Today in History - May 27

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927        May 27, Symeon, czar of Bulgaria, died.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1328        May 27, French king Philip VI Valois was crowned.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1332        May 27, Ibn Khaldun (d.1406), Berber historian, was born in Tunis. He was also a social scientist and political activist and developed theories on economics and politics. He authored the "Muqaddimah" (introduction to history), that gave an in-depth analysis of the cyclical nature of the rise, maturation and decline of political regimes and economies. “Only tribes held together by a group feeling can survive in a desert."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn_Khaldun)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R20)(Econ, 1/28/12, p.68)

1525        May 27, Thomas Muntzer (28), German vicar, Boer leader, head of the German peasant revolt was beheaded. Some 150,000 peasants died in the uprising.
    (PCh, 1992, p.173)(MC, 5/27/02)

1529        May 27, 30 Jews of Posing, Hungary, charged with blood ritual, were burned at stake.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1549        May 27, Lijsbeth Dirksdr, Friesian Anabaptist, drowned.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1564        May 27, John Calvin (54), one of the dominant figures of the Protestant Reformation, died in Geneva.
    (HN, 5/27/99)(MC, 5/27/02)

1647        May 27, In Salem, Massachusetts, Achsah Young became the first recorded American woman to be executed for being a "witch."
    (AP, 5/27/97)(HN, 5/27/98)

1661        May 27, Archibald Campbell (~53), Scottish politician, was beheaded.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1668        May 27, Three colonists were expelled from Massachusetts for being Baptists.
    (HN, 5/27/99)

1679        May 27, England’s House of Lords passed the Habeas Corpus Act (have the body) to prevent false arrest and imprisonment. King Charles adjourned Parliament before the final reading of Shaftesbury’s Exclusion Bill.
    (WUD, 1994 p.634)(www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=11707)(ON, 7/06, p.9)

1703        May 27, Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg (Leningrad) as the capital of Russia. It was built on a swampy settlement ceded by Sweden and occupied by about 150 people.
    (WSJ, 1/28/97, p.A16)(www.worldpress.org/Europe/1938.cfm)(MT, Winter/03, p.12)

1794        May 27, Cornelius Vanderbilt, owner of the B & O railroad, was born.
    (HN, 5/27/98)

1796        May 27, James S. McLean patented his piano.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1813        May 27, Americans captured Fort George, Canada.
    (HN, 5/27/98)

1818        May 27, American reformer Amelia Jenks Bloomer, who popularized the "bloomers" garment that bears her name, was born in Homer, N.Y.
    (AP, 5/27/99)

1819        May 27, Julia Ward Howe, writer of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic," was born.
    (HN, 5/27/99)

1836        May 27, Jay Gould, US railroad executive, financier, was born.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1837        May 27, Legendary gunfighter James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok was born in Troy Grove, IL. As a youth, Hickok helped his father operate an Underground Railroad stop for runaway slaves and during the Civil War became a daring Union scout. After the war Hickok's fame as a skilled marksman, Indian fighter and frontier marshal grew, leading to a stint as a featured attraction with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. On August 2, 1876, Hickok was shot from behind and killed while playing poker in Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. Contrary to his custom, Hickok was sitting with his back to the door.
    (HNPD, 5/28/99)(MesWP)

1840        May 27, Nicolo Paganini (57), Italian legendary violinist, died in Nice. The local bishop refused to bury him in consecrated ground due to his scandal-ridden past. His remains were transferred to Parma in 1876. His 1742 violin, “the Canon," was put to rest in a museum in Genoa and later played annually by the winner of the Int'l. Paganini Competition. In 1980 John Sugden authored the biography “Nicolo Paganini: Supreme Violinist or Devil’s Fiddler"
    (SFC, 8/15/96, p.D5)(SFC, 11/12/98, p.E1)(SFC, 4/26/99, p.E2)(ON, 3/02, p.7)

1848        May 27, The SF-based California Star complained that everybody in the state was under the spell of gold fever.
    (SFC, 12/10/04, p.E4)

1862        May 27, Battle of Hanover Court House, VA (Slash Church, Peake's Station).
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1863        May 27, Siege of Port Hudson, LA. [see May 21]
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1867        May 27, Arnold Bennett (d.1931), English novelist, playwright and critic, was born. His books included “Riceyman Steps" (1923) in which he probes the unsettling and symbolic depths of a marriage that becomes too close.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Bennett)

1873        May 27, The first Preakness [horserace] was held at Pimlico, Md. It later became part of the Triple Crown. Edward R. Bradley’s Kalitan was the 1st winner.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.30)(SFEC, 5/30/99, Z1 p.8)(WSJ, 11/21/00, p.A24)

1878        May 27, Isadora Duncan (d.1927), US pioneer in modern dance and choreographer, was born in San Francisco.
    (WUD, 1994, p.442)(SFC, 7/18/00, p.A8)(HN, 5/27/01)

1894        May 27, (Samuel) Dashiell Hammett (d.1961), detective writer was born in Maryland. His work include “The Maltese Falcon," “The Continental Op," and “The Dain Curse."
    (WUD, 1994, p.641)(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A15)(HNPD, 9/24/98)(HN, 5/27/01)

1896        May 27, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis, Ill.
    (AP, 5/27/97)

1905        May 27, Japanese fleet destroyed the Russian East Sea fleet in Straits of Tushima. [see May 28]
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1907        May 27, Rachel Carson (d.1964), biologist and writer (Silent Spring, The Sea Around Us), was born. "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."
    (AP, 12/29/98)(HN, 5/27/01)
1907        May 27, Bubonic Plague broke out again in San Francisco.
    (HN, 5/27/98)(SFC, 9/20/14, p.C2)

1910        May 27, Robert Koch (b.1843), German bacteriologist (TB, Cholera, Nobel), died.
    (http://nobelprize.org/medicine/laureates/1905/koch-bio.html)

1911        May 27, Hubert Humphrey, senator, was born. He served as VP (1965-69) to Lyndon Johnson (38th VP), and was a presidential candidate in 1968. “The greatest gift of life is friendship and I have received it."
    (HN, 5/27/98)(AP, 2/28/01)(MC, 5/27/02)
1911        May 27, Vincent Price, actor, was born in St. Louis, Mo. He became best known for his role in movies of Edgar Allen Poe horror stories. He stared in The Fly.
    (SMTS, 10/1/86, p.4)(HN, 5/27/99)
1911        May 27, The Coney Island attraction "Dreamland" was destroyed by fire. The biggest ballroom in the world was located at the end of the Dreamland Pier from 1904-1911.
    (http://history.amusement-parks.com/dreamlandfire.htm)(Econ, 12/22/07, p.91)

1912        May 27, John Cheever (d1982), Pulitzer Prize winning writer was born. His work included “The Wapshot Chronicle" and “The World of Apples."
    (BS, 5/3/98, p.13E)(HN, 5/27/01)

1915        May 27, Herman Wouk, author, was born. His work included "Winds of War" and "The Caine Mutiny."
    (HN, 5/27/99)
1915        May 27, Mario del Monaco, loud Italian opera tenor (Verdi/Puccini), was born.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1916        May 27, French Gen. Joseph Simon Gallieni (b.1849) died. He had been called out of retirement at the onset of war to serve in the Ministry of War in Paris and orchestrated the allied victory at the Battle of the Marne (1914).
    (ON, 8/08, p.5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Galli%C3%A9ni)

1918        May 27, Henry Adams (b.1838), US historian, journalist and novelist, died. His books included “The Education of Henry Adams" (1907) and "Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres" (1918).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Brooks_Adams)(WSJ, 9/1/07, p.P9)

1919        May 27, U.S. Navy Curtiss flying boat NC-4, piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Albert C. Read, arrived safely in Lisbon, Portugal, to become the first aircraft to complete a transatlantic flight. Three aircraft, designated NC-1, NC-3 and NC-4--called "Nancy" boats--had taken off from New York's Rockaway Naval Air Station for Lisbon on May 8, with intermediate stops planned for Newfoundland and the Azores. Only NC-4 completed the 3,925-mile transatlantic flight. Heavy rain and fog forced NC-1 down at sea, where it sank on May 17. NC-3, as depicted in this painting by Ron Weil, came down in rough seas and taxied 200 miles into the harbor at Horta in the Azores.
    (HNPD, 5/27/99)

1921        May 27, Caryl Chessman, kidnapper who got death penalty in 1960, was born.
    (MC, 5/27/02)
1921        May 27, Afghanistan achieved sovereignty after 84 years of British control.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1923        May 27, Henry Kissinger, US Secretary of State (1973-77), was born. He became Sec. of State in the Nixon administration, and won the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the Vietnam War.
    (HN, 5/27/99)(MC, 5/27/02)

1925        May 27, Tony Hillerman, mystery novelist (The Blessing Way, Sacred Clowns), was born.
    (HN, 5/27/01)

1927        May 27, The cargo steamer Indiana Harbor ran aground on the northern California Humboldt coast. Radio operator Joseph E. Croney remained at his post for 72 hours while the ship was pounded.
    (SFC, 8/29/03, p.E3)
1927        May 27, An earthquake in China’s Qinghai (Xining) Province left some 200,000 dead.
    (www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/eq/faq/world.htm)

1908        May 27, Harold Rome (d.1993), American composer, lyricist, and writer for musical theater, was born in Hartford, Connecticut.
    (www.songwritershalloffame.org/exhibit_home_page.asp?exhibitId=238)

1929        May 27, Colonel Charles Lindbergh married Anne Spencer Murrow.
    (HN, 5/27/98)

1930        May 27, Richard Drew invented masking tape.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1931        May 27, Piccard and Knipfer made the first flight into stratosphere, by balloon.
    (HN, 5/27/98)

1933        May 27, Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning animated short "The Three Little Pigs" was released.
    (AP, 5/27/97)
1933        May 27, The US Federal Securities Act was passed to monitor and regulate stocks and bonds.
    (SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)

1934        May 27, Harlan [Jay] Ellison, US sci-fi author (7 Hugos, Doomsman, Babylon 5), was born.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1935        May 27, The US Supreme Court, in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, declared President Roosevelt's National Industrial Recovery Act unconstitutional.
    (HN, 5/27/98)(AP, 5/27/07)

1936        May 27, Louis Gossett Jr., actor (Officer & Gentleman, Deep), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
    (MC, 5/27/02)
1936        May 27, The Cunard liner Queen Mary left Southampton, England, for NY on its maiden voyage. In 1968 it became a 365-room hotel moored at Long Beach, Ca.
    (AP, 5/27/97)(MC, 5/27/02)(SSFC, 9/14/03, p.C1)

1937        May 27, The newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting SF and Marin County, Calif., was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge was designed by Joseph Strauss (d.1938). Over 200,000 pedestrians walked across on opening day. The bridge towers stood a record 750 feet. In 2007 Frank Stahl and Daniel Mohn authored “The Golden Gate Bridge, Report of the Chief Engineer, Vol II." They gave credit to engineer Charles Ellis of the Univ. of Illinois for much of the technical and theoretical work that went into the bridge. He was fired by Strauss before construction began.
    (AP, 5/27/97)(SFEC, 10/5/97, Z1 p.6)(SFC, 10/30/99, p.C3)(SFC, 5/11/07, p.A1)

1939        May 27, Joseph Roth, Austrian-born Jewish writer, died in Paris. His books included “Radetzkymarsch" (The Radetzky March) (1932), a novel of the Habsburg empire from 1859-1916 and “The Auto-da-Fe of the Mind."
    (www.kirjasto.sci.fi/jroth.htm)

1941        May 27, Amid rising world tensions, President Roosevelt proclaimed an "unlimited national emergency."
    (WUD, 1944, p.1683)(AP, 5/27/97)
1941        May 27, The German battleship Bismarck was sunk off France by British naval and air forces with a loss of more than 2,100 lives. British ships rescued 4 officers and 106 of the crew. A German fishing vessel was reported to have rescued another 100 men.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_battleship_Bismarck)(AP, 5/27/07)(ON, 10/09, p.5)

1942        May 27, Nazi overlord and SS general Reinhard Heydrich was killed in Prague by Czech commandos, who had parachuted into Czechoslovakia and ambushed his car. Hitler promptly ordered the deaths of 10,000 residents of Lidice, near Prague. Heydrich died of his wounds a week later. The commandos had been sheltered in Lidice and as a result the entire population was either executed or driven out. This has become a hallmark of Nazi brutality. Heydrich was the man charged with “The Final Solution of the Jewish Problem." Heydrich was responsible for the development of an espionage system outside Germany. As an SS general he was the first administrator of the concentration camps and the program to eliminate Jews from Europe.
    (HNQ, 10/20/99)(MC, 5/27/02)
1942        May 27, German General Erwin Rommel began a major offensive in Libya with his Afrika Korps.
    (HN, 5/27/99)

1943        May 27, French resistance members under Jean Moulin met secretly in Paris.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1944        May 27, Gen. MacArthur landed on Biak Island in New Guinea.
    (HN, 5/27/98)
1944        May 27, Japanese advanced in Hangzhou, China.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1948        May 27, Arabs blew up the Jewish synagogue Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1949        May 27, Robert Ripley (b.1890), American cartoonist and creator of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not," died in NYC. In 2013 Neal Thompson authored “A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!" Ripley."
    (SSFC, 5/19/13, p.F7)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ripley)
1949        May 27, Russians stopped train traffic to and from West Berlin.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1951        May 27, Chinese Communists forced the Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1956        May 27, The French staged a raid in Algiers.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1958        May 27, Ernest Green and 600 whites graduated from Little Rock's Central High School. Green became the first black Central High graduate.
    (http://tinyurl.com/qyjp4)(www.centralhigh57.org/1957-58.htm)

1960        May 27, In Turkey a military coup organized by 37 "young officers" deposed the government PM Menderes, who was arrested along with all the leading party members.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan_Menderes)

1963        May 27, Jomo Kenyatta was elected 1st prime minister of Kenya.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1964        May 27, "From Russia With Love" premiered in US.
    (MC, 5/27/02)
1964        May 27, Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India's first prime minister, died.
    (AP, 5/27/97)

1966        May 27, In Northern Ireland 4 Ulster Volunteer Force men were sent to kill an IRA volunteer, Leo Martin, who lived on Falls Road. Unable to find their target, the men drove around in search of a Catholic. They shot dead John Scullion, a civilian, as he walked home.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulster_Volunteer_Force)
1966        May 27, 6 French fighters crashed above Spain.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1967        May 27, Australians approved a referendum to amend the constitution to allow the federal government to make laws for indigenous Australians and to include them in the national census. The referendum became law on August 10.
    (Econ, 6/2/07, p.43)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_referendum,_1967_(Aboriginals))

1968        May 27, Memorial Day was celebrated. The last Monday of the month was set aside in 1968 to remember those who had died in the service of their country. Memorial Day, which began in 1868 as Decoration Day, had been celebrated on May 30 for the first 100 years.
    (HNPD, 5/31/99)

1969        May 27, Walt Disney World construction began in Florida.
    (HN, 5/27/98)

1970        May 27, Dougal Haston and Don Whillans, members of a British expedition, climbed the south face of Nepal’s Annapurna I, the 10th highest summit in the world.
    (www.trentofestival.it/en/info/honorary%20members/SIR%20CHRIS%20BONINGTON.htm)
1970        May 27, USSR performs an underground nuclear test.
    (www.ldeo.columbia.edu/res/pi/Monitoring/Arch/sts-table/sts-table.html)

1973        May 27, Betty Tyson (24), a prostitute and heroin addict, was arrested for the strangulation death of a businessman. Her murder conviction was overturned in 1998, due to a wrongfully suppressed police report, and she was released from prison 25 years to the day from her arrest in New York.
    (SFC, 5/28/98, p.A3)(http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A01251)

1974        May 27, In France Valerie Giscard d’Estaing began serving as president. He nominated Jacques Chirac (b.1932) to serve as prime minister. Chirac served his 1st term as prime minister to Aug 26, 1976.
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.28)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Chirac)

1977        May 27, The film "Smokey and the Bandit" opened in movie theaters and was the #2 hit of the year behind "Star Wars." It starred Burt Reynolds and Jackie Gleason.
    (SFEC, 7/13/97, Par p.10)(SFC, 10/10/02, p.D9)(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076729/)
1977        May 27, New York City fined "human fly" George H. Willig $1.10 -- one penny for each of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center he scaled the day before.
    (AP, 5/27/97)

1980        May 27, South Korean police ended a people's uprising in Gwangju in which some 2,000 people were killed. South Koreans simply called it 5.18, by the starting date.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_Massacre)

1981        May 27, John Hinckley (b.1955), awaiting trial for the attempted assassination of Pres. Reagan, tried to commit suicide by overdosing on Tylenol.
    (www.nndb.com/people/419/000025344/)

1985        May 27, In a brief ceremony in Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.
    (AP, 5/27/97)

1987        May 27, The Rev. Jerry Falwell, responding to comments by Jim Bakker, denied hoodwinking Bakker into giving up control of the PTL ministry.
    (AP, 5/27/97)

1988        May 27, Two days before the start of the Moscow summit, the US Senate voted 93-5 to ratify a treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles.
    (AP, 5/27/98)

1989        May 27, Leaders of the Chinese student protest movement proposed that demonstrators hold one more rally, then end their occupation of Tiananmen Square, an idea that was later abandoned.
    (AP, 5/27/99)

1990        May 27, The political opposition of Burma (Myanmar) scored a victory in the country’s first free, multiparty elections in three decades. The military rulers allowed democratic elections but ignored the results when the National League of Aung San Suu Kyi won 392 of 485 contested seats.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A12)(AP, 5/27/00)
1990        May 27, Cesar Gaviria Trujillo was elected president of Colombia. Luis Carlos Galan, Colombia presidential candidate, had been shot and killed while campaigning south of Bogota. He was so far ahead in the polls for the presidential elections that he was virtually assured of victory. His campaign manager, Cesar Gaviria, ran in his place after the attack and was elected president. Immediately after Galan's assassination, the president at the time, Virgilio Barco, retaliated by reinstating extraditions.
    (AP, 5/27/00)(AP, 5/13/05)
1990        May 27, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev tried to calm his nation’s economic nerves with a hastily scheduled television address. The radical Democratic Party held its 1st political meetings in Moscow.
    (AP, 5/27/00)

1991        May 27, In a commencement speech at Yale University, President Bush announced he would ask Congress to extend most-favored-nation trade benefits to China for another year.
    (AP, 5/27/01)
1991        May 27, Ethiopia ordered its troops to lay down their arms in the face of a rebel advance. An estimated 60,000 Eritreans died in the rebel war with Ethiopia.
    (AP, 5/27/01)(Econ, 2/19/05, p.80)

1992        May 27, The 12-nation European Community imposed trade sanctions on Serbia to stop its interference in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
    (AP, 5/27/97)
1992        May 27, Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo (86), mobster (heir to the late Al Capone), died.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1993        May 27, The US House of Representatives approved a massive deficit-reduction, tax-increase bill by a vote of 219-213.
    (AP, 5/27/98)
1993        May 27, The Canadian House of Commons approved the North American Free Trade Agreement.
    (AP, 5/27/98)
1993        May 27, Five people were killed in a bombing at the Uffizi museum of art in Florence, Italy; some three dozen paintings were ruined or damaged. Giovanni Brusca was believed to have led teams that damaged the Uffizi museum in Florence with car bombs. He is believed by many to be the leader of the Italian Mafia teams. In 1996 he was arrested in Sicily and charged with masterminding the murder of Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three bodyguards in 1992. In 1998 Mafia boss Lelluca Bagarella and 13 others were sentenced to life in prison for the May and July bombings.
    (AP, 5/27/98)(SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-11)(SFC, 8/24/96, p.A12)(SFEC, 6/7/98, p.A23)

1994        May 27, A receipt of this date for a disguise was found in OJ Simpson’s Bronco, 2 weeks before the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
    (WSJ, 7/23/96, p.A16)
1994        May 27, Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia to the emotional cheers of thousands after spending two decades in exile.
    (AP, 5/27/99)

1995        May 27, Actor Christopher Reeve was left paralyzed when he was thrown from his horse during a jumping event in Charlottesville, Virginia.
    (AP, 5/27/00)
1995        May 27, In Bosnia General Mladic launched an assault against the UN observation point of the Vrbanja bridge. French soldiers Marcel Amaru and Jacky Humboldt were killed in the operation of liberating the Vrbanja Bridge under siege in Sarajevo. They became the symbol of the 84 French soldiers, who gave their lives for Bosnia.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNPROFOR)(http://tinyurl.com/qdsxo)

1996        May 27, An oil spill in Galveston Bay stretched for 5 miles after a barge broke up that was carrying 700,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil. The barge was owned by Buffalo Marine Services Inc. Two months ago another Buffalo owned barge broke up and spilled nearly 200,000 gallons that drifted 50 miles into the Gulf of Mexico.
    (SFC, 5/28/96, p.A2)
1996        May 27, George S. Boolos, Prof. of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, died at age 55. He was president of the Association for Symbolic Knowledge and was known as one of the originators of provability logic, the study of the logic of statements and what can and cannot be proved within mathematical systems. He was also an authority on the work of 19th cent. German mathematician and philosopher Gottlob Frege, regarded as the founder of modern logic.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A16)
1996        May 27, David Malouf, Australian writer, won the $151,000 Int'l. IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel “Remembering Babylon."
    (SFC, 5/27/96, p.B5)
1996        May 27, In Albania opposition parties accused the ruling democrats of election irregularities and pulled out of the parliamentary voting process.
    (SFC, 5/27/96, p.A7)
1996        May 27, Chechen leader Zelimkhan Yanderbiyev and Russian leader Boris Yeltsin in their first meeting agreed to a peace accord and prime minister Victor Chernomyrdin signed the agreement with Yanderbiyev.
    (SFC, 5/28/96, p.A1) (AP, 5/27/97)
1996        May 27, In Liberia the military militias completed their withdrawal from Monrovia.
    (SFC, 5/28/96, p.A8)
1996        May 27, In Syria the latest of a series of explosions left a small crater outside the walls of the Old City of Damascus.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, C3)

1997        May 27, Arie Luyendyk won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time.
    (AP, 5/27/98)
1997        May 27, The Cathedral and the Bazaar, an essay by Eric S. Raymond on software engineering methods, was first presented by the author at the Linux Kongress and was published as part of a book of the same name in 1999. It was based on his observations of the Linux kernel development process and his experiences managing an open source project, fetchmail.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cathedral_and_the_Bazaar)
1997        May 27, The Supreme Court ruled that Paula Jones may pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against Pres. Clinton while he is in office. The suit was based on an incident in 1991 when Clinton was governor of Arkansas.
    (SFC, 5/28/97, p.A1)(AP, 5/27/98)
1997        May 27, Marv Albert, NBC sportscaster, was arrested on charges of sexual assault [see May 19].
    (www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/marv-albert/)
1997        May 27, A tornado hit Jarrell, Texas, and left 27 people dead. It cut a swath from Austin to Waco.
    (SFC, 5/28/97, p.A1)(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A3)(AP, 5/27/07)
1997        May 27, In Paris, Russian President Boris Yeltsin joined 16 NATO leaders, including President Clinton, to sign a historic agreement giving Moscow a voice in NATO affairs. Boris Yeltsin joined Bill Clinton and the leaders of the 15 other NATO member states in signing the "Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation."   
    (AP, 5/27/98)(www.armscontrol.org/act/1997_05/jm)
1997        May 27, In Kobe, Japan, 11-year-old Jun Hase was beheaded by a killer who left the note: “So, this is the beginning of the game. I desperately want to see people die. Nothing makes me more excited than killing." [see Jun 28]
    (SFC, 6/5/97, p.C2)
1997        May 27, In Mbabane, Swaziland, health authorities were shocked by chief Jameson Ndznatabantfu Maseko who banned the use of condoms on the basis of biblical law.
    (SFC, 5/28/97, p.A12)

1998        May 27, The sexual harassment suit of Paula Jones against pres. Clinton was scheduled to start.
    (SFC, 8/23/97, p.A1)
1998        May 27, Michael Fortier, the government's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing case, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after apologizing for not warning anyone about the deadly plot.
    (AP, 5/27/99)
1998        May 27, In Colombia the Occidental Petroleum Corp. agreed to give up the entire Samore block in return for exploration rights on another 80-square-mile outside the lands of the U’wa tribe.
    (SFC, 5/29/98, p.D3)
1998        May 27, Concerning Cyprus it was reported that the planned delivery of a Russian missile system would contain a “Tombstone" radar system, to be operated by 70 Russian experts. This was a threat to the existing West’s exclusive monitoring.
    (SFC, 5/27/98, p.A10)
1998        May 27, In Mongolia a Yu-12 plane crash killed all 28 on board.
    (WSJ, 5/28/98, p.A1)
1998        May 27, Russia tripled its interest rates to 150% to stave off a run on the ruble and to establish some economic stability.
    (SFC, 5/28/98, p.A8)
1998        May 27, In South Korea unions began a 2-day strike to protest mounting layoffs.
    (WSJ, 5/28/98, p.A1)

1999        May 27, Exxon and Mobil shareholders approved their $81.2 billion merger to create the world's largest oil company.
    (WSJ, 5/28/99, p.A4)
1999        May 27, The space shuttle Discovery was launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with 7 astronauts from the US, Canada and Russia. The shuttle was on a 10-day mission to stock the new space station.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.A2)
1999        May 27, The Int'l. War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague announced an indictment against Pres. Milosevic and 4 senior aides for atrocities and mass deportations and multiple counts of crimes against humanity. Also indicted were: Milan Milutinovic, president of Serbia; Vlajko Stojilkovic, Serbian interior minister; Nikola Sainovic, deputy prime minister of Yugoslavia; and Gen'l. Dragoljub Ojdanic, chief of staff of the Yugoslav army. Sainovic surrendered in 2002.
    (SFC, 5/27/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/28/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/2/02, p.A11)
1999        May 27, It was reported that Dolly, the 3-year-old sheep, cloned from a 6-year-old ewe, has cells that that are 9 years old. Her DNA showed signs of wear more typical of an older animal.
    (SFC, 5/27/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/27/99, p.A1)
1999        May 27, In Egypt the parliament approved powers over private groups with laws of operating rules and banned private groups from participating in political activity.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.D3)
1999        May 27, India lost 2 fighter jets, a MiG-21 and a MiG-27, to Pakistani fire on the Pakistani side of Kashmir. Pakistan promised to return one dead pilot and to hold the other as hostage.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.A12)
1999        May 27, In Milan, Italy, the latest restoration of “The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci, an effort that took 22 years, went on display during a VIP-only showing.
    (AP, 5/27/00)
1999        May 27, In the Ivory Coast police stormed a hall at the Universite d'Abidjan and brutally dispersed an FESCI student gathering planning for nationwide strikes.
    (SFC, 5/29/99, p.A14)
1999        May 27, In North Korea US inspectors found an empty tunnel at a suspected nuclear arms site.
    (WSJ, 5/28/99, p.A1)
1999        May 27, The Philippine Senate ratified an accord with the US for joint military exercises.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.D3)

2000        May 27, A freight train derailed near Eunice, La., and some 3,500 people were evacuated due to the release of methyl chloride, acrylic acid, toluene diisocyanate, and dichloropropane.
    (SFEC, 5/28/00, p.A2)
2000        May 27, It was reported that researchers in Canada successfully used transplanted pancreas cells to help cure Type I diabetes.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.3)
2000        May 27, The wreck of the Carpathia, the steamer that rescued passengers of the Titanic in 1912, was found in 500 feet of water, 120 miles south of Fastnet, Ireland.
    (SFC, 9/22/00, p.A12)
2000        May 27, In Australia the “Declaration of Reconciliation" was presented by prime Minister John Howard to help heal the history of government racism toward the native aborigines. Howard removed a phrase of apology in one passage and substituted regret.
    (SFC, 5/26/00, p.A14)
2000        May 27, In Northern Ireland the Ulster Unionist Party’s ruling council voted to accept an IRA offer to put its weapons beyond use.
    (SFEC, 5/28/00, p.A1)

2001        May 27, Indy rookie Helio Castroneves led teammate and fellow Brazilian Gil de Ferran in a 1-2 Roger Penske finish, giving the renowned owner a triumphant return to the Indianapolis 500.
    (AP, 5/27/02)
2001        May 27, Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo married Maria Sung in a mass ceremony conducted by Rev. Sun Myung Moon in NYC. In Aug Milingo was reported to have recommitted his life to the Catholic Church. Marie Sung went on a hunger strike. Sung later resigned herself to Milingo’s return to the Church.
    (SFC, 8/15/01, p.A6)(SFC, 8/31/01, p.D5)
2001        May 27, Sec. of State Colin Powell stopped in Uganda and urged the government of Sudan to halt bombing in southern towns and to stop interfering with the delivery of emergency assistance to victims of drought and war.
    (SFC, 5/28/01, p.B12)
2001        May 27, In Indonesia Pres. Wahid threatened to declare a state of emergency if impeachment proceedings begin.
    (SFC, 5/28/01, p.B12)
2001        May 27, In Mexican gubernatorial elections in Yucatan Patricio Patron of the National Action Party led Orlando Paredes of the PRI.
    (SFC, 5/28/01, p.B12)
2001        May 27, In Nepal a 3-day strike was called by the opposition parties who demanded that Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala resign for his role in a bribery case involving the lease of a commercial jet for state-run Royal Nepal Airlines.
    (SFC, 5/28/01, p.B12)
2001        May 27, Gunmen abducted 21 people from the Dos Palmas Island Resort in Palawan province. Guillermo Sobero from Corona, Ca., was one of the 3 abducted Americans. The Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility. Sobero was later beheaded. Missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham were among the kidnapped. A $300,000 ransom for the Burnhams was paid in 2002, but the rebels then asked for $200,000 more. [see Jun 7, 2002]
    (SSFC, 5/27/01, p.A12)(SFC, 5/29/01, p.A8)(SFC, 10/25/01, p.C2)(SFC, 11/27/01, p.A6)(SFC, 4/27/02, p.A11)

2002        May 27, Pres. Bush commemorated Memorial Day at Normandy American Cemetery in France, where he honored the 9,387 men and women buried there.
    (AP, 5/27/03)
2002        May 27, It was reported that Britain was considering a confidential “action plan" proposed to deliver a “radical reduction" in the influx of asylum seekers.
    (SFC, 5/27/02, p.A1)
2002        May 27, In Israel a Palestinian suicide bomber killed himself and 2 Israelis, a toddler and her grandmother, at a mall in Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv.
    (SFC, 5/28/02, p.A6)

2003        May 27, Derrick Todd Lee, a suspected serial killer of women in Louisiana, was arrested in Atlanta.
    (AP, 5/27/04)
2003        May 27, A study was released that showed women who took hormones for years ran a higher risk of Alzheimer's or other types of dementia.
    (AP, 5/27/04)
2003        May 27, Colombia police arrested Saul Nieto, known by the nom de guerre "Ezequiel." He was in charge of a group of urban fighters of the National Liberation Army, or ELN, in Medellin. 10 other rebels were also detained.
    (AP, 5/28/03)
2003        May 27, In southern India officials reported that a deadly heat wave has killed at least 430 people in the past two weeks.
    (AP, 5/27/03)
2003        May 27, In India strong winds and pounding rain toppled a Ferris wheel at a temple festival in Tamil Nadu state, killing 12 people and injuring more than 20 others.
    (AP, 5/28/03)
2003        May 27, In Iraq a US weapons-inspection team arrived at Al Qaqaa weapons site and found that the IAEA seals were broken and the high explosives missing. Two Iraqis shot and killed two American soldiers in Fallujah, a hotbed of support for Saddam Hussein.
    (WSJ, 10/27/04, p.A3)(AP, 5/27/08)
2003        May 27, Israeli troops shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian boy and critically wounded two children, ages 7 and 9, during confrontations.
    (AP, 5/27/03)
2003        May 27, In Peru Pres. Alejandro Toledo declared a 30-day state of emergency and authorized the military to clear strikers from Peru's major highways.
    (AP, 5/28/03)

2004        May 27, In Baltimore 3 children were found dead. One was beheaded with a butcher knife and the others were nearly decapitated. Adan Espinoza Canela, 17, and Policarpio Espinoza, 22, were arrested on murder charges the next day.
    (AP, 5/29/04)
2004        May 27, Australia's conservative government introduced legislation to ban same-sex marriages and wants immigration rules to stop gays and lesbians from adopting foreign children. The government has also announced that same-sex partners will be recognized for the first time by federal authorities as dependents.
    (AP, 5/27/04)
2004        May 27, In Australia British-born Jack Roche changed his plea from innocent to guilty, acknowledging his role in an al-Qaida plot to blow up the Israeli Embassy in Canberra. On June 1 Roche was sentenced to 9 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/28/04)(AP, 6/1/04)
2004        May 27, London police arrested Abu Hamza al-Masri, a radical Muslim cleric suspected of helping the deadly 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole. The US sought his extradition on terrorism charges. He was accused of trying to build a terrorist training camp in Oregon.
    (AP, 5/27/04)(WSJ, 5/28/04, p.A1)
2004        May 27, Cuba and Mexico agreed to return their respective ambassadors following a dispute earlier this month.
    (WSJ, 5/28/04, p.A1)
2004        May 27, In Egypt 5 people were burned to death and 14 others injured when a gas canister, carried by a passenger, blew up on a commuter bus in Cairo.
    (AFP, 5/28/04)
2004        May 27, The U.S.-led coalition agreed to suspend offensive operations in Najaf after local leaders struck a deal with radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to end a bloody standoff.
    (AP, 5/27/04)(SFC, 5/28/04, p.A1)
2004        May 27, In Iraq gunmen south of Baghdad attacked a car carrying Japanese journalists Shinsuke Hashida (61) and his nephew, Kotaro Ogawa (33). The vehicle burst into flames and both were killed.
    (AP, 5/28/04)
2004        May 27, Umberto Agnelli (69), Fiat Chairman, died in Turin.
    (SFC, 5/29/04, p.B6)
2004        May 27, Lebanese soldiers opened fire on anti-government demonstrators, killing 5 and wounding at least seven. Demonstrators set fire to the Labor Ministry.
    (AP, 5/27/04)(WSJ, 5/28/04, p.A1)
2004        May 27, The Nigerian state of Kano abandoned its moratorium on polio vaccinations.
    (SFC, 5/28/04, p.A3)
2004        May 27, Relief workers were racing against the clock to keep hundreds of thousands of people from dying in Sudan's western Darfur region, in what has become the biggest humanitarian crisis of "our age."
    (AP, 5/27/04)
2004        May 27, Vito Bigione (52), one of Italy's most-wanted Mafia suspects, was captured in Venezuela. He was accused of a key role in international drug trafficking and flown back to Italy. Bigione had spent years living in Namibia and only recently moved to Venezuela.
    (AP, 5/29/04)

2005        May 27, Speaking out for the first time in favor of controversial base closings, President Bush told the Naval Academy commencement the nation was wasting billions of dollars on unnecessary military facilities and needed the money for the war on terrorism.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2005        May 27, Testimony ended in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial after prosecutors showed jurors a video of the accuser being interviewed by police and defense lawyers decided not to put on a rebuttal case. Jackson was later acquitted.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2005        May 27, Pfizer Inc. acknowledged rare cases of blindness in men taking its impotence drug Viagra and said it is in talks with US regulators to change the drug's label.
    (Reuters, 5/27/05)
2005        May 27, A lawyer for Thomas Noe, Ohio coin dealer and Republican Party man, reported that as much as $13 million of the state’s $50 million investment in Noe’s rare coin fund could not be accounted for [see Oct 27].
    (SFC, 5/28/05, p.A4)
2005        May 27, In North Carolina Junior Allen (65) walked out of prison after 35 years in prison for stealing a black-and-white television set.
    (AP, 5/29/05)
2005        May 27, Schapelle Corby (27), an Australian woman, was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for smuggling nine pounds of marijuana onto Indonesia's Bali island. In 2012 the justice ministry recommended granting clemency Corby. Lawyers argued she had gone insane after being jailed in Bali’s Kerobokan prison. Her sentenced was reduced by 5 years. Corby was released on Feb 10, 2014.
    (AP, 5/27/05)(AFP, 4/4/12)(AFP, 5/21/12)(AP, 2/10/14)
2005        May 27, Thousands of HSBC staff belonging to the Amicus trade union staged the biggest walk-out for more than eight years against a leading British bank when they went on strike in a bitter pay dispute.
    (AFP, 5/27/05)
2005        May 27, Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for a power outage that caused chaos in Moscow. Rebels said they burned a Moscow theater and caused the blackout.
    (AP, 5/27/05)(WSJ, 5/31/05, p.A1)
2005        May 27, In Colombia Diego Fernando Murillo, a right-wing (AUC) paramilitary leader accused of killing a state congressman, surrendered after a four-day, nationwide manhunt.
    (AP, 5/27/05)
2005        May 27, The EU constitution cleared its final legislative hurdle in Germany, two days before French voters have their say on the document. The Prum Treaty was signed by Germany, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria and Belgium (Italy has since said it wants to join too). It covers a series of justice and home affairs issues including the "exchange of information" (in effect, the "principle of availability").
    (AP, 5/27/05)(www.statewatch.org/news/2006/sep/05eu-g6.htm)
2005        May 27, Talks between India and Pakistan to break their two-decade-old stand-off on Kashmir's Siachen glacier, the world's highest battlefield, ended in apparent deadlock.
    (AP, 5/27/05)
2005        May 27, An Internet posting said Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is in good health and is running his terror organization.
    (AP, 5/28/05)
2005        May 27, In Iraq gunmen shot and killed a moderate Sunni Muslim tribal leader with close ties to Iraqi Kurds in the northern city of Kirkuk. Sheik Sabhan Khalaf al-Jibouri, 52, died in a hail of machine-gun fire outside his home.
    (AP, 5/28/05)
2005        May 27, In Nepal thousands of activists rallied to demand a restoration of democracy in the first such protest since the monarch seized power and ordered a crackdown on politicians.
    (AP, 5/27/05)
2005        May 27, In Pakistan a suicide bomber set off explosives in the midst of Shiite Muslims reciting the Quran, killing at least 20 and wounding dozens gathered for a religious festival at a shrine near Islamabad.
    (AP, 5/27/05)
2005        May 27, King Fahd, Saudi Arabia's monarch for the last 23 years was hospitalized for unspecified tests.
    (AP, 5/28/05)
2005        May 27, According to Israeli sources Syria test fired 3 Scud missiles, one of which broke up over two Turkish villages causing no injuries, in an act of defiance to the US and the UN. Syria denied the charges.
    (AFP, 6/3/05)(AP, 6/4/05)

2006        May 27, Simultaneous wine tastings were held in London and Napa, Ca., to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a Paris tasting in which California wines won over French counterparts. In this session Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California and Bordeaux, aged 30 years or more, were tasted. California wines won the top 5 spots.
    (SFC, 6/1/06, p.F1)
2006        May 27, In southern California Phuong Le, his wife Ngoc Lam and their son (6) were killed over an $80,000 debt. An 11-month old daughter was left unharmed and found 2 days later sitting next to her dead mother. In 2010 Quang Van Quan was sentenced to 3 life terms in prison for fatally stabbing the 3 family members.
    (http://tinyurl.com/256wo4u)(SFC, 12/18/10, p.A6)
2006        May 27, Paul Gleason (67), film star, died of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos. His over 60 films included in "Trading Places" and "The Breakfast Club."
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 27, Michael Riffaterre (b.1924), literary theorist, died in Manhattan. His books included “Semiotics of Poetry" (1978).
    (SFC, 6/6/06, p.B5)
2006        May 27, Seven leading child advocacy organizations said more than 2 million children under the age of 15 are living with HIV, almost all in sub-Saharan Africa where there is no access to treatment and death almost certain.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, It was reported that Colombia could become a net importer of oil by 2010.
    (Econ, 5/27/06, p.34)
2006        May 27, Congo released a group of South Africans, Nigerians and Americans arrested over what it called a suspected coup plot, saying it did not have time to try them itself before long-awaited national elections in July. In the volatile northeast Ituri district a Nepalese peacekeeper was killed and seven others were feared kidnapped by militiamen during a military operation. 2 peacekeepers were released on June 27. The remaining 5 were released July 8.
    (Reuters, 5/28/06)(AP, 5/29/06)(Reuters, 7/8/06)
2006        May 27, East Timor's capital descended into chaos as rival gangs set houses on fire and attacked each other with machetes and spears, defying international peacekeepers patrolling in armed vehicles and combat helicopters. The prime minister said a coup attempt was underway.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, In Ethiopia 3 blasts in the town of Jijiga injured 42 people.
    (Reuters, 5/29/06)
2006        May 27, The EU agreed to give itself another year to sort out the impasse over its troubled constitution and build confidence in the bloc's plans for further expansion.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, Romeo Lucas Garcia (81), former Guatemalan President (1978-1982), died in Venezuela. His rule was marked by a bloody police raid on the Spanish Embassy.
    (AP, 5/28/06)
2006        May 27, In central Indonesia a 6.3 magnitude earthquake flattened homes and hotels on Java Island as people slept, killing some 5,800 and injuring thousands more in the nation's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami.
    (AP, 5/30/06)(SFC, 6/10/06, p.B8)
2006        May 27, A US Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter crashed in an insurgent stronghold in western Iraq, and two crew members were missing.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, In Kyrgyzstan thousands of protesters demonstrated in the capital Bishkek to demand that the government undertake promised constitutional reforms.
    (AP, 5/28/06)
2006        May 27, A Myanmar government official said Nobel Peace Prize-winning pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will remain under house arrest for another year.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, was born in Namibia, where the family had traveled for privacy.
    (AP, 5/27/07)
2006        May 27, The Hamas-led government sent its private militia back into the streets of Gaza, a day after withdrawing the force to help calm an increasingly bloody standoff with forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, In Mogadishu, Somalia, Islamic militiamen and rival secular fighters traded machine-gun, rocket and mortar fire, killing at least eight and wounding a dozen as residents fled on foot or in hired minivans.
    (AP, 5/27/06)
2006        May 27, In South Africa 13 were killed on a highway after a pickup truck slammed into the back of a minibus taxi which exploded into flames.
    (Reuters, 5/28/06)
2006        May 27, Unemployment in Turkmenistan was estimated at over 70%. It was exacerbated by public sector layoffs and laws restricting job seekers to their home towns.
    (Econ, 5/27/06, p.40)

2007        May 27, Dario Franchitti won a rain-abbreviated Indy 500.
    (AP, 5/27/08)
2007        May 27, SF held its annual Carnival parade in the Mission district.
    (SFC, 5/28/07, p.D2)
2007        May 27, Gretchen Wyler (75), a veteran Broadway actress who enjoyed a second career on television and was a leading animal rights activist, died in Camarillo, Calif.
    (AP, 5/27/07)
2007        May 27, The Taliban released 3 Afghan aid workers, who were kidnapped with two French colleagues nearly two months ago. The Taliban launched a new operation targeting government and foreign forces in Afghanistan. A roadside bomb killed three Afghan security guards working for the coalition in the east. Taliban militants ambushed US-led coalition and Afghan forces escorting supply trucks in southern Afghanistan, sparking a 10-hour battle the coalition said killed an estimated two dozen militants. Villagers said 7 civilians also died.
    (AP, 5/27/07)(AP, 5/28/07)
2007        May 27, Edward Behr (81), a noted British foreign correspondent and writer who penned books on history, good eating and his career as a journalist, died in Paris.
    (AP, 5/28/07)
2007        May 27, In eastern Congo Rwandan rebels attacked villagers with machetes, spears and hammers, killing 17, wounding 28 and taking up to a dozen hostages.
    (AP, 5/27/07)
2007        May 27, Iraqi and US troops raided Baghdad's Sadr City slum, targeting Shiite insurgent cells there for a second day. British forces in the south killed three Shiite militants in overnight fighting. Iraqi and US forces freed 42 kidnapped Iraqis, some of whom had been hung from ceilings and tortured for months, in a raid on an al-Qaida hideout north of Baghdad. In Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, 70 police officers resigned and handed over their weapons. They cited their fears of being targeted by Mahdi Army militants. Gunmen in two cars threw concussion grenades at a popular market in northern Baghdad and then opened fire at shoppers, killing one person and injuring 8 others. Later, the same gunmen ambushed a minibus, killing the driver, stealing the vehicle and abducting six passengers. Gunmen shot up the car of Lt. Col. Hiyis al-Jubouri, a police commander in the northern Salahuddin province, killing him and another police officer. Gunmen attacked a group of farmers in the al-Nahrawan district, 10 miles east of Baghdad, killing two and injuring nine.
    (AP, 5/27/07)(AP, 5/28/07)
2007        May 27, PM Ehud Olmert promised more attacks on the Hamas militant group after a Palestinian rocket attack killed an Israeli man in southern Israel.
    (AP, 5/27/07)
2007        May 27, Kuwait's government announced that it is moving the country's weekend to Friday and Saturday instead of Thursday and Friday effective Sep 1.
    (AP, 5/28/07)
2007        May 27, A Libyan court acquitted 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian medic of charges of slandering policemen by protesting that their confessions had been extracted under torture.
    (AFP, 5/27/07)
2007        May 27, In southern Mexico assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles shot dead six family members, including three children, as they ambushed a minivan on a country road.
    (AP, 5/27/07)
2007        May 27, Christian Mungiu, a Romanian director, won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or for his “3 Weeks and 2 Days," which looked at abortion during the communist era. Michael Moore’s “Sicko," a film on the inequities of America’s health system, also featured at Cannes.
    (WSJ, 5/29/07, p.A1)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.32)
2007        May 27, Russian police detained gay protesters calling for the right to hold a Gay Pride parade in central Moscow while nationalists shouting "death to homosexuals" punched and kicked the demonstrators.
    (AP, 5/27/07)
2007        May 27, A Rwandan genocide court handed a 19-year prison sentence to Francois-Xavier Byuma, a member of the Rwandan League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights, for participating in the country's 1994 mass murder.
    (AFP, 5/28/07)
2007        May 27, Spain's rival Socialists and conservatives fought to a virtual tie in local elections, highlighting the deep divisions in the country a year before national elections. The opposition People’s Party (PP) led by Mariano Rajoy won 35.6% vs. 34.9% for the Socialists.
    (AP, 5/27/07)(Econ, 6/9/07, p.59)
2007        May 27, Syrian President Bashar Assad cast his vote at a polling station as part of a one-day public referendum to endorse him for a second term and bolster his autocratic rule. Assad won another seven years in office, getting 97% of the vote in a nationwide referendum in which he was the only candidate.
    (AP, 5/27/07)(AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 27, In southern Thailand 6 bombs ripped through a key commercial district, wounding 10 people.
    (AP, 5/28/07)
2007        May 27, Floods in eastern Turkey killed 10 people including six children aged between 18 months and 12.
    (AFP, 5/28/07)
2007        May 27, Ukraine's feuding president and prime minister agreed to hold an early parliamentary election on Sept. 30, defusing a crisis that threatened to escalate into violence when the president sent troops streaming toward the capital.
    (AP, 5/27/07)
2007        May 27, Zimbabwean police freed the bulk of 200 youth opposition activists arrested in a raid on their party headquarters.
    (AFP, 5/27/07)

2008        May 27, The US Supreme Court strengthened civil rights laws for workers over retaliation in bias cases relating to race and anti-age discrimination.
    (SFC, 5/28/08, p.A3)
2008        May 27, The US Treasury said it will freeze the assets of four leaders of the Muslim militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
    (WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A6)
2008        May 27, In Afghanistan 12 people including three policemen were killed in two bomb attacks in Farah and Logar provinces. Officials blamed Taliban extremists. In Helmand province the US-led coalition killed several militants during a hunt in Garmser district for a Taliban leader involved with weapons smuggling operations in the area. Several other rebels were killed in similar operations in eastern Paktia province, bordering Logar. Altogether the day’s violence left 24 people dead including 13 police officers.
    (AFP, 5/27/08)(WSJ, 5/27/08, p.A10)
2008        May 27, Argentine farm groups vowed to suspend grain exports and meat sales, resuming protests against controversial export taxes a day after talks with the government stalled. DNA tests established the identity of an Argentine woman taken from her parents during the country's military dictatorship, the 90th such child identified by a group of grandmothers searching for their missing relatives.
    (AP, 5/27/08)(AP, 5/28/08)
2008        May 27, An Australian town council unanimously rejected a contentious proposal to build a 1,200-student Islamic school, citing infrastructure concerns. Mayor Chris Patterson of Camden said the decision had nothing to do with religion but was based on the impact on traffic and loss of agricultural land.
    (AP, 5/27/08)
2008        May 27, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva swore in Carlos Minc, former environment secretary for Rio de Janeiro state, as Brazil's new environment minister. Silva used the swearing-in speech to lash developed nations for alleged hypocrisy on environmental policy.
    (AP, 5/27/08)
2008        May 27, Horn-honking truckers rumbled en masse into central London to protest against soaring fuel prices.
    (AP, 5/27/08)
2008        May 27, Chinese officials rushed to evacuate another 80,000 people in the path of potential floodwaters building up behind a quake-spawned dam as soldiers carved a channel to try to drain away the threat. A government spokesman said the confirmed death toll in the earthquake more than two weeks ago has risen to 67,183.
    (AP, 5/27/08)
2008        May 27, Germany unveiled a memorial to the Nazis' long-ignored gay victims, a monument that also aims to address ongoing discrimination by confronting visitors with an image of a same-sex couple kissing.
    (AP, 5/27/08)
2008        May 27, Guinea's new PM Ahmed Tidiane Souare announced a deal to pay mutinous soldiers years of salary arrears, effectively ending the West African nation's latest crisis.
    (AP, 5/28/08)
2008        May 27, India's military veterans staged protests nationwide to press for higher wages for defense personnel and warned the unrest could spill over into the serving ranks if New Delhi fails to act.
    (AP, 5/27/08)
2008        May 27, An al-Qaida in Iraq front group warned that insurgents were waiting for the right moment to retaliate against a US-Iraqi security crackdown in the northern city of Mosul. Gunmen killed a policeman near his station in Mosul, when attackers opened fire with machine guns shortly before noon. A car bomb in northern Iraq killed 4 civilians. A US-allied fighter was killed and two others were wounded when a bomb under their vehicle exploded near a market in northern Baghdad's predominantly Sunni area of Azamiyah.
    (AP, 5/27/08)(WSJ, 5/27/08, p.A1)
2008        May 27, Morris Talansky (75), an American businessman who is key to a corruption probe of PM Ehud Olmert, told prosecutors that over 14 years he had handed Olmert cash-stuffed envelopes for $150,000. At least $40,000 was in personal loans and never repaid.
    (AP, 5/27/08)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.49)
2008        May 27, In Mexico 7 federal police and a suspected hit man were killed in a shootout as authorities surrounded a suspected drug safe house in Culiacan, home to the Sinaloa drug cartel.
    (AP, 5/27/08)
2008        May 27, Myanmar's military junta extended opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's detention by one year, ignoring worldwide appeals to free the Nobel laureate who has been detained for more than 12 of the past 18 years.
    (AP, 5/27/08)
2008        May 27, Nepal swore in 575 lawmakers who planned to declare a republic, which would automatically displace the world’s last Hindu king.
    (SFC, 5/28/08, p.A8)
2008        May 27, South African President Thabo Mbeki came under fire for traveling to Japan as anti-immigrant violence spread to a new province and aid groups struggled with thousands of displaced victims.
    (AP, 5/27/08)
2008        May 27, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said the UN will investigate allegations by a leading children's charity that UN peacekeepers are involved in widespread sexual abuse of children. The report by Save the Children UK was based on field research in southern Sudan, Ivory Coast and Haiti.
    (AP, 5/27/08)
2008        May 27, Zimbabwe's opposition said a campaign of violence and intimidation designed to fix President Robert Mugabe's re-election had now killed over 50 of its supporters.
    (AFP, 5/27/08)

2009        May 27, US federal prosecutors dropped a 5-year probe on former California state Senate leader Don Perata (64). The FBI had begun a probe of the Oakland Democrat in 2003 following charges of financial improprieties.
    (SFC, 5/28/09, p.A1)
2009        May 27, In Texas authorities indicted 51 defendants on state charges in Fort Bend County, while 22 were indicted on federal charges for distributing anabolic steroids, human growth hormones and other drugs.
    (AP, 5/28/09)
2009        May 27, In Texas Shukri Abu Baker (50) and Ghassan Elashi (55), founding members of the Holyland Foundation for Relief and Development, were sentenced to 65 years in prison for funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas. They were among 5 members of the group sentenced to prison.
    (SFC, 5/28/09, p.A5)
2009        May 27, Toys R Us Inc. said it acquired toy retailer FAO Schwarz, which has struggled for years through bankruptcies amid tough competition from discount stores.
    (AP, 5/28/09)
2009        May 27, In Florida a demolition crew sank the USS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg seven miles off Key West, where it will become one of the world’s largest man made reefs. The WWII ship was last used by the Air Force to track missiles and spacecraft.
    (SFC, 5/26/09, p.A8)(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A5)
2009        May 27, Clive W.G. Granger (b.1934), co-winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Economics, died in San Diego. The Wales-born economist shared the prize with his longtime UC San Diego colleague Robert Engle for showing that relationships between factors like money supply and national income change over time and could not be relied on as steady measures of future performance.
    (SFC, 6/3/09, p.B5)
2009        May 27, The Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste, a champion of the poor in Haiti and close supporter of Aristide, died in Miami following complications from a stroke.
    (AP, 6/19/09)
2009        May 27, In Afghanistan air strikes, gunbattles and attacks killed 28 people across the country, including a government official shot dead with three of his sons near the Pakistani border. Mohammad Nader, governor of the Omna district in the eastern province of Paktika, was travelling with his family to go back home near the Pakistan border when armed insurgents attacked.
    (AFP, 5/27/09)
2009        May 27, Alice Munro (77), Canadian short writer, won the Man Booker international prize.
    (Econ, 5/30/09, p.86)
2009        May 27, In Iraq a car bomb exploded near a medical compound in Abu Ghraib west of Baghdad, wounding at least 15 Iraqis. A roadside bomb killed a US soldier in Baghdad, making May the deadliest month for the American military since September.
    (AP, 5/27/09)
2009        May 27, Italian police issued 61 arrest warrants against purported members of Naples’ Camorra mob for allegedly running drug and extortion rings. Suspects arrested included 9 women and several bosses of the Sarno clan.
    (SFC, 5/28/09, p.A2)
2009        May 27, Malaysian police rescued three men shackled to the wall of a filthy room for two months by illegal moneylenders after failing to repay their debts.
    (AP, 5/28/09)
2009        May 27, In Nigeria Ken Niweigha, a gang leader from the restive oil-rich Niger Delta, was killed in southern state of Bayelsa, a day after being arrested. Niweigha was accused of being behind the 1999 shooting of several police officers in Bayelsa that led to the town of Odi being razed by the security forces in reprisal.
    (AFP, 5/27/09)
2009        May 27, North Korea renounced its 1953 truce with the allied forces and threatened to strike any ships trying to intercept its vessels. Facing international censure for this week's nuclear test, it threatened to attack the South after it joined a US-led plan to check vessels suspected of carrying equipment for weapons of mass destruction.
    (Reuters, 5/27/09)
2009        May 27, In Pakistan suspected suicide attackers detonated a car bomb that destroyed a police building and sheared walls off a nearby office of the top intelligence service in Lahore. About 30 people were killed and some 300 wounded. Troops backed by helicopter gunships killed 10 suspected militants and captured a cache of weapons in raids on Siplapai town in South Waziristan.
    (AP, 5/27/09)(AFP, 5/27/09)(AP, 5/28/09)
2009        May 27, A Russian space capsule, carrying Canadian Bob Thirsk, Russian Roman Romanenko and Belgian Frank De Winne, blasted off from Kazakhstan for a 2 day journey to the ISS.
    (SFC, 5/28/09, p.A2)
2009        May 27, In Spain some 100,000 people spilled onto the streets of the Catalan capital after Barcelona's 2-0 triumph over Manchester United in Rome. The carnival atmosphere turned ugly after midnight when youths began clashing with police around Las Ramblas, the city's most famous street. Police arrested 134 people and more than 150 were injured.
    (AFP, 5/28/09)
2009        May 27, In Sri Lanka government troops killed 11 suspected guerrillas in the eastern jungles, where rebel holdouts were said to be entrenched.
    (SFC, 5/28/09, p.A2)
2009        May 27, In Venezuela hundreds of opponents of President Hugo Chavez marched in support of press freedom, two years after his government refused to renew the concession of an opposition-aligned television station.
    (AP, 5/27/09)

2010        May 27, BP Plc wrestled to plug its gushing deepwater Gulf of Mexico well in the latest attempt to control the source of a catastrophic five-week-old oil spill. Pres. Obama extended a moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling and ordered floating rigs to stop work on 33 exploratory wells. The government gave the go-ahead for an ambitious plan to construct several barrier islands to reduce the amount of oil from the giant Gulf of Mexico spill from coming ashore. Officials raised estimates of the spill from 210,000 to at least half a million gallons a day.
    (Reuters, 5/27/10)(AFP, 5/28/10)(SFC, 5/28/10, p.A8)
2010        May 27, In Utica, NY, Jerome Feldman, a former psychiatrist, was sentenced to over 15 years in jail for duping people out of $400,000 with false promises of organ transplants in the Philippines.
    (SFC, 5/28/10, p.A8)
2010        May 27, In Florida a Delta 4 rocket at Cape Canaveral carried a new generation GPS satellite into space. A dozen such Boeing-built satellites will be launched over the next several years to replace the 20-year-old systems now in service.
    (SFC, 5/29/10, p.A4)
2010        May 27, UN experts said rebel groups in eastern Congo are illegally imposing taxes on trucks and pedestrians and receiving local, regional and international support in violation of UN sanctions.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Danish container shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S said it has sold its British supermarket chain Netto to Wal-Mart subsidiary Asda Stores Ltd. for 778 million pounds ($1.1 billion).
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In France thousands of workers staged strikes across the country to protest government plans to raise the retirement age past 60, one of the lowest in Europe.
    (SFC, 5/28/10, p.A2)
2010        May 27, Authorities closed Guatemala's international airport after the nearby Pacaya volcano showered as much as 3 inches (8 centimeters) of ash over parts of the city. A television reporter was killed by a shower of burning rocks when he got too close to the volcano, about 15 miles (25 km) south of Guatemala City.
    (AP, 5/28/10)(AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 27, Indian President Pratibha Patil sought to soothe trade disputes and recent border tensions in meetings with Chinese leaders in Beijing.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In India temperatures close to 50 degrees Celsius gripped large swathes of the country, killing dozens of people as the country waited for the annual monsoon rains.
    (Reuters, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In Indonesia authorities in a devoutly Islamic district of Aceh province have distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses as a regulation banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing took effect.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Israel indicted two prominent activists from its Arab minority for allegedly spying for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, deepening a case that has raised tensions with the country's Arab minority.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Israel said a flotilla of activist aid boats bound for Gaza was a "cheap political stunt" as it unveiled a port facility where it intends to divert the boats and detain those on board.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Israel officially joined the OECD club of rich economies. PM Benjamin Netanyahu attended a ceremony at the Paris headquarters of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as it welcomed Israel along with Estonia, Slovenia and Chile to the 31-nation grouping.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Jamaican security forces kicked down doors and arrested dozens of people in a bullet-pocked slum, and said the death toll from four days of fighting sparked by the search for a reputed drug lord has risen to 73.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Mexico's Supreme Court upheld a law requiring hospitals to offer rape victims a morning-after birth control pill, rejecting an appeal that argued the pill's effect constitutes the equivalent of an abortion.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In northwest Pakistan insurgents shot and killed a pro-government tribal elder, his wife and a son, while a clash elsewhere in the volatile region left a police officer and two militants dead.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Pakistan restored access to popular video website YouTube, but Facebook and 1,200 web pages remained blocked as a row about "blasphemous" content on the Internet rumbled into a second week.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In Peru Lori Berenson (40), a New Yorker convicted of terrorist collaboration, walked out of prison with a smile on her face, then pushed through mobs of reporters before settling into a neighborhood that met her with hostility.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, South Africa's state-owned logistics group Transnet said it had signed a wage deal with a transport union, ending a three-week rail and ports strike.
    (Reuters, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, South Korean warships fired guns and dropped anti-submarine bombs in a large-scale military exercise, a week after Seoul accused North Korea of shooting a torpedo that sank a navy frigate in March. North Korean declared it would scrap an accord with the South designed to prevent armed clashes at their maritime border, and warned of "immediate physical strikes" if any South Korean ships enter its waters.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In Spain emergency measures to cut a bloated deficit passed by one vote in parliament, saving the Socialist government from an embarrassing defeat and suggesting the depth of resistance to the spreading austerity measures aimed at halting Europe's government debt crisis.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, Sudan's president was sworn in on for another five-year term after an election marred by boycotts and fraud allegations, the only head of state to be re-elected while facing an international arrest warrant for war crimes.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In Turkey one soldier was killed and four others were wounded in a clash near the town of Uludere, close to the Iraqi border.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, A Yemeni soldier was killed and four other people wounded in an attack on a military vehicle in the southern province of Daleh. Provincial officials blamed separatist militants.
    (AFP, 5/27/10)

2011        May 27, Pres. Obama and other G8 leaders wrapped up a 2-day summit in France and announced plans for a $40 billion in aid to support democracy in Egypt, Tunisia and the rest of North Africa.
    (SFC, 5/28/11, p.A3)
2011        May 27, President Barack Obama's last stop on his European tour brought him to Poland for the first time, giving him the chance to inject new vigor in a relationship with an ally that has sometimes felt slighted by Washington.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, In Hayward, Ca., Michelle Le (26) was last seen after she went on break from a clinical lesson at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. In September police arrested Giselle Esteban (27) after finding DNA evidence linking her Le’s murder. Le’s body was found on September 17 in Sunol Canyon, Alameda Ct. On Oct 30, 2012, Esteban was convicted of murder. She was sentenced to life in prison on Dec 10, 2012.
    (SFC, 9/9/11, p.C3)(SFC, 9/21/11, p.C1)(SFC, 10/30/12, p.C1)(SFC, 12/11/12, p.C2)
2011        May 27, Actor Jeff Conaway (60), best known for his roles in the movie "Grease" and the 1970s TV series "Taxi", died.
    (Reuters, 5/28/11)
2011        May 27, Musician Gil Scott-Heron (62), died in NYC. He helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," but saw his brilliance undermined by a years-long drug addiction. In 2012 his memoir “The Last Holiday: A Memoir" was published.
    (AP, 5/28/11)(SSFC, 1/22/12, p.G5)
2011        May 27, In southern Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, Australian anesthesiologist, Dr. James Latham Peters (61), was charged with endangering his patients' lives after police alleged he infected nearly 50 women with hepatitis C at an abortion clinic.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, It was reported that A 22-year-old Australian university student has solved a problem which has puzzled astrophysicists for decades, discovering part of the so-called "missing mass" of the universe during her summer break. Undergraduate Amelia Fraser-McKelvie made the breakthrough during a holiday internship with a team at Monash University's School of Physics, locating the mystery material within vast structures called "filaments of galaxies."
    (AFP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, China bestowed a pomp-filled welcome on Myanmar's Pres. Thein Sein, conferring legitimacy on the country's new, nominally civilian government and ensuring continued Chinese access to its neighbor's natural resources.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, CongoDRC’s North Kivu governor Julien Paluku said that Munyagishari, the suspected leader of an extremist Hutu militia, has been arrested and taken to Kinshasa.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, In Egypt thousands of protesters returned to downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square for what they called a "second revolution," calling for Egypt's military rulers to speed up the pace of democratic reforms in a country that is still charting its political future.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, India and the United States said a new homeland security dialogue will be crucial to cooperation in counterterrorism, intelligence sharing and cybersecurity.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, Air India was forced to cancel some flights after oil companies refused to give the cash-strapped state-run carrier fuel because of a failure to pay bills.
    (AFP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, In Italy a Naples hospital said Puerto Rican tourist Oscar Antonio Mendoza (66), who was knocked to the ground by muggers trying to grab his Rolex, has died, nine days after he was hospitalized with severe head injuries.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, Japan's PM Naoto Kan used a G8 summit in France to reassure Tokyo's most powerful allies that his country would learn the lessons of its nuclear disaster and recover fully.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, In southern Lebanon a roadside bomb ripped through a UN convoy carrying Italian peacekeepers, wounding six of them in the first such attack since 2008.
    (AP, 5/27/11) 
2011        May 27, NATO reported that Moamer Kadhafi's forces had laid landmines in Misrata. Russia joined the call of Western powers for Kadhafi to step down as G8 leaders met in France.
    (AFP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, Mexico's federal police detained nearly 50 members of two major drug cartels, including suspects in the recent armed attack on a police helicopter.
    (AP, 5/28/11)
2011        May 27, The Dutch government said it would start banning tourists from buying cannabis from "coffee shops" and impose restrictions on Dutch buyers by the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, Pakistani fighter jets pounded militant hide-outs in the country's northwest Orakzai and Kurram tribal regions, killing 23 suspected insurgents.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, In northern Pakistan a bus slid off a mountain road and plunged 200 feet deep into a swollen river, and at least 25 people on board were believed to have died.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, The Salvadoran army said it has arrested two officers and four soldiers for trying to steal 1,812 hand grenades to sell to drug traffickers.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, It was reported that South African scientists have found a new species of cockroach, the world’s only jumping cockroach, at Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park.
    (SFC, 5/27/11, p.A2)
2011        May 27, Spanish police fired rubber bullets and swung truncheons to disperse anti-crisis protesters in a Barcelona square as cleaning crews cleared their tent camp.
    (AFP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, Syrian security forces opened fire on anti-government demonstrations, killing at least 12 people as thousands took to the streets despite the near-certainty they will face gunfire, tear gas and stun guns.
    (AP, 5/27/11)(AFP, 5/28/11)
2011        May 27, In Yemen fighting that rocked Sanaa for the past five days spread beyond the capital as tribesmen opposed to the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh seized a Republican Guard military camp in battles that left at least 18 dead and prompted airstrikes by government warplanes.
    (AP, 5/27/11)(SFC, 5/28/11, p.A4)

2012        May 27, Earl Shorris, journalist and social critic, died in New York. In 1995 he founded of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a NYC program that offers college-level instruction to disadvantaged people. this earned him the National Humanities Medal, presented to him in 2000 by President Bill Clinton.
    (SSFC, 6/10/12, p.G7)(http://tinyurl.com/7qqsauf)
2012        May 27, In eastern Afghanistan a NATO coalition service member died in a roadside bomb. Two civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Marjah district of Helmand province. Al-Qaeda's 2nd in command in Afghanistan was killed in an air strike in Kunar province. Saudi-born Sakhr al-Taifi (aka Mushtaq and Nasim) had commanded foreign fighters and directed attacks on NATO and Afghan troops.
    (AP, 5/27/12)(AFP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 27, A Bahrain court sentenced 8 people to prison terms of up to 15 years after they were accused of plotting with suspected Iranian agents to topple the Gulf kingdom's ruling system. They included three activists put on trial in absentia.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, A 10-year-old Cambodian girl died from H5N1 bird flu, the country's third fatality from the virulent disease this year.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 27, Chinese authorities said police have arrested Li Xingong, the former deputy director of the party committee in Yongcheng city, Henan province, on suspicion of raping at least 10 underage girls. The case has sparked a storm of Internet anger.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, An Egyptian criminal court convicted Zakaria Azmi, Hosni Mubarak's chief of staff, of corruption and sentenced him to seven years in prison. He was also fined 36.3 million pounds ($6 million).
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, In Georgia tens of thousands of people thronged the streets of Tbilisi to show their opposition to President Mikhail Saakashvili, in the largest anti-government demonstration in three years. It was organized by Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire businessman who is Georgia's richest man and leading philanthropist.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, In Indonesia 3 people were killed and five badly injured when fans pelted each other with rocks and bricks in a violent clash at a football match in Jakarta.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, Lady Gaga canceled her sold-out June 3 show in Indonesia after Islamist hard-liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, In Ireland a race car went out of control on a rural road and crashed into a crowd of about 30 spectators, killing 2 people and seriously injuring 7. Organizers of the Cavan Stages Rally involving about 100 cars in the border county of Cavan canceled the event following the accident.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, In Jordan Vivian Salameh (45) a Christian woman, said she is suing her Gulf Arab employer for arbitrary dismissal after she refused a new dress code forcing her to cover her head. She had worked at Jordan's Industrial Development Bank for 25 years when it was acquired in 2010 by the Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank, an offshoot of the Dubai Islamic Bank.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, Mali security sources said AQIM, an Al-Qaeda offshoot, earlier this week seized a key arms depot in Gao, deepening the crisis facing the country after rebels declared an independent Islamic state in the north.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 27, In Morocco tens of thousands took to the streets of Casablanca in the largest opposition protest since an Islamist-led government took office in January. The protest was organized by trade unions which accuse PM Abdelilah Benkirane of failing to deliver on the pledges of social justice.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, Nepal's Premier Baburam Bhattarai announced that the country's parliament, elected in 2008 to write the constitution after a decade of civil war, would be disbanded ahead of November elections after leaders failed to agree on a new post-war constitution.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, In Pakistan a remote-controlled bomb targeting a police van killed three passers-by and wounded six other people on the outskirts of Quetta.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, In Russia gay activists tried to stage two demonstrations in Moscow to demand the right to hold a gay pride parade in the Russian capital, but they were blocked first by Orthodox Christian opponents and then by police, who detained a total of about 40 people from both sides.
    (AP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, Syrian government troops shelled residential areas of central Hama and the rebel-held town of Rastan north of Homs. The government said it was "not at all" responsible for the May 25 massacre of at least 92 people in the central town of Houla.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, Two Tibetan men set themselves on fire outside a temple in Lhasa and one died. Xinhua named the dead man as Tobgye Tseten, from Gansu province. The incident marked the first significant protest in Lhasa since riots broke out there in 2008. Chinese security forces rounded up hundreds of residents and pilgrims in the wake of the incident.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)(AFP, 5/31/12)

2013        May 27, A US report said Chinese hackers have gained access to designs of more than two dozen major US weapons systems.
    (Reuters, 5/28/13)(Econ, 6/8/13, p.50)
2013        May 27, A fire at sea aborted a voyage of the Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas. The ship's 2,200 passengers were expected back in Baltimore on may 28 after being flown on charter flights from the Bahamas.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, In Orosi, California, Anthony Alvarez (63) shot his two adult daughters, killing one and critically injuring the other before apparently committing suicide while his three young grandchildren were in the Central Valley home.
    (AP, 5/27/13)
2013        May 27, In Afghanistan 2 recently rehired Afghan police opened fire on their commander at a checkpoint in Arghistan district, Kandahar province, killing him and six of his men.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, Australian Broadcasting Corp. television reported that the plans for the 630 million Australian dollar ($608 million) Australian Security Intelligence Organization building had been stolen through a cyberattack by Chinese hackers on a building contractor.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, British police arrested a 10th suspect in connection with the May 22 street killing of soldier Lee Rigby, an apparent Islamic extremist attack that has horrified the country and heightened racial tensions.
    (AP, 5/27/13)
2013        May 27, Canada-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals Int’l. announced the acquisition of Bausch + Lomb, an American eye-health giant, for $8.7 billion.
    (Econ, 6/1/13, p.67)(http://www.valeant.com/about/key-facts)
2013        May 27, The EU decided not to extend an arms embargo on Syria. The move enables member states to send weapons to help Syria's outgunned rebels and step up the pressure on the government of President Bashar Assad to seek a negotiated settlement to the 26-month-old conflict.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, In Iraq more than a dozen car bombs hit commercial areas in mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad, killing 71 people and wounding nearly 200 others.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, Ivory Coast's communications minister lashed out at the US Embassy in Abidjan over a report citing restrictions on press freedom, including the suspension last year of several opposition media outlets.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, In the northern Philippines Communist guerrillas set off a roadside bomb and opened fire on a truck carrying police, killing 7 and wounding 7 in Cagayan province.
    (AP, 5/27/13)
2013        May 27, The Romanian village of Clinceni unfurled the world’s largest flag. The Romanian flag measured 1,145 by 744.5 feet.
    (SFC, 5/28/13, p.A3)
2013        May 27, Sudanese government troops clashed with rebels in the Southern Kordofan state near the border with South Sudan. The Sudanese army said government forces clashed with rebels who attacked Dandor, killing more than 70. Rebels claimed they killed and wounded many government troops and said 5 of their fighters were killed.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, Syrian troops gained ground in a nine-day offensive against Qusair. Syria's Information Ministry said rebels have killed Yara Abbas, a female TV correspondent who was covering clashes near the border with Lebanon. Abbas was attacked by rebels near the military air base of Dabaa in the central province of Homs. Further reports surfaced of chemical weapons attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on rebel areas.
    (AP, 5/27/13)(Reuters, 5/27/13)
2013        May 27, In Vietnam legal scholar Cu Huy Ha Vu began a hunger strike to protest poor prison conditions. He was arrested in 2011 after filing a lawsuit against PM Nguyen Tan Dung for abuse of power.
    (Econ, 6/22/13, p.46)
2013        May 27, In Yemen gunmen in Taiz abducted South African citizens, Pierre Korkie (56) and his wife. Police said lawmaker Abdel-Hamid el-Batra was behind the kidnapping to pressure the government to hand over a disputed piece of land.
    (AP, 5/27/13)(AP, 1/18/14)

2014        May 27, The US Supreme Court struck down Florida’s IQ law on capital punishment saying the IQ score cutoff was too rigid to decide which mentally disabled individuals must be spared the death penalty.
    (SFC, 5/28/14, p.A6)
2014        May 27, In southern California the bodies of 2 men and 2 women were found at a suburban home in Mission Viejo.
    (SFC, 5/28/14, p.A6)
2014        May 27, Congressman Ralph Hall (91) of Texas, the oldest ever member of the US House, lost his Republican re-election bid to US Attorney John Ratliff (48).
    (SFC, 5/28/14, p.A8)
2014        May 27, In Abkhazia opposition protesters broke windows and doors to take control of the presidential building in Sukhumi, while others held talks with President Alexander Ankvab after several thousand gathered to vent their anger at its government about alleged corruption and misrule.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, Angolan police beat and detained 20 people protesting at Luanda’s Independence Square against the killing of three activists over the last two years by security forces.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, Belgium's King Philippe appointed Flemish separatist leader Bart De Wever to lead talks to form a government although his chances of getting French-speaking parties to work with him look limited.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, A Chinese court announced guilty verdicts for 55 people on charges of terrorism, separatism and murder in a stadium filled with 7,000 people in Yili, Xinjiang province. At least one convict received a death sentence before the audience made up of local residents and officials.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, Egypt’s government and media harangued voters to go to the polls in the second day of the presidential election.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, Sheila B. Keetharuth, the UN "special rapporteur" on human rights in Eritrea, reported that torture, sexual violence and extra-judicial killings "continue unabated" in the Horn of Africa country.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, New Indian PM Narendra Modi met with Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif and asked that his country "abide by its commitment" to prevent its territory from being used in terrorism against India and speed up investigations into the 2008 attack in Mumbai. Modi also met with the leaders of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Mauritius, Bangladesh and Maldives, a day after they attended his inauguration.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Shi'ite mosque in central Baghdad, killing 17 people. Altogether a wave of attacks left 21 people dead.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)(AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, Bus operators in Kenya unveiled plans for a cashless fare system aimed at protecting passengers from theft and police extortion which they say siphon a third of their revenue away.
    (AFP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, In Malaysia Gareth Huntley (34), a UK backpacker disappeared when he went on a trek to a waterfall on Tioman Island. His body was found on June 4 close to where he was living.
    (AP, 6/7/14)
2014        May 26, Mexico's state-owned Pemex oil company arrested four its employees for stealing fuel from the company's pipelines.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, Norway’s security service said three men with alleged links to al-Qaida have been arrested for supporting or participating in a terror organization. Two of the suspects have fought for ISIL in Syria.
    (SFC, 5/28/14, p.A2)
2014        May 27, In Pakistan Farzana Parveen (25), a three-months pregnant woman, was reportedly beaten to death outside the Lahore High Court with bricks by members of her own family for marrying the man of her choice. She had gone to testify in defense of her husband Muhammad Iqbal (45), who was accused by her relatives of kidnapping her and forcing her into the marriage. Parveen's father Muhammad Azeem was detained while five others, two brothers and three cousins, remained at large. Four more suspects were arrested on May 29. On May 31 Farzana's elder sister said it was Iqbal who had killed her. Iqbal has admitted that he had killed his first wife in a dispute over Farzana in 2009. The two brothers were arrested on June 4. Authorities also arrested a third man for taking part in the assault who has claimed the woman Parveen was married to him at the time she married against her family's wishes.
    (AFP, 5/27/14)(AP, 5/28/14)(AP, 5/30/14)(AP, 6/1/14)(AP, 6/4/14)
2014        May 27, In northwestern Pakistan a truck veered off a narrow road and fell into the Swat River, killing 16 members of an extended family.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed on the make-up of a national unity government in the most significant step yet toward healing their seven-year rift.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, Saudi media said a court has sentenced to death Rida Rabih, son of Shiite cleric Jaafar Rabih. The Shiite protester was convicted of opening fire on a police patrol during unrest in the kingdom's east.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, In Sierra Leone a woman died from the Ebola virus, the second person in the country to succumb to the haemorrhagic fever.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, In Somalia a Turkish man, Saadettin Dogan, was shot dead in Mogadishu when gunmen attacked the car he was traveling in with a senior manager from Turkish Airlines.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, In Syria government barrel bombs in Aleppo killed 22 people in the eastern districts of Hay Qataneh, Tariq al-Bab, Bustan al-Qasr, Bani Zeid, Mghayer and Lairamoun.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, In Thailand armed troops detained Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang who defiantly emerged from hiding to condemn last week's military coup and urge a return to civilian rule.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk was in turmoil a day after government forces used fighter jets to stop pro-Russia separatists from taking over the airport. Dozens were reported killed and the mayor went on television to urge residents to stay indoors. Unidentified men stormed Donetsk's main ice hockey arena and set it ablaze.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, In northern Yemen Shiite rebels attacked army positions and killed 5 soldiers, prompting renewed clashes between the two sides.
    (AFP, 5/27/14)

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