Today in History - May 28

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585BC    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.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1156        May 28, Battle at Brindisi: King William of Sicily beat a Byzantine fleet.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1349        May 28, 60 Jews were murdered in Breslau, Silesia.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1357        May 28, Afonso IV (66), King of Portugal (1325-57), died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1371        May 28, John, the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, warrior, was born in Burgundy, France.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1521        May 28, Willem van Croij (~62), duke of Soria, died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1533        May 28, England's Archbishop declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.
    (AP, 5/28/97)

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.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1650        May 28, Gilles Hayne (59), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

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).
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1685        May 28, Pieter de la Court (~67), economist, historian, died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1731        May 28, All Hebrew books in Papal State were confiscated.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1738        May 28, Dr. Joseph Ignace Guillotine, French inventor of the guillotine, was born.
    (HN, 5/28/98)

1742        May 28, 1st indoor swimming pool opened at Goodman's Fields, London.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1779        May 28, Thomas Moore, Irish poet, was born.
    (HN, 5/28/01)

1787        May 28, Johann Georg Leopold Mozart (67), Austrian composer, died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1791        May 28, Joseph Schmitt (57), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1805        May 28, Napoleon was crowned in Milan, Italy. [see May 26]
    (HN, 5/28/98)
1805        May 28, Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini (62), Italian composer, cellist (Minuet), died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1807        May 28, Jean Louis Agassiz (d.1873), Swiss naturalist and educator, was born.  He wrote a succession of papers [1840] 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.
    (HN, 5/28/99)

1830        May 28, The US Congress authorized Indian removal from all states to the western prairie.
    (HN, 5/28/98)

1833        May 28, Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner (74), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1843        May 28, Noah Webster (84), lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1845        May 28, A fire in Quebec Canada destroyed 1,500 houses.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1849        May 28, Anne Bronte, novelist, died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1859        May 28, The French army launched a flanking attack on the Austrian army in Northern France.
    (HN, 5/28/00)

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.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.260)(HN, 5/28/98)

1884        May 28, Edvard Benes, premier, president of Czechoslovakia (1921-22, 35-48), was born.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

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 baseball teams.
    (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.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1900        May 28, Britain annexed the Orange Free State in South Africa.
    (HN, 5/28/98)

1901        May 28, Laws against phosphor matches were enacted.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

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.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

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).
    (HN, 5/28/98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chitty_Chitty_Bang_Bang)(AP, 5/28/08)

1910        May 28, T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist and singer, was born.
    (HN, 5/28/01)

1912        May 28, Patrick White, Australian writer (The Tree of Man, The Eye of the Storm), was born.
    (HN, 5/28/01)

1915        May 28, John B. Gruelle patented the Raggedy Ann doll.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1916        May 28, Walker Percy, writer (The Moviegoer, Love in the Ruins), was born in Birmingham, Ala.
    (HN, 5/28/01)(MC, 5/28/02)

1917        May 28, "Papa" John Creach, violinist, was born.
    (MC, 5/28/02)
1917        May 28, Barry Commoner, biologist (Science & Survival), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1918        May 28, Herb Shriner, radio humorist, was born.
    (HN, 5/28/01)
1918        May 28, Tatars declared Azerbaijan, in Russian Caucasus, independent.
    (HN, 5/28/98)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/08)

1919        May 28, May Swenson, poet, was born.
    (HN, 5/28/01)
1919        May 28, The Armenian National Council declared the independence of Armenia under the leadership of Aram Manukian. [see Dec 2, 1918]
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Republic_of_Armenia)

1923        May 28, US Attorney General said it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere.
    (MC, 5/28/02)
1923        May 28, US unemployment was nearly ended.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1926        May 28, The US Customs Court was created by congress.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1929        May 28, The first all-color talking picture, "On with the Show," opened in New York.
    (AP, 5/28/99)

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 light buckshot.
    (SSFC, 5/24/09, DB p.39)

1936        May 28, Fred Chappell, poet and novelist, was born.
    (HN, 5/28/01)

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.
    (AP, 5/28/97)
1937        May 28, Alfred Adler (67), Austria psychiatrist (Individual Psychology), died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1938        May 28, Hindemith's opera "Mathis der Maler," premiered in Zurich.
    (MC, 5/28/02)
1938        May 28, The foundation for Tel Aviv harbor was laid.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1940        May 28, Maeve Binchy, Irish writer (Circle of Friends, The Copper Beach), was born.
    (HN, 5/28/01)
1940        May 28, Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 5/28/02)
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.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1942        May 28, Jean F. van Royen, German secretary PTT (camp Amersfoort), died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1944        May 28, Katri Vala (42), Finnish poet, died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

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.
    (http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/special/joyce.html)

1946        May 28, Madeleine Le Roux, Broadway actress (Cry Uncle), was born in Wyoming.
    (MC, 5/28/02)
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.
    (AH, 2/03, p.52)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_Nuclear_Propulsion)

1947        May 28, Faith Brown, impressionist, was born.
    (MC, 5/28/02)
1947        May 28, Sondra Locke, actress (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter), was born in Shelbyville, Tenn.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1949        May 28, Sue Holderness, actress (Marlene-Only Fools & Horses, Sandbaggers), was born.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1953        May 28, Arto Lindsay, rocker, actor (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan), was born.
    (www.nndb.com/people/787/000041664/)
1953        May 28, "Melody," the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiered.
    (HN, 5/28/98)

1954        May 28, George E. Mahlberg, Astrophysicist, Mt Palomar, Mt Wilson CA (1974-78), was born.
    (MC, 5/28/02)
1954        May 28, Achille Longo (54), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1956        May 28, Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer, was born.
    (MC, 5/28/02)
1956        May 28, Pres. Eisenhower signed the Agriculture Act which embodied the "soil bank" plan to reduce surpluses.
    (EWH, 1968, p.1210)
1956        May 28, France in a treaty with India renounced sovereignty over 4 territories held for 140 years.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/28/97)

1958        May 28, Mikulas Schneider-Trvavsky (77), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1959        May 28, Johnson & Bart's musical "Lock up your daughters," premiered in London.
    (MC, 5/28/02)
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.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

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 Francisco.
    (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 public.
    (WSJ, 8/1/07, p.B6)(www.scripophily.net/dowjocoinde.html)
1963        May 28, Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin (60), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1964        May 28, Palestine National Congress formed the PLO in Jerusalem.
    (MC, 5/28/02)
1964        May 28, John Finley Williamson (76), conductor (Westminster Choir), died.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1967        May 28, Francis Chichester (1901-1972), English aviator and sailor, arrived home at Plymouth from a round-the-world, one man sailboat trip.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Chichester)

1968        May 28, Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy beat Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in the Democratic primary in Oregon.
    (http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/15_newsroom_mccarthytimeline/)

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 “Nightmare" (1956).
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0931525/)

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 Roanoke, Va.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audie_Murphy)

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.
    (http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/museum)
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 (1937).
    (AP, 5/28/97)(www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/edward_viii_king.shtml)

1973        May 28, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt (b.1900), German composer and conductor, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Schmidt-Isserstedt)

1974        May 28, "Magic Show" opened at Cort Theater in NYC for 1859 performances.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=3468)
1974        May 28, In the 26th Emmy Awards: MASH, Alan Alda & Mary Tyler Moore won.
    (http://tviv.org/Primetime_Emmy_Awards)

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, 4/13/05, p.A3)

1977        May 28, 165 people were killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky.
    (AP, 5/28/97)

1982        May 28, Pope John Paul II became the 1st Pontiff to visit Britain.
    (www.popejohnpaulii.org.uk/)

1983        May 28, In Peru 15 peasants were murdered by soldiers near the village of Totos. A witness pointed out their graves in 2004.
    (AP, 5/29/04)

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.
    (AP, 5/28/97)

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 defenses.
    (AP, 5/28/97)
1987        May 28, Charles Ludlum (b.1943), actor and playwright, died. His work included "The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful" (1984).
    (WSJ, 10/13/98, p.A20)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0524893/)

1988        May 28, Melvin J. Oliver (b.1910), US jazz composer (Sy Oliver), orchestra leader, died in NYC.
    (http://nfo.net/usa/o2.html)(http://tinyurl.com/q4uva)
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."
    (AP, 5/28/98)

1989        May 28, Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil won the Indianapolis 500 auto race.
    (AP, 5/28/99)

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 mass destruction."
    (AP, 5/28/00)

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.
    (AP, 5/28/01)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/01)

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 veto-proof majority.
    (AP, 5/28/97)
1992        May 28, The United States offered $9 million in aid to victims of the fighting in former Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 5/28/97)

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.
    (AP, 5/28/98)
1993        May 28, Eritrea became a member of the United Nations.
    (http://www.un.org/en/members/index.shtml)

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.
    (AP, 5/28/99)

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 information.
    (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 their helicopter.
    (AP, 5/28/00)
1995        May 28, An earthquake with a magnitude of seven-point-five devastated the Russian town of Neftegorsk, killing at least 2,000 people.
    (AP, 5/28/00)

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 Kenneth Starr.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, A1)(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A3)
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 government.
    (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 reforms.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/28/98)
1997        May 28, In Denver, Timothy McVeigh's attorneys rested their case in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
    (AP, 5/28/98)
1997        May 28, Kurt Adler (b.1905), therapist, writer, died.
    (http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/hstein/kurt-90.htm)
1997        May 28, John Sengstacke (84), publisher of the Chicago Defender, died.
    (http://tinyurl.com/cgwbf)
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 desert sun.
    (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 killing.
    (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 age 118.
    (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 bombing.
    (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 patrols.
    (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, 5/28/99)

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 with India.
    (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 Pres. Kabila.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/28/01)
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 misdealings.
    (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 Mall.
    (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 transport.
    (WSJ, 5/29/01, p.A1)
2001        May 28, U.S. Rep. Joseph Moakley, D-Mass., died at age 74.
    (AP, 5/28/02)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/03)
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 Carolyn Keene.
    (WSJ, 5/31/02, p.A13)(AP, 5/28/03)(http://tinyurl.com/e39rt)
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 taxpayers.
    (SFC, 5/29/03, p.A4)(www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/05/20030528-9.html)
2003        May 28, Actress Martha Scott (90) died in Southern California.
    (AP, 5/28/04)
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."
    (AP, 5/28/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/30/03)
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.
    (AP, 5/29/03)
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 China.
    (AP, 5/29/03)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/03)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/03)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/28/03)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/03)

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 later.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/28/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/30/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/04)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/04)
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 one American.
    (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 scandal.
    (Reuters, 5/27/05)
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 significant gains.
    (AP, 5/28/05)
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 inter-religious fighting.
    (AP, 5/28/05)
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 weapons.
    (AP, 5/28/05)
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.
    (AP, 7/11/05)   
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.
    (AP, 5/28/05)

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.
    (AP, 5/28/07)
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" parade.
    (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 Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/06)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/06)
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 Iraq.
    (AP, 5/28/06)
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 open-air market.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
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 visited Auschwitz.
    (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.
    (AFP, 5/28/06)
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.
    (AP, 5/29/06)

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.
    (AFP, 5/28/07)
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 Encounter.
    (SFC, 5/31/07, 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.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/07)
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 levels.
    (AP, 5/28/07)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/28/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
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 province.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/28/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/07)
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 eight.
    (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, p.A1)
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.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/08)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/08)
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 to Washington.
    (AP, 5/29/08)
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 child.
    (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.
    (AFP, 5/28/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/08)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/08)
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 Oslo, Norway.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/28/08)
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.
    (AFP, 5/29/08)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/08)
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 investment fund.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/29/08)
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.
    (AFP, 5/29/08)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/08)
2008        May 28, Turkey's state-run media said soldiers killed two Kurdish rebels during a clash near the border with Iran.
    (AP, 5/28/08)
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.
    (WSJ, 6/4/08, p.A17)(www.venezuelanalysis.com/news/3505)

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 forests.
    (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 Washington, DC.
    (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 Armstrong (38).
    (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.
    (AP, 5/28/09)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/09)
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 least 20.
    (AP, 5/28/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/29/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/29/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/29/09)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/09)
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 businessman.
    (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.
    (AFP, 5/28/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/09)
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 Sudan's government.
    (AFP, 5/28/09)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/09)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/09)

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.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/31/10)
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 Constitution.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, Gary Coleman (b.1968), the child star from television show "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1986), died in Provo, Utah.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
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 neighboring Uzbekistan.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, In Ecuador strong explosions rocked the Tungurahua volcano, prompting evacuations of hundreds of people from nearby villages.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
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).
    (http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0527-hance_moratorium.html)(Econ, 10/30/10, p.44)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 7/21/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
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 what happened.
    (Reuters, 5/28/10)(AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/20/10)(AP, 6/22/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
2010        May 28, The Spanish city of Lleida, population of 135,000, barred women from wearing face-covering Islamic veils inside its municipal buildings.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)
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 apply.
    (AP, 5/28/10)

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.
    (AP, 5/29/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/29/11)
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 future.
    (AP, 5/28/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/29/11)
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."
    (AFP, 5/29/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/11)
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 Television Union.
    (Reuters, 5/28/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/29/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/11)
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 to quit.
    (Reuters, 5/28/11)
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 Roman Catholic.
    (AP, 5/29/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/11)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/11)   
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.
    (Reuters, 5/28/11)
2011        May 28, Moscow police arrested more than 30 people trying to hold two unauthorized gay-rights demonstrations in the capital.
    (AP, 5/28/11)
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 region.
    (AFP, 5/28/11)
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.
    (AFP, 5/29/11)
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 forces.
    (AP, 5/28/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/12)
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 granted bail.
    (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.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/29/12)
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 states.
    (AP, 5/28/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 6/19/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
2012        May 28, In Nigeria an employee of the Italian building and civil engineering firm Borini Prono was abducted in Kwara State.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)
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 Middle East.
    (AP, 5/29/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/12)
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 Chinese mainland.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)

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 California.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/28/13)
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 spraying graffiti.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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 Moscow.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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 the vessel.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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 illegal drugs.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/13)

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 averaging 115-days.
    (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 Agency.
    (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 seven memoirs.
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.98)
2014        May 28, In Afghanistan a NATO soldier died in a helicopter crash in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
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 abducted.
    (Reuters, 5/29/14)(SFC, 5/29/14, p.A2)(Reuters, 5/30/14)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/o575hgg)(Econ, 8/30/14, p.40)(AFP, 10/11/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
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 dead.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
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.
    (AFP, 6/1/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
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 Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
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 2013.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
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.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
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.
    (AFP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 28, In Syria 21 people died in a 2nd wave of barrel bomb strikes on the Mghayer district of Aleppo.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, In southeast Turkey Kurdish guerrillas shot dead a state-sponsored militia member in the southeastern province of Mardin.
    (Reuters, 5/29/14)
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 guard.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
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.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
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 amended.
    (AP, 5/29/14)

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.
    (www.oglethorpe.edu/about_us/crypt_of_civilization/international_time_capsule_society.asp)(SFEC, 1/2/00, p.D4)(WSJ, 1/5/05, p.B1)

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