP, 5/26/09)

2010        May 26, In Afghanistan a car bomb exploded outside a small NATO military base in Kandahar City, wounding two Afghans and destroying several cars. A British soldier was shot dead while on foot patrol in southern Helmand province. In eastern Nuristan province, police have been battling hundreds of insurgents for four days. Militants made a push to capture all of Barg-e-Matal district on the Pakistan border, sparking heavy fighting throughout the area. A senior border police official said he had credible reports that Taliban commander Maulana Fazlullah was killed. At least seven militants and one police officer have died so far in the fighting in Nuristan's Barg-e-Matal district.
    (AP, 5/26/10)(AFP, 5/26/10)(AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, In Argentina Angie Sanclemente Valencia (30), a Colombian model accused of leading a drug-trafficking gang that persuaded pretty young women to smuggle cocaine to Mexico, was arrested after evading Argentine police for five months.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, Vampire saga "Twilight" took home three prizes from the ITV1 awards at London's Royal Festival Hall. The "Twilight Saga: New Moon", the second in the series, was named best fantasy film, while its British star Robert Pattinson took the award for best performance.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, Canada announced that it will spend nearly $1 billion on security for next months G8 and G20 summits.
    (SFC, 5/27/10, p.A2)
2010        May 26, Ethiopian opposition groups rejected results of parliamentary elections which gave long-time ruler Meles Zenawi a landslide win, and demanded fresh polls.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, In France Eugene Rwamucyo, a Rwandan doctor accused of participation in the 1994 Tutsi genocide, was arrested. He was dismissed from his hospital post in northern France last month, and was wanted by Kigali for allegedly planning and carrying out atrocities in the Butare region of southern Rwanda.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, In Greece a horde of frogs caused a two-hour closure on a major highway near the city of Thessaloniki. The city's traffic police chief said that the "millions" of frogs were probably looking for food.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, In Hong Kong a 10th employee of iPhone-maker Foxconn jumped to his death, just hours after the company's chairman promised to make life better for employees at the sprawling production site in southern China.
    (Reuters, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, Hungary‘s new government gave ethnic Magyars abroad the right to Hungarian passports.
    (Econ, 6/5/10, p.60)(http://tinyurl.com/2amef5g)
2010        May 26, Iraq's government dissolved state-owned Iraqi Airways over a decades-old financial dispute dating back to Saddam Hussein's invasion of his oil-rich neighbor Kuwait. A lawyer for Kuwait Airways called the Iraqi government's strategy a "cynical tactic" and said it will not end the dispute because Kuwait will still hold the government accountable for the debt.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi bowed to market concerns about his country's high debt load and bloated public sector, springing euro24 billion in spending cuts on an unsuspecting public just weeks after ruling out painful measures.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, Jamaican security forces claimed a tenuous hold over the slum stronghold of a gang leader sought by the US, but only after battles that killed at least 44 civilians.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, Mexican marines arrested Manzanillo port Captain Jorge Arturo Castaneda, accusing him of drug trafficking ties. The port had become a hot spot for the smuggling of methamphetamine precursor chemicals. In the northern city of Piedras Negras, a soldier was killed and another wounded when gunmen ambushed army troops inspecting flood-risk zones. Sergio Adrian Martinez, a former state police officer and member of the Arturo Beltran Leyva carte, was killed in a gunbattle with soldiers in the northern city of Monterrey.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, In Morocco Islamists were outraged by the visit of gay pop star Elton John, while the royal palace, government and his many fans backed his appearance in Rabat.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, Palestinian hospital officials say 15 people were wounded in overnight Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. The strikes came after the Israeli military reported that Palestinian militants had blown up a donkey cart filled with dynamite near the concrete wall that separates Gaza from Israel and fired several mortar rounds into Israel. No Israelis were injured.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, In Peru Indian leader Alberto Pizango was detained upon arrival in Peru's capital from Nicaragua, where he fled 11 months ago to avoid charges over violent protests against proposed oil and gas exploration in the Amazon.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, In southern Russia an explosion tore through the center of Stavropol killing 5 people and wounding at least 20 as locals gathered for a Chechen dance concert.
    (SFC, 5/27/10, p.A2)
2010        May 26, The International Criminal Court reported Sudan to the UN Security Council for refusing to arrest a government minister and a militia leader suspected of war crimes in Darfur. Judges at the court say that Khartoum has refused to hand over Humanitarian Affairs Minister Ahmed Harun and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb. The court ordered the men arrested in 2007 on 51 charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, In Turkey four rebels were killed in a clash in eastern Tunceli province, bringing the overall rebel death toll to 23 since last week's air assault on rebel camps in northern Iraq's Hakurk, Zap and Qandil Mountain regions.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 26, A UN official said some 3,200 Ghanaians fleeing ethnic strife have crossed into Togo in recent days.
    (AP, 5/26/10)
2010        May 26, Zimbabwe licensed four private daily newspapers, including the banned Daily News, a sign the new unity government is following through on promises to open up the media to non-state run publications.
    (Reuters, 5/26/10)

2011        May 26, Minutes before a midnight deadline, President Barack Obama signed into law a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 26, The US Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s “business death penalty,” saying Arizona may deny employers a license to do business for a 2nd violation of its Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007.
    (SFC, 5/27/11, p.A13)
2011        May 26, The death toll from the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, rose to 126. More than 230 people were still listed as missing.
    (SFC, 5/27/11, p.A8)
2011        May 26, In eastern Afghanistan a NATO helicopter crash killed one service member. 8 US troops were killed while on foot patrol in southern Afghanistan. They were hit by two consecutive blasts, with one explosion going off as troops rushed to aid those wounded from the first blast. 2 Afghan policemen were also killed in the blasts in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 5/26/11)(AP, 5/27/11)(SFC, 5/27/11, p.A2)
2011        May 26, Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic (69) was arrested in Serbia after years on the run from international genocide charges, opening the way for the once-pariah state to seek membership in the European Union.
    (Reuters, 5/26/11)
2011        May 26, China Central Television said North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il said he would adhere to the goal of a nuclear-free Korean peninsula during talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
    (AFP, 5/26/11)
2011        May 26, In southern China homemade bombs exploded at three government buildings in Fuzhou city, Jiangxi province, killing 3 people and wounding at least 9 others in what state media said was a revenge attack by Qian Mingqi (52), a middle-aged jobless man, who was killed in one of the explosions.
    (AP, 5/26/11)(SFC, 5/27/11, p.A2)
2011        May 26, Colombia's government said it has identified the remains of almost 10,000 people buried in unmarked graves across the country. An official said at least that many more bodies are still to be identified.
    (AP, 5/26/11)
2011        May 26, In Egypt a Cairo criminal court sentenced former housing minister Ahmed al-Maghrabi to five years in prison on corruption charges and fined him over an illegal land deal.
    (AFP, 5/26/11)(Reuters, 5/26/11)
2011        May 26, In France G8 leaders met to discuss military operations in Libya, implications of the Arab Spring, and financial support for the recently toppled autocracies of Egypt and Tunisia.
    (SFC, 5/27/11, p.A2)
2011        May 26, Georgian officials went ahead with an Independence Day military parade along the central avenue where two people were killed and almost 40 injured in the violent breakup of an anti-government protest hours earlier.
    (AP, 5/26/11)
2011        May 26, In Greece police in central Athens used pepper spray to disperse protesting doctors and state hospital staff, in the latest protest against public spending cuts.
    (AP, 5/26/11)
2011        May 26, Iran hanged 11 prisoners, including a convicted serial killer. The others had been found guilty of rape and armed robbery. The hangings brought the number of executions to 143 since the beginning of the year. Another man was hanged May 23 for drug smuggling in the city prison of Behbahan in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.
    (AFP, 5/26/11)
2011        May 26, In Iraq tens of thousands of militiamen and followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr led a massive rally, marching in Baghdad in a show of force as Iraqi leaders weigh whether to keep US troops in the country beyond the end of the year. A suicide bomber struck an Iraqi army patrol in western Baghdad, killing four soldiers and wounding 11 others. Ali al-Lami, a Shiite who was responsible for purging loyalists of deposed ruler Saddam Hussein, was fatally shot by gunmen while driving his car. He was often accused of working with neighboring Shiite Iran to sideline Sunnis from power and re-ignite sectarian tensions. On June 17 an al-Qaida-linked group in Iraq claimed responsibility for the killing of al-Lami.
    (AP, 5/26/11)(AP, 5/27/11)(AP, 6/17/11)
2011        May 26, Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, detailed a new leak of radioactive water as Greenpeace slammed the country's "inadequate response" to a growing threat to sea water and health.
    (Reuters, 5/26/11)
2011        May 26, In Latvia a vote in the Saeima, or Parliament, blocked the country's anti-corruption bureau from searching the home of Ainars Slesers, a powerful politician known as one of Latvia's three oligarchs.
    (AP, 5/28/11)
2011        May 26, Libya’s government pushed a cease fire proposal. African leaders demanded an outright end to NATO air strikes on Libya. Spain says it and other European governments have received a message from Libyan PM Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi proposing an immediate cease-fire in his country's war. Global Witness said Goldman Sachs and HSBC together held $335 million of the Libyan oil fund's assets, while Societe Generale held $1 billion in structured products for the fund.
    (AFP, 5/26/11)(AP, 5/26/11)(Reuters, 5/26/11)(SFC, 5/27/11, p.A2)
2011        May 26, Hundreds of Pakistanis took to the streets to protest against rolling blackouts that paralyze industry and make life unbearable in the searing summer heat. In the northwest a suspected suicide bomber killed at least 32 people, including 2 policemen, in an attack outside a police station in Hangu.
    (AFP, 5/26/11)(Reuters, 5/26/11)(AP, 5/28/11)
2011        May 26, In Peru Polish couple Jaroslaw Frackiewicz (70) and his wife, Celina Mroz (58), were last seen while kayaking on the Ucayali River. On July 8 police arrested Fidel Garcia (27). an ethnic Ashaninka. Garcia implicated his brother-in-law Freddy Ruiz and uncle Roger Ruiz in the couple’s killing.
    (AP, 7/11/11)
2011        May 26, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir called on north Sudan to withdraw its forces from the disputed Abyei region. He also said there would be no war over the incursion and it would not derail independence.
    (Reuters, 5/26/11)
2011        May 26, In Turkey a bomb mounted on a bicycle near a bus stop exploded during morning rush hour in Istanbul, wounding eight people, including a police officer.
    (AP, 5/26/11)
2011        May 26, In Yemen intense battles spread across Sanaa between government forces and opposition militiamen from powerful tribes. At least 28 people were killed as the four-day death toll neared 110. Explosion in west Sanaa killed 28 people.
    (AP, 5/26/11)

2012        May 26, The iconic USS Iowa left San Francisco Bay on its way to its new home in Southern California.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, Miami police shot dead a naked man chewing on the face of another naked man, Ronald Poppo, on a downtown highway ramp. Rudy Eugene (31) had kept eating and growled at a police officer who tried to make him stop.
    (AP, 5/28/12)(SFC, 5/29/12, p.A8)(SFC, 5/31/12, p.A8)
2012        May 26, In southern Utah a small Cessna plane was found crashed some 300 feet from the runway of the municipal airport at St. George. 4 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/28/12, p.A8)
2012        May 26, Afghanistan's parliament approved a strategic partnership agreement with the United States. A NATO night airstrike reportedly killed 8 members of a family in Paktia province. A NATO official the next day said that so far, there was no evidence of any civilian casualties. 4 NATO coalition service members were killed in separate bomb attacks in the south. Captain Stephen James Healey became the 415th British serviceperson to die since the military mission in Afghanistan started in 2001.
    (AP, 5/26/12)(AP, 5/27/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)(AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 26, In Azerbaijan Loreen of Sweden piled up 372 points with her uplifting dance track "Euphoria" at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, In Burkina Faso several thousand people protested across the poor west African country to denounce a steep spike in the prices of basic food items and petrol.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq (70) paid tribute to the "glorious revolution" that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under Mubarak, vowed there would be no "recreation of the old regime" as he prepared to face off against Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in a runoff on June 16-17.
    (AP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, In Finland police arrested an 18-year-old gunman who killed two people and wounded seven others in what appeared to be a random shooting in the southern town of Hyvinkaa. Finland has some 650,000 officially recognized gun owners in a population of 5.4 million people, with strong hunting traditions.
    (AP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, Georgia’s Pres. Mikhail Saakashvili inaugurated the country’s new Parliament building in Kutaisi.
    (SSFC, 5/27/12, p.A6)
2012        May 26, In Iraq attacks north of Baghdad killed four people, including three soldiers who died in a bombing.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, Japan pledged aid worth up to half a billion dollars to Pacific island nations at a summit stressing the importance of maritime law in a region warily eyeing China's growing might at sea. At the close of a two-day meeting on Okinawa, leaders from 16 nations and one territory produced a joint declaration emphasizing the need for international rules to be obeyed on the oceans.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, Lesotho's one million voters went to the polls in a tight general election where bitter personal rivalries among the three main party leaders have overshadowed worries about jobs and poverty. More than half of the nation's two million people lived in poverty. Final results showed Mosisili's Democratic Congress (DC) winning 48 seats of 120 seats.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, Mali's Tuareg and Islamist rebels moved to merge and declare a new state (Azawad) in the north leaving the country closer to breakup, two months after a fateful coup in the south.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, In northeastern Nigeria gunmen killed a Muslim cleric and a retired prison guard in Potiskum, amid a wave of such killings blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram. Gunmen shot dead three card players in the northern city of Kano, also rocked by deadly attacks blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram
    (AFP, 5/26/12)(AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, In Pakistan an American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in Miran Shah, North Waziristan, and killed four suspected militants.
    (AP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, Spain's fourth biggest lender, Bankia, prepared to sell stakes it holds in companies to meet European competition rules after a state rescue that has so far cost 23.5 billion euros ($29.40 billion). A day earlier Bankia sought 19 billion euros ($24 billion) in bailout money from the Spanish government. The loan will count as sovereign debt.
    (Econ, 6/16/12, p.27)(http://tinyurl.com/8xqxzmk)
2012        May 26, In Syria regime forces pounded rebel positions elsewhere in Homs province, according to the Observatory, which reported 9 people killed in violence across the country, including four civilians. UN observers rushed to Houla where scores of civilians were reportedly massacred.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, In Tanzania's archipelago of Zanzibar an Islamic group called Uamsho clashed with police after they marched on a police station following the arrest of one of their leaders. The group had been holding demonstrations demanding an end to the union with Tanzania.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, The Tunisian justice ministry sacked 81 magistrates over suspicions of graft and their links to the ousted regime of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Police used tear gas to stop gangs of ultra-conservative Salafists, some armed with clubs and swords, who went on the attack in the northwestern towns of Jendouba and Ghardimaou. About 15 people were arrested.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 26, The Vatican confirmed that the pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, has been arrested in its embarrassing leaks scandal, adding a Hollywood twist to a sordid tale of power struggles, intrigue and corruption in the highest levels of Catholic Church governance.
    (AP, 5/26/12)
2012        May 26, In Yemen fighting in Zinjibar and Jaar left 27 al-Qaida fighters and 7 soldiers dead. A commander said the army is pushing militants out of the area.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)

2013        May 26, The New American, a magazine of the John Birch Society, reported that Karen Hudes, an ex-senior counsel at the World Bank, says the global financial system is dominated by a small group of corrupt, power-hungry figures centered around the privately owned US Federal Reserve. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPOjsa4Ci7M] [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq_5jvxI9mU]
    (http://tinyurl.com/konex4n)
2013        May 26, In central Texas Esteban Smith (23) was killed in an exchange of gunfire with state troopers after he opened fire on several vehicles killing 2 people in the Eden area.
    (SFC, 5/28/13, p.A4)
2013        May 26, In eastern Afghanistan an insurgent attack killed a NATO service member in Farah province.
    (AP, 5/27/13)
2013        May 26, Colombia and the FARC rebel group announced an agreement on land reform.
    (SFC, 5/27/13, p.A2)
2013        May 26, In France thousands of people protested in central Paris against the country’s new gay marriage law.
    (AP, 5/26/13)
2013        May 26, The Palm d’Or of the 66th Cannes Film Festival went to “Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele,” a tender lesbian romance by Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche.
    (SFC, 5/27/13, p.A2)
2013        May 26, In Iraq militants in a speeding car killed 3 civilians and wounded another in northern Baghdad. A policeman was killed in another attack in northern Baghdad. Militants with silenced pistols shot and killed a secondary school teacher in Baghdad. In Mosul a car bomb went off at a house while a joint army-police unit was conducting door-to-door searches. The blast killed 3 policemen and one soldier. Militants in Mosul also gunned down a policeman in his car. Authorities also found a body floating in the Tigris river, shot at close range with hands bound behind the back. In Anbar province 3 soldiers were killed and five wounded in two attacks by roadside bombs on their patrols. At least 14 people were killed in total.
    (AP, 5/26/13)
2013        May 26, Israel's trailblazing electric car company Better Place announced that it is shutting down, less than six years after unveiling an ambitious plan that promised to revolutionize the auto industry by reducing the world's dependency on oil. On July 10 an Israeli court allowed a consortium of Better Place car owners and entrepreneurs to purchase the company’s assets for under $12 million.
    (AP, 5/26/13)(SFC, 7/11/13, p.A2)
2013        May 26, Kenya’s anti-terrorism police killed Khalid Ahmed, a wanted terrorist, and recovered a cache of weapons in the port city of Mombasa. The Somali national had sneaked into Kenya from Somalia where he had undergone paramilitary training.
    (AP, 5/26/13)
2013        May 26, In Lebanon a pair of rockets slammed into a car dealership and a residential building in strongholds of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group in Beirut. They struck just hours after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah vowed to propel Syrian President Bashar Assad to victory.
    (AP, 5/26/13)
2013        May 26, In Mexico 12 young people were brazenly kidnapped in broad daylight from the after-hours Heaven bar in Mexico City's Zona Rosa. As of late September four police officers were among 18 people in custody in relation to the Heaven case.
    (AP, 5/30/13)(AFP, 8/27/13)(SFC, 9/25/13, p.A3)
2013        May 26, In Mexico a bus carrying tourists overturned following a tire blowout in central Hidalgo state. 16 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/27/13, p.A2)
2013        May 26, Myanmar’s Pres. Thein Sein welcomed Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe to Naypyidaw. Abe became the first Japanese PM to visit Myanmar since 1977. He cancelled $1.8 billion of debt and promised another $500 million in aid loans.
    (Econ, 6/1/13, p.44)
2013        May 26, The Jascon 4, a tug boat working on behalf of Chevron Corp., went down off the coast of Nigeria's Delta state. 12 sailors were missing. 11 seamen were killed. Harrison Odjegba Okene, the tug’s cook, survived for 72 hours in an air pocket and was rescued.
    (AP, 5/28/13)(AP, 12/3/13)

2014        May 26, In Florida laurel wilt disease, caused by a beetle the size of a rice grain, was reported to be killing off swamp bay trees. It has been detected across more than 500 square miles of the Everglades and has also infected avocado and red bay trees in southern Miami-Dade County and elsewhere in the southeast.
    (SFC, 5/26/14, p.A9)(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A8)
2014        May 26, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up close to an army minibus in Kabul, killing at least 2 people and injuring nine.
    (Reuters, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Bulgaria's main opposition party called for an early general election after winning the most votes for seats in the European Parliament, contending the country's Socialist-led coalition government lacks public support to govern.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, China announced that it has arrested more than 200 terror suspects over the past month in the restive Xinjiang region, highlighting its commitment to a security crackdown even as a bloody attack last week raised questions about its effectiveness. Police foiled a terror plot by detaining five suspects and seizing 1.8 tons of bomb-making materials in the Hotan section of the Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 5/26/14)(AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, Some 40 Chinese fishing boats surrounded a Vietnamese fishing boat before one of them rammed it and it sank not far from where China has parked an oil rig in the disputed South China Sea. Vietnamese fishing boats operating nearby rescued the 10 fishermen on board.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, China’s government said 37 people have died and six left missing in widespread flooding that's hit hundreds of thousands of people in a swath of southern China.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, China's government said it plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, Egyptians voted in an election expected to install former army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as president, with supporters brushing aside concerns about political freedom and hailing him as the strong leader the country needs. Turnout on the first day was only 15%.
    (AP, 5/26/14)(AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 26, French President Francois Hollande said his Socialist government won't resign and will press forward with tax cuts and other reforms despite a record victory for the far right in European parliament elections.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In Ghana 6 people were killed and three others injured when a mine collapsed in the gold-rich Ashanti region.
    (AFP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, Greece's main opposition party formally requested an early general election after winning the vote for the European Parliament, arguing that the country's conservative government now lacks the legitimacy to implement reforms related to international bailouts.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In India Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister.
    (Reuters, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In northern India the Gorakhpur Express passenger train plowed into a parked freight train, killing 26 people near Churaib station in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/26/14)(Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, In northern India five men, including the father, a brother and a cousin of a man accused in a May 11 rape, followed the victim's mother away from her house and beat her relentlessly, demanding she drop the accusation. Three men were arrested on May 29 and police searched for two others in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh state. On Nov 27 India's top investigative agency said that two teenage girls believed to have been raped and hanged by attackers in a north Indian village actually committed suicide because of shame over a relationship with a boyfriend.
    (AP, 5/30/14)(AP, 11/27/14)
2014        May 26, Israel approved plans for 50 new homes for Israelis in annexed east Jerusalem as Pope Francis wrapped up a visit to the region.
    (AFP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Italian police arrested a former environment minister for allegedly embezzling 3.4 million euros ($4.6 million) from ministry funds earmarked for a water resources project in Iraq. Corrado Clini, who served in the government of ex-premier Mario Monti, was put under house arrest.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Jordan ordered Syria's ambassador to leave the country within 24 hours in a humiliating public announcement made on state-run media, accusing him of making "offensive" statements about the kingdom.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Two Kenyan soldiers were killed when militants from Somalia's Shebab rebels ambushed a military convoy near Lamu on the Kenya-Somalia border.
    (AFP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In Libya gunmen shot dead Moftah Abu Zeid, chief editor of the Brnieq newspaper and an outspoken critic of Islamists in Benghazi.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Moroccan authorities said three militants have been arrested for recruiting fighters and funding groups linked to al-Qaida that are fighting against the government in Syria.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In northeastern Nigeria a suspected Boko Haram attack on a military base and police station left at least 33 people dead.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 26, South Korea and China agreed recent nuclear activity by North Korea posed a serious threat to the peace and stability of the region and Pyongyang must not conduct a nuclear test, after a meeting of their top diplomats in Seoul.
    (Reuters, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Syrian rebels made advances in the northwest, seizing several army checkpoints as they inched closer towards taking over two major bases. Fawzi Ayoub, a senior Lebanese-Canadian commander in the Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah, was killed while fighting alongside Syrian government troops against rebels. Ayoub was on the FBI's "most wanted" list for attempting to bomb Israel.
    (AFP, 5/26/14)(Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, In Thailand Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha secured the royal imprimatur for his coup four days earlier.
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.32)
2014        May 26, A Tunisian court decided to dissolve the League for the Protection of the Revolution (LPR), a pro-Islamist group accused of inciting violence, as sought by the powerful UGTT workers union.
    (AFP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, A Turkish court ordered the arrests of four former Israeli military commanders being tried in absentia over the killing of 9 people aboard a Turkish aid ship that tried to break a Gaza blockade on May 31, 2010.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Ukraine's new president-elect Petro Poroshenko promised to negotiate an end to a pro-Russia insurgency in the east, saying he was willing to begin talks with Moscow. Government forces used fighter jets to stop pro-Russia separatists from taking over the Donetsk airport. At least 40 people, including 2 civilians, were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 5/26/14)(AP, 5/27/14)

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