Today in History - May 29

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 Saint's day of Theodosia, martyred in 729 in Constantinople.
 (Ot, 1993, p.1)

526        May 29, Antioch, Turkey, was struck by an earthquake and about 250,000 died. [see May 20]
    (AM, 11/00, p.69)(SC, 5/29/02)

757        May 29, St. Paul I (d.767) began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (PTA, 1980, p.188)(SC, 5/29/02)

1138        May 29, Anti-Pope Victor IV (Gregorio) overthrew self for Innocentius II.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1176        May 29, Lombard League defeated Frederick Barbarossa at Battle of Legnano.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1453        May 29, Constantinople fell to Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire. The fall of the eastern Roman Empire, Byzantium, to the Ottoman Turks was led by Mehmed II. Emperor Constantine XI Dragases (49), the 95th ruler to sit on the throne of Constantine, was killed. The city of Constantinople fell from Christian rule and was renamed Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia was turned into a mosque. Spice prices soared in Europe. Nicolo Barbaro wrote his "Diary of the Siege of Constantinople." Manuel Chrysophes, court musician to Constantine XI, wrote a threnody for the fall of Constantinople. In 2005 Roger Crowley authored “1453 The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West."
    (NH, 9/96, p.22)(Sky, 4/97, p.53)(SFC, 7/27/98, p.A8)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R49)(ON, 10/00, p.12)(Ot, 1993, p.6)(WSJ, 1/2/02, p.A15)(SSFC, 8/14/05, p.F4)
1453        May 29, French banker Jacques Coeurs had his possessions confiscated.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1500        May 29, Bartholomeu Diaz de Narvaez (Novaez), Portuguese sea explorer, drowned.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1544        May 29, Jacobus Latomus [Jasques Masson] (~68), Belgian inquisitor, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1546        May 29, Cardinal Beaton, English archbishop of St. Andrews, was murdered.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1576        May 29, Spanish army under Mondragón conquered the Zierik sea.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1593        May 29, John Penry English congressionalist, was executed.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1627        May 29, Anne of Orléans, duchess of Montpensier (Grand Mademoiselle), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1629        May 29, Arnold Baert (~74) Flemish lawyer, member of Great Council, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1630        May 29, Charles Stuart (d.1685), later Charles II, king of England (1660 to 1685), was born. He was the son of Charles I. Charles II was restored to the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth. Charles made a deal with George Monck, a general of the New Model Army, and with the old parliamentary foes of his father. The British experiment with republicanism came to an end with the restoration of Charles II.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.218)(WUD, 1994, p.249)(SFC, 5/25/96, p.A12)(WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A20)(HN, 5/29/98)(WSJ, 2/28/00, p.A36)
1630        May 29, Gov. John Winthrop began his "History of New England."
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1652        May 29, English Admiral Robert Blake drove out the Dutch fleet under Lieutenant-Admiral Tromp.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1660        May 29, Charles II (30), who had fled to France, was restored to the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth. Charles made a deal with George Monck, a general of the New Model Army, and with the old parliamentary foes of his father. The British experiment with republicanism came to an end with the restoration of Charles II.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.218)(WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A20)(WSJ, 2/28/00, p.A36)(ON, 8/12, p.5)    
1660        May 29, Gyorgy Rakosi II prince of Transylvania, died in battle.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1660        May 29, Peter Scriverius (44), lawyer, historian, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1673        May 29, Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, lawyer, president of High Council, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1680        May 29, Abraham Megerle (73), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1691        May 29, Cornelis Tromp (61), Admiral-General, son of Maarten Tromp, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1692        May 29, Royal Hospital Founders Day was 1st celebrated.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1692        May 29, Battle at La Hogue: An English & Dutch fleet beat France.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1716        May 29, Louis J.M. Daubenton, French zoologist, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)   

1721        May 29, South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony.
    (HN, 5/29/98)

1730        May 29, William Jackson, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1731        May 29, Orazio Mei composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1736        May 29, Patrick Henry (d.1799), American Colonial patriot, orator and governor of Virginia, was born. He was a slave-owner and justified the fact by saying: “I am driven along by the general inconvenience of living here without them." He later said "Give me liberty or give me death."
    (SFC,12/897, p.A27)(HN, 5/29/01)

1741        May 29, Johann Gottfried Krebs, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1750        May 29, Giuseppe Porsile (70), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1753        May 29, Joseph Haydn’s "Krumme Teufel" premiered.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1765        May 29, Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses. It was during this speech that Henry supposedly responded to cries of "Treason!" by declaring, "If this be treason, make the most of it," according to an 1817 biography of Henry by William Wirt, who wrote that he had confirmed the quote with former President Thomas Jefferson.
    (AP, 5/29/08)

1787        May 29, The "Virginia Plan" was proposed.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1788        May 29, Jacques Aliamet (61), French etcher, engraver, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1790        May 29, Rhode Island became the last of the 13 original colonies to ratify the United States Constitution. They held out for an amendment securing religious freedom. The state was largely founded by Baptists fleeing persecution in Massachusetts.
    (SFC, 6/24/96, p.A19)(AP, 5/29/97)(HN, 5/29/98)

1791        May 29, Pietro Romani, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1810        May 29, Erasmus Darwin Keyes (d.1895), Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1810        May 29, Solomon Meredith (d.1875), Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1814        May 29, Empress Josephine (1804-14), first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, died. She maintained grand roses at Malmaison, where there were an estimated 250 varieties.
    (TGR, 1995, p.2)(SC, 5/29/02)

1815        May 29, Cornelis de Gijselaar (64), politician, patriot, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1824        May 29, Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, Major General (Confederate Army), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1825        May 29, David Bell Birney (d.1864), Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1826        May 29, Ebenezer Butterick, inventor (tissue paper dress pattern), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1827        May 29, Reuben Lindsay Walker (d.1890), Brigadier General (Confederate Army), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1829        May 29, Humphrey Davy (84), scientist, inventor (Miner's safety lamp), died at age 50. In 1963 Anne Treneer authored “The Mercurial Chemist: A Life of Sir Humphrey Davy."
    (ON, 12/01, p.7)(SC, 5/29/02)

1833        May 29, William Marshall (84), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1837        May 29, Luca Fumagalli, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1837        May 29, Alexander F. de Savornin Lohmann, Dutch minister, party leader (CHU), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1840        May 29, Hans Makart, Austrian painter (Plague in Florenz), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1843        May 29, Emile Pessard, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1846        May 29, Albert Gyorgy, earl Apponyi, Hungarian minister of Education, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1848        May 29, Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.
    (AP, 5/29/97)(HN, 5/29/98)
1848        May 29, The Californian newspaper complained that everybody in the state was under the spell of gold fever and announced suspension of publication because the staff was heading out to participate. The Californian and the California Star were based in SF.
    (SFEC, 1/11/98, DB p.40)(SFEC, 6/21/98, Z1 p.1)(PI, 8/8/98, p.5)
1848        May 29, Battle at Curtazone: Austrians beat Sardinia-Piemonte.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1849        May 29, A patent for lifting vessels was granted to Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln said: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, & some of the people some of time, but you can't fool all of the people all of time"
    (HN, 5/29/98)(SC, 5/29/02)

1852        May 29, Jindrich z Albestu Kaan, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1860        May 29, Isaac [Manuel F] Albéniz, Spanish pianist, composer (Iberia), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1861        May 29, Dorothea Dix offered to help set up hospitals for Union Army.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1862        May 29, Confederate General P.T. Beauregard retreated to Tupelo, Mississippi. He had taken command of the Trans-Mississippi area after the death of General Albert Sidney Johnson.
    (HN, 5/29/99)
1862        May 29, Franciszek Wincenty Mirecki (71), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1864        May 29, A.H. Borgesius, Dutch amateur astronomer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1864        May 29, Mexican Emperor Maximilian arrived at Vera Cruz.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1865        May 29, Amnesty for the Confederates was granted.
    (HFA, '96, p.30)

1866        May 29, US Gen'l. Winfield Scott (79) died at West Point, New York. Union General Winfield Scott was the originator of the military strategy known as the "Anaconda Plan." Scott's plan for defeating the Confederacy featured a naval blockade of the South designed to slowly "strangle" the fledgling country. The Union did impose such a blockade, but by 1861 Scott was considered too old to lead the federal armies and he retired that November. Although a Virginian born on June 13, 1786, Scott-popularly called "Old Fuss and Feathers"-remained loyal to the Union and its army he commanded when war broke out.
    (HNQ, 2/19/99)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winfield_Scott)

1868        May 29, Frederic baron d'Erlanger, French composer, banker, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1869        May 29, Philippe Vandermaelen (73), Flemish cartographer, publisher, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1874        May 29, G.K. Chesterton (d.1936), English poet-essayist, was born. "Every man is dangerous who only cares for one thing."
    (AP, 8/4/99)(HN, 5/29/01)
1874        May 29, The present constitution of Switzerland took effect.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1877        May 29, John Lothrop Motley (63), (History of United Netherlands), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1880        May 29, Oswald Spengler, German philosopher of history, was born. He maintained that every culture grows, matures and decays. He wrote the book "The Decline of the West."
    (HN, 5/29/99)

1881        May 29, Frederik Septimus Kelly, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1883        May 29, William Beatton Moonie, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1883        May 29, Albrecht of Prussia (73), mistress of John van Rossum, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1883        May 29, WFLC Marianne princess of Orange-Nassau, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1884        May 29, 1st steam cable trams started in Highgate.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1885        May 29, Erwin F. Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1885        May 29, Alfred von Meissner (63), Austrian physician, writer (Ziska), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1889        May 29, August Strindberg's "Hemsoborna" premiered in Copenhagen.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1890        May 29, Francis de Bourguignon, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1892        May 29, Alfonsina Storni, Argentine poet (La inquietud del rosal), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1892        May 29, Baha'u'llah [Mirza HA Noeri], Persian founder of Baha’i faith, died at 74.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1894        May 29, Bea Lillie, comic actress, was born.
    (HN, 5/29/01)
1894        May 29, Josef von Sternberg, film director (Blue Angel), was born.
    (HN, 5/29/01)

1896        May 29, George L. Funke, botanist (Flower Physiology), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1897        May 29, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, movie composer (Violanta), was born in Brno, Austria.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1897        May 29, Ignace Lilien, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1899        May 29, Frantz Jehin-Prume (60), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1900        May 29, Trademark "Escalator" was registered by Otis Elevator Co.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1902        May 29, Dutch State Mine law formed.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1903        May 29, Bob Hope (d.2003), US comedian, was born as Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, England.
    (SFC, 5/28/97, p.D5)(AP, 5/29/05)

1904        May 29, Robert Knox, bacteriologist, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1905        May 29, Fela Sowande, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1905        May 29, Jan [Johannes] Teulings, Dutch actor, director (That Joyous Eve), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1905        May 29, There was a pogrom against Jewish community in Brisk, Lithuania.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1905        May 29, Leon Francis Victor Caron (55), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1906        May 29, Hans Joachim Schaeuble, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1906        May 29, Terence Hanbury White (T.H. White), novelist (The Sword in the Stone, England Have My Bones), was born in Bombay, India.
    (HN, 5/29/01)(SC, 5/29/02)

1907        May 29, Desmond Shawe-Taylor, critic, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1909        May 29, Neil R[onald] Jones, US sci-fi author (Space War, Twin Worlds), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1910        May 29, Pope's encyclical on Editae Saepe was against church reformers.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1910        May 29, Mili Alexeyevich Balakirev (73), Russian composer (Islamej), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1911        May 29, The first running of the Indianapolis 500. Ray Harroun won at 74.59 mph (120 kph). [see May 30]
    (HN, 5/29/98)(SC, 5/29/02)
1911         May 29, In SF the amusement park known as "The Chutes," located on Fillmore Street, burned down. The fire originated in the Chutes restaurant and destroyed 13 stores in the Chutes building. All the animals in the “Happy Family House" as well as the donkeys and ponies in the Chutes stable were killed. There would not be another amusement park in San Francisco for over 20 years, until Chutes-at-the-Beach opened at Ocean Beach in the mid-1920s, changing its name to Playland-at-the-Beach by 1928 and lasting until 1972. The shoot-the-chutes attraction was torn down in January 1950.
    (AJSF, Vol. 14. No. 2, Winter, 2003)(SSFC, 5/29/11, DB p.46)
1911        May 29, William Schwenck Gilbert (74), writer (Gilbert & Sullivan), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1912        May 29, John Hanlo, Dutch poet (Go to the Mosque), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1912        May 29, Curtis Publishing fired 15 young women for dancing the "Turkey Trot" during their lunch break.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1913        May 29, Iris Adrian, actress (Blue Hawaii, Bluebeard), was born in Los Angeles, CA.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1913        May 29, The premier of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) by Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky in Paris caused rioting in the theater. The orchestra was led by Pierre Monteux and décor was by Nikolai Roerich.
    (SFEC, 8/10/97, p.B9)(HN, 5/29/01)(WSJ, 12/8/04, p.D12)

1914        May 29, The Canadian ship Empress of Ireland sank while enroute to Quebec City to Liverpool after colliding with the Norwegian coal freighter Storstad. 1,012 (1,024) of the 1,500 passengers and crew were killed. The site of the tragedy was proclaimed a protected historic and archeological site by Quebec in 1999.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.D3)(SC, 5/29/02)

1915        May 29, Igor Buketoff, conductor (Iceland Symphony 1964-65), was born in Hartford, CT.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1916        May 29, Official flag of president of United States was adopted.
    (HN, 5/29/98)
1916        May 29, U.S. forces invaded the Dominican Republic and stayed until 1924. [see May 5&15, 1916]
    (HN, 5/29/98)

1917        May 29, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States (1961-1963), was born at 83 Beals St. in Brookline, Mass. He was assassinated in his first term.
    (AP, 5/29/97)(HN, 5/29/99)(SSFC, 9/8/02, p.C12)

1918        May 29, Herb Shriner, humorist, TV host (Herb Shriner Show), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1918        May 29, Isabel Dean, actress (5 Days one Summer, Virgin Island, Ransom), was born in England.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1919        May 29, A solar eclipse occurred that was photographed by two British expeditions, one in Africa and the other in Sobral, Brazil. Arthur Eddington, British astronomer, confirmed Einstein’s prediction of the deflection of light from Principe, a Portuguese island off the Atlantic coast of Africa. In 1980 Harry Colling and Trevor Pinch published "The Golem," an account of the expedition. The play “Rose Tattoo" by Tennessee (Thomas Lanier) Williams was originally titled “The Eclipse of May 29, 1919."
    (SFC, 10/12/96, p.E3)(www.bun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~suchii/Edd.on1919.html)
1919        May 29, Charles P. Strite of Minnesota filed for a patent for a pop-up toaster. His US patent: 1,394,450 was issued October 18, 1921.
    (www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/toaster.htm)

1921        May 29, James Clifton, actor (Live & Let Die), was born in Spokane, WA.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1921        May 29, Clifton James, actor (Buster & Billie, David & Lisa), was born in NYC.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1922        May 29, The US Supreme Court ruled that organized baseball is a sport, not subject to antitrust laws.
    (HN, 5/29/98)
1922        May 29, Ecuador became independent.
    (HN, 5/29/98)
1922        May 29, Iannis Xenakis, Greek mathematician, architect and composer, was born in Romania. In 2004 James Harley authored “Xenakis: His Life in Music."
    (SSFC, 7/25/04, p.M4)
1922        May 29, Jevgeni B. Vachtangov (39), Armenian-Russian actor, director, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1923        May 29, Adolf Oberländer German painter, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1924        May 29, Pierre-Paul Cambon French diplomat (Madrid/London), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1926        May 29, Charles Denner, actor (And Now My Love), was born in Tarnow, Poland.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1927        May 29, Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist, writer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1928        May 29, Fritz von Opel reached 200 kph in an experimental rocket car. [see Sep 30, 1929]
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1932        May 29, Paul Erlich, environmental scientist, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1932        May 29, World War I veterans began arriving in Washington to demand cash bonuses they weren’t scheduled to receive for another 13 years. 17,000 veterans marched on Washington demanding cash for their bonus certificates. They were led by Walter Waters, a former sergeant from Portland, Ore.    
    (TMC, 1994, p.1932)(AP, 5/29/97)(WSJ, 11/7/05, p.B1)

1934        May 29, Eugenie Besserer (65), actress (Anna Christie, Madame X), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1934        May 29, Heihachiro Tojo, Japanese Admiral (Russian-Japanese War), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1935        May 29, The California Pacific Exposition opened in San Diego. Organizers of the San Diego Exposition thought that a horny robot and a vanguard of big-breasted nudist women might help cheer people up. Thus came "Zorine the Queen of the Nudists and Alpha the mechanical Man."
    (http://tinyurl.com/73qsnob)(SSFC, 4/15/12, p.42)(http://tinyurl.com/2dcavp)
1935        May 29, André P. Brink, South African writer (Dry White Season), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1935        May 29, Denis J. Worrall, South African politician/leader (DP), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1935        May 29, Hague local museum opened.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1935        May 29, Josef Suk (61) Czech violinist composer, died at 61.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1936        May 29, Arlene McQuade, actress (Rosalie-Goldbergs), was born in NYC.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1937        May 29, Peter Kolman, composer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1939        May 29, Nanette Newman, writer, actress (Endless Game, Of Human Bondage), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1940        May 29, Germans captured Ostend and Ypres in Belgium and Lille in France.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1940        May 29, The German air force launched massive attacks on the harbor at Dunkirk. A British destroyer and 6 of the biggest merchant ships in the harbor were sunk.
    (ON, 8/12, p.4)
1940        May 29, Arthur Seyss-Inquart was installed as Reich Commissioner of Hague, Netherlands.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1941        May 29, Roy Crewsdon, rocker (Freddie & The Dreamers), was born in Manchester.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1942        May 29, Kevin Conway, actor (Flash Point, Cage of Angels), was born in NYC.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1942        May 29, The movie "Yankee Doodle Dandy," starring James Cagney, premiered at a war-bonds benefit in New York.
    (AP, 5/29/99)
1942        May 29, Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" in Los Angeles for Decca Records.
    (AP, 5/29/98)
1942        May 29, Actor John Barrymore died in Hollywood at age 60.
    (HN, 5/29/00)(AP, 5/29/01)
1942        May 29, The German Army completed its encirclement of the Kharkov region of the Soviet Union. The Red Army had lost over 250,000 men including many prisoners.
    (HN, 5/29/99)

1943        May 29, Norman Rockwell’s portrait of "Rosie the Riveter" appeared on the cover of "The Saturday Evening Post." Rockwell’s model was Mary Doyle Keefe (19) of Arlington, Vermont (d.2015). In 2002 the painting sold at auction for $4,959,500.
    (AP, 5/29/97)(SFC, 4/24/15, p.D4)
1943        May 29, Churchill, Marshall and Eisenhower met in the Confederacy of Algiers.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1943        May 29, Meat and cheese began to be rationed in US.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1943        May 29, Hermann Hans Wetzler (72), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1944        May 29, Helmut Berger, actor (Ash Wednesday, Damned, Picture of Dorian Gray), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1944        May 29, British troops occupied Aprilia, Italy.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1945        May 29, US 1st Marine division conquered Shuri-castle in Okinawa.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1945        May 29, Dutch police arrested and imprisoned Hans van Meegeren (1889-1947) for collaborating with the enemy. His name had been traced to a sale made during the second world war of what was then believed to be an authentic Vermeer to Nazi Field-Marshal Hermann Goering. On July 12, in order to prove his innocence, Meegeren revealed that he had forged the painting.
    (WSJ, 10/14/06, p.P10)(ON, 12/07, p.12)

1946        May 29, Robin Johnson, actress (Times Square), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1946        May 29, KVP won the Provincial National elections in Netherlands.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1948        May 29, Michael Berkley, composer, broadcaster, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1948        May 29, Anthony Geary, actor (Luke/Bill-General Hospital), was born in Coalville, UT.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1948        May 29, Linda Esther Gray, opera singer, was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1948        May 29, May Whitty (82), actress (Gaslight, Mrs. Miniver, Suspicion), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1949        May 29, Gary Brooker, rock keyboardist (Procol Harum), was born in Essex, England.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1949        May 29, Francis Rossi, guitarist, vocalist (Status Quo-Down Down, Picture of a Matchstick Man), was born in London, England.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1949        May 29, Candid Camera, TV comedy Variety, moved to NBC.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1950        May 29, Rebbie [Maureen] Jackson, singer (R U Tuff Enuff), was born in Gary, IN.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1951        May 29, C. F. Blair became the 1st man to fly over the North Pole flight in single engine plane.
    (HN, 5/29/98)
1951        May 29, Fanny Brice (59), Ziegfeld Girl (Baby Snooks Show), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1951        May 29, Josef Bohuslav Foerster (91), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1951        May 29, Robert Kahn (85), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1951        May 29, Dimitrios Levidis (66), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1952        May 29, Louise Cooper, sci-fi author (Nemesis, Inferno, Infanta, Nocturne), was born in UK.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1952        May 29, A 2nd Round Conference between Dutch Antilles and Suriname ended.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1953        May 29, Danny Elfman, composer (Simpson Show Theme), was born in Los Angeles, CA.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1953        May 29, Rick Henderson, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around), was born in Beaumont, TX.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1953        May 29, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, became the first climbers to reach the summit. The expedition was led by John Hunt (d.1998 at 88). Tenzing Norgay later authored the autobiography “Man of Everest."
    (AP, 5/29/97)(SFEC, 6/1/97, p.T5)(HN, 5/29/98)(SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A23)(WSJ, 6/4/01, p.A20)

1954        May 29, Pope Pius XII, born as Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Pacelli (1876-1958), canonized Pope Pius X, born as Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto (1835-1914). It was the first canonization of a Pope since 1712.
     (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_canonized_by_Pope_Pius_XII)

1955        May 29, Jerry Dengler, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around), was born in Colorado Springs, CO.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1955        May 29, John Hinckley Jr., attempted assassin of President Reagan, was born.
    (HN, 5/29/98)
1955        May 29, Mike Porcaro, rock bassist (Toto-Roseanna, Africa), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1955        May 29, Jordan government of Tewfik Abdul Huda resigned.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1956        May 29, Larry Blackmon, rocker (Cameo-Alligator Woman), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1956        May 29, LaToya Yvette Jackson, singer (posed in Playboy, Millipede), was born in Gary, IN.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1956        May 29, Greg R, rocker (Bad), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1956        May 29, Arnold Schönberg's "Modern Psalm" premiered.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1956        May 29, Hermann Abendroth (73) German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1957        May 29, British-born Hollywood director James Whale ("Frankenstein") was found dead in his swimming pool, a suicide; he was 67.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
1957        May 29, Algerian rebels killed 336 collaborators.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1957        May 29, Laos Government of prince Suvanna Phuma resigned.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1957        May 29, George Bacovia [Vasiliu] Romanian poet, composer (Plumb), died at 75.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1958        May 29, Annette Bening, actress (American Beauty, Grifters, Bugsy, Valmont), was born in Topeka, KS.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1958        May 29, Juan Ramón Jimenez (76), Spanish poet (Nobel 1956), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1959        May 29, Rupert Everett, actor (My Best Friend's Wedding, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Next Best Thing), was born in Norfolk, England.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1959        May 29, Mel Gaynor, rock drummer (Simple Minds-Water Front), was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1959        May 29, Tamayo Otsuki, actress (Mrs. Yamagami-Davis Rules), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1959        May 29, Charles de Gaulle formed a French Government.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1960        May 29, Adrian Paul, actor (Dance to Win, Highlander), was born in London, England.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1960        May 29, Everly Brothers "Cathy's Clown" hit #1.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1961        May 29, Melissa Etheridge, US singer, songwriter, guitarist (Never Enough), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1961        May 29, David Palmer, heavy metal drummer (ABC, AC/DC), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1961        May 29, Uuno Kalervo Klami (60), composer, died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1963        May 29, Lisa Whelchel, actress (Blair-Facts of Life, Mickey Mouse Club), was born in Fort Worth, TX.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1967        May 29, Pope Paul VI named 27 new cardinals, including Karol Wojtyla, archbishop of Krakow, who later became Pope John Paul II.
    (SSFC, 4/3/05, p.A13)
1967        May 29, Geronimo Baqueiro Foster (b.1898), Mexican musicologist and composer, died.
    (www.dolmetsch.com/cdefsb.htm)

1968        May 29, Pres. Johnson signed the Truth in Lending Act into law.
    (http://altlaw.org/v1/cases/552046)
1968        May 29, UN resolved sanctions on white-minority-ruled Rhodesia.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1969        May 29, Britain's Trans-Arctic expedition made the 1st crossing of Arctic Sea ice. Roy Koerner (1932-2008), more commonly known as Fritz, was one of the four members of Sir Wally Herbert’s British Transarctic Expedition which, on April 6, 1969, stood at the North Pole.
    (www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article1929131.ece)

1970        May 29, John Gunther (b.1901), American journalist and author, died.
    (www.hwwilson.com/Print/14gunther.html)
1970        May 29, Eva Hesse, artist (34), died in NYC. She is one of 3 artists covered by Anne Middleton Wagner in “Three Artists (Three Women): Modernism in the Art of Hesse, Krasner and O’Keefe."
    (HFA, '96, p.42)(SFC, 5/12/96, p.T-7)(SSFC, 2/3/02, p.D3)
1970        May 29, In Sri Lanka Sirimavo Bandaranaike began serving as the country’s 9th prime minister for a 2nd term and continued to 1977. His first term as the 7th PM of Ceylon was from 1960-1965.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirimavo_Bandaranaike)

1971        May 29, Max Trapp (b.1887), German composer, died in Berlin (other sources say he died May 31).
    (www.musicorb.com/search.php?day=All&month=All&year=1971&e=1&b=1&d=1&start=0)

1973        May 29, Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, defeating incumbent Sam Yorty.
    (AP, 5/29/97)
1973        May 29, Columbia Records fired president Clive Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in funds. Davis went on to start Arista records.
    (http://tinyurl.com/5959o4)
1973        May 29, Eric Applewhite (b.1896), entertainer, died in Miami. He portrayed the inspector in the film "Dial M for Murder.
    (http://tinyurl.com/5phzym)(http://tinyurl.com/5q59jo)

1974        May 29, President Nixon agreed to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.
    (HN, 5/29/98)
1974        May 29, Northern Ireland was brought under direct rule from Westminster.
    (www.uhb.fr/langues/cei/nicons74.htm)

1975        May 29, Melanie Janine Brown "Scary Spice", British vocalist (Spice Girls), was born in Leeds.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanie_Brown)

1977        May 29, Danny Gerard, TV and film actor, was born in Mount Vernon, NY.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0313944/)
1977        May 29, Janet Guthrie (b.1938) became the 1st woman to drive in the Indianapolis 500. Her autobiography, "Janet Guthrie: A Life at Full Throttle," was published in 2005.
    (www.janetguthrie.com/biofr.htm)(www.nascar.com/2002/kyn/women/02/02/Guthrie/)
1977        May 29, The NBC 24 hour News & Information Service ended on radio.
    (http://pdxradio.net/feedback/messages/995/2265.html?1096520101)
1977        May 29, USSR performed a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan, Semipalitinsk, USSR.
    (www.iss.niiit.ru/ksenia/catal_nt/3_8.htm)
1977        May 29, Goddard Lieberson (b.1911), composer and president of Columbia Records (1956-1971), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goddard_Lieberson)

1978        May 29, The US Postal Service issued the first alphabet stamp, the A stamp, when the first-class rate went from 13 to 15 cents, after being 13¢ for 3 years. The series ended with the H stamp in 1999 with rates up to 33 cents.
    (SFC, 4/20/00, p.A7)(http://alphabetilately.com/G.html)(www.akdart.com/postrate.html)
1978        May 29, The USSR performed a nuclear test at Semipalatinsk in Eastern Kazakhstan.
    (www.iss.niiit.ru/ksenia/catal_nt/3_8.htm)

1979        May 29, US District Judge John Wood (b.1916) was assassinated in San Antonio as he was about to preside in a drug conspiracy trial against Jimmy Chagra. Joe Chagra (1946-1996), Jimmy’s brother, conspired in the killing and served as a prosecution witness against Charles V. Harrelson. Joe served 6 1/2 of 10 years. Charles Harrelson (d.2007) was convicted of the murder. Prosecutors said a drug dealer facing trial had hired Harrelson to kill the judge, who was known for giving maximum sentences. In 1985 Harrelson’s son Woody began an acting career with a role in “Cheers."
    (SFC, 12/11/96, p.A24)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_H._Wood,_Jr.)(SFC, 3/21/07, p.B7)
1979        May 29, Mary Pickford (b.1892), silent film star, died a wealthy recluse. Her life is documented in the 1997 book: "Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood" by Eileen Whitfield. She was married for 42 years to Buddy Rogers (d.1999).
    (www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/pickford/timeline/timeline2.html)(SFC, 4/22/99, p.D2)
1979        May 29, Bishop Abel Muzorewa was sworn in as the first black PM of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia - the name given to the country in the brief period before full independence.
    (www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/this_day_in_history/this_day_May_29.php)

1980        May 29, In NYC "Billy Bishop Goes to War" opened at the Morosco Theater for 12 performances.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=3957)
1980        May 29, J. Turners 1836 painting "Juliet & Her Nurse" sold for $6,400,000 in NYC.
    (www.abebooks.fr/search/sortby/3/kn/+A+Picture+history+british+painting)
1980        May 29, Larry Bird beat out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year.
    (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/1998/bird/timeline/index.html)
1980        May 29, In Fort Wayne, Indiana, there was an attempted assassination of Vernon Jordan Jr., National Urban League president. in 1996 an acquitted sniper told a newspaper that he did shoot and wound Vernon Jordan, then president of the Urban League, outside an Indiana hotel in 1980.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon_Jordan,_Jr.)(WSJ, 4/9/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 11/21/01, p.A12)

1982        May 29, Romy Schneider (b.1938), Austrian-born actress, died in Paris of cardiac arrest. Her many films included “The Cardinal" (1963).
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0002769/)

1984        May 29, Eric Morecambe (b.1926), British comedian (Morecambe & Wise), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Morecambe)

1985        May 29, At Heysel Stadium rioting erupted between British and Italian spectators at the European Cup soccer final in Brussels, Belgium. 39 people were killed when rioting broke out and a wall separating British and Italian soccer fans collapsed. This led to a 5-year ban on English clubs playing on the Continent.
    (SFEC, 6/11/00, p.A28)(AP, 5/29/08)
1985        May 29, Madge West (b.1892) American TV actress (Grandma-McLean Stevenson Show), died.
    (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0922212/)

1987        May 29, A jury in Los Angeles found "Twilight Zone" movie director John Landis and four associates innocent of involuntary manslaughter in the movie-set deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two children.
    (AP, 5/29/97)

1988        May 29, President Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union as he arrived in Moscow for a superpower summit with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
    (AP, 5/29/98)
1988        May 29, Pakistan Pres. Zia ul-Haq fired government and disbanded the parliament.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1989        May 29, The first Weedstock Festival, a pro-marijuana event, was held on Memorial Day in Wisconsin. Steve Wessing worked the event as a stage manager.
    (SFC, 5/27/97, p.A12)(www.facebook.com/groups/460746184020328/)
1989        May 29, John Cipollina (45), lead guitarist with the Quicksilver Messenger Service rock group, died in Marin, Ca. of complications from respiratory problems.
    (SSFC, 5/25/14, DB p.42)
1989        May 29, Student protesters in Tiananmen Square China constructed a replica of the Statue of Liberty.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1989        May 29, Bowing to public demand, the Supreme Soviet allowed Boris N. Yeltsin to take a seat in the standing legislature.
    (AP, 5/29/99)

1990        May 29, Dow Jones average hits a record 2,870.49.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1990        May 29, Boris N. Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic in the third round of balloting by the Russian parliament. This gave him a base from which to attack Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev.
    (AP, 5/29/97)(HN, 5/29/99)
1990        May 29, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev visited Canada en route to his Washington summit with President Bush.
    (AP, 5/29/00)
1990        May 29, Northern Peru was struck by an earthquake that claimed as many as 200 lives.
    (www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/OCHA-64C3R8?OpenDocument)

1991        May 29, "Les Miserables" opened at ACTEA Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1991        May 29, President Bush, addressing the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, unveiled a plan to curb “unnecessary and destabilizing weapons" in the Middle East.
    (AP, 5/29/01)
1991        May 29, Coral Browne (77) Australian actress, (Dreamchild, Ruling Class), died of cancer.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0114982/)

1992        May 29, Undeclared presidential candidate Ross Perot held a rally in Orlando, Fla., that was carried by two-way television satellite to five other states.
    (AP, 5/29/97)
1992        May 29, Bill Beyers (37), actor (Capitol), died of AIDS.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0079964/)
1992        May 29, Peter John "Ollie" Halsall (43), English born guitarist, died of a heart attack in Spain.
    (www.philbrodieband.com/muso_ollie_halsall.htm)
1992        May 29, Pippa Steele (44), German born actress (Vampire Lovers), died of cancer in London.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0824448/)

1993        May 29, President Clinton tapped Republican David Gergen to assume responsibility for White House communications and press operations.
    (AP, 5/29/98)
1993        May 29, In Solingen, Germany, five Turks, including three young girls, were killed in a firebombing blamed on right-wing extremists. Five Turks died in an arson attack that was blamed on neo-Nazis and led to large demonstrations. The events were documented in essays by Jane Kramer collected in 1996 in “The Politics of Memory: Looking for Germany in the New Germany."
    (SFEC, 10/20/96, BR, p.5)(AP, 5/29/98)

1994        May 29, "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" closed at Minskoff Theater in NYC after 223 performances.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.asp?id=4581)
1994        May 29, "Picnic" closed at Criterion Theater in NYC after 45 performances.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=4603)
1994        May 29, Khallid Abdul Muhammad, a former spokesman for the Nation of Islam, was shot and wounded after delivering a speech at the University of California, Riverside; a defrocked Nation of Islam minister, James Edward Bess, was charged. Bess was later convicted of attempted murder and assault and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 5/29/04)
1994        May 29, A great comet iceball was seen above the North Sea.
    (www.imo.net/bib/auth_n.html)
1994        May 29, Hungary's Socialist Party won parliamentary election. Socialist Prime Minister Gyula Horn was elected to lead the Socialist-Free Democrat coalition. The coalition slashed the communist welfare state and solidified free-market democracy.
    (SFC, 5/25/98, p.A10)(SC, 5/29/02)
1994        May 29, Jose Bohr (b.1901), actor (El Traidor, Sueno de Amor), died.
    (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=7064&mod=bio)
1994        May 29, Joseph Janni (b.1916), Italian-born producer, died in London, UK.
    (www.a2zpeople.com/j/jo/joseph+janni.asp)
1994        May 29, Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson (b.1933), drummer, died.
    (http://nfo.net/calendar/apr28.htm)
1994        May 29, Harry Levin (b.1912), literary Scholar, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Levin)
1994        May 29, Erich Honecker (81), former East German leader (1971-89), died of liver cancer in Chile.
    (AP, 5/29/99) (SFC, 8/26/97, p.A17)

1995        May 29, The last three bodies entombed in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City were recovered.
    (AP, 5/29/00)
1995        May 29, Margaret Chase Smith (97), the first woman to serve in both the House and the Senate (R-ME), died in Skowhegan, Maine.
    (AP, 5/29/00)(SC, 5/29/02)

1996        May 29, The United Farm Workers signed a contract with a major lettuce producer. A minimum of 6.62/hr will be paid rising to 7.23/hr in 5 years.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.C1)
1996        May 29, The Endeavor space shuttle landed after a 10-day mission. It went be overhauled for a space-station assembly mission in 1997.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A5)
1996        May 29, Jeremy Sinden (45), actor (Chariots of Fire, Ascendancy, Harem), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1996        May 29, A 15-year-old Honduran girl spoke of sweatshop conditions under South Korean owners in the production of clothing for the Kathie Lee Gifford line for Wal-Mart. The National Labor Committee accused marketers such as Eddie Bauer, J. Crew, and K-Mart of selling clothes made by underage Honduran workers.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A5)
1996        May 29, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar became the new PM of Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A10)
1996        May 29, Chechen rebel commander Aslan Maskhadov sent a radio message to his forces to refrain from attacks on Russian soldiers. A power sharing plan defines Chechnya as a sovereign state within the Russian Federation, giving it control over its finances and resources.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A8)
1996        May 29, Israelis voted for the first time to choose a prime minister directly. The Nat’l. Religious Party went from 6 to 10 seats in parliament, the Shas, a strictly Orthodox party of Sephardic Jews, also went from 6 to 10 seats. The United Torah Judaism, an ardently Orthodox party of Ashkenazic Jews retained its 4 seats. Benjamin Netanyahu, Likud party leader, won the Prime Ministership over Prime Minister Shimon Peres in a very close election.
    (WSJ, 5/24/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/30/96, p.A8)(AP, 5/29/01)
1996        May 29, Hundreds of Tutsis crossed into Rwanda fleeing the fighting in Zaire. Thousands of displaced Tutsis are behind them in the Masisi and Rutshuru regions of northeastern Zaire.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A9)
1996        May 29, In Papua New Guinea the 500 Bahinemo people and the several hundred Bitara people were faced with the decision over whether to allow logging in their 2,300 sq. mls of primeval woodland.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, p.A8)
1996        May 29, The army chief of Sri Lanka offered a general amnesty to more than 20,000 deserters and announced plans to recruit another 10,000 soldiers. He wants to bolster the army of 100,000 to finish the 12-year war with Tamil separatists.
    (WSJ, 5/30/96, p.A1)

1997        May 29, In closing arguments, Timothy McVeigh's attorney urged jurors not to be swayed by sympathy for the Oklahoma City bombing victims, after a prosecutor delivered a wrenching summation that portrayed McVeigh as a terrorist who killed children in the warped belief he was a patriot.
    (AP, 5/29/98)
1997        May 29, George Fenneman (77), announcer (You Bet Your Life), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1997        May 29, In Algeria armed men attacked a home in Djebabra and slit the throats of 6 men and 2 women.
    (SFC, 5/30/97, p.A16)
1997        May 29, In Angola troops overran the northern part of the country held by the former Unita movement.
    (WSJ, 5/30/97, p.A1)
1997        May 29, In China authorities executed 8 Muslim separatists in Xinjiang.
    (SFC, 5/30/97, p.16)
1997        May 29, In Peru the congressional majority of Pres. Fujimori fired 3 constitutional court judges who had ruled against his bid for a 3rd consecutive term.
    (SFC, 6/17/97, p.D1)
1997        May 29, Spanish scientists announced a new human species in 780,000 year old fossil.
    (www.anomalous-images.com/news/news049.html)

1998        May 29, It was reported that 54% of adult Americans are overweight and that 22% are obese.
    (WSJ, 5/29/98, p.A1)
1998        May 29, It was reported that a salmonella strain impervious to 5 antibiotics was rampant in Britain. Chickens were reported sold in Minnesota that were contaminated with campylobacter resistant to a powerful antibiotic. The high use of antibiotics by farmers was adding to the problem of an increasing number of drug-resistant germs.
    (SFC, 5/29/98, p.A8)
1998        May 29, In Colorado three men shot and killed police officer Dale Claxton of Cortez when he stopped them in a suspected stolen water truck.
    (SFC, 6/9/98, p.A6)
1998        May 29, Barry Goldwater (b.1909), former Senator from Arizona, died in Paradise Valley, Ariz. In 2008 John W. Dean and Barry Goldwater Jr. authored “Pure Goldwater."
    (SFC, 5/30/98, p.A1)(AP, 5/29/99)(WSJ, 5/2/08, p.A13)
1998        May 29, Two activists were killed by the Nigerian Mobile Police on Chevron’s Parabe oil production platform. The police were flown in on Chevron helicopters following 4 days of protests. In 2009 a federal judge upheld a San Francisco jury’s verdict that cleared Chevron of wrongdoing in the shootings.
    (SFC, 11/19/98, p.A8,9)(SFC, 3/5/09, p.C1)
1998        May 29, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic imposed large licensing fees on radio and TV stations and denied permits to dozens of opposition broadcasters. Control of the autonomous state universities was also undertaken.
    (SFC, 5/30/98, p.A3)
1998        May 29, In Kosovo a Serb policeman was killed and another wounded in the Decani region. A 3-day Serb offensive began that left over 60 ethnic Albanians dead in Vranoc and other villages in the area.
    (SFC, 5/30/98, p.A11)(SFC, 7/16/98, p.A10)
1998        May 29, In Russia Pres. Yeltsin ordered a crackdown on tax delinquents. He fired Alexander Pochinok, head of the tax service, and replaced him with former finance minister Boris Fyodorov (40).
    (SFC, 5/30/98, p.A10)
1998        May 29, From Sierra Leone it was reported that defeated rebels were conducting a campaign of terror in the countryside and that hundreds have been killed since the rebels were driven from the cities in March.
    (WSJ, 5/29/98, p.A1)

1999        May 29, It was reported that the US Defense Dept. had ordered 9,000 Purple Hearts from Graco Industries near Houston to "replenish its supply."
    (SFC, 5/29/99, p.A12)
1999        May 29, The space shuttle “Discovery" completed the first-ever docking with the international space station.
    (AP, 5/29/00)
1999        May 29, In Austria a multiple vehicle collision set off a 15-hour fire in the Tauern Tunnel and at least 12 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)   
1999        May 29, In Nigeria Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo became the first civilian president in 15 years, ending a string of military regimes. He suspended contracts awarded by his predecessor. In the oil region 56 people were killed in ethnic unrest.
    (WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 5/30/99, p.A17)(WSJ, 6/1/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/29/00)
1999        May 29, In Slovakia Rudolf Schuster was elected president in a runoff election against Vladimir Meciar, the authoritarian former prime minister.
    (WSJ, 6/1/99, p.A1)

2000        May 29, President Clinton left Washington for a weeklong European tour.
    (AP, 5/29/01)
2000        May 29, The US State Dept. called the vote in Peru invalid.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A12)
2000        May 29, The space shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral in the early morning dark after a successful overhaul of the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A3)
2000        May 29, In Eritrea Ethiopian planes launched air raids on a military airstrip near Asmara as their foreign ministers prepared for talks in Algeria.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A1)
2000        May 29, In Fiji Commodore Frank Bainimarama seized power to restore order following the coup. Pres. Mara stepped down from power and retired to Lau.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A12)(Econ, 4/24/04, p.88)
2000        May 29, In Indonesia former pres. Suharto was put under house arrest pending a trial for corruption and abuse of power. However, Suharto’s trial on corruption charges was abandoned because of health concerns. In North Moluku at least 44 people were killed in an armed raid on a mostly Christian village on Halmahera Island. The attackers were believed to be members of the Lasker Jihad from a neighboring island.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A12)(SFC, 5/31/00, p.A11)(AP, 5/29/01)
2000        May 29, North Korean leader Kim Jong il began a 3-day to China and met with Pres. Jiang Zemin and the ruling Communist Party’s inner circle. He received promises of free food and other material assistance. Kim Jong Il had not visited China since 1983.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.A16)(Econ, 7/2/11, p.36)
2000        May 29, In Zimbabwe Thadeus Rukuni, a candidate for the Movement for Democratic Change, was beaten to death in Bikita.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.A18)

2001        May 29, Pres. Bush met with Gov. Davis in Los Angeles. Bush ruled out federal price controls and Davis said he would sue to impose controls.
    (SFC, 5/30/01, p.A1)(AP, 5/29/02)
2001        May 29, The Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in tournaments.
    (AP, 5/29/02)
2001        May 29, Four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted in New York of a global conspiracy to murder Americans, including the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people.
    (SFC, 5/30/01, p.A1)(AP, 5/29/02)
2001        May 29, Intel unveiled its new 64-bit processor, the Itanium, previously known under the code name Merced. A 2nd generation of the chip, code-named McKinley, was planned for 2002. The project was a joint venture with HP.
    (WSJ, 5/29/01, p.A1)(Econ, 2/28/04, p.63)
2001        May 29, The US National Marine Fisheries Service declared the California coast white abalone an endangered species.
    (SFC, 5/30/01, p.A3)
2001        May 29, In Israel and the West Bank 3 Palestinians and 3 Israelis were killed.
    (SFC, 5/30/01, p.A10)(WSJ, 5/30/01, p.A1)
2001        May 29, In Macedonia key leaders agreed to set aside a dispute over a joint declaration signed by ethnic Albanian politicians and a guerrilla leader that did not require an immediate stop to fighting.
    (SFC, 5/30/01, p.A10)
2001        May 29, In Mexico City Jesus Ignacio Carrola Gutierrez, a former director of the judicial police, was found slain execution-style with his 2 brothers. Carrola had resigned in 1997 under pressure of alleged links to drug traffickers and human rights abuses by police under his command.
    (SFC, 5/30/01, p.A12)
2001        May 29, Pakistan accepted India’s offer for peace talks on Kashmir.
    (WSJ, 5/30/01, p.A1)
2001        May 29, The Ukraine Parliament confirmed Anatoly Kinakh as prime minister.
    (SFC, 5/30/01, p.A12)

2002        May 29, Pres. Bush moved to prevent oil drilling off the Florida coast and in the Everglades. Payments of $115 and $120 million would be made to buy back drilling rights. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said it was good public policy.
    (SFC, 5/30/02, p.A3)
2002        May 29, FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged that the bureau did not pursue “red flags" in the weeks before Sep 11, and suggested for the first time that investigators might have uncovered the plot if they had been more diligent about pursuing leads. A reorganization plan for the bureau was announced with a focus on terrorist attacks.
    (SFC, 5/30/02, p.A1)(AP, 5/29/03)
2002        May 29, The US offered a reward for as much as $5 million for the capture of Abu Sayyaf leaders in the Philippines.
    (SFC, 5/30/02, p.A10)
2002        May 29, In Britain PM Tony Blair appointed Paul Boateng (50), as the nation's 1st black Cabinet Minister and named him deputy treasury secretary.
    (SFC, 5/30/02, p.A12)
2002        May 29, The EU upgraded Russia to the status of a full market economy.
    (SFC, 5/30/02, p.A8)
2002        May 29, In India 4 bomb blasts in and around Ahmadabad in Gujarat state injured at least 39 people.
    (SFC, 5/29/02, p.A16)(SFC, 5/30/02, p.A12)
2002        May 29, In Kashmir cross-border shelling killed at least 23 people and wounded 17.
    (WSJ, 5/30/02, p.A1)
2002        May 29, Libya denied that it had any relationship to the deal made by lawyers to pay $2.7 billion to the families of Pan Am Flight 103 victims. The move was seen as a ploy and a settlement was expected soon.
    (SFC, 5/30/02, p.A10)
2002        May 29, Oxana Fedorova of Russia was crowned as the 51st Miss Universe.
    (SFC, 5/30/02, p.A2)(AP, 5/29/07)
2002        May 29, In Zambia Pres. Levy Mwanawasa declared a national food crises with 4 million people facing starvation due to drought.
    (WSJ, 5/31/02, p.A1)

2003        May 29, President Bush, in a wide-ranging interview with reporters at the White House, repeated his defense of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, and hinted that relations with France remained scarred over its opposition to the war.
    (AP, 5/29/04)
2003        May 29, AOL Time Warner and Microsoft announced a settlement in their battle over Internet browsers, with the software giant paying AOL $750 million.
    (AP, 5/29/04)
2003        May 29, Scientists reported the discovery of a "master gene" in stem cells.
    (SFC, 5/30/03, p.A5)
2003        May 29, The BBC, aired a radio piece by journalist Andrew Gilligan quoting an anonymous official accusing the government of inflating claims about Iraqi weapons. David Kelly was later identified as the source and committed suicide Jul 17.
    (AP, 7/23/03)(Econ, 1/31/04, p.54)
2003        May 29, US forces in Iraq numbered some 200,000. An extended stay was expected.
    (SFC, 5/29/03, p.A12)
2003        May 29, Tropical Storm Linfa moved northeast of the Philippines toward Japan on Thursday after leaving at least 25 people dead and more than 8,000 displaced following five days of heavy rains and flooding.
    (AP, 5/29/03)

2004        May 29, A new WW II memorial was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington DC.
    (SFC, 5/28/04, p.A1)
2004        May 29, Archibald Cox (92), fired by Pres. Nixon for his efforts in the Watergate investigation, died in Maine.
    (AP, 5/30/04)
2004        May 29, Samuel Dash (79), chief Senate counsel during the Watergate hearings, died in Washington DC.
    (SSFC, 5/30/04, p.B7)
2004        May 29, In southern Afghanistan 4 members of the American special forces were killed in action in Zabul province, a stronghold of Taliban militants.
    (AP, 5/29/04)
2004        May 29, Taliban guerrillas riding in a fleet of vehicles shot up a government office in southern Afghanistan, killing four Afghan soldiers.
    (AP, 5/30/04)
2004        May 29, In Brazil Inmates rioted at the Benfica detention center in a northern Rio district, seizing guns and taking guards hostage after 14 inmates broke out in a mass escape.
    (AP, 5/29/04)
2004        May 29, Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a U.N. military observer in eastern Congo and a second was reported missing. About 10,800 U.N. troops are deployed in Congo, monitoring the peace deal and helping the government regain control of the country. Elections are scheduled for June 2005.
    (AP, 5/29/04)
2004        May 29, In Iran the Gov. Masoud Emami of Qazvin province was killed along with 7 others when their helicopter crashed while surveying earthquake damage.
    (SSFC, 5/30/04, p.A14)
2004        May 29, A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli officer after opening fire on Israeli troops conducting a routine raid in the West Bank Balata refugee camp. An Israeli man was stabbed in the back by a Palestinian in Jerusalem's Old City.
    (AP, 5/29/04)
2004        May 29, In Saudi Arabia gunmen shot down security guards and entered 2 office complexes in Khobar searching for and murdering anyone looking western.
    (Econ, 6/5/04, p.41)

2005        May 29, Dan Wheldon won the Indianapolis 500 as Danica Patrick's electrifying run fell short. She finished fourth.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2005        May 29, In Bellefontaine, Ohio, Scott Moody (18) who was about to graduate from high school is believed to have fatally shot his grandparents, mother and two family friends before killing himself.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 29, George Rochberg (86), composer, died. He was America’s 1st evangelist for serialism, a way of composing invented by Arnold Schonberg in the 1920s.
    (WSJ, 6/16/05, p.D8)
2005        May 29, In southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province gunmen shot and killed Mullah Abdul Fayaz, the top Muslim leader.
    (AP, 5/29/05)
2005        May 29, In Brazil almost 2 million gay men, lesbians, transvestites and their supporters, many in lavish Carnival costumes and waving rainbow-colored flags, paraded in Sao Paulo to celebrate gay pride and call for the legalization of civil unions between homosexuals.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 29, French voters rejected the EU's first constitution, dealing a potentially fatal blow to the charter. In 2007 it was repackaged as the Lisbon treaty.
    (AP, 5/30/05)(Econ, 10/10/09, p.28)
2005        May 29, In Iraq suicide bombings and ambushes killed at least 30 people, including a British soldier. Iraqi forces swept through Baghdad, erecting checkpoints and searching vehicles as they launched the largest offensive of its kind since Saddam Hussein's ouster.
    (AP, 5/29/05)(SFC, 5/30/05, p.A1)
2005        May 29, In Iraq Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Barazanchi, the director of internal affairs of Kirkuk province and a former police chief, was shot several times. He died the next day.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 29, The body of Raja Nawaf Farhan al-Mahalawi, governor of Anbar province, was found killed. Insurgents had abducted him May 10.
    (AP, 5/31/05)
2005        May 29, Israel's Cabinet approved the release of 400 Palestinian prisoners.
    (AP, 5/29/05)
2005        May 29, Thousands of South Korean students rallying against the US military's five-decade presence clashed with police after trying to enter the American base, and at least 12 people were injured and more than 20 were arrested.
    (AP, 5/29/05)
2005        May 29, Lebanon held parliamentary elections. Candidates loyal to the son of assassinated politician Rafik Hariri swept the 1st stage of the first Lebanese election largely free of Syrian domination, claiming all 19 parliamentary seats in Beirut.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 29, In southwestern Nepal Maoist rebels shot dead a policewoman and her four-year-old son.
    (AP, 5/29/05)
2005        May 29, The World Association of Newspapers' (WAN), meeting in Seoul, awarded veteran Sudanese journalist Mahgoub Mohamed Salih its 2005 press freedom award.
    (AP, 5/30/05)
2005        May 29, In Taipei thousands of men in black gangster garb took part in the funeral procession of a reputed Taiwan mob godfather, nicknamed "Mosquito" and "The Great Arbitrator." Hsu Hai-ching died this month at 93 after a long illness.
    (AP, 5/29/05)
2005        May 29, In Venezuela tens of thousands of marched in Caracas demanding the US extradite a Cuban militant wanted for his alleged role in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner.
    (AP, 5/29/05)

2006        May 29, Pres. Bush in a Memorial Day message said the US must continue the war on terror in the names of those who have given their lives in the cause. He also signed into a law a bill limiting protests at military funerals.
    (WSJ, 5/30/06, p.A1)
2006        May 29, The U.S. military said the number of Guantanamo Bay detainees staging a hunger strike has grown from three to 75.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, In Washington DC Jordan's King Abdullah II met with President Bush and urged him to pursue Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, In Afghanistan 5 Canadian soldiers were hurt and up to six militants killed in a gunbattle west of Kandahar, while US-led coalition aircraft bombed Taliban militants meeting in remote Helmand province, reportedly killing dozens.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, A deadly traffic accident involving US troops left 5 people dead and sparked the worst rioting in the Afghan capital since the fall of the Taliban regime, with hundreds of protesters looting shops and shouting "Death to America!" Some 25 people were killed and 107 injured in the riots. The unrest started after three US Humvee vehicles coming into the city from the outskirts rammed into a rush-hour traffic jam, hitting several civilian cars. On July 20 the US military said it was paying $112,000 in compensation to victims of the traffic accident involving an American cargo truck.
    (AP, 5/29/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.23)(AP, 7/21/06)
2006        May 29, A Belarus court sentenced Sergei Lyashkevich, an opposition campaign official, to five months in prison after convicting him of training and paying people to riot. Lyashkevich had directed opposition candidate Alexander Milinkevich's campaign office in Shchuchin.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, Burundi's only hold-out rebel group began talks with the government in an effort to end the central African country's 12-year civil war.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, In Canada hundreds of thousands of frustrated commuters were forced to find alternate ways to work as subway stations across Toronto were shut down and buses and streetcars halted due to a labor dispute. Toronto transit workers were ordered back to work, ending a wildcat strike that stranded some 700,000 commuters and filled the streets of Canada's biggest city with extra cars, bicycles and pedestrians as commuters scrambled to get to work.
    (AP, 5/29/06)(Reuters, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, China and India pledged to deepen military exchanges during a visit by Indian Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the latest sign of warming relations between the neighbors and one-time foes.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, French Agriculture Minister Dominique Bussereau ruled out changes to the EU's system of farm subsidies, saying he would prefer that the Doha trade talks fail instead.
    (AFP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), the US maker of computer chips, said it planned to invest 2.5 billion dollars (1.96 billion euros) in expanding capacity at its factory in Dresden, eastern Germany, over the next three years.
    (AFP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, A group of prominent Indians called for national talks between Maoist rebels and the government, while also demanding an end to a controversial anti-rebel campaign in the worst-affected state of Chhattisgarh.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, In Indonesia a boiling mud flow began from a volcano in Sidoarjo, east Java. By 2007 it covered 1.6 square miles destroying 4 villages and 25 factories and forced 16,000 people to leave their homes. The mud flow was triggered by the drilling operations for gas of Lapindo Brantas, an energy company whose major shareholder was the family-owned Bakrie Group. Aburizal Bakrie, head of economics in Yudhoyono’s cabinet, called it a natural disaster and tried to sell Lapindo to obscure offshore buyers. The sale was blocked and Bakrie was moved to the post of coordinating minister of public welfare. In Feb 2007 engineers began dropping large cement balls into the crater in an attempt to stem the flow. In 2008 international scientists said they are almost certain that the mud volcano was caused by faulty drilling of a gas exploration well. 
    (WSJ, 2/28/07, p.A1)(Econ, 12/1/07, p.58)(AP, 6/10/08)
2006        May 29, In Iraq 8 bombs killed at least 33 people and wounded dozens in the worst wave of violence to hit Baghdad in days. A car bomb exploded in Baghdad, killing two British members of a CBS News crew, a US soldier and an Iraqi interpreter, and seriously injuring CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier. The Iraqi government captured Ahmed Hussein Dabash Samir al-Batawi, a key terror suspect who allegedly confessed to hundreds of beheadings. Samir al-Batawi was arrested by a terrorist combat unit in Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/29/06)(AP, 5/30/07)
2006        May 29, Israel announced it would fully participate in a NATO naval exercise for the first time, bolstering defense ties with the Western military alliance in the face of arch-foe Iran's nuclear program.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, In southwestern Nigeria a truck hauling iron rods lost control and crashed into several roadside buses as passengers were boarding, killing at least 30 people.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 29, In northwestern Pakistan suspected Islamic militants fired at a car carrying Meherdil Khan Shamankhel, a pro-government tribal elder, killing him and wounding two other people in the vehicle.
    (AP, 5/30/06)
2006        May 29, In Serbia an explosion ripped through a chemical plant near Belgrade, killing at least four people and injuring three. Police sealed off the Prva Iskra chemical factory, which produces explosives as well as toxic hydrofluoric acid, used as a component for household detergents.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels agreed to more talks to shore up the implementation of a collapsing ceasefire as the EU moved to ban them as a terrorist group.
    (AFP, 5/29/06)

2007        May 29, President Bush ordered new US economic sanctions to pressure Sudan's government to halt the bloodshed in Darfur.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, President Bush's environmental adviser said the US rejects the EU's all-encompassing target on reduction of carbon emissions. The US and Australia ruled out a regional carbon trading scheme before the meeting officially opened in the northern city of Darwin, saying it was too early to impose uniform targets on APEC nations. APEC members already account for 60% of global energy demand and their needs are expected to almost double by 2030. Fidel Castro lambasted President Bush for opposing the EU's goal for an agreement on carbon emissions at next week's Group of Eight summit.
    (AFP, 5/29/07)(AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 29, The US officials confirmed that immigration visa fees would rise by an average of 66% effective July 30.
    (SFC, 5/30/07, p.A3)
2007        May 29, Andrew Speaker (31), a lawyer from Atlanta with a rare and dangerous form of tuberculosis, ignored doctors' advice and took two trans-Atlantic flights, leading to the first US government-ordered quarantine since 1963. Italian officials said they were tracing the movements of Speaker, who honeymooned in Rome for two days despite being told to turn himself in to health authorities.
    (AP, 5/29/07)(AP, 5/30/07)(Reuters, 6/1/07)
2007        May 29, Cindy Sheehan, the soldier's mother who had galvanized an anti-war movement with her monthlong protest outside President Bush's ranch, announced her "resignation" as the public face of the movement.
    (AP, 5/29/08)
2007        May 29, At Fort Campbell, Kentucky, two children died in an early morning fire at a soldier's housing unit on the Army post. In 2008 Army wife Billi Jo Smallwood (35) was accused of setting her apartment on fire in a botched attempt to collect on her husband's $400,000 insurance policy when he survived and her two children died instead.
    (www.topix.com/forum/city/louisville-tn/TLELGAU2D0M0I5V1T)(AP, 11/22/08)
2007        May 29, In Hudson Oaks, Texas, Gilberta Estrada (25) was found hanged by suicide along with 3 of her 4 children. A 9-month-old infant survived her noose.
    (SFC, 5/30/07, p.A8)
2007        May 29, Bangladeshi authorities revived two graft cases against former premier Sheikh Hasina Wajed. Security forces arrested 4 former government ministers, 2 mayors and a top businessman as the military-backed emergency government stepped up an anti-corruption drive.
    (AFP, 5/29/07)(AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 29, Brazilian Senate President Renan Calheiros said that he won't resign over accusations he accepted payoffs from one of the country's top construction companies.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 29, Zheng Xiaoyu, China's former top drug regulator, was sentenced to death in an unusually harsh punishment for taking bribes to approve substandard medicines, including an antibiotic blamed for at least 10 deaths.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, China said it will not be tied to targets on cutting carbon emissions as Europe and Asia failed to agree at a 40-nation meeting on how to fight global warming.
    (AFP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, The roof of a newly built house in Wulanji, a northern Chinese village in Inner Mongolia, collapsed during a celebration for its completion, killing 16 people and injuring another 29.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 29, Egypt's parliament voted to expel an MP and nephew of late President Anwar Sadat, after he was declared bankrupt.
    (AFP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, Ethiopia began counting its population, a daunting task in a country where asking personal questions is considered socially taboo.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, European and Asian foreign ministers meeting in Germany agreed to set a 2009 deadline to complete negotiations on a new international climate change pact to limit greenhouse gases.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, In India clashes between police and thousands of people demanding government aid in the northern state of Rajasthan left at least 13 people dead.
    (AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 29, In Indonesia a teenage girl died of bird flu, taking the death toll in the nation worst hit by the virus to 79.
    (AFP, 6/1/07)
2007        May 29, Iran's judiciary spokesman said US academic Haleh Esfandiari and two other Iranian-Americans have been "formally charged" with endangering national security and espionage.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, In Iraq 5 British men were pulled out of a Finance Ministry office by about 40 heavily armed men in police uniforms in broad daylight and driven in a convoy of 19 four-wheel-drive vehicles toward Sadr City. Management consultant Peter Moore and four of his security guards were seized. In 2008 a Shiite militia that claimed responsibility for the kidnapping said a hostage named Jason had committed suicide on May 25. The bodies of Alec MacLachlan (30), Jason Swindlehurst (38), and Jason Creswell (39) were handed over to British officials in 2009. Moore was released on Dec 30, 2009. The body of Alan McMenemy was returned in early 2012. Two car bombers hit neighborhoods on opposite sides of the Tigris River, killing 40 people and wounding more than 100 others. 3 German computer consultants were kidnapped from an Iraqi Finance Ministry office in Baghdad. Gunmen in Samarra set up fake checkpoints on the outskirts of the city and abducted more than 40 people, most of them soldiers, police officers and members of two tribes that had banded together against local insurgents. Col. Hamid Ibrahim al-Jazaa, a Sunni police chief praised by US forces for clearing his city of insurgents, was arrested following an investigation into alleged murder, corruption and crimes against the Iraqi people. Al-Jazaa, his brother and 14 bodyguards were taken into custody in the city of Hit. One US soldier died of wounds from a roadside bomb attack northwest of Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/29/07)(AP, 5/30/07)(AP, 5/31/07)(AP, 7/20/08)(AP, 7/29/09)(AP, 12/30/09)(AFP, 1/20/12)
2007        May 29, In Japan an executive allegedly involved in a bid-rigging scam that has been linked to the suicide of the agriculture minister leaped to his death.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, Lebanon’s army clashed with al-Qaida-linked Islamic fighters in a Palestinian refugee camp, breaking a weeklong truce.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, Libya said it will sign a 900 million dollar exploration deal with energy giant BP, which plans to return after a 33 year absence. British PM Tony Blair arrived in Libya and welcomed improved relations as oil companies from both countries signed a major deal.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, In Nicaragua US embassy confirmed that an American woman, Lemon E. Groves (49), had died of injuries suffered when she was attacked in her home in the Nicaraguan city of Grenada last week.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, Umaru Yar'Adua (56), a former governor hand-picked by departing President Olusegun Obasanjo, was sworn in as president in Nigeria’s first transfer of power from one elected government to another. Gun battles between rival gangs in Nigeria's southern oil-producing state of Rivers erupted in violence linked to a change of governor, killing 15 people.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, Russia pledged to write off an additional $500 million of African debt. Russia test-launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple independent warheads. President Vladimir Putin warned that US plans for an anti-missile shield in Europe would turn the region into a "powder keg."
    (Reuters, 5/29/07)(AP, 5/29/07)(AP, 5/30/07)
2007        May 29, In Sri Lanka troops and police stepped up security in Colombo after two bomb blasts by suspected Tiger rebels within 24 hours killed 11 people.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, Sweden said it plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020, bettering the EU's proposal to cut emissions by at least 20%.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, Senior Thai judges began deliberating on whether to dissolve the kingdom's two main political parties as thousands of troops were put on alert amid security fears ahead of the court verdict.
    (AP, 5/29/07)
2007        May 29, State media said Zimbabwe will put 40,000 more people on life saving anti-retroviral drugs by the end of the year despite an economic crisis.
    (AP, 5/29/07)

2008        May 29, Police in San Jose, Ca., said some 80 people had $45,000 drained from their bank accounts after thieves pulled debit card data from an Arco station at 5755 Camden Ave. A covert card-reading device allowed thieves to collect debit card and pin data. Similar thefts had also been reported in Los Altos and southern California.
    (SFC, 5/30/08, p.B12)
2008        May 29, Harvey Korman (1927), comedian, died in LA. He had won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to "The Carol Burnett Show" and played a conniving politician to hilarious effect in "Blazing Saddles."
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 29, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomber hit a convoy of international soldiers in Kabul, killing three Afghans caught in the blast. A joint operation by Afghan and NATO forces in Farah killed 30 Taliban fighters. One policeman and two Afghan soldiers were also killed.
    (AP, 5/29/08)
2008        May 29, Argentina's government set a ceiling on variable grain export taxes, but farmers said the change wasn't enough to make them lift a weeklong suspension of beef and grain exports.
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 29, Tomislav Petrovic, a former Bosnian soldier, shot dead six people and wounded another in a rampage in a Tuzla before being detained as he fired on a parked car.
    (AFP, 5/29/08)
2008        May 29, In Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, Chief Albert Mercredi spoke at the “national day of action" and denounced the premiers of the 4 western provinces for allowing mining development to pollute aboriginal air, land and water.
    (Econ, 6/14/08, p.50)
2008        May 29, Chile's national police chief and 10 other people were killed when the aging Panamanian government helicopter they were riding in crashed into a three-story building in the heart of Panama City.
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 29, In Ethiopia a flash flood hit Jijiga town late at night and swept away 200 houses, killing 25 people of whom 19 were children.
    (Reuters, 5/31/08)
2008        May 29, In France Pres. Sarkozy’s government presented a draft bill that would effectively scrap the 35-hour workweek.
    (WSJ, 5/30/08, p.A9)
2008        May 29, Members of one of India's lower castes blocked major roads, burned car tires, and threw stones at police in several areas around New Delhi in a continuation of protests in the country's north and west that has left 39 people dead. Police said a truck ferrying people to a wedding has plunged into a river in southern India, killing at least 39 people. An elephant rampaged through a village in northern India, killing at least 7 people who tried to surround it.
    (AP, 5/29/08)
2008        May 29, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of police recruits in the northwestern town of Sinjar, killing at least 16 men and wounding 14 others. Iraq's PM al-Maliki, at a UN conference in Sweden, called for neighboring countries to forgive debts and war reparations that he said hindered his nation's recovery despite a reduction in violence. Iraq has at least $67 billion in foreign debt, most incurred during the rule of Saddam Hussein and owed to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
    (AP, 5/29/08)
2008        May 29, At a ceremony in Jerusalem, Israel's President Shimon Peres announced that the hoopoe is now the ornithological symbol of the country. Ornithologist Amir Balaban, who runs the Jerusalem Bird Observatory, described the hoopoe as a beautiful, native bird that is monogamous and takes good care of its children.
    (AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 29, In the southern Philippines 2 people were killed and 21 injured when suspected terrorists detonated a bomb outside a US aid project office near an air base.
    (AP, 5/29/08)
2008        May 29, South Korea took the final step to resume full imports of beef from the US, which it banned in 2003 over fears of mad cow disease.
    (WSJ, 5/30/08, p.A9)
2008        May 29, Sri Lanka's military sank four Tamil Tiger rebel boats off the island's northern coast after a battle that killed 7 rebels and one soldier. Army troops captured the stronghold known as Munnagam Base after 3 days of fighting. The military said 6 civilians were killed in a rebel artillery attack. A pro-rebel Web site reported that guerrillas raided a navy camp in Sirutheevu islet, killing 13 sailors and seizing weapons. Other fighting in the Mannar and Vavuniya regions in the north killed 4 rebels and wounded 8 soldiers.
    (AP, 5/29/08)(AP, 5/30/08)
2008        May 29, Turkish warplanes attacked several Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq. No casualties were immediately reported. Air raids destroyed 16 Kurdish rebel facilities.
    (AP, 5/29/08)(AP, 5/31/08)

2009        May 29, President Barack Obama said the nation for too long has failed to adequately protect the security of its computer networks. He will name a new cyber czar to take on the job.
    (AP, 5/29/09)
2009        May 29, Jay Leno made hosted his last show at "Tonight," and gave a pre-debut boost to Conan O'Brien welcoming him as his final guest.
    (AP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 29, Phil Spector (69), former music producer, was sentenced in Los Angeles to 10 years to life in prison for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
    (SFC, 5/30/09, p.A4)
2009        May 29, In California the new National Ignition Facility was dedicated at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It was designed to create conditions like those found in stars and in the explosions of hydrogen bombs. The project was over 5 years behind schedule and costs to date reached $4 billion, almost 4 times the original estimate.
    (SFC, 5/30/09, p.A1)(Econ, 5/30/09, p.81)
2009        May 29, In Texas a Houston jury convicted Philippe Padieu (53) of Houston to 45 years in prison for knowingly infecting 6 women with the AIDS virus.
    (SFC, 5/30/09, p.A4)
2009        May 29, The nonbinding New York Declaration, an agreement between the signatory flag states which condemns acts of piracy and armed robbery against vessels and seafarers, was originally tabled by The Bahamas, the Republic of Liberia, the Republic of Marshall Islands and the Republic of Panama, four nations that account for more than half of global shipping.
    (www.unmultimedia.org/tv/unifeed/d/13476.html)
2009        May 29, In Afghanistan five militants were killed in an operation in the Musa Qala region of southern Helmand province. Six militants were killed during a battle with police in the western province of Farah. Two would-be suicide attackers were shot and killed in Heart. In Kandahar province a roadside bomb killed four civilians.
    (AP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 29, In Argentina Swiss architect Peter Zumthor (66) received the 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize. He compared his creative process to the arc of a love affair.
    (AP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 29, Cuba criticized Microsoft for blocking its Messenger instant messaging service on the island and in other countries under US sanctions, calling it yet another example of Washington's "harsh" treatment of Havana.
    (AP, 5/29/09)
2009        May 29, Indonesian government marine geologist Yusuf Surachman said that a massive underwater mountain discovered off the island of Sumatra could be a volcano with potentially catastrophic power. It was discovered earlier this month about 330 kilometers (205 miles) west of Bengkulu city during research to map the seabed's seismic faultlines.
    (AFP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 29, A moderate think tank led by Iran's former top nuclear negotiator accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of distorting facts about the country's nuclear program to depict himself as a hero and improve his chances in the upcoming election.
    (AP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 29, In Iraq a local leader of a government-backed Sunni paramilitary group was killed when a bomb hidden on a motorcycle exploded as he opened his butcher store on the outskirts of Baqouba. Another bomb exploded inside a bus station north of Baghdad in the Shiite enclave of Khalis, killing at least four people and wounding 10. In northern Iraq an American soldier was killed in a grenade attack in Ninevah province.
    (AP, 5/29/09)
2009        May 29, In Kashmir the bodies of two young women (17 & 22) were found in Shopian town. The pregnant wife of Shakeel Ahmed Ahangar and his teenage sister were allegedly raped and murdered by Indian soldiers.
    (Reuters, 6/20/09)(Econ, 6/27/09, p.48)
2009        May 29, North Korea warned it would act in "self-defense" if provoked by the UN Security Council, which is considering tough sanctions over the communist country's nuclear test, and followed the threat with the test launch of another short-range missile.
    (AP, 5/29/09)
2009        May 29, Puerto Rico fired nearly 8,000 government workers, the start of a wave of layoffs aimed at closing a budget deficit as the island struggles through its third year of recession.
    (AP, 5/29/09)
2009        May 29, Russian and American officials formally dedicated a high-tech plant in southern Siberia, built with the help of $1 billion from the US and designed to destroy about 2 million chemical weapons shells.
    (AP, 5/29/09)
2009        May 29, Saudi authorities beheaded and crucified a man convicted of brutally slaying an 11-year-old boy and his father.
    (AP, 5/30/09)
2009        May 29, In Geneva a 65-nation Conference on Disarmament broke a dozen years of deadlock and opened the way to negotiate a new nuclear arms control treaty.
    (AP, 5/29/09)

2010        May 29, The worst oil spill in US history hit its 40th day with Gulf residents clinging to the tenuous hope that BP's complicated "top kill" operation will plug the gushing well.
    (Reuters, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, In Daly City, Ca., a rave at the Cow Palace left 2 people dead due to drug use. The event drew some 16,500 attendees who paid about $85 each at the door.
    (SFC, 6/16/10, p.A10)
2010        May 29, Dennis Hopper (b.1936), film star, died in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. He brought the counterculture to Hollywood with "Easy Rider" (1969) and led a career marked by successes, failures and comebacks. He also had parts in such favorites as "Rebel Without a Cause," "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet" and "Hoosiers."
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 29, Taliban insurgents claimed a victory when they captured an Afghan government outpost in a remote mountainous region near the Pakistan border. Officials said up to a dozen Taliban-linked militants, including their commander, were killed when NATO and Afghan troops backed by air support struck their sanctuaries in the northern Baghlan mountains.
    (AP, 5/29/10)(AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 29, The premier of China, North Korea's main ally, offered condolences to South Korea for the sinking of a warship blamed on Pyongyang after promising that Beijing, under pressure to punish the North, would not defend any country guilty of the attack.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, In China 17 miners were killed by a dynamite explosion at the Shuguang Coal Mine in Chenzhou city, Hunan province.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 29, The 55th annual Eurovision song competition was expected to be watched by more than 120 million viewers in 39 European countries as well as in Burma, Australia and New Zealand. Norway's public broadcaster NRK spent 200 million kroner (25 million euros, 30 million dollars) to host the show.
    (AFP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, Tropical Storm Agatha made landfall near the border of Guatemala and Mexico  with wind speeds of up to 45 mph (75 kph), then weakened into a tropical depression. The torrential rains in the first tropical storm of the 2010 season triggered deadly landslides. The death toll reached 15 but authorities said the number could rise. In El Salvador rains delivered by Agatha triggered at least 140 landslides throughout the country killing two adults and a 10-year-old child.
    (AP, 5/30/10)
2010        May 29, In Guatemala a cavernous and almost perfectly round sinkhole swallowed an entire intersection in Guatemala City during a tropical storm, spooking people in the neighborhood but exciting geologists. The hole was 66 feet (20m) across and plunged nearly 100 feet (30m) deep.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        May 29, Hong Kong police confiscated a statue mourning victims of China's 1989 crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square and arrested 13 activists, in what critics called an escalation in political censorship in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, Indian railway authorities canceled all night trains in West Bengal state one day after a passenger express train derailed and was hit by a cargo train. The government accused Maoist rebels of sabotaging the tracks.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, Police in Indian Kashmir fired teargas to disperse thousands of villagers protesting against what they said was the staged killing of three Muslims by the security forces.
    (AFP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, A fire at an Iranian oil well at the Naft Shahr border region near the Iraq border killed three people and injured 10 more.
    (Reuters, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, A Kurdish newspaper said imprisoned Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan has accused Turkey of ignoring his calls to establish dialogue with his rebels and that he would withdraw from the process, leaving his rebel command in charge.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, In Mexico the body of a prison warden kidnapped by gunmen earlier in the day was found dismembered and scattered in several locations in a Morelos state adjacent to the Mexican capital. Police found an abandoned silver mine scattered with bodies outside Taxco, Guerrero state. At least 64 bodies were eventually recovered in what appeared to be a dumping ground for victims of organized crime.
    (Reuters, 5/30/10)(AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 6/4/10)(AP, 6/7/10)(SFC, 6/25/10, p.A3)
2010        May 29, Palestinian security officials and witnesses said Israeli warplanes launched six overnight raids on the Islamist-run Gaza Strip, adding that nobody was wounded in the attacks. An Israeli military spokesman said only that two air raids had taken place, and that they targeted a tunnel in the south linking Gaza to Israel and a weapons workshop in the north.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, In Russia 2 Gay Pride parades were held without arrests in Moscow, the first time the notoriously intolerant Russian authorities have not intervened since the inaugural attempt to hold the event in the capital in 2006.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, In Russia DDT rock star Yuri Shevchuk engaged PM Putin during a televised meeting to promote a charity concert for children. Shevchuk called for anti government protests to be allowed and accused police of serving “their bosses and their pockets, not the people." Putin said “People’s rights to express their disapproval should be protected."
    (SFC, 6/1/10, p.A6)
2010        May 29, Turkey’s military said 3 security forces members were killed and two soldiers were wounded in clashes with Kurdish rebels in southeast Turkey.
    (Reuters, 5/29/10)

2011        May 29, Sergei Bagapsh (62), the leader of Abkhazia, a separatist region of Georgia aligned with Russia, died in a Moscow hospital where he was being treated for lung cancer. Bagapsh had led Abkhazia since 2005 and was credited with leading the region to de facto independence.
    (AP, 5/29/11)
2011        May 29, In eastern Afghanistan 3 American troops were killed in a bomb attack.
    (AP, 6/1/11)
2011        May 29, Chinese state media said China will expand a ban on free shopping bags as it tries to further curb its addiction to plastic in a bid to rid the country of "white pollution" that clogs waterways, farms and fields.
    (AFP, 5/29/11)
2011        May 29, In the Dominican Republic a new $2.7 million museum, honoring the more than 50,000 people who died under former dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, opened a day before the 50th anniversary of his death.
    (AP, 5/29/11)
2011        May 29, In Iraq a roadside bomb planted outside a suburban liquor shop west of Baghdad killed an Iraqi soldier and a firefighter as security forces tried to extinguish a blaze from explosions minutes earlier.
    (AP, 5/29/11)
2011        May 29, Italians began 2-days of voting to elect mayors in cities and towns across the country, with Premier Berlusconi hoping to avert defeat in his electoral stronghold of Milan.
    (AP, 5/29/11)
2011        May 29, It was reported that 259 Libyan women responded on questionnaires that they have been raped by militiamen loyal to Moammar Khadafy.
    (SSFC, 5/29/11, p.A6)
2011        May 29, Moroccan police used truncheons to break up a new pro-reform demonstration in Casablanca, leaving around two dozen people wounded.
    (AFP, 5/29/11)
2011        May 29, In Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in for a full four-year term as president and faced the challenge of uniting a country that saw deadly postelection violence despite what observers called the fairest vote in over a decade. A blast in the city of Bauchi killed 15 people. One bomb went off at a beer garden in Zuba, near the capital, killing two people and wounding at least 11. Another explosion in the northern city of Zaria also targeted a bar hours after the inauguration.
    (AP, 5/29/11)(AP, 5/30/11)
2011        May 29, Nigerian police raided the Cross Foundation in Aba, a home allegedly being used to force teenage girls to have babies that were then offered for sale for trafficking or other purposes. Dr. Hyacinth Orikara was arrested and 32 pregnant girls, aged 15-17, were rescued.
    (AFP, 6/1/11)(Reuters, 6/2/11)
2011        May 29, In Pakistan gunmen killed two Shiite policemen in Quetta city.
    (AP, 5/29/11)
2011        May 29, In Peru activists opposed to a silver mine in the southeastern Puno region rejected a deal with the government and said protests will continue, even if it means there will be no regional voting in the upcoming presidential run-off.
    (AFP, 5/29/11)
2011        May 29, In the Philippines workers cleaned up more than 750 tons of fish that have died and rotted on fish farms in Taal Lake near Taal volcano south of Manila. Scientists said the onset of the rainy season led to a sharp drop in water temperatures depleting oxygen levels.
    (AP, 5/29/11)(AFP, 5/29/11)
2011        May 29, In Serbia several thousand nationalist supporters of war-crimes suspect Ratko Mladic clashed with riot police in Belgrade.
    (SFC, 5/30/11, p.A2)
2011        May 29, In South Sudan a week of fighting subsided near water points in Jonglei state with at least 68 people killed. Nuer tribesmen allegedly attacked the area and drove off with more than 100,000 cattle owned by the Murle.
    (AP, 5/2/11)
2011        May 29, Advocacy group Satellite Sentinel Project said new satellite images provide evidence that northern Sudanese troops have committed war crimes, including ethnic cleansing, in the contested border town of Abyei where forces rolled in on May 21. Save the Children's U.K. office said the conflict has displaced up to 35,000 children in the Abyei region.
    (AP, 5/29/11)
2011        May 29, Syrian government troops backed by tanks attacked the towns of Rastan and Talbiseh in the central province of Homs in an attempt to stop round-the-clock protests there against Pres. Assad's regime. The toll of those shot dead rose to 11 from a previously reported seven in Rastan and Talbisa. Security forces reportedly opened fire in the early hours at about 8,000 protesters in the northeastern town of Deir el-Zour, wounding several people.
    (AP, 5/29/11)(AFP, 5/30/11)
2011        May 29, In Yemen Islamist militants tightened their grip on the coastal town of Zinjibar while in the capital Sanaa a truce was holding to end nearly a week of deadly street fighting that threatened to ignite a civil war.
    (Reuters, 5/29/11)(SFC, 5/30/11, p.A5)
2011        May 29, In Zimbabwe a police inspector was killed. 12 suspects, members of PM Morgan Tsvangirai's former opposition party, were soon detained in a police crackdown in a western Harare township. The group appeared in court on June 3 with severe cuts, bruising and swollen limbs.
    (AP, 6/3/11)

2012        May 29, Pres. Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to 13 recipients including: rocker Bob Dylan, astronaut John Glenn, novelist Toni Morrison, union pathbreaker Dolores Huerta, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low (d.1927), Israeli president Shimon Peres, former assistant attorney general John Doar, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention William Foege, Pat Summitt, who led the University of Tennessee women's basketball team to more NCAA Final Four appearances than any other team, Gordon Hirabayashi (d.2012), who fought the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII and Jan Karski (d.2000), a resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of Poland during WWII.
    (SFC, 5/30/12, p.A7)
2012        May 29, Oakland, Ca., authorities said police and federal agents have arrested 60 of its worst criminals as part of a 4-month undercover effort dubbed “Operation Gideon III."
    (SFC, 5/30/12, p.C3)
2012        May 29, Doc Watson (b.1923), blind guitar picker and fold singer, died in North Carolina. His work included 60 albums, 7 of which won Grammy awards.
    (SFC, 5/30/12, p.C8)
2012        May 29, In Afghanistan Taliban attacked a hilltop police post in northern Badakhshan province's Warduj district, triggering heavy fighting that killed eight policemen and six militants.
    (AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 29, In Egypt final election results showed that that Mohammed Morsi won close to 5.8 million votes, or almost 25%, while Ahmed Shafiq garnered 5.5 million votes, or nearly 24%. Finishing third was leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabahi with 4.8 million votes, or about 21%.
    (AP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 29, In northern Italy a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook the region around Bologna, killing at least 17 people.
    (AP, 5/29/12)(AP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 29, Japanese film director Kaneto Shindo (100), known for hard-hitting works dealing with human nature and the effects of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, died at his home in Tokyo. Shindo directed nearly 50 films, with his final work, "A Postcard" winning the special jury prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2011.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 29, Japanese police uncovered the frozen corpse of a woman and arrested Masaichi Yamada, her 80-year-old husband, on suspicion of strangling her and keeping her body in the freezer for up to 10 years.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 29, Lesotho opposition parties agreed to unite to bring down veteran PM Pakalitha Mosisili, whose party failed to win an absolute majority in the weekend parliamentary election.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)
2012        May 29, Northern Mali Tuareg rebels and hardline Islamist group Ansar Dine said plans to join forces and proclaim an Islamic state have collapsed due to fundamental differences.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 29, The Philippines' top judge was sacked after the Senate found him guilty of hiding millions of dollars, in the biggest win of President Benigno Aquino's anti-graft campaign. Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona was convicted of violating the constitution and betraying public trust by failing to disclose some $4.2 million that he should have declared.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)(Econ, 6/2/12, p.50)
2012        May 29, Somalia's president Sharif Shekh Ahmed escaped an ambush unharmed as Al-Qaeda linked Shebab fighters attacked his armored convoy in the Afgoye corridor. Shebab insurgents said they had fired on two foreign warships that came in close to the key rebel port of Kismayo, the first such reported incident as they face growing military pressure.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 29, Sudanese troops withdrew from the disputed territory of Abyei. Top negotiators for Sudan and South Sudan met in Ethiopia for their first talks since deadly border fighting last month took them to the brink of war.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 29, In Syria monitors said at least 19 people were killed in violence as clashes between regime troops and rebels raged. One of those killed in Homs was filmmaker and photography student Bassel Shehade, who returned to Syria from the United States around three months ago. At least 7 nations, including France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada and Australia, expelled Syrian diplomats to protest the May 25 Houla killings, ramping up the pressure on Pres. Bashar Assad's regime. Int’l. envoy Kofi Annan met with Assad to express "grave concern" about the Houla killings and other violence.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)(AP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 29, In Tanzania a leading local rights group said some 3,000 people suspected of witchcraft, mainly old women, have been lynched in Tanzania from 2005 to 2011.
    (AFP, 5/29/12)
2012        May 29, Turkey’s PM Erdogan called for legislation to restrict women’s access to abortions.
    (SFC, 5/30/12, p.A2)
2012        May 29, Yemen's army pressed an offensive against southern towns held by al-Qaida-linked fighters, with 11 militants and five soldiers killed in the clashes.
    (AP, 5/29/12)

2013        May 29, Coursera, a Mountain View, Ca., online learning startup, said it has formed partnerships with 10 public universities and university systems to develop courses that can be taken for credit either online or in a blended classroom-online environment.
    (SFC, 5/30/13, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/o2v8mub)
2013        May 29, Rev. Andrew Greeley (b.1928), Chicago newspaper columnist and novelist, died in Chicago. His work included over 100 non-fiction books and some 50 novels, which included a series of about a bishop-detective, Blackie Ryan.
    (SFC, 5/31/13, p.D7)(Econ, 6/8/13, p.94)
2013        May 29, A federal judge ruled in favor of bankrupt Patriot Coal of St. Louis, Mo., to significantly cut health care and pension benefits to thousands of workers and retirees.
    (SFC, 5/30/13, p.A5)
2013        May 29, Nevada powerbroker Harvey Whittemore (59) was convicted by a federal jury in Reno on three counts tied to almost $150,000 illegally funneled to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev) in 2007.
    (SFC, 5/30/13, p.A5)
2013        May 29, The Linchpins of Liberty in Franklin, Tenn., and 24 other Tea Party groups sued the IRS over claims the agency violated their constitutional rights by delaying action on applications for tax-exempt status beginning in 2010.
    (SFC, 5/30/13, p.A5)
2013        May 29, In eastern Afghanistan 7 insurgents wearing police uniforms and bomb-laden vests attacked a government compound in Panjshir, a usually secure province, killing one police officer. All 7 militants were killed. Two insurgents attacked a compound housing the International Committee of the Red Cross Jalalabad, killing an Afghan guard before security forces rescued seven foreigners.
    (AP, 5/29/13)(AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 29, In Bahrain a bombing, described as a "terrorist" attack, wounded seven policemen. Police the next day arrested 3 suspects.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 29, In China Sri Lanka’s Pres. Mahinda Rajapaksa met with Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing. Loans and declarations of profound friendship were secured.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.63)
2013        May 29, It was reported that Wan Long, chairman of China’s Shuanghui International has made a 4.7 billion bid for Virginia-based meatpacker Smithfield Foods. The purchase was endorsed by Smithfield's board but still require approval from shareholders and US regulators.
    (AP, 5/31/13)(http://tinyurl.com/k4sdobs)(Econ, 6/8/13, p.38)
2013        May 29, A UN spokesman says that Congo's M23 rebels have fired several rockets on Goma over the past week, killing 2 people.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, The European Union granted France, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia more time to bring their budget deficits under control to support the bloc's shrinking economy. The European Commission approved France’s request to postpone by 2 years the target of cutting its budget deficit to 3% of GDP.
    (AP, 5/29/13)(Econ, 6/1/13, p.55)
2013        May 29, Vincent Autin (40) and his partner, Bruno Boileau (30) became the first gay couple to marry in France.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, In Iraq evening bomb blasts in two Baghdad neighborhoods killed least 30 people, including several members of a wedding party in the mixed Sunni-Shiite Jihad neighborhood.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 29, Human Rights Watch in a report released saying Kenya police had arrested more than 1,000 asylum seekers between mid-November and late January and accused Kenyan policemen of raping, beating, and extorting money from refugees of Somali origin.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, Libya's parliament chief, Mohammed al-Megarif, who served under Moammar Gadhafi before becoming an opposition leader in exile, resigned, just weeks after lawmakers passed a bill banning former regime officials from senior government posts.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, Malaysian prosecutors filed sedition charges against another five opposition politicians and activists who urged Malaysians to protest what they insist was a fraud-tainted victory by the long-ruling coalition in recent national elections.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, Hurricane Barbara drenched a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico's southern Pacific coast with rain after making the second-earliest landfall since reliable record-keeping began in 1966. It quickly lost strength over land but not before killing at least two people, including a man identified by local officials as a US surfer.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, In northeastern Myanmar overnight violence between Buddhists and Muslims left one person dead and four injured.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, A UN court in the Netherlands convicted six Bosnian Croat political and military leaders of persecuting, expelling and murdering Muslims during Bosnia's war and said leaders in neighboring Croatia helped hatch and execute their plan to carve out a Croat state in Bosnia.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike killed Waliur Rehman, the No. 2 commander of the Pakistani Taliban, as well as 3 others in Miran Shah, North Waziristan. The US wanted Rehman in connection with his alleged involvement in the 2009 attack on Camp Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, A Soyuz capsule carrying an American, Russian and Italian successfully docked with the International Space Station, where the new crew will spend six months conducting a variety of experiments.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, The Swiss government announced that it will let banks circumvent the country's strict client secrecy laws as part of an effort to end a long-running tax evasion dispute with the United States.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, In Tunisia 3 foreign activists disrobed in front of the Ministry of Justice in Tunis to protest against the jailing of Amina Sboui, a Tunisian member of the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN, quickly attracting a crowd of offended Tunisians before the 3 women were hustled away by police.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, In Venezuela a free application for mobile devices, written by Jose Augusto Montiel, was posted to let people notify one another where flour, sugar, milk, cooking oil and toilet paper are for sale. Within 10 days it was downloaded more than 12,000 times.
    (AP, 6/9/13)

2014        May 29, A US congressional committee reported that “Operation Choke Point," an anti-fraud campaign of the Justice Dept., has strangled legitimate businesses that the government objects to for ideological reasons, such as payday lenders or gun dealers.
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.80)
2014        May 29, In southern billionaire Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, unveiled Dragon V2, a new spacecraft designed to carry up to seven astronauts to the Int’l. Space Station (ISS).
    (SFC, 5/30/14, p.A4)
2014        May 29, In Maryland two spellers were declared co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Indian-Americans Sriram Hathwar of New York and Ansun Sujoe of Texas shared the title after a riveting final-round duel in which they nearly exhausted the 25 designated championship words. They become the fourth co-champions in the bee's 89-year history and the first since 1962.
    (AP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 29, In Afghanistan roadside bombings across the country killed 4 people.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Argentina said it has reached a $9.7 billion deal with the Paris Club to resolve debts unpaid since its economic crisis and default in 2001.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Karlheinz Boehm (86), an Austrian actor and human rights activist, died. In 1981 he founded the Menschen fuer Menschen ("People for People") aid group dedicated to helping people in Ethiopia.
    (AP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 29, In Central African Republic youths plundered a mosque in Bangui and barricaded streets with burning tires in protest at an attack by Muslim gunmen on a church a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, China’s health officials said they expect 2 million extra babies per year as a result of loosening its “one child" birth limits.
    (SFC, 5/30/14, p.A2)
    (AP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 29, In Egypt with nearly all votes counted, retired field marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won a crushing victory over his sole opponent in the country's presidential election with more than 92 percent of the votes. The interim president said turnout reached 46 percent.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, In western India a woman was crushed to death after a conductor pushed her on a moving train for boarding the wrong coach in Jalgaon, east of Mumbai. She lost her balance, slipped into the gap between the coach and platform and was run over by the train.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Japan and North Korea agreed to a deal in which Japan will relax sanctions in return for a North Korean investigation of abductions in the 1970s and 1980s.
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.43)
2014        May 29, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced that nine scientists have won the biennial Kavli awards for theories about the first moments of the universe, discoveries about the brain and techniques to let researchers see ever-tinier things.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Norwegian police removed Greenpeace activists from a platform operated by Statoil, which they boarded two days ago in a protest against drilling in Arctic waters.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked PM Rami Hamdallah to head a new national unity government which will bring together the feuding Hamas and Fatah parties.
    (Reuters, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, FBI agents in Puerto Rico arrested judge Manuel Acevedo Hernandez.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a deal creating an economic union with ex-Soviet states Belarus and Kazakhstan.
    (AFP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, A Russian spacecraft carrying a three-man crew docked successfully at the International Space Station following a flawless launch.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said 13 people have died over the last two weeks from the Middle Eastern respiratory virus and that 186 people in total have died from the MERS virus since it was discovered in 2012.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, In Spain police in Barcelona arrested 23 people after a fourth night of clashes with hooded youths.
    (AP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 29, In Syria the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) kidnapped some 153 schoolchildren. They were on their way back to Ain al-Arab from taking year-end school exams in the northern city of Aleppo.
    (AFP, 7/1/14)
2014        May 29, More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok's busiest intersections to prevent a planned protest, as authorities said they would no longer allow any demonstrations against last week's military coup.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, In Ukraine rebels in the east shot down a government military helicopter amid heavy fighting around Slovyansk in the Donetsk region, killing at least 12 soldiers including Gen. Serhiy Kulchytskiy. An insurgent leader confirmed that his fighters were holding four missing observers and their Ukrainian translator from the OSCE and promised they would be released shortly.
    (AP, 5/29/14)(AP, 5/30/14)

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