Return to home585BC May 28, A solar eclipse,
predicted by Thales of Miletus, interrupted a battle [a
Persian-Lydian battle] outside of Sardis in western Turkey between
the Medes and Lydians. The battle ended in a draw. [see May 25]
(HN, 5/28/98)(HN, 5/28/99)
1089 May 28, Lanfrance,
Archbishop of Canterbury, died.
1156 May 28, Battle at
Brindisi: King William of Sicily beat a Byzantine fleet.
1349 May 28, 60 Jews were
murdered in Breslau, Silesia.
1357 May 28, Afonso IV (66),
King of Portugal (1325-57), died.
1371 May 28, John, the
Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, warrior, was born in Burgundy, France.
1521 May 28, Willem van Croij
(~62), duke of Soria, died.
1533 May 28, England's
Archbishop declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn
1539 May 28, Hernando de Soto
sailed from Cuba to Florida with 13 pigs to help sustain his 700 men
on his gold-hunting expedition. [see May 30]
(ON, 4/01, p.4)(MC, 5/28/02)
1608 May 28, Claudio
Monteverdi's "Arianna," premiered in Mantua.
1650 May 28, Gilles Hayne (59),
1660 May 28, George I, king of
England (1714-1727), was born.
(HN, 5/28/98)(MC, 5/28/02)
1664 May 28, 1st Baptist Church
was organized (Boston).
1685 May 28, Pieter de la Court
(~67), economist, historian, died.
1731 May 28, All Hebrew books
in Papal State were confiscated.
1738 May 28, Dr. Joseph Ignace
Guillotine, French inventor of the guillotine, was born.
1742 May 28, 1st indoor
swimming pool opened at Goodman's Fields, London.
1754 May 28, Col. George
Washington led a 40-man detachment that defeated French and Indian
forces in a skirmish near Great Meadows, Pa.
(ON, 9/05, p.3)
1759 May 28, William Pitt the
Younger, PM of England from 1783-1801 and 1804-1806, was born. He
has been considered England's greatest PM.
(HN, 5/28/99)(MC, 5/28/02)
1765 May 28, Jean Baptiste
Cartier, composer, was born.
1779 May 28, Thomas Moore,
Irish poet, was born.
1787 May 28, Johann Georg
Leopold Mozart (67), Austrian composer, died.
1791 May 28, Joseph Schmitt
(57), composer, died.
1805 May 28, Napoleon was
crowned in Milan, Italy. [see May 26]
1805 May 28, Ridolfo Luigi
Boccherini (62), Italian composer, cellist (Minuet), died.
1807 May 28, Jean Louis Agassiz
(d.1873), Swiss naturalist and educator, was born. He wrote a
succession of papers  outlining continental glaciation not
only of Europe but of North America.
(DD-EVTT, p.129)(AHD,1971, p.24)(HN, 5/28/01)
1818 May 28, P.G.T. Beauregard,
Confederate general, was born. He first fired on Fort Sumpter and
fought at First Manassas, and Shiloh.
1830 May 28, The US Congress
authorized Indian removal from all states to the western prairie.
1833 May 28, Johann Christian
Friedrich Haeffner (74), composer, died.
1845 May 28, A fire in Quebec
Canada destroyed 1,500 houses.
1849 May 28, Anne Bronte,
1851 May 28, Freed slave and
abolitionist Sojourner Truth attended a national women's convention
in Akron, Ohio, where the female delegates were heckled by men in
the audience who claimed that men were superior to women. Frances
Gage, president of the convention, recorded Sojourner Truth's words
that day. "Dat man ober dar say dat women needs to be helped into
carriages and lifted ober ditches, and to hab de best place
everywhar. Nobody eber helps me into carriages, or ober mud-puddles,
or gibs me any best place! And ain't I a woman! Look at me! Look at
my arm! I have ploughed, and planted and gathered into barns, and no
man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat
as much as a man--when I could get it--and bear de lash as well! And
ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen chilern, and seen 'em mos'
all sold into slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief,
none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?" Sojourner Truth's
words, according to Gage, "turned the sneers and jeers of an excited
crowd into notes of respect and admiration."
(SFC, 3/30/97, Z1 p.6)(HN, 7/13/99)(MC, 5/28/02)
1858 May 28, Dion Boucicault's
"Foul Play," premiered in London.
1859 May 28, The French army
launched a flanking attack on the Austrian army in Northern France.
1863 May 28, The 54th
Massachusetts, the first black regiment from the North, left Boston
headed for Hilton Head, South Carolina, to fight in the Civil War.
(AP, 5/28/97)(HN, 5/28/99)
1871 May 28, The last French
communards of the Paris commune were shot against the Mur des
Federes in Pere Lachaise cemetery by troops from Versailles.
1884 May 28, Edvard Benes,
premier, president of Czechoslovakia (1921-22, 35-48), was born.
1888 May 28, James Francis
Thorpe, American athlete, was born in Shawnee, OK. Jim Thorpe won an
Olympic gold medal in 1912, and played for professional football and
(HN, 5/28/99)(MC, 5/28/02)
1892 May 28, The Sierra Club
was organized in San Francisco by John Muir.
(AP, 5/28/97)(MC, 5/28/02)
1898 May 28, Edward Bellamy, US
author (Looking Backward), died.
1900 May 28, Britain annexed
the Orange Free State in South Africa.
1901 May 28, Laws against
phosphor matches were enacted.
1905 May 28, A Japanese fleet
under Adm. Heihachiro Togo defeated a Russian fleet under Adm.
Zinovi Petrovich Rozhestvensky in the Battle of Tsushima. The
Russian fleet lost 22 ships out of 38 to the Japanese in the Battle
of Tsushima Straits. In 2002 Constantine Pleshakov authored "The
Tsar’s Last Armada: The Epic Voyage to the Battle of Tsushima."
(WSJ, 9/6/00, p.A27)(ON, 5/04, p.9)
1907 May 28, Patrick Browne,
British Lord justice of appeal, was born.
1908 May 28, Ian Fleming
(d.1964), author of James Bond novels, was born in Mayfair, London.
He also wrote the children’s book "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1964).
1910 May 28, T-Bone Walker,
blues guitarist and singer, was born.
1912 May 28, Patrick White,
Australian writer (The Tree of Man, The Eye of the Storm), was born.
1915 May 28, John B. Gruelle
patented the Raggedy Ann doll.
1916 May 28, Walker Percy,
writer (The Moviegoer, Love in the Ruins), was born in Birmingham,
(HN, 5/28/01)(MC, 5/28/02)
1917 May 28, "Papa" John
Creach, violinist, was born.
1917 May 28, Barry Commoner,
biologist (Science & Survival), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1918 May 28, Herb Shriner,
radio humorist, was born.
1918 May 28, Tatars declared
Azerbaijan, in Russian Caucasus, independent.
1918 May 28, The Battle of
Cantigny began during World War I as American troops captured the
French town from the Germans; the Americans were able to resist
German counterattacks in the days that followed.
1919 May 28, May Swenson, poet,
1919 May 28, The Armenian
National Council declared the independence of Armenia under the
leadership of Aram Manukian. [see Dec 2, 1918]
1923 May 28, US Attorney
General said it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere.
1923 May 28, US unemployment
was nearly ended.
1926 May 28, The US Customs
Court was created by congress.
1929 May 28, The first
all-color talking picture, "On with the Show," opened in New York.
1932 May 28, Stephen
Birmingham, novelist and biographer (Real Lace: America's Irish
Rich), was born in Hartford.
(HN, 5/28/01)(MC, 5/28/02)
1934 May 28, The Dionne
quintuplets—Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne—were born to
Elzire Dionne at the family farm in Ontario, Canada. The were
children removed from their parents by the Ontario government and
put on public display, before paying customers, at a theme-like-park
called Quintland. In 1998 3 surviving sisters accepted a $2.8
million settlement from the Ontario government.
(TMC, 1994, p.1934)(AP, 5/28/97)
1934 May 28, In San Francisco
nearly 1,000 longshoremen clashed with police at Pier 18 on the 20th
day of their strike. Alphonse Metzgar was shot in the back with
(SSFC, 5/24/09, DB p.39)
1936 May 28, Fred Chappell,
poet and novelist, was born.
1937 May 28, President
Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington signaling that vehicular
traffic could cross the just-opened Golden Gate Bridge in
California. Cars were charged 50 cents each way.
(AP, 5/28/97)(SSFC, 5/20/12, p.E10)
1937 May 28, Neville
Chamberlain became prime minister of Britain.
1937 May 28, Alfred Adler (67),
Austria psychiatrist (Individual Psychology), died.
1938 May 28, Hindemith's opera
"Mathis der Maler," premiered in Zurich.
1938 May 28, The foundation for
Tel Aviv harbor was laid.
1940 May 28, Maeve Binchy,
Irish writer (Circle of Friends, The Copper Beach), was born.
1940 May 28, Irving Berlin's
musical "Louisiana Purchase," premiered in NYC.
1940 May 28, During World War
II, the Belgian army surrendered to invading German forces.
(AP, 5/28/97)(HN, 5/28/98)
1940 May 28, During the
evacuation at Dunkirk a Germany torpedo boat sank the HMS Wakeful
sending over 700 men to their deaths. A Germany submarine hit the
destroyer HMS Grafton killing 35 army officers. Other British
destroyers mistook the British drifter Comfort for an enemy torpedo
boat and killed all but 5 men aboard. The Queen of the Channel was
hit by Germany bombs. Most of the 950 soldiers on board were
transferred to a rescue ship before the ferry went down.
(ON, 8/12, p.3)
1940 May 28, Walter Connolly
(53), actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), died.
1942 May 28, Jean F. van Royen,
German secretary PTT (camp Amersfoort), died.
1945 May 28, In California the
engine of Helldiver aircraft from an aircraft carrier failed and the
pilot ditched the plane in a San Diego reservoir. The pilot and
gunner swam to shore. In 2009 fisherman spotted the plane and set in
process plans to retrieve the plane.
(SFC, 5/28/10, p.C3)
1945 May 28, Lord Haw Haw (aka
William Joyce), a virulent anti-Semite who broadcast pro-Nazi
propaganda from Germany during the war, was shot in the leg in an
encounter with two British officers near Flensburg on the Danish
border with Germany. He was sentenced to death for treason on 19
September 1945 and hanged on 3 January 1946.
1946 May 28, Madeleine Le Roux,
Broadway actress (Cry Uncle), was born in Wyoming.
1946 May 28, The US Army Air
Force initiated the Nuclear Energy for the Propulsion of Aircraft
program (NEPA). Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corp. was selected to
study the possibility of developing a long range strategic bomber
powered by a nuclear reactor.
1947 May 28, Faith Brown,
impressionist, was born.
1947 May 28, Sondra Locke,
actress (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter), was born in Shelbyville, Tenn.
1949 May 28, Sue Holderness,
actress (Marlene-Only Fools & Horses, Sandbaggers), was born.
1953 May 28, Arto Lindsay,
rocker, actor (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan), was born.
1953 May 28, "Melody," the
first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiered.
1954 May 28, George E.
Mahlberg, Astrophysicist, Mt Palomar, Mt Wilson CA (1974-78), was
1954 May 28, Achille Longo
(54), composer, died.
1956 May 28, Germaine
Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer, was born.
1956 May 28, Pres. Eisenhower
signed the Agriculture Act which embodied the "soil bank" plan to
(EWH, 1968, p.1210)
1956 May 28, France in a treaty
with India renounced sovereignty over 4 territories held for 140
(EWH, 1968, p.1262)
1957 May 28, The National
League approved the move of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants
baseball teams to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
1958 May 28, Mikulas
Schneider-Trvavsky (77), composer, died.
1959 May 28, Johnson &
Bart's musical "Lock up your daughters," premiered in London.
1959 May 28, Monkeys Able &
Baker zoomed 300 mi (500 km) into space on Jupiter missile and
became the 1st animals retrieved from a space mission.
1961 May 28, Amnesty
International, a human rights organization, was founded. It won a
Nobel Prize in 1977.
(HN, 5/28/98)(MC, 5/28/02)
1961 May 28, SF lawyer Willie
Brown (27) charged that he has been rebuffed by salesmen while
trying to look at a model home in the Forest Knolls tract of San
(SSFC, 5/29/11, DB p.46)
1963 May 28, Down Jones went
public. 110,000 shares of Dow Jones common stock were sold to the
1963 May 28, Vissarion
Yakovlevich Shebalin (60), composer, died.
1964 May 28, Palestine National
Congress formed the PLO in Jerusalem.
1964 May 28, John Finley
Williamson (76), conductor (Westminster Choir), died.
1967 May 28, Francis Chichester
(1901-1972), English aviator and sailor, arrived home at Plymouth
from a round-the-world, one man sailboat trip.
1968 May 28, Minnesota Senator
Eugene McCarthy beat Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in the Democratic
primary in Oregon.
1969 May 28, Rhys Williams
(b.1897), Welsh-born Film and TV actor, died in Los Angeles. His
films included “Corn is Green" (1945), “Okinawa" (1952) and
1971 May 28, Pres. Nixon
ordered John Haldeman to do more wiretapping and political espionage
against the Democrats. The orders were recorded on tape.
(SFEM, 4/11/99, p.41)
1971 May 28, The Russian Mars 3
Orbiter and Lander was launched successfully.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.B1)
1971 May 28, Audie Murphy
(b.1926), WW II hero and actor, was killed in plane crash near
1972 May 28, Operatives working
for the Committee to Re-elect the President (CRP) burglarized the
Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Washington, DC,
Watergate office complex.
1972 May 28, Edward VIII, the
Duke of Windsor (b.1894), died of throat cancer in Paris. He had
abdicated the English throne (1936) to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson
1973 May 28, Hans
Schmidt-Isserstedt (b.1900), German composer and conductor, died.
1974 May 28, "Magic Show"
opened at Cort Theater in NYC for 1859 performances.
1974 May 28, In the 26th Emmy
Awards: MASH, Alan Alda & Mary Tyler Moore won.
1976 May 28, Pres. Ford signed
the Medical Device Amendments which established a product approval
process overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the
authority to regulate medical devices. Sales of silicone breast
implants, already on the market, were allowed to continue without
proof of safety.
(WSJ, 4/9/96, p.B-1)(SFC, 4/13/98, p.A8)(WSJ,
1977 May 28, 165 people were
killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in
1982 May 28, Pope John Paul II
became the 1st Pontiff to visit Britain.
1983 May 28, In Peru 15
peasants were murdered by soldiers near the village of Totos. A
witness pointed out their graves in 2004.
1984 May 28, President Reagan
led a state funeral at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of
the Unknowns for an unidentified American soldier killed in the
Vietnam War. The remains were unearthed in 1998 for DNA testing and
possible identification. They were later identified as those of Air
Force First Lieutenant Michael J. Blassie, and were sent to St.
Louis for hometown burial.
(AP, 5/28/97)(WSJ, 5/15/98, p.A1)(AP, 5/28/01)
1985 May 28, David Jacobsen,
director of the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, was
abducted by pro-Iranian kidnappers. He was freed 17 months later.
1987 May 28, Mathias Rust, a
19-year-old West German pilot, stunned the world as he landed a
private plane in Moscow's Red Square after evading Soviet air
1987 May 28, Charles Ludlum
(b.1943), actor and playwright, died. His work included "The Mystery
of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful" (1984).
1988 May 28, Melvin J. Oliver
(b.1910), US jazz composer (Sy Oliver), orchestra leader, died in
1988 May 28, On the eve of the
Moscow summit, Soviet television aired a 34-minute interview with
President Reagan in which he pledged to make human rights "agenda
item number one."
1989 May 28, Emerson Fittipaldi
of Brazil won the Indianapolis 500 auto race.
1990 May 28, Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein opened a two-day Arab League summit in Baghdad with a
keynote address in which he said if Israel were to deploy nuclear or
chemical weapons against Arabs, Iraq would respond with "weapons of
1991 May 28, US Defense
Secretary Dick Cheney and other NATO defense chiefs agreed to create
a rapid reaction corps as part of a broad plan to reshape the
Western alliance in the post-Cold War era.
1991 May 28, Ethiopian rebels
seized control of the capital of Addis Ababa, a week after the
country’s longtime Marxist ruler, Mengistu Haile Mariam, resigned
his post and fled.
1992 May 28, The US House of
Representatives voted to lift a ban on using aborted fetuses for
tissue transplantation research, but the tally fell short of a
1992 May 28, The United States
offered $9 million in aid to victims of the fighting in former
1993 May 28, A jury in Orlando,
Fla., acquitted Miami police officer William Lozano of manslaughter
in the 1989 shooting death of a black motorcyclist and the resulting
crash-caused death of the cyclist's passenger. Lozano had been
convicted in an earlier trial, but that verdict was overturned.
1993 May 28, Eritrea became a
member of the United Nations.
1994 May 28, US District Judge
Susan Weber Wright ruled that the Paula Jones case could not be
tried until Pres. Clinton left office.
(WSJ, 4/20/98, p.A20)
1994 May 28, Palestine
Liberation Organization officials announced that Yasser Arafat had
named himself interior minister of the autonomous zones as part of
an interim government; 14 other prominent Palestinians, mostly
Arafat allies, were appointed to other positions.
1995 May 28, Harvard
undergraduate Sinedu Tadesse of Ethiopia stabbed her college
roommate, Trang Ho of Vietnam, 45 times and then hanged herself. In
1997 Melanie Thernstrom wrote: "Halfway Heaven, Diary of a Harvard
Murder" an account of the incident with extensive background
(WSJ, 8/26/97, p.A14)(SFEC,11/16/97, BR p.10)
1995 May 28, Bosnia’s foreign
minister and three colleagues were killed when rebel Serbs shot down
1995 May 28, An earthquake with
a magnitude of seven-point-five devastated the Russian town of
Neftegorsk, killing at least 2,000 people.
1996 May 28, A US jury
convicted the former business partners of Pres. Clinton in the
Whitewater Case. James and Susan McDougal, and Jim Guy Tucker,
governor of Arkansas. Tucker was charged with creating a sham
bankruptcy to avoid paying taxes on profits from a sold cable TV
company in which he was a partner. Tucker resigned after the
verdict. He briefly reversed his decision, but finally stepped down
in July. In 1998 Tucker pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fraud
and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors of independent council
(SFC, 5/29/96, A1)(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)(SFC,
1996 May 28, Jazz pianist and
composer Jimmy Rowles died.
(SFC, 5/30/96, p.A16)
1996 May 28, Eugenia Price,
American writer, died at age 79. She wrote historical novels for
women and her books were translated into 18 languages. Her "Beauty
for Ashes" made the NYT Best Seller List in 1995.
(SFC, 5/30/96, p.A16)
1996 May 28, Sali Berisha,
Pres. of Albania, banned an opposition rally. Many who defied the
ban were seriously beaten. Berisha was supported by Washington for
discouraging the Albanian majority in Kosovo from demanding autonomy
from Yugoslavia. He has also allowed American military planes to
access Albanian air bases.
1996 May 28, The Hindu
nationalist government collapsed. An alliance of 13 parties was
named to replace it. H.D. Deve Gowda, leader of the left-of-center
United Front, was chosen as the next prime minister by ceremonial
president, Shankar Dayal Sharma. He had 2 weeks to form a new
(SFC, 5/29/96, p.A7)
1996 May 28, In Indonesia Pres.
Suharto banned women from participating in beauty contests abroad.
(SFC, 5/29/96, p.A8)
1996 May 28, Ukraine’s
president fired his prime minister in a dispute over economic
(WSJ, 5/28/96, p. A-18)
1996 May 28, Sudan asked Muslim
militants to leave in an attempt to end UN diplomatic sanctions. The
UN imposed sanctions to force the turn over of three suspects in the
1995 assassination attempt on Egypt’s Pres. Mubarek.
(WSJ, 5/28/96, p. A-18)
1997 May 28, President Clinton
paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan with a
speech in the Netherlands in which he urged today's leaders to
revive economies in the former Soviet bloc.
1997 May 28, In Denver, Timothy
McVeigh's attorneys rested their case in the Oklahoma City bombing
1997 May 28, Kurt Adler
(b.1905), therapist, writer, died.
1997 May 28, John Sengstacke
(84), publisher of the Chicago Defender, died.
1997 May 28, The Taliban was
forced out of Mazar-e-Sharif by Uzbek forces. Many Taliban fighters
were killed as they were forced out of Mazar-e-Sharif. Rashid Dostum
later was reported to have witnessed the graves of some 700 Taliban
fighters and another 1,300 dead at other sites. Later reports put
the Taliban dead at 2-3,000. Uzbek Gen. Malik Pahlawan killed some
1,250 Taliban by leaving them in closed container trucks in the
(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A10)(SFC,11/18/97, p.B2)(SFC,
11/6/98, p.A16)(NW, 8/26/02, p.26)
1997 May 28, From Burundi it
was reported that the Tutsi-led army killed more than 40 Hutu rebels
that included Hutu students kicked out of Bujumburu Univ. in 1995.
(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A10)
1997 May 28, In Piraeus,
Greece, Constantine Peratikos (42), ship owner, was killed by armed
men. His family owned the Aran Shipping and Trading Co. and Pegasus
Ocean Services. The left-wing November 17 group were linked to the
(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A12)(SFC, 7/5/02, p.A9)
1997 May 28, Francisca
Cervantes (b.1879), the oldest lady in Mexico, died in Chiapas at
(SFC, 5/30/97, p.A26)
1998 May 28, California
astronomer Susan Terebey announced she had photographed what may be
a planet some 450 light years from Earth in the constellation
Taurus. It appears to have been ejected from the binary TMR-1 and
was named TMR-1C.
(SFC, 5/29/98, p.A1,4)(AP, 5/28/99)
1998 May 28, In Danville, Ill.,
Rick White (39) died in a garage explosion as FBI agents were
arriving to ask questions in connection with the May 24 Church
(SFC, 5/29/98, p.A3)(SFC, 5/30/98, p.A8)
1998 May 28, Comic actor Phil
Hartman (49) of "Saturday Night Live" and "NewsRadio" fame was shot
to death at his home in Encino, Calif., by his wife, Brynn (40), who
then killed herself.
(SFC, 5/29/98, p.A1)(AP, 5/28/08)
1998 May 28, In Ecuador Simon
Bolivar Chanalata, a hotel clerk, engaged in a fight with 2 US
sailors who were visiting while on a naval exercise. Chanalata died
6 days later and his family filed a $1.5 million suit against the US
Navy. The 2 Navy men faced charges of involuntary manslaughter.
(SFC, 4/16/99, p.D5)
1998 May 28, In Eritrea
veterans were mobilized to be sent to Ethiopian border where the
160-square-mile Yigra triangle was under dispute. Eritrea claimed
ownership under the still binding Italian colonial borders.
(SFC, 5/29/98, p.D4)
1998 May 28, The German
parliament approved a mass pardon for hundreds of thousands of
people who were punished unjustly by Nazi courts.
(SFC, 5/29/98, p.D4)
1998 May 28, In Indonesia Pres.
Habibie promised to hold elections in 1999 as student protests
continued, though on a smaller scale.
(SFC, 5/29/98, p.A16)
1998 May 28, NATO Ministers
agreed to help Albania and Macedonia strengthen their border
(SFC, 5/29/98, p.A16)
1998 May 28, Pakistan matched
India and exploded five of its own underground nuclear tests in the
Chagai Hills. Pres. Clinton grimly denounced the tests and imposed
penalties that could cause Pakistan billions. It was later reported
that the number and size of the weapons were exaggerated.
(SFC, 5/29/98, p.A1,13) (SFC, 9/16/98, p.A1)(AP,
1999 May 28, MCI WorldCom, a US
long-distance phone company, agreed to buy SkyTel Communications, a
paging company, for $1.3 billion.
(SFC, 5/29/99, p.D1)
1999 May 28, In Grenada the
13-year ban on whaling was extended during the annual meeting of the
40-member Int'l. Whaling Commission. Pro-whaling nations threatened
to ignore the restrictions.
(SFC, 5/29/99, p.A13)
1999 May 28, In Cuba Pres.
Castro replaced Roberto Robaina (43) as foreign minister with Felipe
Perez Roque (34). Robaina has served in the office for 6 years.
(SFC, 5/29/99, p.A13)
1999 May 28, In Northern
Ireland the IRA began revealing the locations of 9 "disappeared"
victims in Belfast.
(SFC, 5/29/99, p.A14)
1999 May 28, An
Israeli-American search team found the Dakar, a British-made
submarine that was lost in Jan, 1968, 9,500 feet below the surface
of the Mediterranean Sea between Crete and Cyprus.
(SFC, 5/31/99, p.A8)
1999 May 28, In the Kashmir
border conflict Muslim guerrillas shot down an Indian helicopter and
4 Indian soldiers were killed. Pakistan offered to hold peace talks
(SFC, 5/29/99, p.A10)(SFC, 5/31/99, p.A10)
1999 May 28, Rwanda declared a
unilateral cease-fire in Congo where it was backing rebels to oust
(SFC, 5/29/99, p.A11)
1999 May 28, In Yugoslavia
Viktor Chernomyrdin declared the Yugoslav president key to a Kosovo
peace plan despite complications caused by his indictment for war
crimes. It was reported that Pres. Milosevic had agreed to the
general principles of a peace settlement following a nine hour long
discussion with the Russian envoy.
(SFEC, 5/30/99, p.A8)(AP, 5/28/00)
2000 May 28, Juan Montoya won
the 84th Indianapolis 500, becoming the first rookie champion since
Graham Hill in 1966.
2000 May 28, In Eritrea
Ethiopian warplanes bombed a nearly completed power plant in Massawa
as thousands of refugees fled north.
(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A12)
2000 May 28, In Fiji some 200
rebel supporters stormed through Suva and one police officer was
killed. The Fiji Television building was rampaged and knocked off
the air. George Speight called for the resignation of Pres. Mara and
for the constitution to be scrapped.
(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A11)
2000 May 28, In Israel Pres.
Weizman announced that he would resign July 10 due to past financial
(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A10)
2000 May 28, In southern
Lebanon 2 children were killed and 7 people were injured when their
car drove over a land mine. In Rmeiche a Hezbollah fighter killed a
Christian man. At Kafr Kila Israeli soldiers fired on Lebanese and
Palestinian civilians throwing stones across the border.
(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A10)
2000 May 28, In Peru Pres.
Fujimori claimed victory with 50.8% of the vote in elections tainted
by alleged fraud and irregularities. The runoff vote was boycotted
by his opponent.
(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A1)(AP, 5/28/01)
2000 May 28, In the Philippines
Muslim guerrillas staged 3 attacks and killed at least 15 people
including 12 civilians. Separately 26 people were arrested on
suspicion of involvement in the recent Manila bombings.
(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A14)
2000 May 28, In Poland the
Freedom Union Party voted to resign from the coalition government of
Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek.
(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A10)
2000 May 28, In Russia Pres.
Putin signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. It would not
be effective until the US and other nations also approve.
(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A14)
2000 May 28, In Sierra Leone
the last 85 UN peacekeepers were released by rebels into Liberia and
returned to Freetown.
(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A1)
2000 May 28, In Kosovo,
Yugoslavia, an attacker shot and killed a 4-year-old Serb boy and 2
men in Cermica.
(SFC, 5/30/00, p.A14)
2001 May 28, President Bush
honored America's veterans with the Memorial Day signing of
legislation to construct a World War II monument on the National
(SFC, 5/29/01, p.A3)(AP, 5/28/02)
2001 May 28, The US and China
tentatively agreed that the US spy plane on Hainan Island would be
dismantled and possibly flown home aboard a giant Antonov-124
(WSJ, 5/29/01, p.A1)
2001 May 28, U.S. Rep. Joseph
Moakley, D-Mass., died at age 74.
2001 May 28, In the Central
African Republic at least 12 people were killed in a failed coup
attempt against Pres. Ange-Felix Patasse. 80 people in 2002 went on
trial for the attempted coup.
(SFC, 5/29/01, p.A12)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A10)
2001 May 28, In Colombia FARC
guerrillas killed at least 24 residents of villages near Tierralta
over the last 2 days.
(SFC, 6/1/01, p.D3)
2001 May 28, In Cyprus the
AKEL, a communist party, won parliamentary elections in the Greek
Cypriot portion of the island.
(SFC, 5/29/01, p.A12)
2001 May 28, In Indonesia the
attorney general cleared Pres. Wahid of involvement in 2 corruption
cases that led to his censure.
(SFC, 5/29/01, p.A10)
2001 May 28, Israel and the
Palestinians agreed to resume talks on security cooperation.
(SFC, 5/29/01, p.A12)
2002 May 28, Pres. Bush met
with Pope John Paul II in Vatican City and expressed his worries on
the sex scandals in the US involving Catholic clergy.
(SFC, 5/29/02, p.A8)
2002 May 28, California state
officials levied $88.7 million in fines to 2 LA pharmacists for
filing over 3,500 illegal prescriptions over the Internet.
(SFC, 5/29/02, p.A1)
2002 May 28, NBC announced that
Brian Williams would succeed Tom Brokaw as anchor of its "Nightly
News" after the 2004 presidential election.
2002 May 28, Mildred Wirt
Benson (96), newspaperwoman and creator of the "Nancy Drew"
children's mystery stories (1930), died in Toledo, Ohio. She wrote
under the direction of Edward Stratemeyer and used the pen name
(WSJ, 5/31/02, p.A13)(AP,
2002 May 28, The EU announced
plans to overhaul its 100,000-vessel fishing industry with some
national fleets to be cut by up to 60% due to overfishing.
(SFC, 5/29/02, p.A12)
2002 May 28, A Palestinian
gunmen attacked an Israeli settlement near Nablus and killed 3
students at an Orthodox high school. The gunman was killed.
(SFC, 5/29/02, p.A8)(WSJ, 5/29/02, p.A1)
2002 May 28, Libya offered $10
million in compensation for each victim in the 1988 bombing of Pan
Am Flight 103 in exchange for removal from the US list of states
that sponsor terrorism.
(SFC, 5/29/02, p.A1)
2002 May 28, Pakistan
test-fired a short-range missile, the 3rd test in 4 days.
(SFC, 5/28/02, p.A6)
2002 May 28, Russia signed an
agreement with NATO leaders in Rome for participation in NATO
discussions on a fixed variety of subjects, but no veto power.
(SFC, 5/29/02, p.A8)(WSJ, 5/29/02, p.A1)
2003 May 28, Pres. Bush signed
a tax cut into law. It was the 3rd cut in 3 years and included a cut
in the rates on capital gains and dividends, breaks for small
businesses and funds for state governments. It was valued at $350
billion over 10 years. The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation
Act of 2003 delivered substantial tax relief to 136 million American
2003 May 28, Actress Martha
Scott (90) died in Southern California.
2003 May 28, Amnesty
International released a report saying the U.S.-led war on terror
had made the world a more dangerous and repressive place, a finding
dismissed by Washington as "without merit."
2003 May 28, Prometea, the
world's 1st cloned horse, was born in Cremona, Italy.
(SFC, 8/7/03, p.A2)
2003 May 28, Bangladesh
authorized police to shoot at will as part of its anti-crime
campaign, after reporting more than 350 deaths to gang violence in
the past two months.
2003 May 28, In Canada SARS
killed two more people in Toronto and concern about the deadly virus
shut down a Toronto-area high school.
2003 May 28, China’s President
Hu Jintao called for a "multipolar world" and a strategic
partnership with Russia to counter US dominance, and oil executives
signed a preliminary deal for pipeline to carry Siberian oil to
2003 May 28, Pakistani police
arrested about three dozen opposition lawmakers from a provincial
assembly during two protests against constitutional changes made by
Pakistan's president to increase his power.
2003 May 28, In the southern
Philippines Muslim rebels declared a cease-fire and gave the
government 10 days to meet their demands or face renewed fighting.
2003 May 28, Russia confirmed
its first case of SARS on the border with China in a major
embarrassment for visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao.
2003 May 28, Russia's upper
house of parliament ratified a landmark nuclear deal with the United
States that slashes both nation's nuclear arsenals by two-thirds.
2004 May 28, US officials and 5
Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Honduras and Nicaragua) signed a free trade pact (CAFTA), to be
later approved by Congress. The Dominican Republic would be included
(SFC, 5/29/04, p.A4)
2004 May 28, International
Clown Hall of Fame in downtown Milwaukee posthumously inducted the
late Vance "Pinto" Colvig as the first Bozo. Capitol Records
executive Alan Livingston created Bozo for recordings in 1946. For
years, promoter and entertainer Larry Harmon claimed to have both
created the character and said he was the original.
2004 May 28, In Colombia Carlos
Mauricio Garcia, also known as "Rodrigo" or "Double Zero," was shot
in the head five times by assassins as he left a Santa Marta
supermarket. The former right-wing paramilitary leader objected to
the militia's involvement in drug trafficking.
2004 May 28, French engineers
brought the two central ends of the Millau road viaduct in southwest
France together, completing the span of the highest bridge in the
world. The bridge spans the valley of the Tarn river to carry a
motorway from Clermont-Ferrand to Beziers and establishing a major
north-south axis parallel to the Rhone valley. The $378 million
bridge is expected to open Jan 2005.
(AFP, 5/29/04)(Econ, 1/1/05, p.71)
2004 May 28, An earthquake
damaged homes in northern Iran. The toll from a 6.2 earthquake
reached 36 dead with 250 people injured.
(AP, 5/28/04)(AP, 5/30/04)
2004 May 28, The Iraqi
Governing Council nominated one of its own members, Iyad Allawi, a
Shiite Muslim physician who spent years in exile, to become prime
minister of the new government to take power June 30.
2004 May 28, The Tokyo High
Court sentenced Yoshihiro Inoue (34), a former doomsday cult member,
to death for a 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways, overturning
a lower court ruling condemning him to life in prison.
2004 May 28, Malaysia issued a
detention order for Buhary Syed Abu Tahir, a Sri Lankan businessman,
on charges that in 2002 he brought 7 Libyan technicians to Malaysia
to be trained to operate machines to produce centrifuge parts for
Libya’s nuclear weapons program. Tahir was a key associate of Abdul
Qadeer Khan, former head of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program.
(WSJ, 6/4/04, p.A10)
2004 May 28, In Montenegro
gunmen shot dead Dusko Jovanovic, the editor of a conservative
daily. PM Djukanovic had sued Jovanovic and the Dan daily for
stories linking the premier to a major human trafficking case. A
court hearing was to begin next month. Damir Mandic was tried and
acquitted in 2006 but that ruling was overturned after an appeal,
and a retrial was held. In 2009 the Montenegro Higher Court ruled
that karate expert Damir Mandic was guilty of the "well-planned and
premeditated" murder of editor Dusko Jovanovic.
(AP, 5/28/04)(AP, 4/28/09)
2004 May 28, In Saudi Arabia
suspected Islamic militants sprayed gunfire inside two oil industry
compounds on the Persian Gulf, killing at least 10 people including
(AP, 5/29/04)(SSFC, 5/30/04, p.A1)
2004 May 28, The Sudanese
government and rebels from Darfur agreed that the first
international observers of a fragile ceasefire would deploy there
next week. Villagers in west Sudan said Sudanese aircraft bombed
their village and killed at least 11 people.
(AP, 5/28/04)(Reuters, 5/29/04)
2005 May 28, It was reported
that American rancher John Cain Carter served as the driving force
behind Alianca da Terra, a Brazilian NGO promoting certification and
standards of good practice for ranchers and farmers.
(Econ, 5/28/05, p.68)
2005 May 28, Bulgarian
President Georgi Parvanov flew Tripoli to meet with Libyan leader
Moamer Kadhafi, days before a Libyan court rules on the appeal of
five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death over an AIDS-tainted blood
2005 May 28, In Ethiopia
provisional results showed that the ruling coalition and its allies
won a majority in parliamentary elections, but the opposition made
2005 May 28, In Indonesia 2
bombs exploded at a busy market on Sulawesi Island, killing at least
22 people and wounding 40 others in an area marred by years of
2005 May 28, Iran's hard-line
Guardian Council approved a law that puts pressure on the government
to develop nuclear technology that could be used to build atomic
2005 May 28, In Iraq 2 suicide
attackers detonated car bombs in northern Iraq, killing at least
five Iraqis, and the government confirmed the death of a Japanese
hostage abducted earlier this month. Attacks killed at least 45
Iraqis over the past 2 days including 10 people returning from a
religious pilgrimage in Syria. A US Marine was killed when a
roadside bomb struck his vehicle in northwestern Iraq.
(AP, 5/28/05)(AP, 5/30/05)
2005 May 28, More than 40,000
Iraqi police and soldiers, backed by American troops and air
support, began “Operation Lightning" against insurgents in Baghdad.
2005 May 28, In Sudan tens of
thousands of chanting refugees lined the muddy streets of Darfur's
largest camp to greet the U.N.'s Kofi Annan, who later listened as
women raped during the conflict told their stories.
2006 May 28, In SF Barry Bonds
hit his 715th home run passing the Babe Ruth record of 714 and
approaching Hank Aaron’s 755 record.
(SFC, 5/28/06, p.A1)
2006 May 28, Sam Hornish Jr.
won the second-closest Indianapolis 500 ever.
2006 May 28, In SF tens of
thousands jammed the Mission District for the 28th annual Carnaval.
81 official units participated in the “Land of Childhood Dreams"
(SFC, 5/28/06, p.B1)
2006 May 28, Afghanistan and
Iran pledged to crack down on drugs passing over their shared border
as Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Tehran. Officials also
signed seven agreements dealing with the reconstruction of
2006 May 28, Bangladesh
increased development spending by 21% to a record 3.8 billion
dollars for the new fiscal year to create more jobs and cut poverty
ahead of general elections.
2006 May 28, The BBC reported
that at least 1,000 troops have "deserted" the armed forces since
the US-led war was launched in Iraq three years ago.
2006 May 28, President Alvaro
Uribe won Colombia's presidential elections with 62% of the vote.
The turnout was 45% of those eligible. Uribe became the first
incumbent to win re-election in Colombia in more than a century,
beating his nearest rival by more than 40 percentage points with
pledges to continue fighting crime and reducing poverty.
(AP, 5/28/06)(AP, 5/29/06)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.34)
2006 May 28, In East Timor
rival gangs torched homes and battled each other with machetes in
Dili, scattering and regrouping as Australian troops in armored
vehicles rumbled toward the sound of gunfire.
2006 May 28, In France, the
film “The Wind That Shakes the Barley," directed by Ken Loach, won
the Palme d’Or prize (Golden Palm) at the 59th Cannes Film Festival.
The film told the story of the Irish rebellion in the 1920s.
(SFC, 5/28/06, p.A2)
2006 May 28, Sheik Osama
al-Jadaan, a prominent Sunni Arab tribal leader, was assassinated in
Baghdad. He had provided fighters to help battle al-Qaida in western
2006 May 28, Lebanese
guerrillas fired a barrage of rockets into northern Israel, wounding
an Israeli soldier at a military base. Israel destroyed most of the
military positions of Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas along its
northern border. Rocket and artillery exchanges killed two
guerrillas in Lebanon and wounded two Israeli soldiers, two Lebanese
civilians and six militants.
(AP, 5/28/06)(AP, 5/29/06)
2006 May 28, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected militants shot dead tribal elder, Malik Takhti
Khan, in a North Waziristan town while he was shopping at a weekly
2006 May 28, Pope Benedict XVI
urged some 900,000 Poles at a giant mass to fight growing secularism
by spreading their Christian faith across Europe and the world. He
(AFP, 5/28/06)(WSJ, 5/30/06, p.A1)
2006 May 28, Sri Lankan police
detained the drivers of 18 vehicles trying to smuggle explosives
across a de facto frontier post into the government-controlled part
of the Jaffna peninsula.
2006 May 28, Turkey’s culture
and tourism minister said two pieces from the treasure of King
Croesus that were returned to Turkey from the Metropolitan Museum of
Art in New York after a long legal battle have been stolen and
replaced with fakes.
2007 May 28, Astronomers on
teams from UC Berkeley and Australia reported the discovery of 28
new planets in the Milky Way.
(SFC, 5/29/07, p.A1)
2007 May 28, In Alaska
officials from 75 nations began talks critical to whale conservation
amid pressure, notably from Japan, to lift a 20-year ban on
commercial whale hunting.
2007 May 28, In Petersburg,
Ky., the new Creation Museum opened with displays touting the
beginning of time at 4004BC. Founder Ken Ham raised $27 million to
build it. Answers in Genesis (AIG), owned and ran the museum and
expected 250,000 yearly visitors paying $9.95 to $19.95 for tickets.
In 2011 AIG planned to open a related theme park called Ark
p.A2)(www.creationmuseum.org/)(Econ, 1/1/11, p.27)
2007 May 28, In northern
Afghanistan a demonstration against a governor left at least seven
dead and 31 injured after gunfire broke out between police and
protesters. A suicide bomber targeted foreigners in a four-wheel
drive vehicle, killing two Afghan civilians and wounding two others
in Kunduz. It was reported that truck drivers in Afghanistan had
more problems with police demanding bribes that with the Taliban.
(AP, 5/28/07)(SFC, 5/28/07, p.A10)
2007 May 28, Police found a
cocaine laboratory in the southern Bolivian jungle capable of
producing 245 pounds of the drug daily, one of the largest drug labs
ever discovered there. Satellite photos taken by the US Drug
Enforcement Agency revealed the location of the lab.
2007 May 28, In Brazil Pres.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva unveiled a program to provide cheap birth
control pills at 10,000 drug stores across the country.
2007 May 28, Britain’s public
health minister said beer, wine and hard liquor packaging in Britain
will carry warning labels next year detailing how many units of
alcohol each drink contains as well as recommended safe drinking
2007 May 28, A blast ripped
through a crowd in Ethiopia's volatile Somali region, killing 6
people and setting off a stampede that saw up to six more die. The
attack happened as hundreds of people were gathered at the stadium
in Jijiga town's Revolutionary Square for a ceremony marking the
overthrow of Ethiopia's former dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam. In
2008 an Ethiopian court sentenced to death 8 alleged members of the
Ogaden National Liberation Force (ONLF) for the attack.
(Reuters, 5/28/07)(AFP, 5/22/08)
2007 May 28, Officials said
heavy storms, landslides, flash floods and lightning have killed at
least 23 people in Europe and Turkey.
2007 May 28, Joerg Immendorff
(b.1945), German artist, died. He was best known for his “Café
Deutschland" series begun in 1978.
(SFC, 5/29/07, p.B3)
2007 May 28, In northwest Iran
7 Revolutionary Guard members and five militants were killed in
clashes with armed insurgents.
2007 May 28, The US and Iran
broke a 27-year diplomatic freeze with a four-hour meeting about
Iraqi security. The American envoy said there was broad policy
agreement, but that Iran must stop arming and financing militants
who are attacking US and Iraqi forces. The Iranian ambassador later
said the two sides would meet again in less than a month.
Abdul-Rahman al-Essawi, an Iraqi journalist, was shot to death along
with his wife, son, parents and three other relatives. A suicide car
bomber struck a busy commercial district in central Baghdad, killing
at least 21 people and damaging a Sunni shrine. In central Baghdad a
battle raged after insurgents hijacked two buses and kidnapped at
least 15 passengers. At least 3 policemen were killed. A roadside
bomb killed 2 people and injured 9 when it detonated under a parked
car in the central Baghdad district of Bab al-Muadham. Another 2
people were killed and 6 were wounded after two mortar rounds
slammed into a street in Karrada, a Shiite-dominated neighborhood in
downtown Baghdad. 36 people were killed across Baghdad in a wave of
attacks. Another 33 bullet-riddled bodies were dead, tortured and
abandoned in different parts of the capital. 10 American soldiers
were killed in roadside bombings and a helicopter crash in Diyala
(AP, 5/28/07)(AP, 5/29/07)(AP, 5/30/07)
2007 May 28, Japan's
agriculture minister died after hanging himself just hours before he
was to face questioning in a political scandal.
2007 May 28, Kazakh authorities
issued an international arrest warrant for the powerful son-in-law
of President Nursultan Nazarbayev who faces abduction charges and
has publicly criticized the longtime leader.
2007 May 28, In Mexico City
Riyo Mori, a 20-year-old dancer from Japan who hopes to someday open
an international dance school, was crowned Miss Universe 2007.
2007 May 28, In Pakistan a
court sentenced a same-sex couple to three years in jail on perjury
charges, prompting the defendants to ask the president for help. The
case of Shumail Raj, who was born female but had two operations to
remove her breasts and uterus 16 years ago, and Shahzina Tariq has
made waves by raising issues of homosexuality and transsexuality
that are taboo in this conservative Muslim society. Pakistani police
killed four pro-Taliban militants in a gun battle in the
northwestern town of Bannu. Hours later unidentified gunmen shot
dead a military commander on the outskirts of the northwestern town
of Tank. A suicide attacker rammed his bomb-laden vehicle into a
military convoy in Pakistan, killing two soldiers and wounding
(AP, 5/28/07)(AFP, 5/28/07)
2007 May 28, Spain arrested 2
Algerians and 14 Moroccans, on suspicion of recruiting volunteers to
fight in Iraq and other countries.
(AP, 5/28/07)(SFC, 5/29/07, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/29/07,
2007 May 28, In Sri Lanka a
Tiger roadside bomb in Colombo killed 7 soldiers and civilians.
(Econ, 6/9/07, p.24)
2007 May 28, In southern
Thailand a bomb in a market in Kolomudo killed four Buddhists,
including two children.
2007 May 28, RCTV, Venezuela's
oldest private television station, was pushed off the air as
President Hugo Chavez's government replaced the popular
opposition-aligned network with a new state-funded channel. Police
fired tear gas and plastic bullets into a crowd of thousands
protesting the decision by President Hugo Chavez.
(AP, 5/28/07)(AP, 5/29/07)(Econ, 6/2/07, p.14)
2008 May 28, In Newton,
Massachusetts, a collision between two commuter trains killed driver
Terrese Edmonds (24). Passengers reported seeing Ms. Edmonds using a
cell phone moments before the collision.
(WSJ, 5/30/08, p.A2)
2008 May 28, In Reno, Nevada,
30 monkeys were found essentially cooked alive after a repair
technician left a heater on at a lab owned by Charles River
Laboratories. Two other monkeys had to be euthanized. The company
was fined $14,000.
(SFC, 3/18/10, p.A7)(http://tinyurl.com/yab2maj)
2008 May 28, In Afghanistan a
passenger truck ran off the road in a remote mountainous region of
Badakhshan province, killing 15 people and wounding 56. Three
suicide bomb attacks around the country killed one person.
2008 May 28, African leaders,
in Japan for a major development conference, lashed out at rich
nations for erecting trade barriers that prevent the continent's
economic development even as they make lofty pledges to boost aid.
Japan pledged to double aid to Africa by 2012 and to help the
continent boost rice production two-fold to ease food shortages.
2008 May 28, Bahrain's King
Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa appointed Lawmaker Houda Nonoo, believed to
be the Arab world's first Jewish ambassador, as the country's envoy
2008 May 28, In Canada police
found the dead bodies of five adults and children in a suburban
Calgary home. Media outlets reported they were Joshua Lall (34) an
intern at an architectural firm, his wife Alison Lall (35), and
daughters Kristen (5), Rochelle (3) and a tenant reported to be
Amber Bowerman, who worked for a college newspaper. Police later
said Joshua Lall committed the murders sparing only his one-year-old
(AP, 5/30/08)(Reuters, 5/31/08)
2008 May 28, China’s Xinhua
News Agency reported that torrential rains had killed 18 people in
southern Guizhou province since May 25, and that the rains were
expected to continue for 3 more days. 12 more people were reported
missing. Some 6,700 houses were damaged since the rains began.
(SFC, 5/29/08, p.A7)
2008 May 28, In southern
Ethiopia a bomb exploded in a hotel, killing 3 people and wounding
five others. The government suspected a terrorist group planted a
bomb in the hotel in Negelle Borena.
2008 May 28, Iran's lawmakers
overwhelmingly picked conservative Ali Larijani as parliament
speaker, sending another strong message of discontent with Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's leadership by boosting one of his likely
challengers in elections next year.
2008 May 28, Iraq's largest
Sunni Arab political bloc said it has suspended talks on ending its
boycott of the Shiite-led government due to a dispute over which
positions it would assume. The Sunni National Accordance Front held
44 of 275 parliamentary seats. Sporadic gunbattles broke out in a
Shiite stronghold in southeastern Baghdad as detentions and raids
against al-Sadr's followers continue to strain a truce. 3 civilians
were killed and five others wounded in the fighting. A roadside bomb
struck a car in the Qara Taba district, northeast of Baghdad,
killing a farmer and his son. US troops captured eight suspected
insurgents, including a man believed to be a longtime al-Qaida in
Iraq leader who was involved in a June 30, 2007, attack on American
forces in a remote area in Anbar province known as Donkey Island.
2008 May 28, In Ireland
diplomats for over 100 nations agreed on a treaty to ban current
types of cluster bombs. The talks did not involve the biggest makers
and users, which included the US, Russia, China, Israel, India and
Pakistan. Nations were expected to sign the document in December in
(SFC, 5/29/08, p.A3)
2008 May 28, An Israeli
airstrike in southern Gaza Strip killed two Hamas gunmen during a
military operation. The airstrike also wounded four militants who
were firing mortars at Israeli forces.
2008 May 28, In Lebanon PM Fuad
Saniora won a new term with the backing of a pro-American coalition,
angering the Hezbollah-led opposition.
(SFC, 5/29/08, p.A10)
2008 May 28, In Nepal lawmakers
voted just before midnight to abolish the 240-year-old Hindu
monarchy and establish a secular republic.
2008 May 28, The first winners
of the new Kavli Prizes for outstanding research in nanoscience,
neuroscience, and astrophysics were to be announced in Oslo, Norway.
(SFC, 4/12/08, p.C1)
2008 May 28, Former PM Nawaz
Sharif said Pakistan's ruling coalition has agreed to expel
US-backed President Pervez Musharraf from power.
2008 May 28, Slovakia revalued
its currency. Finance minister Jan Pociatek was soon accused of
leaking news of the revaluation to J&T, Slovakia’s leading
(Econ, 6/28/08, p.58)
2008 May 28, Sri Lanka’s
military said 20 insurgents and one soldier were killed in fighting
in Jaffna and Welioya.
2008 May 28, In Sudan a Ugandan
policeman serving with the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force
in the western Darfur region was found dead riddled with bullets.
2008 May 28, Thailand police
said 3 soldiers and four suspected separatist rebels have been
killed in a series of incidents across the far south, including a
shootout at a wedding party.
2008 May 28, Turkey's state-run
media said soldiers killed two Kurdish rebels during a clash near
the border with Iran.
2008 May 28, Venezuela
announced that the new Intelligence and Counterintelligence Law,
passed by Pres. Chavez, would replace the Disip secret police and
Military Intelligence Directorate with 4 new agencies. Under the law
citizens who refuse to act as informants for intelligence agencies
could face as much as 4 years in prison.
2009 May 28, US Agriculture
Sec. Tom Vilsack issued a directive reinstating for one year a
Clinton-era ban on new road construction and development in national
(SFC, 5/29/09, p.A7)
2009 May 28, Nebraska Gov. Dave
Heineman signed a bill to change the state’s method of execution
from electrocution to lethal injection. In February the state
Supreme Court ruled the electric chair was unconstitutional.
(SFC, 5/29/09, p.A4)
2009 May 28, Kavya Shivashankar
(13) of Olathe, Kansas, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in
(SFC, 5/29/09, p.A1)
2009 May 28, The San Francisco
Zoo agreed to pay $900,000 to brothers Amritpal and Kulbir Dhaliwal,
who survived a fatal attack by an escaped tiger on Dec 25, 2007.
(SFC, 5/29/09, p.B1)
2009 May 28, Time Warner, which
acquired America Online (AOL) in 2001, said it will spin out the
company and its 7,000 employees as a separate company under CEO Tim
(SFC, 5/29/09, p.C2)
2009 May 28, It was reported
that scientists have identified a lethal new virus in Africa that
causes bleeding like the dreaded Ebola virus. The so-called "Lujo"
virus infected five people in Zambia and South Africa last fall.
Four of them died, but a fifth survived, perhaps helped by a
medicine recommended by the scientists.
2009 May 28, In eastern
Afghanistan US coalition troops attacked a suspected foreign fighter
camp, killing 34 insurgents, including Arabs and Pakistanis, in an
intense firefight in Paktika province. In southern Afghanistan
US-led coalition forces killed 35 militants and wounded 13 others
during a clash. Insurgents in Zabul province killed eight truck
drivers ferrying supplies for foreign troops. A NATO soldier died
after a roadside bomb attack in the south.
(AP, 5/28/09)(AP, 5/29/09)
2009 May 28, Australian Foreign
Minister Stephen Smith condemned a wave of attacks on Indian
students in Melbourne after the latest assault left a 25-year-old
fighting for his life. Indian student Sravan Kumar Theerthala was
stabbed with a screwdriver on May 24 when a group of teenagers
gatecrashed a party he was attending in the suburbs of Melbourne.
2009 May 28, In Bulgaria a bus
careered down a mountainside and plowed through pedestrians heading
to a religious festival, killing at least 16 people and injuring at
2009 May 28, In Belize and
Honduras a magnitude 7.1 earthquake collapsed more than two dozen
homes, killing at least 6 people and injuring 40 others as terrified
people ran into the streets in towns across much of Central America.
2009 May 28, In Brazil raging
torrents from a ruptured dam and swamped Cocal, a northeastern
farming city of about 25,000 in Piaui state, forcing residents to
scramble onto rooftops and climb high trees to escape the deadly
floodwaters. 4 people were killed.
2009 May 28, The British Royal
Society for the Protection of Birds said in a new report that the
cuckoo bird and 51 other species were in danger of extinction due
largely to a decrease in their food and water supply in sub-Saharan
Africa, from where many migrate.
(SFC, 5/29/09, p.A2)
2009 May 28, The Indian navy
thwarted a pirate attack on a merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden off
the coast of Somalia.
2009 May 28, A ship packed with
Afghan migrants sank off Indonesia's western coast, killing at least
9 people and leaving 11 others missing.
(AP, 5/28/09)(AP, 5/29/09)
2009 May 28, In southeast Iran
a bombing in a Shiite mosque at Zahedan killed 25 people. The next
day Iran blamed the US and Israel saying the countries were trying
to stoke sectarian tension with the Sunni Muslim minority.
2009 May 28, In Iraq a roadside
bomb struck a civilian car on a highway linking the towns of
Khanaqin with Qara Tappah. The blast killed two boys ages 8 and 10
and their father.
2009 May 28, Israel defied a
surprisingly blunt US demand that it freeze all building in West
Bank Jewish settlements, saying it will press ahead with
construction. Since 1967, Israel has built 121 West Bank
settlements, now home to around 300,000 Israelis. An additional
180,000 live in Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, which, like
the West Bank, was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.
(AP, 5/28/09)(AP, 6/23/09)
2009 May 28, It was reported
that Japanese researchers have added genes to monkeys that cause the
animals to glow under a fluorescent light, and that the new genetic
attributes can pass to their offspring.
(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A9)
2009 May 28, In Pakistan two
new blasts ripped through the Qissa Khawani market in Peshawar,
killing at least 13 people.
(AP, 5/28/09)(SFC, 5/29/09, p.A2)
2009 May 28, Russian PM
Vladimir Putin met Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk
amid talk of massive loans to Minsk, just days after the Belarussian
strongman made a furious attack on his Moscow ally.
2009 May 28, The Saudi Arabia,
Monetary Agency froze the bank accounts of Maan al-Sanea, head of
the Saad Group and ranked recently as the 3rd richest Arab
(Econ, 6/20/09, p.70)
2009 May 28, In Senegal UN,
African Union, EU and Arab League representatives met with Mauritian
political parties in Dakar to discuss upcoming polls and a political
stalemate since a coup.
2009 May 28, South Korean and
US troops raised their alert to the highest level since 2006 after
North Korea renounced its truce with the allied forces and
threatened to strike any ships trying to intercept its vessels.
2009 May 28, In Sudan Darfur's
most active rebel group said it intends to free 60 Sudanese troops
as a "sign of goodwill" ahead of Qatari-brokered peace talks with
2009 May 28, Swedish media
reported that a 16-year-old Iraqi immigrant living in Sweden has
cracked a maths puzzle that has stumped experts for more than 300
years. Mohamed Altoumaimi has found a formula to explain and
simplify the so-called Bernoulli numbers, a sequence of calculations
named after the 17th century Swiss mathematician Jacob Bernoulli.
2009 May 28, Turkish warplanes
attacked Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, hours after a land mine
blast on the Turkish side of the border killed six soldiers.
2010 May 28, US Regulators shut
down three banks in Florida and one each in Nevada and California,
bringing the number of US bank failures this year to 78.
2010 May 28, In Alaska a
backpacker shot and killed a grizzly bear with his handgun in Denali
National Park. A man and woman reported that they were hiking when
the bear emerged from trailside brush and charged the woman.
2010 May 28, Hawaii became the
first US state to ban the sale or possession of shark fins, used in
the creation of some Chinese delicacies, in an effort to help
prevent their overfishing.
(SFC, 5/29/10, p.A4)
2010 May 28, A US federal judge
in Albany, NY, issued an injunction barring Gov. Paterson from
imposing furloughs on about 100,000 state workers and withholding
their raises. Unions had argued that the provisions violate the US
(SFC, 5/29/10, p.A4)
2010 May 28, BP made progress
toward plugging its Gulf of Mexico oil spill with mud but said it
won't know for two more days if the fix will really work.
2010 May 28, Jonathan Trappe
(36) of Raleigh, North Carolina, crossed the English Channel carried
by a bundle of helium balloons, ending a quiet and serene flight by
touching down in a French cabbage patch.
2010 May 28, Gary Coleman
(b.1968), the child star from television show "Diff'rent Strokes"
(1978-1986), died in Provo, Utah.
2010 May 28, In a breakthrough
after a decade of deadlock, the Non-Proliferation Treaty's 189
nations proposed new steps towards nuclear disarmament and making
the Middle East free of atomic weapons. The next day Israel
condemned the NPT plan.
(AFP, 5/29/10)(SSFC, 5/30/10, p.A5)
2010 May 28, Afghan forces
battled militants in a remote region near the Pakistan border for a
sixth day, as officials tried to confirm reports that a key
Pakistani Taliban leader was killed in the fighting. The US military
suffered its 1,000th death in the nearly 9-year-old Afghan war. In
eastern Afghanistan militants ambushed an Afghan police convoy in
Paktia province, killing five officers with a roadside bomb and
opening fire before fleeing when NATO aircraft started a
bombardment. A senior Taliban leader in Baghlan province was killed
in a NATO airstrike. The man, who was not named, was said to be the
Taliban's "shadow governor" of the region and was responsible for
organizing and directing attacks on coalition forces.
(AP, 5/28/10)(AP, 5/29/10)
2010 May 28, US Gen. Stanley
McChrystal, and other dignitaries officially launched the
construction of a rail link between northern Afghanistan and
2010 May 28, Mexican migrant
Anastasio Hernandez (42) was shocked by a Customs and Border
Protection agent at the San Ysidro border crossing between Tijuana
and San Diego. A US coroner later ruled his death a homicide. On
March 16, 2011, his family filed wrongful death lawsuit against the
federal government charging that Hernandez was beaten by immigration
agents before one of them fired a stun gun several times as he lie
on the ground.
(AP, 6/4/10)(AP, 6/8/10)(AP, 3/17/11)
2010 May 28, Australia said it
will challenge Japan's whale hunting in the Antarctic at the
International Court of Justice, a major legal escalation in its
campaign to ban the practice despite Tokyo's insistence on the right
to so-called scientific whaling.
2010 May 28, Stephen Griffiths
(40), a British criminology student, described himself as "the
crossbow cannibal" when he appeared in court to face charges that he
murdered three prostitutes in northern England.
2010 May 28, The UN, bowing to
pressure from Congo's President Joseph Kabila, agreed to withdraw up
to 2,000 peacekeeping troops and redefine the remaining force as a
"stabilization" mission in his nation to coincide with its 50th
anniversary of independence on June 30.
2010 May 28, In Ecuador strong
explosions rocked the Tungurahua volcano, prompting evacuations of
hundreds of people from nearby villages.
2010 May 28, In eastern India
suspected Maoist rebels derailed an overnight passenger train,
triggering a crash with an oncoming cargo train that killed 145
people near the small town of Sardiha, about 90 miles (150km) west
of Calcutta in West Bengal state.
(AP, 5/28/10)(Reuters, 5/29/10)(AP, 5/30/10)
2010 May 28, Indonesia said it
will impose a 2-year moratorium on large-scale clearance of
rainforests, effective as off January 2011, in return for $1 billion
grant from Norway to fund projects as part of the REDD plan (Reduced
Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation).
2010 May 28, In Iraq robbers
stole $5.5 million from a bank near the Iraqi city of Najaf after a
policeman drugged fellow bank guards by slipping sleeping medication
into their tea.
2010 May 28, The Israeli army
reopened a key highway to Palestinian traffic after the supreme
court ordered the lifting of a 10-year-old ban which had turned
Route 443 into an Israelis-only road.
2010 May 28, In Kingston,
Jamaica, the Coronation Market was gutted in an early morning blaze.
It stood next to the bullet-pocked complex of Tivoli Gardens, where
security forces have conducted a slum raid that left scores of
people dead in gun battles since May 24.
2010 May 28, Japan and
Washington agreed to keep a contentious US Marine base in Okinawa,
with PM Yukio Hatoyama highlighting the importance of the
Japanese-American security alliance amid rising tension on the
nearby Korean peninsula.
2010 May 28, Konstantin
Yaroshenko (41) was arrested in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, by US
agents for alleged drug smuggling, and then extradited to New York.
On July 21 the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the US of
"kidnapping" the Russian pilot.
2010 May 28, In southern Mexico
people in the Indian village of Zaragoza disarmed and seized about
20 police officers and demanded the cancellation of arrest warrants
that arose from a local land dispute in Guerrero state.
2010 May 28, Nepal's PM Madhav
Kumar agreed to resign after the former communist rebels supported
his proposal to extend the term of parliament so it can draft a new
constitution to end years of civil war and strife.
2010 May 28, In Northern
Ireland a man was shot dead on the Shankill Road in Belfast, a
staunchly Protestant area of Northern Ireland's capital. Gunman
walked up behind Bobby Moffett on a busy street, shot him once in
the torso, then twice more as he lay on the sidewalk. On Sep 15 a
panel of terrorism experts ruled that a Protestant militant group in
Northern Ireland, the Ulster Volunteer Force, killed Moffett and
broke its promise to renounce violence.
(AFP, 5/28/10)(AP, 9/15/10)
2010 May 28, In eastern
Pakistan suspected Islamist militants attacked two mosques packed
with hundreds of worshippers from a minority sect, holding hostages
and battling police. 93 people died, and dozens were wounded in the
worst attack ever against the Ahmadi sect.
(AP, 5/28/10)(AP, 5/29/10)
2010 May 28, Rwandan
authorities arrested Minnesota lawyer Peter Erlinder (62) over
allegations of denying the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 people
were slaughtered. Under a 2003 law, persons condemned for denying or
grossly minimizing genocide, attempting to justify genocide or
destroy evidence related to it are liable to a minimum of 10 years
and a maximum of 20 in prison. In April Erlinder filed a lawsuit in
the US alleging that current Rwandan President Paul Kagame ordered
the shooting down of a plane carrying then-leader Juvenal
Habyarimana, an event that triggered the bloodshed 16 years ago.
Erlinder was released on medical grounds on June 19 and returned
home on June 22. Erlinder said he has never denied there was a
genocide in Rwanda, but did dispute the conventional story line of
(Reuters, 5/28/10)(AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/20/10)(AP,
2010 May 28, In South Africa an
expert with the country's national parks said poachers killed a
record number of rhinos in South Africa last year and are already on
track to surpass that number again in 2010.
2010 May 28, A South Korean
couple were convicted of abandoning their newborn daughter, who
starved to death while they addictively played an online game
raising a virtual child.
2010 May 28, The Spanish city
of Lleida, population of 135,000, barred women from wearing
face-covering Islamic veils inside its municipal buildings.
2010 May 28, Sudan's autonomous
southern government announced, during a visit by UN relief chief
John Holmes, that it had earmarked $35 million (€28 million) to
fight food shortage.
2010 May 28, A Swiss man fined
for nude hiking won an appeal of the 100-franc ($87) penalty because
a court decided that the charge of "indecent behavior" did not
2011 May 28, The death toll
from the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, rose to 139. State
officials said 100 people were still missing.
2011 May 28, Lockheed Martin
confirmed that hackers had launched a "significant and tenacious"
cyber attack on May 21. Lockheed, a major defense contractor holding
highly sensitive information, said its secrets remained safe.
2011 May 28, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai traveled to neighboring Turkmenistan on a trip aimed at
drumming up regional support for his struggling nation's economic
2011 May 28, In Afghanistan the
top German commander was wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a
provincial governor's compound in the north of the country. Mohammed
Daoud Daoud, the police chief of northern Afghanistan, the
provincial police chief of Takhar and 3 German soldiers were among 7
people killed in the suicide bombing at the Takhar governor's
office. US Marines called in air support after their base in Nawzad
district came under attack from small arms fire. The provincial
administration said two civilian houses were targeted which killed
14 civilians. The dead included 5 girls, 7 boys and 2 women.
(AP, 5/28/11)(AFP, 5/29/11)(AP, 5/29/11)
2011 May 28, The Arab League
endorsed a Palestinian bid to seek recognition at the United Nations
of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. The announcement
came after an Arab ministerial meeting in Qatar.
2011 May 28, Thousands of
people turned out for Australia's first "SlutWalk," protesting for
women to be able to wear whatever they like without fear of being
sexually assaulted. SlutWalk began in Canada in April after a
Toronto police official said that "women should avoid dressing like
sluts in order not to be victimized."
2011 May 28, In Belarus
plainclothes officers and one in uniform burst into the office where
the round-table on police reform was being held. The seven activists
arrested included a Russian and three Ukrainians.
2011 May 28, Chinese police
sealed off parts of two county seats in Inner Mongolia for a second
day in what residents described as a kind of martial law after
protests triggered by the death of a Mongolian herder run over by a
Chinese truck driver.
2011 May 28, In central China
an explosion at a bus company killed an employee and injured at
least two others, days after a bombing spree in another city rattled
the country. A blast at a chemical plant in Zibo city, Shandong
province, killed three people and injured eight others. The plant
was owned by Shandong Baoyuan Chemical Co. Ltd.
(AP, 5/28/11)(AP, 5/29/11)
2011 May 28, An Egyptian
administrative court fined ousted President Hosni Mubarak and two
former officials 540 million Egyptian pounds ($91 million) for
cutting off mobile and internet services during protests in January.
Egypt charged former Information Minister Anas el-Fekky with
"deliberately causing financial harm" to the state-run Radio and
2011 May 28, Egypt lifted a
four-year-old blockade on the Gaza Strip's main link to the outside
world, bringing relief to the crowded territory's 1.5 million
Palestinians but deepening a rift with Israel since the ouster of
President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year.
2011 May 28, German government
officials said two more people have died of a bacterial outbreak
allegedly caused by contaminated Spanish cucumbers, bringing the
number of deaths to nine. Almost 300 people were sick with
haemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, in recent days. HUS is a rare
complication arising from an infection most commonly associated with
E. coli, a bacterium found in undercooked beef or contaminated food.
Almost a dozen people with HUS have been hospitalized in Sweden in
the past two weeks after travel to Germany. In Denmark, eight people
are hospitalized with E.coli infection that could be linked to the
outbreak. The E. coli was later identified as type O104:H4.
(AP, 5/28/11)(AP, 5/29/11)(Econ, 6/4/11, p.63)
2011 May 28, Former Honduras
President Manuel Zelaya returned from home exile bringing a nearly
two-year political crisis to an end and hope to one of the poorest
nations in the Americas.
2011 May 28, In India the Dalai
Lama signed amendments to the constitution of the Tibetan
government-in-exile giving up his position as political leader.
2011 May 28, A senior Iraqi
intelligence officer said security forces have arrested a Sunni
insurgent who confessed to involvement in attacks that killed 70
people, including nearly two dozen at a wedding in 2006.
2011 May 28, Japan and the EU
agreed at a summit meeting to begin negotiations on a free trade
agreement that would deepen economic ties between two of the world's
largest economies. As a bloc, the EU is the world's largest economy;
Japan is number four.
2011 May 28, Latvian President
Valdis Zatlers, in his final act in office, called for the
dissolution of the country's parliament after lawmakers blocked an
anti-corruption investigation against a prominent politician.
(AP, 5/28/11)(Econ, 7/30/11, p.49)
2011 May 28, NATO aircraft
destroyed the guard towers at Muammar Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli,
then staged a rare daytime air strike, heightening pressure on him
2011 May 28, Malta, a staunchly
Catholic Mediterranean island, voted in favor of introducing divorce
in a referendum. Malta was the last remaining European nation to ban
divorce. Some 95 percent of the 400,000 population calls itself
2011 May 28, North Korea freed
American Eddie Jun, who was held for a half year for reportedly
proselytizing, handing him to a US envoy who said Washington had not
promised to provide aid in exchange for the man's release.
2011 May 28, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber targeted pro-government tribal elders in the
northwestern frontier, killing eight men in the Bajur tribal region.
2011 May 28, In Poland US
President Barack Obama pledged close cooperation with Poland on
missile defense, the upgrading of its air defenses and in developing
shale gas and nuclear power to boost its energy security.
2011 May 28, Moscow police
arrested more than 30 people trying to hold two unauthorized
gay-rights demonstrations in the capital.
2011 May 28, South Sudan's vice
president flew to Khartoum on a mission to "ease tensions" over
Abyei, one week after northern troops overran the contested border
2011 May 28, Sudan’s Suna news
agency said Khartoum has ordered the official termination of the
UN's north-south peacekeeping mission on July 9, the date the south
is to declare full independence following a referendum.
2011 May 28, Syrian activists
called for renewed protests in honor of Hamza al-Khatib, a
13-year-old boy who allegedly was tortured and killed by security
2011 May 28, Yemen's government
and armed tribesmen seeking President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster
agreed to a temporary cease-fire to allow for negotiations after
five days of clashes that killed at least 124 people. The truce was
to expire in the evening. Three French aid workers, two women and
one man, were abducted while working for the Triangle Generation
Humanitaire. Men linked to an al-Qaida offshoot demanded $12 million
in ransom. The 3 aid workers were freed on Nov 13 after Oman and
Yemeni tribesmen negotiated their release.
(AP, 5/28/11)(AP, 7/27/11)(AP, 11/14/11)
2012 May 28, In NYC the
crippled law firm Dewey & Leboeuf LLP filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy protection and will seek approval to liquidate its
business after failing to find a merger partner, marking the biggest
collapse of a law firm in US history.
2012 May 28, In Virginia 2
small planes collided in midair near Warrenton. 2 people were killed
and another injured. Only one plane landed safely.
(SFC, 5/29/12, p.A6)
2012 May 28, In eastern
Afghanistan a helicopter crash killed two NATO service members. An
insurgent attack in the south killed a NATO service member. Gunmen
killed a member of the community council in southern Helmand
province's Sangin district. A roadside bomb killed seven people in
northeastern Baghlan province.
2012 May 28, Argentina
published a new rule saying anyone wanting to buy dollars for travel
must first prove their money was obtained legally, and provide the
tax agency with trip details including why, when and where they are
traveling. President Cristina Fernandez is cracking down to keep
hard currency from flowing out of Argentina, which needs the dollars
to maintain its central bank reserves and pay debts.
2012 May 28, Bahraini hunger
striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja ended his strike, 110 days after he
began refusing food. Human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, facing
three separate trials on charges including taking part in an illegal
gathering and writing tweets deemed insulting to the government, was
(AP, 5/28/12)(AFP, 5/28/12)
2012 May 28, In Bangladesh 9
journalists were wounded in Dhaka when at least 15 attackers
wielding machetes stormed Bdnews24.com, the country’s best-known
online media outlet, and began slashing staff.
2012 May 28, The Canadian
government announced that it will spend $17.5 million over the next
5 years to help prevent the Asian carp from invading the Great
Lakes. The fish have been migrating up the Mississippi River and its
tributaries for decades.
(SFC, 5/29/12, p.A6)
2012 May 28, Chinese state
media said former railways minister Liu Zhijun will face prosecution
for alleged corruption, following reports he took bribes of more
than 800 million yuan ($127 million). The ruling party's
disciplinary watchdog said it had expelled Liu Zhijun from the party
and handed his case to judicial authorities for handling.
2012 May 28, A confidential UN
report said Rwandan citizens have been recruited and trained to
fight in support of army mutineers in neighboring Democratic
Republic of Congo.
2012 May 28, Two Danish
brothers originally from Somalia were arrested on suspicion of
plotting a terror attack. The men were charged with receiving
training with the aim of committing an act of terror, in what were
the first known terror-trained suspects in Denmark.
2012 May 28, In Kenya a blast
ripped through shops in central Nairobi, killing one person and
wounding dozens in what PM Odinga called a "terrorist" attack
despite initial police reports of an accidental cause.
(AFP, 5/28/12)(AP, 5/31/12)
2012 May 28, Mali’s government
said some 50 people have been arrested in the investigation into the
attack on interim president Dioncounda Traore by protesters angry
over the transition deal. ECOWAS rejected the northern Mali rebel
declaration of independence and repeated an earlier threat to take
"all necessary measures" to keep Mali intact.
(AFP, 5/28/12)(AFP, 5/29/12)
2012 May 28, Mexico confirmed
that a drug cartel lieutenant has been detained following a series
of firebombing attacks on Mexican potato-chip company Sabritas, a
subsidiary of U.S. food giant PepsiCo. Five Sabritas warehouses and
vehicle lots were attacked May 25-26 in the Michoacan and Guanajuato
2012 May 28, In Myanmar India’s
PM Manmohan Singh with President Thein Sein in Naypyidaw and signed
12 agreements aimed at boosting trade and energy links and
contesting the influence of regional rival China.
2012 May 28, In Myanmar a
Buddhist woman (27) was raped and murdered. Three Muslim Rohingyas
were detained for the killing, which killing helped set off communal
violence in which more than 50 people died. On June 18 a court
sentenced two men to death. One of the three defendants in the case
had hanged himself while in custody.
2012 May 28, Nepal’s Maoist
party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal called for rival parties to join a
national unity government to take the country to fresh elections and
said he was open to a change of prime minister.
2012 May 28, In Nigeria an
employee of the Italian building and civil engineering firm Borini
Prono was abducted in Kwara State.
2012 May 28, The Peruvian
government declared a state of emergency in Espinar province after 8
days of protests over a proposed expansion of a copper mine that
left 2 residents dead.
(SFC, 5/30/12, p.A2)(AP, 5/31/12)
2012 May 28, In Qatar 19
foreigners died in a blaze at a shopping mall. 13 expatriate
children were among those killed in the fire at the Villagio Mall in
Doha's west end, including two-year-old triplets from New Zealand.
On June 20, 2013, five people were convicted over the fire and
sentenced to 6 years each.
(Reuters, 5/29/12)(AP, 6/20/13)
2012 May 28, Kaspersky Lab, a
Russian-based internet security firm, said a powerful computer
virus, dubbed “Flame," with unprecedented data-snatching
capabilities has attacked machines in Iran and elsewhere in the
2012 May 28, South Sudan said
Sudanese war planes and artillery have bombarded its territory for
the last 3 days on the eve of peace talks, as Southern officials set
off to attend African Union-led negotiations in Ethiopia.
2012 May 28, Syrian troops
shelled several neighborhoods of Hama over night killing at least 24
people. Special UN envoy Kofi Annan arrived in Damascus for talks
with Syrian President Bashar Assad and other senior officials.
2012 May 28, Taiwan local media
said Taiwan has for the first time deployed cruise missiles capable
of striking key military bases along the southeast coast of the
2012 May 28, In Yemen 5
militants of Al-Qaeda were killed when they were hit by a US drone.
5 other Al-Qaeda fighters and a civilian were killed in overnight
clashes as Yemeni troops inched closer to capturing the city of
Jaar, Abyan province.
2013 May 28, Walmart agreed to
pay $82 million after pleading guilty to criminal charges that the
company improperly dumped hazardous waste at stores across
(SFC, 5/29/13, p.E1)
2013 May 28, Colorado Gov. John
Hickenlooper signed into law legislation on how recreational
marijuana should be grown, sold and taxed.
(SFC, 5/29/13, p.A6)
2013 May 28, It was reported
that TrackingPoint, a startup tech company in Austin, Texas, has
started selling the most advanced long-distance rifle available on
the civilian market. Its laser and computer technology allowed a
user to hit moving targets 500 yards away.
(SFC, 5/28/13, p.D1)
2013 May 28, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb under a bridge hit a lawmaker's convoy north of Kabul,
killing five people.
2013 May 28, Ethiopia’s Deputy
PM Demeke Mekonnin told officials at a ceremony diverting Blue Nile
flow at the dam construction site that the Great Ethiopian
Renaissance Dam will provide hydroelectricity not only for Ethiopia
but also for neighboring countries.
2013 May 28, French defense
contractor Thales was reported to have won a 10-year contract worth
600 million pounds ($906 million) to service the British Royal
Navy's submarines and ships.
2013 May 28, The Conference on
Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said that some 56,000
Holocaust survivors in 46 countries will receive financial support
under an agreement with Germany for a 4-year period from 2014-2017.
(SFC, 5/29/13, p.A2)
2013 May 28, Germany's national
railway operator said it will soon be flying small drones over its
tracks, bridges and stations to keep a watchful eye out for vandals
2013 May 28, Volkswagen said it
has agreed with the IG Metall union on increases of 3.4% from Sept.
1 and 2.2% from July 1 of next year through February 2015. The
agreement covers 102,000 workers in six west German auto plants.
2013 May 28, The Greek
government says small protests are blocking streets in central
Athens at a rate of twice a day, and called on unions to help draw
up new guidelines to keep traffic running.
2013 May 28, Honduras' two
biggest and most dangerous street gangs declared an unprecedented
truce, offering peace in the world's most violent country in
exchange for rehabilitation and jobs.
2013 May 28, In Iraq a bomb
left on a Sadr City minibus killed at least 12 people and wounded 33
others. Back-to-back bombings in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad
killed 9 people and wounded 10. Blasts and shootings in Tarmiyah and
Mosul killed 7 people.
(AP, 5/28/13)(AP, 5/29/13)
2013 May 28, Israel's defense
minister signaled that his military is prepared to strike shipments
of advanced Russian weapons to Syria, in a rare implied threat to
2013 May 28, Kenya MPs
unanimously voted to remove a directive reducing their salaries and
then many walked out following the vote, even though there were
other important reports and motions to be discussed.
2013 May 28, In Lebanon gunmen
killed 3 soldiers in a drive-by shooting on a government checkpoint
near the Syrian border. Two rockets fired from Syria struck the
Lebanese town of Hermel, wounding several people.
2013 May 28, In Malaysia an
overloaded ferry capsized after hitting rocks in a remote river in
Borneo island, leaving 21 people missing and feared trapped inside
2013 May 28, In northeastern
Myanmar unrest began after Ne Win (48), a Muslim man, splashed
gasoline on a Buddhist woman and set her alight. On June 11 a court
sentenced Ne Win to 26 years in prison after he was convicted of
attempted murder, causing serious injury and possession and use of
(AP, 5/29/13)(AP, 6/12/13)
2013 May 28, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen shot dead a female polio worker and wounded another
on the outskirts of Peshawar.
2013 May 28, South Korea said
it has idled two nuclear power plants after finding that test
results for crucial control cables were falsified in a new blow to
an industry mired in a graft scandal and safety lapses. With the
shutdown of the Shin-Kori No. 2 and Shin-Wolsong No. 1 reactors to
replace cables, a total of 10 nuclear plants are now offline.
2013 May 28, A Tunisian court
convicted Amina Sboui, the Tunisian member of the Ukrainian feminist
group Femen, for carrying an "incendiary object" and fined her $182.
Her lawyers had argued that the 1894 statute on "incendiary objects"
should not apply to her can of pepper spray. She remained in custody
pending more serious charges.
2013 May 28, Ugandan police
arrested at least two activists and used tear gas to disperse others
protesting the government's seizure of the newspaper that published
an army general's letter about an alleged plot for the president's
son to succeed him.
2013 May 28, In Venezuela 2
officials from the US Embassy suffered gunshot wounds early today
during an altercation between themselves at a strip club in the
Chacao neighborhood Caracas.
2014 May 28, A US Veteran’s
Affairs watchdog reported systemic problems at the Phoenix VA
Hospital with waiting time for care for a first appointment
(SFC, 5/29/14, p.A7)
2014 May 28, In a TV interview
by NBC News Eric Snowden, described by the NSA as an information
technology contractor, said he was a trained spy who had worked
under assumed names overseas for the CIA and the National Security
(SFC, 5/29/14, p.A6)
2014 May 28, Apple confirmed
that it is buying Beats Electronics, a headphone and streaming music
service, for $3 billion.
(SFC, 5/29/14, p.C1)
2014 May 28, Google said it
would build 100 prototype driverless cars devoid of pedals, steering
wheels or controls save an on/off switch.
(Econ, 5/31/14, p.59)
2014 May 28 Maya Angelou
(b.1928), American poet, writer and civil rights activist, died. Her
1969 memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" was the first of her
(Econ, 6/7/14, p.98)
2014 May 28, In Afghanistan a
NATO soldier died in a helicopter crash in Kandahar province.
2014 May 28, In Central African
Republic gunmen sprayed bullets and hurled grenades at people
sheltering at the Our Lady of Fatima church in Bangui following a
battle between anti-balaka militia and residents of the nearby
Muslim neighborhood of PK5. At least 17 people were killed and 27
(Reuters, 5/29/14)(SFC, 5/29/14, p.A2)(Reuters,
2014 May 28, In eastern China
members of the "All-powerful spirit" religious cult beat a woman to
death at a McDonald's restaurant in Zhaoyuan. The attack was caught
on video and 6 members of the cult were soon arrested. Five members
of the Church of Almighty God, aka Eastern Lightning" went on trial
on Aug 21. In October two defendants were sentenced to death, a 3rd
to life in prison, and two other to seven and ten years in prison.
2014 May 28, Egyptian
authorities extended balloting for a third day as they scrambled to
rescue the country's presidential election from the embarrassment of
low voter turnout.
2014 May 28, France's highest
administrative court annulled the decree setting wind power feed-in
tariffs, marking the end of a complex legal procedure that has
stifled investment in the French onshore wind sector.
2014 May 28, French police
raided makeshift camps in the English Channel port of Calais,
clearing out ramshackle shelters that housed hundreds of illegal
migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Africa.
2014 May 28, In India villagers
found the bodies of two girls (14&15), who had gone missing the
previous day, hanging from a tree near Katra village in Uttar
Pradesh state. A group of men had raped and killed the two cousins,
then hung their bodies from a mango tree. On May 30 two police
officers were arrested and two more fired in the case. By May 31
three suspects were in custody and two remained missing.
(AP, 5/29/14)(AP, 5/31/14)
2014 May 28, Iranian media said
the country has recorded its first two cases of the MERS virus.
(SFC, 5/29/14, p.A2)
2014 May 28, In Iraq a suicide
car bomber struck a police checkpoint in Baghdad, killing at least 6
people in the deadliest in a series of attacks that left 14 people
2014 May 28, Israeli soldiers
raided the offices of a Palestinian newspaper in the West Bank city
of Ramallah, ordering them to stop printing publications by the
Islamist movement Hamas.
2014 May 28, In Jordan a man
(69) died after being infected with the Middle East Respiratory
Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. This brought to 6 the number of
fatalities in Jordan from MERS since it first emerged in 2012.
2014 May 28, Cardinal Bechara
Rai, head of Lebanon's largest group of Christians, the Maronite
Catholics, made two politically charged stops in his
precedent-setting pilgrimage to Israel.
2014 May 28, Libyan warplanes
bombed militia bases in Benghazi as part of a renegade former
general's campaign to purge the chaotic North African state of
2014 May 28, In Morocco more
than 1,000 would-be immigrants tried to forced their way over
razor-wire barriers into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla,
with about half succeeding. Around 2,000 have breached the 12-km.
barriers so far this year, up from just over 1,000 for the whole of
2014 May 28, A major faction of
the Pakistani Taliban announced it was splitting from the militant
outfit following bloody clashes with a rival group since March.
2014 May 28, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants, having received an unspecified amount of
ransom, freed businesswoman Sugar Diane Esperanza Buenviaje near the
Jolo airport in Sulu. Gunmen had seized Buenviaje, who owns a
construction supplies store on Mapun island in Tawi Tawi province,
near Sulu, in February and took her away in a motorboat.
2014 May 28, In the Philippines
6 members of the same family died after a fire struck a tent city
set up for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
2014 May 28, In Puerto Rico
dozens of employees with the Port Authority went on strike to
protest fiscal measures aimed at reducing government spending. The
protests come as Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla pushed to reduce
spending as the island entered its eighth year in recession and
battled a $73 billion public debt.
2014 May 28, In South Africa
constable Bonginkosi Makaula (33) spoke to his female partner at
Cape Town's international airport. He opened fire during an
altercation, injuring the woman and two employees in the airport
food court, and then shot and killed himself.
2014 May 28, In South Korea a
fire, believed set by a dementia patient (81), blazed through a ward
of Hyosarang Hospital for the elderly in Jangseong county and killed
22 people, mostly from smoke inhalation. On Nov 21 the dementia
patient (81) was convicted of arson and manslaughter and sentenced
to 20 years in prison.
(AP, 5/28/14)(AP, 11/21/14)
2014 May 28, In Spain 30 people
were arrested and 14 others hurt when police clashed with
stone-throwing youths in a third night of riots sparked by a squat
eviction in Barcelona.
2014 May 28, In Syria 21 people
died in a 2nd wave of barrel bomb strikes on the Mghayer district of
2014 May 28, Syrians abroad
voted early in an election that looks certain to give Pres. Bashar
al- Assad a 3rd seven-year term as president.
2014 May 28, Thailand's junta
appointed two retired generals with palace connections as advisers,
putting powerful establishment figures hostile towards former Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra firmly in the ascendant in the country's
long-running power struggle. The junta also freed leaders of the
"Red Shirt" movement allied to the civilian government ousted in a
recent coup, after holding them without charge for nearly a week.
2014 May 28, In southeast
Turkey Kurdish guerrillas shot dead a state-sponsored militia member
in the southeastern province of Mardin.
2014 May 28, In Tunisia gunmen
attacked the Kasserine home of Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou
while his family was inside, killing 4 of the policeman standing
2014 May 28, In Ukraine
pro-Russian militants conceded that militants from Chechnya had
joined their rebellion.
(SFC, 5/29/14, p.A2)
2014 May 28, Yemeni officials
said police have killed Al-Qaeda suspects Abdulkhaliq Mohammed
al-Kabsi and Yehya Mohammed Sanhu. They were allegedly involved in a
series of hit-and-run attacks against security personnel in Sanaa.
2014 May 28, Zimbabwe's cabinet
ordered that a controversial equity law which forces foreign
companies to cede a majority shareholding to local investors be
8113 May 28, A time capsule
called the "Crypt of Civilization," planted in 1940 by Oglethorpe
Univ. in Atlanta, Georgia, was scheduled to be opened. Souvenir
medals were sold in 1940 for $1 granting holders free admittance to
the opening. Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, the "father of the modern time
capsule," and president of Oglethorpe, calculated this date from the
first fixed date in history, 4241 B.C. when most historians believe
the Egyptian calendar was established. Exactly 6177 years had passed
between 4241 B.C. and 1936 A.D., when Dr. Jacobs 1st proposed the
project. He projected the same period of time forward from 1936,
arriving at the year 8113 A.D. for the Crypt's opening.
1/2/00, p.D4)(WSJ, 1/5/05, p.B1)