Today in History - May 26
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17AD May 26,
Germanicus of Rome celebrated a victory over the Germans.
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.
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.
1421 May 26, Mohammed I,
Ottoman sultan (1413-21), died.
1521 May 26, Martin Luther was
banned by the Edict of Worms of because of his religious beliefs and
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.
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
1647 May 26, A new law banned
Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts. The penalty was
banishment or death for a second offense.
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.
1670 May 26, A treaty was
signed in secret in Dover, England, between Charles II and Louis XIV
ending hostilities between them.
1689 May 26, Mary Wortley
Montagu, English essayist, feminist, eccentric, was born.
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.
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,
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
1790 May 26, Territory South of
River Ohio was created by Congress.
1798 May 26, British killed
about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara.
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.
1805 May 26, Napoleon Bonaparte
was crowned king of Italy.
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.
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.
1835 May 26, Edward Porter
Alexander, brigadier general of artillery, was born.
1835 May 26, A resolution was
passed in the U.S. Congress stating that Congress has no authority
over state slavery laws.
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.
1856 May 26, George Templeton
Strong, composer, essayist, was born.
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
1860 May 26, Garibaldi occupied
1861 May 26, Postmaster General
Blair announced the end of postal connection with South.
1861 May 26, Union blockaded
New Orleans, LA., and Mobile, AL.
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.
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
(AP, 5/26/97)(HN, 5/26/99)
1865 May 26, At the Battle of
Galveston, TX., Edmund Kirby Smith surrendered.
1867 May 26, Mary, queen of
Great Britain-North Ireland, was born.
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
(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.
1883 May 26, Mamie Smith, blues
singer, was born.
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.
1895 May 26, Dorothea Lange,
documentary photographer, was born.
1895 May 26, Paul Lukas, actor
(Watch on the Rhine, Sphynx), was born in Budapest, Hungary.
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.
1899 May 26, Pieter Menten,
Dutch war criminal, was born.
1903 May 26, Estes Kefauver,
senator from Tennessee, was born. He wanted the Democratic
nomination for president against John Kennedy.
1903 May 26, Start of Sherlock
Holmes "Adventure of 3 Gables."
1905 May 26, There was a pogrom
against Jews in Minsk, Belorussia.
1906 May 26, Pres. Theodore
Roosevelt approved the US Congress chartered the Archaeological
Institute of America.
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.
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
(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.
1910 May 26, Laurance S.
Rockefeller, CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank), was born in NYC.
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
1913 May 26, The Actors' Equity
Association was organized in NYC.
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,
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
1920 May 26, Peggy Lee
(d.2002), jazz singer, was born in Jamestown, ND, as Norma Dolores
(HN, 5/26/01)(SFC, 1/23/02, p.A2)
1922 May 26, Lenin suffered a
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.
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.
1924 May 26, Victor Herbert
(65), Irish-US cellist, composer ("Babes in Toyland," "Eileen," "The
Red Mill") conductor, died.
1924 May 26, German government
of Marx resigned.
1927 May 26, Jacques Bergerac,
actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun), was born in France.
1927 May 26, Ford Motor Company
manufactured its 15 millionth Model T automobile.
1930 May 26, Supreme Court
ruled that buying liquor does not violate the Constitution.
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.
1934 May 26, Century of
Progress Exposition reopened in Chicago.
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.
1938 May 26, Teresa Stratas,
[Anastasia Stratakis], soprano (Salome), was born in Toronto.
1938 May 26, House Committee on
Un-American Activities began its work of searching for subversives
in the United States.
1939 May 26, Charles H. Mayo
(74), US surgeon, co-founder (Mayo Clinic), died.
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.
1941 May 26, Ark Royal airplane
sighted the German battleship Bismarck.
1941 May 26, German occupiers
began youth labor.
1942 May 26, Tank battle at Bir
Hakeim: African corps vs. British army.
1943 May 26, Jews rioted
against Germans in Amsterdam.
1943 May 26, Edsel Ford,
president (49) of the Ford Motor Company, died.
1945 May 26, US dropped fire
bombs on Tokyo.
1946 May 26, A patent was filed
in U.S. for H-bomb.
1948 May 26, Entire Hagana arm
forces were sworn-in as Israeli soldiers.
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.
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.
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
1956 May 26, Aircraft carrier
"Bennington" burned off RI, killing 103.
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.
1958 May 26, Union Square in
San Francisco became a state historical landmark.
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.
1961 May 26, Civil rights
activist group Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee was established
1961 May 26, A USAF bomber flew
the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours.
1966 May 26, A Buddhist monk
set himself on fire at US consulate in Hu, South-Vietnam.
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.
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.
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.
1976 May 26, Martin Heidegger
(b.1889), German philosopher (Holzweg), died.
1977 May 26, The movie "Star
Wars" made its debut.
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.
1978 May 26, The first legal
casino in the eastern U.S. opened in Atlantic City, N.J.
1981 May 26, 14 people were
killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the
aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.
1981 May 26, Russia’s Soyuz
T-4, launched on March 12, landed.
1984 May 26, A frisbee was kept
aloft for 16.72 seconds by Don Cain of Philadelphia.
1985 May 26, Harold Hecht
(b.1907), choreographer, died of cancer.
1987 May 26, The US Supreme
Court ruled that "dangerous defendants" can be held without bail.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
1989 May 26, Danish parliament
allowed legal marriage among homosexuals.
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.
1991 May 26, Rick Mears became
the third driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times.
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
(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.
1992 May 26, President Bush and
Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton won primaries in Kentucky, Arkansas and
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.
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.
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
1994 May 26, Michael Jackson
and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. The
marriage ended in 1996.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(SFEC, 1/18/98, p.T5)(SFEC, 5/24/98, p.T3)(SFEC,
1998 May 26, The Supreme Court
made it far more difficult for police to be sued by people hurt
during high-speed chases.
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.
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
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
(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.
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
(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
(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
(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
2002 May 26, President Bush
visited Paris, where he met with French President Jacques Chirac.
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
(SFC, 5/27/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/28/02, p.A3)(SFC,
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
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.
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
(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
2003 May 26, Rwandans voted in
the country's first constitutional referendum. It was overwhelmingly
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
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.
2004 May 26, African and Latin
American leaders meeting in China urged rich countries to fight
terrorism by sharing wealth, not through military intervention.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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
(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."
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
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.
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.
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
2005 May 26, In northeastern
India mudslides killed at least 14 people, burying them alive as
they slept in Nagaland state.
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.
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
(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.
2005 May 26, In central Iraq 2
US soldiers were killed when their helicopter was shot down and
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2005 May 26, In Tham Krabok,
Thailand, the largest refugee camp for ethnic Hmong, who had fled
communist Laos, was officially closed.
2006 May 26, US Air Force
General Michael Hayden won confirmation to be the 20th CIA director
in a 78-15 Senate vote.
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.
2006 May 26, Researchers
reported that a study involving 1200 marijuana users showed no
increased incidence of 3 cancers that were studied from smoking
(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
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.
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.
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
2006 May 26, In Bulgaria
lawmakers overwhelmingly approved an agreement allowing US troops to
use Bulgarian military facilities.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
2007 May 26, In southern Greece
a flash flood swept away a group of hikers alongside the Lousios
River, killing at least five people.
2007 May 26, In India a bomb
exploded in a busy market in northeast Assam state, killing 7 people
and injuring 18.
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%.
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.
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.
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
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.
2007 May 26, In northwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded near a military convoy, killing at
least two soldiers and wounding seven others.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
2008 May 26, Dutch scientists
claimed they have completed the first sequencing of an individual
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.
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
2008 May 26, A Russian an An-12
cargo plane crashed near Chelyabinsk, Siberia, killing all 9 people
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2009 May 26, In Algeria 9
soldiers were killed near Biskra, 425 kilometers south of the
capital, in n ambush which wounded 10 others.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2010 May 26, Hungary‘s new
government gave ethnic Magyars abroad the right to Hungarian
(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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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
2010 May 26, A UN official said
some 3,200 Ghanaians fleeing ethnic strife have crossed into Togo in
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2012 May 26, The iconic USS
Iowa left San Francisco Bay on its way to its new home in Southern
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,
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 May 26, In Ghana 6 people
were killed and three others injured when a mine collapsed in the
gold-rich Ashanti region.
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.
2014 May 26, In India Hindu
nationalist Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 May 26, In northeastern
Nigeria a suspected Boko Haram attack on a military base and police
station left at least 33 people dead.
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
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
(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.
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.
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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