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May 22, Constantine (47), convert to Christianity and Emperor of
Rome (306-37), died. He had made Christianity the official religion
of the Roman Empire and had the Chapel of the Burning Bush built in
the Sinai Desert at the site where Moses was believed to have
witnessed the Miracle of the Burning Bush. He was baptized just
(V.D.-H.K.p.92)(PCh, 1992, p.48)(MC, 5/22/02)
760 May 22, The 14th recorded
perihelion passage of Halley's Comet occurred.
987 May 22, Louis V le Faineant
(20), the Lazy, king of France (986-87), was allegedly poisoned by
his mother. [see May 21]
1176 May 22, There was a murder
attempt by "Assassins" (hashish-smoking mountain killers) on Saladin
1246 May 22, Henry Raspe was
elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.
1370 May 22, Jews were expelled
(massacred) from Brussels, Belgium.
1455 May 22, King Henry VI was
taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the Battle of St. Albans, the 1st
battle in the 30-year War of the Roses. The army of the Duke of York
met the army of Queen Margaret at the Battle of St. Alban’s. The 2nd
Duke of Somerset was killed as Yorkists briefly took possession of
King Henry VI.
(MH, 12/96)(HN, 5/22/99)(MC, 5/22/02)
1761 May 22, The first life
insurance policy in the United States was issued, in Philadelphia.
1803 May 22, The 1st US public
library opened in Connecticut.
1804 May 22, The Lewis and
Clark Expedition officially began as the Corps of Discovery departed
from St. Charles, Missouri. [see May 14]
1807 May 22, The treason trial
of former VP Aaron Burr began in Richmond, Va. [see Sep 1]
(PCh, 1992, p.367)(MC, 5/22/02)
1807 May 22, Townsend Speakman
1st sold fruit-flavored carbonated drinks in Phila.
1813 May 22, Richard Wagner,
German composer, conductor and writer, was born in Leipzig, Germany.
He composed "The Flying Dutchman."
(AP, 5/22/97)(HN, 5/22/99)
1819 May 22, The first
steam-propelled vessel to attempt a trans-Atlantic crossing, the
Savannah, departed from Savannah, Ga. It arrived in Liverpool,
England, June 20.
1828 May 22, Albrecht von
Grafe, German eye surgeon, founder of modern ophthalmology, was
1843 May 22, The 1st wagon
train with over 1000 people departed Independence, Missouri for
Oregon. Known as the "Great Emigration," the expedition came two
years after the first modest party of settlers made the long,
overland journey to Oregon.
1844 May 22, Siyyid
Alí-Muhammad of Shiraz gained his first convert and took on the
title of the "the Báb" (the Gate), referring to his later claim to
the status of Mahdi of Shi'a Islam. His followers were therefore
known as Bábís. As the Báb's teachings spread, which the Islamic
clergy saw as blasphemous, his followers came under increased
persecution and torture.
1845 May 22, Mary Cassatt
(d.1926), American impressionist painter and printmaker, was born in
Alleghany, Pa. Much of Cassatt’s early life was spent in Europe with
her wealthy family. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the
Fine Arts from 1861 to 1865 and worked briefly with Charles Joshua
Chaplin in Paris, but preferred working her own way and copying old
masters. She was a close friend of and greatly influenced by Edgar
Degas. He admired her entry in the Salon of 1874, and at his
invitation she joined the Impressionists and afterward showed her
works at their exhibits. Degas’ influence is apparent in Cassatt’s
mastery of drawing and in her unposed, asymmetrical compositions.
Initially, Cassatt was a figure painter whose subjects were groups
of women drinking tea or on outings with friends. After the great
exhibition of Japanese prints held in Paris in 1890, she brought out
her series of 10 colored prints, such as "Woman Bathing," and "The
Coiffure," in which the influence of the Japanese masters Utamaro
and Toyokuni is apparent. Cassatt urged her wealthy American friends
and relatives to buy Impressionist paintings, and in this way, more
than through her own works, she exerted a lasting influence on
American taste. She was largely responsible for selecting the works
that make up the H.O. Havemeyer Collection in the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York.
(HFA, ‘96, p.30)(AHD, p.209)(FAMSF, Mar, 98)
1856 May 22, Charles Cora, a
gambler, and James Casey, a member of the SF Board of supervisors,
were hanged by the SF Committee of Vigilance led by merchant Charles
Doane, following a drumhead trial at “Fort Gunnybags,” the vigilante
headquarters on Sacramento St. There was widespread belief that Cora
and Casey were “in cahoots” with then sheriff David Scannel. Cora
was in jail for recently killing US Marshal William H. Richardson,
who had drunkenly insulted Cora's mistress, Belle Ryan.
(GenIV, Winter 04/05)(SFC, 6/12/10, p.C1)(SFC,
1856 May 22, Massachusetts
Senator Charles Sumner was assaulted on the Senate floor by South
Carolina’s Preston Brooks. Representative Brooks, a pro-slavery
Democrat from South Carolina, used a cane to attack Senator Charles
Sumner, a Republican abolitionist from Mass. Sumner was beaten
unconscious and was unable to resume duties for 3 years. Brooks
resigned from his seat but was re-elected. Sumner's injuries in the
attack compelled his absence from the Senate until December, 1859.
(SFC, 7/25/98, p.A6)(HNQ, 7/7/99)
1859 May 22, Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle (d.1930), author of the Sherlock Holmes series, was born in
Edinburgh, Scotland. He wrote 4 novels featuring Sherlock Holmes.
"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly
recognizes genius." In 1999 Daniel Stashower published the
biography: "Teller of Tales."
(AP, 6/17/97)(HN, 5/22/98)(WSJ, 4/12/99, p.A21)
1860 May 22, In Lebanon a small
group of Maronites fired on a group of Druzes at the entrance to
Beirut, killing one and wounding two. This sparked off a torrent of
violence which swept through Lebanon.
1861 May 22, Union Major
General Benjamin F. Butler took command of Fort Monroe on the
southern tip of the Virginia peninsula.
(ON, 2/12, p.1)
1863 May 22, The US War Dept.
established the Bureau of Colored Troops.
1863 May 22, U.S. Grant’s
second attack on Vicksburg, Miss., failed and a siege began.
1863 May 22, The Treaty of
Coche was signed in Venezuela. Arms were laid down from the Federal
War and a general assembly called at Victoria, which elected Juan
Chrisostomo Falcon as president and Antonio Leocadio Guzman as vice
president. The latter was at the same time secretary of the
treasury, and went to London to negotiate a loan.
1864 May 22, Battle of North
Anna River, VA.
1868 May 22, The Great Train
Robbery took place near Marshfield, Ind., as seven members of the
Reno gang made off with $96,000 ($98k) in cash, gold and bonds.
(AP, 5/22/97)(HN, 5/22/02)
1872 May 22, The Amnesty Act
restored civil rights to Southerners.
1882 May 22, The United States
formally recognized Korea.
1885 May 22, Victor-Marie Hugo
(b.1802), French novelist (Les Miserables) and poet, died. In 1998
Graham Robb published the biography: "Victor Hugo." Hugo also did a
number of drawings, later appreciated by Andre Breton and Max Ernst,
and in 1914 Henri Focillon published the first critical study of
them. In 1998 Pierre Georgel and Marie-Laure Prevost published
"Shadows of a Hand: The Drawings of Victor Hugo."
(WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A16)(HN, 2/26/98)(SFEC, 5/31/98,
BR p.4)(MC, 5/22/02)
1886 May 22, The cover of
Harper’s Weekly featured an illustrated picture of a jousting match
in San Francisco with a German-style castle in the background atop
Telegraph Hill. The castle, known as Layman’s Folly (1883-1903), was
built by Frederick O. Layman. He had also built a 1,400-foot cable
car line up Greenwich St. from Powell to the summit of Telegraph
(SFC, 3/8/14, p.C2)
1892 May 22, Dr. Washington
Sheffield invented toothpaste tube.
1900 May 22, The Associated
Press (founded in 1848) was incorporated in New York as a non-profit
1906 May 22, Orville and Wilbur
Wright were awarded U.S. Patent 821,393 for "new and useful
improvement in Flying Machines." They had hired a patent attorney to
refine their 1903 application. The first successful powered flight
of the Wright Flyer took place on December 17, 1903.
1907 May 22, Lord Laurence
Olivier, English actor, was born in Dorking, Surrey. He made
Shakespeare movies and was knighted in 1947.
(HN, 5/22/99)(AP, 5/22/07)
1908 May 22, The SF Chronicle
reported that US Army Pvt. William Bulwada had been found guilty and
sentenced to 5 years in prison for having applauded for and shaken
hands with anarchist Emma Goldman, pending approval by Gen. Funston.
(SSFC, 5/18/08, DB p.58)
1908 May 22, The Wright
brothers registered their flying machine for a U.S. patent.
1915 May 22, At Mt. Lassen in
northern California a searing cloud of hot gas and vaporized lava
created the Devastated Area, a mile wide and 5 miles long.
(SFEC, 8/13/00, p.T8)
1915 May 22, Near Gretna,
Scotland, a passenger train collided with a troop train, killing 227
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)
1916 May 22, French troops
occupied parts of Fort Douaumont, Verdun.
1919 May 22, The Orteig Prize
was offered by New York hotel owner Raymond Orteig for the first
allied aviator(s) to fly from New York to Paris or vice versa. This
was a few weeks before Alcock and Brown successfully completed the
first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic.
1920 May 22, Thomas Gold,
astronomer, was born.
1927 May 22, Peter Mathiessen,
writer, was born.
1927 cMay 22, Harlem dancer
Shorty Snowden, during a dance marathon, named his dance step the
Lindy Hop following the headlines "Lindy Hops the Atlantic."
(WSJ, 5/7/99, p.W15)
1931 May 22, Canned rattlesnake
meat 1st went on sale in Florida.
1933 May 22, John Browning,
pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), was born in Denver, Colorado.
1933 May 22, Loch Ness Monster
was 1st "sighted” by John Mackay.
(SFEC,12/797, p.T4)(MC, 5/22/02)
1936 May 22, M. Scott Peck
(d.2005), psychiatrist and author of “The Road Less Traveled”
(1978), was born in New York.
(SFC, 9/28/05, p.B7)
1936 May 22, Alexander Mackay
and Joseph Kristy were hanged at San Quentin prison. Mackay and
Kristy had once kidnapped prison officials in an escape attempt.
(SSFC, 5/22/11, DB p.46)
1938 May 22, Richard Benjamin,
director, actor (Goodbye Columbus, He & She), was born in NYC.
1939 May 22, The foreign
ministers of Germany and Italy, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Galeazzo
Ciano, signed a "Pact of Steel" committing Germany and Italy to a
military alliance forming the Axis powers.
(HN, 5/22/99)(AP, 5/22/07)
1940 May 22, Premier Winston
Churchill flew to Paris.
1941 May 22, British troops
1943 May 22, The 1st US jet
fighter was tested. Lockheed Martin had picked Clarence Johnson, a
Univ. of Michigan graduate (1932) to develop the nation’s 1st jet
fighter. He had already designed the P-38 Lightning. Johnson and his
staff developed a jet prototype, the Shooting Star, in 143 days.
(MC, 5/22/02)(MT, Summer/04, p.7)
1943 May 22, Stalin disbanded
1947 May 22, The Truman
Doctrine brought aid to Turkey and Greece. President Harry S. Truman
relied heavily on Dean Acheson for his most significant foreign
(EWH, 1968, p.1207)(AP, 5/22/97)(HN, 5/22/98)
1947 May 22, The 1st US
ballistic missile was fired.
1950 May 22, Richard Strauss'
"4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) were performed in London.
1957 May 22, South Africa
government approved race separation in universities.
1960 May 22, Chile experienced
a 9.5 earthquake (moment magnitude). A slow earthquake was detected
just before the big one. It caused tsunamis in every coastal town
between the 36th and 44th parallels with a death toll of some 1000
(PCh, 1992, p.977)(SFC, 9/6.96, p.A11)(Econ,
1961 May 22, The 1st revolving
restaurant, Top of The Needle in Seattle, opened.
1964 May 22, Pres. Johnson
(LBJ) presented his “Great Society” speech at the Univ. of Mich.
1965 May 22,
"Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious" hit #66.
1965 May 22, Heinrich Barth,
Swiss philosopher (Das Sein in der Zeit), died.
1967 May 22, In San Francisco
Ott’s Drive-in became the first fast food spot in the city after
installing the only automated ordering system in the Bay Area. In
1971 the city announced plans to demolish Ott’s and build a hotel at
the 550 Bay St. location.
(SFC, 11/19/16, p.C1)
1967 May 22, J. Langston Hughes
(b.1902), poet laureate, US author (Tambourines to Glory), died of
complications following surgery at NY Polyclinic Hospital.
(SSFC, 7/25/04, p.F3)
1967 May 22, Egyptian president
Nasser closed the Straits of Tiran to Israel.
1968 May 22, The
nuclear-powered US submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, sank in
the Atlantic Ocean. It was declared lost on June 5. Remains of the
sub were found in October on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of
1969 May 22, The lunar module
of Apollo 10 separated from the command module and flew to within
nine miles of the moon's surface in a dress rehearsal for the first
1970 May 22, Joseph Wood Krutch
(b.1893), American writer, critic, and naturalist, died. His books
included “Measure of Man” (1954). “If people destroy something
replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they
destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are called
1971 May 22, A 6.9 earthquake
in eastern Turkey killed about a thousand people.
1972 May 22, President Nixon
began a visit to the Soviet Union, the 1st for a US president,
during which he and Kremlin leaders signed the SALT I arms
1972 May 22, Dame Margaret
Rutherford (b.1892), Academy Award-winning English character
actress, died. Her numerous films included “Murder at the Gallop”
(WSJ, 3/4/06, p.P2)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0751983/)
1972 May 22, The island nation
of Ceylon became the republic of Sri Lanka, which is Sinhala for
resplendent land, with the adoption of a new constitution under PM
Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Sinhala was made the official language and
Buddhism the state religion.
(SFC, 6/20/96, p.A8)(AP, 5/22/97)(HNQ,
5/23/98)(SFC, 5/30/00, p.A25)
1973 May 22, President Nixon
made a 4,000-word defense of his own actions in the Watergate
1973 May 22, Robert Metcalf
(b.1946), at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), circulated a
memo about his Ethernet ideas to PARC colleagues. He later fixed
this day as the birthdate of Ethernet. Metcalf had combined packet
switching from the Arpanet and single wire broadcasting to lay the
foundations for computer networks. Bob Metcalf described ethernet
for the 1st time in a patent memo.
(Econ, 12/12/09, TQ p.23)(SFC, 10/25/00, p.A16)
1973 May 22, In Greece a coup
was planned, but it was put off due to fears and hesitation. The
Junta got wind of the conspiracy, many arrests were made and people
were tortured. The destroyer HNS Velos followed the original
alternative plan in case of failure and sailed to Italy.
1978 May 22, Italy legalized
abortion. Voters upheld the law in a 1981 referendum.
1979 May 22, Canadians went to
the polls in parliamentary elections that put the Progressive
Conservatives under Joseph Clark in power, ending the 11-year tenure
of PM Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
1980 May 22, In response to a
request from the Governor of NY, President Carter declared a second
federal emergency at Love Canal, paving the way for federal aid to
relocate the more than 700 families who still lived near the former
toxic waste dump.
1980 May 22, Larry Layton,
former member of the People’s Temple, was acquitted of 2 charges of
attempted murder by a jury in Georgetown, Guyana.
(SFC, 5/20/05, p.F2)
1980 May 22, The computer game
Pac-Man was first released in Japan. Pac-Man, with its characters:
Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde, epitomized the arcade games of the
1985 May 22, Baseball player
Pete Rose passed Hank Aaron as the National League run scoring
leader with 2,108.
1985 May 22, SF Mayor Diane
Feinstein declared this day to be “James Bond Day” to honor the
premier of “A View To Kill,” a third of which was filmed in the
city. Stars Roger Moore and Grace Jones were present along with the
rock group Duran Duran, which sang the title song.
(SSFC, 5/23/10, DB p.50)
1985 May 22, In Lebanon Michel
Seurat, a French history researcher, was abducted. In 1986 the
Islamic Jihad said he had been executed.
(AP, 3/5/00)(AP, 3/7/06)
1986 May 22, Cher called David
Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC.
1987 May 22, An Iraqi missile
hit the American frigate USS Stark in the Persian Gulf. [see
1987 May 22, A deadly tornado
devastated the small West Texas town of Saragosa, killing 30 people
and injuring 162. The storm destroyed 61 houses and leveled the
community center and church.
1988 May 22, Janos Kadar,
installed by the Soviet Union as head of Hungary's Communist Party
in 1956, was replaced by Prime Minister Karoly Grosz.
1989 May 22, In West Los
Angeles football star O.J. Simpson (41) pleaded no contest to
battering his wife, Nicole Simpson (29), during a New Years Day
(SFC, 6/22/96, p.A8)(SSFC, 5/18/14, DB p.50)
1989 May 22, More than 100 top
Chinese military leaders vowed to refrain from entering Beijing to
suppress pro-democracy demonstrations.
1990 May 22, Microsoft released
1990 May 22, Boxer Rocky
Graziano died in New York at age 71.
1990 May 22, After years of
conflict, pro-Western North Yemen and pro-Soviet South Yemen merged
to form the Republic of Yemen. The North was conservative and the
South was socialist. This day became an annual National Day holiday.
(WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A1)(AP, 5/22/98)(AFP, 5/23/12)
1991 May 22, Sonia Gandhi, the
Italian-born wife of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, was
designated to lead his Congress Party through national elections,
one day after his assassination. However, Mrs. Gandhi turned down
1992 May 22, Johnny Carson
hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the last time after a reign lasting
nearly 30 years, telling his audience: "I bid you a very heartfelt
good night." Carson was succeeded by Jay Leno.
1993 May 22, The United States,
Russia, France, Britain and Spain agreed to enforce safe areas in
Bosnia-Herzegovina, but stopped short of endorsing President
Clinton's proposal to use military force.
1994 May 22, A worldwide trade
embargo against Haiti went into effect to punish Haiti's military
rulers for not reinstating the country's ousted elected leader,
1995 May 22, The US State Dept.
allowed Taiwan’s President Lee Teng-hui to visit his alma mater,
Cornell University, to deliver a speech on "Taiwan's Democratization
Experience". China condemned the US for "ruining" Sino-American
1995 May 22, The Supreme Court
ruled 5-4 that states cannot limit service in Congress without
amending the Constitution.
1995 May 22, "The CBS Evening
News" resumed a single-anchor format with Dan Rather, after Connie
Chung was dropped from the broadcast.
1996 May 22, President Clinton
counterattacked against Republican criticism of his foreign policy
during a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New
London, Conn.; the president then traveled to New York where he was
cheered by sailors from four nations aboard the USS Intrepid.
1996 May 22, A consortium led
by Houston Industries, AES Corp., and Electricite de France
purchased control of the Brazilian state owned electrical utility
Light Servicos de Eletricidade SA for 1.7 bil.
(WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-16)
1996 May 22, The Burmese
military regime has jailed 71 supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi in a
bid to block a pro-democracy meeting. General Maung Aye, commander
and deputy chairman of the military regime warned that the
government will annihilate anyone who disturbs peace and
(SFC, 5/22/96, p.C-1)
1996 May 22, China planned to
spend $10.78 billion on its telecommunications industry this year.
24,800 miles of optical cable were scheduled for install.
(WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-16)
1996 May 22, Iraq reached an
agreement with the UN to sell $2 billion in oil for 180 days to buy
food and medicine.
(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)
1996 May 22, Amnesty
International reported that Iraqi doctors were forced to cut off the
ears of alleged deserters and that Kenyan doctors were pressured to
ignore evidence of torture.
(SFC, 5/22/96, p.A9)
1997 May 22, The US Postal
Service released a Bugs Bunny commemorative stamp, the first
animated character on a US stamp.
(SFC, 5/22/97, p.A3)
1997 May 22, Kelly Flinn, the
Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepted
a general discharge, thereby avoiding court-martial on charges of
lying, adultery and disobeying an order.
1997 May 22, The defense began
presenting its case in the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy
1997 May 22, The Christian
Coalition began a campaign for a proposed "religious liberty"
(SFC, 5/23/97, p.A5)
1997 May 22, In Algeria a car
bomb killed 15 people in Boufarik south of the capital.
(SFC, 5/23/97, p.A18)
1997 May 22, In Italy the Grand
Princess was launched at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard. It was
the world’s largest passenger cruise ship at 109,000 gross tons and
was scheduled for interior completion in the spring of 1998.
(SFEC, 5/26/97, p.A11)
1997 May 22, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin fired defense minister Gen’l. Igor Rodionov and Viktor
Samsanov, head of the general staff, for lack of military reforms.
(SFC, 5/23/97, p.A1)
1998 May 22, Federal Judge
Norma Holloway Johnson ruled that Secret Service agents could be
compelled to testify before the grand jury in the Monica Lewinsky
1998 May 22, John Derek, film
director, died in Santa Maria, Ca. His wives included Pati Behrs,
Ursula Andress, Linda Evans and Mary Cathleen Collins, better known
as Bo Derek.
(SFC, 5/23/98, p.A23)
1998 May 22, A joint
peacekeeping force was set up by 7 European nations to maintain
peace in Kosovo. Deputy defense ministers of Albania, Bulgaria,
Macedonia, Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey signed on after meeting
in Tirana. Slovenia and the US signed on as observers.
(SFC, 5/23/98, p.A14)
1998 May 22, In Bolivia
earthquakes destroyed hundreds of homes in central remote mountain
towns and at least 60 people were killed.
(SFC, 5/23/98, p.A12)
1998 May 22, In Indonesia
Gen’l. Wiranto emerged as defense minister and chief of the armed
forces. He peacefully evicted student protestors from the Parliament
and removed rival Gen’l. Prabowo, a son-in-law of Suharto, to a
military college in Bandung
(SFC, 5/23/98, p.A12)
1998 May 22, In Tijuana,
Mexico, the workers of the Han Young auto parts factory went on
strike. An attempted strike break and political maneuverings by the
company were unsuccessful and the case was to be put before a judge.
(SFC, 6/2/98, p.A10)
1998 May 22, A vote on
the referendum on the Northern Ireland peace agreement was held in
Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Voters showed 71%
support in Northern Ireland and 94% support in the Republic of
(SFC, 4/23/98, p.A12)(SFC, 5/23/98, p.A1)(SFEC,
1998 May 22, In Portugal just
12,000 people visited the Expo by midday on its first day.
Organizers had predicted an average daily attendance of 140,000.
(SFC, 5/23/98, p.A14)
1999 May 22, In Colorado
Columbine High School seniors wearing blue-and-silver gowns marched
single file in a graduation ceremony that mixed celebration of the
day with sorrow for victims of the recent massacre.
1999 May 22, NATO bombed the
Kolubara power plant 20 miles from Belgrade, which supplied most of
the power to Belgrade and northern Serbia.
(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.A8)
1999 May 22, In Russia the new
All Russia Party was formed in St. Petersburg in the Tauride Palace.
Gov. Vladimir Yakovlev and Tatarstan Pres. Mintimir Shaimiyev gave
the opening and closing speeches. The party favored greater state
control of the economy, lower taxes and welfare policies that
targeted the needy.
(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.A22)
2000 May 22, The Supreme Court
struck down, 5-to-4, a federal law that shielded children from
sex-oriented cable TV channels.
2000 May 22, A committee of the
Arkansas Supreme Court recommended that President Clinton be
disbarred for giving false testimony about his relationship with
Monica Lewinsky in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. Clinton
later agreed to give up his Arkansas law license for five years.
2000 May 22, In Israel the
Supreme Court ruled that women may read out load from the Torah and
wear a prayer shawl at the Western Wall. In 2003 the Supreme Court
rejected the rule.
(SFC, 5/23/00, p.A10)(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A12)
2000 May 22, Israel’s 22-year
occupation of southern Lebanon crumbled as Islamic guerrillas and
civilians laid claim to disputed lands.
(SFC, 5/23/00, p.A1)
2000 May 22, In Liberia 29
captured UN peacekeepers were freed while in Sierra Leone a halt
dozen men with UN uniforms and Zambian insignia were found dead.
(SFC, 5/23/00, p.A10)
2000 May 22, In Nigeria fresh
Christian-Muslim clashes left 3 people dead in Kaduna.
(WSJ, 5/23/00, p.A1)
2000 May 22, In Peru election
observers suspended monitoring preparations for elections. Alejandro
Toledo formally pulled out of the race after his demand for an
election postponement was rebuffed.
(WSJ, 5/23/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/23/00, p.A12)
2000 May 22, Russia asserted
that Afghanistan’s Taliban had signed an agreement with Chechen
rebels and that it might launch air strikes against Afghanistan.
(SFC, 5/23/00, p.A10)
2000 May 22, Pres. Putin
abolished the chief agency for environmental protection and
transferred its powers to a ministry that hands out oil and gas
(SFC, 5/23/00, p.A12)
2000 May 22, In Sri Lanka over
150 Tamil rebels were killed over 2 days of fighting for control in
Jaffna. Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister met with Foreign Minister
Lakshman Kadirgamar in Colombo in an attempt to broker a peace.
(SFC, 5/23/00, p.A12)
2000 May 22, In Yugoslavia a
Serbian court convicted 143 ethnic Albanians from Djakovica, Kosovo,
on terrorism charges for attacks against Serbian police during 1999
(SFC, 5/23/00, p.A14)
2001 May 22, Ford Motor Co.
said it planned to spend more than $2 billion to replace up to 13
million Firestone tires on its vehicles because of safety concerns.
2001 May 22, It was reported
that researchers had identified a gene linked to Crohn’s disease, an
inflammatory bowel disorder.
(WSJ, 5/22/01, p.A1)
2001 May 22, The Taliban of
Afghanistan decreed an edict that would require non-Muslims to wear
(WSJ, 5/22/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/23/01, p.A1)
2001 May 22, Ethnic Albanian
rebels in southern Serbia began laying aside their weapons for
collection by NATO.
(SFC, 5/23/01, p.A12)
2001 May 22, In the Philippines
2 workers were killed at the Pearl Farms resort on Samal Island
during an attack by suspected Muslim rebels. Guards repulsed the
(SFC, 5/24/01, p.C3)
2001 May 22, In Sweden
delegates from 127 countries formally adopted a global treaty
banning 12 toxic chemicals called persistent organic pollutants
(SFC, 5/23/01, p.C4)
2002 May 22, Pres. Bush arrived
in Berlin on a 7-day trip to 4 countries.
(SFC, 5/23/02, p.A10)
2002 May 22, Bobby Frank Cherry
(71), former Alabama Klansman, was convicted for the Sep 14, 1963,
murder of 4 Black girls at the 16th Street Baptist Church. The jury
sent him to prison for life.
(SFC, 5/23/02, p.A1)
2002 May 22, The remains of
Chandra Levy, former intern to Calif. Rep. Gary Condit, were found
in Rock Creek Park, Washington DC. She was last seen April 30, 2001.
(SFC, 5/23/02, p.A1)
2002 May 22, Robert Rhodes
(68), former Florida dog track security guard, was charged in
Alabama with cruelty to animals after the remains of some 3,000
greyhounds were found on his property.
(SFC, 5/23/02, p.A6)
2002 May 22, Pope John Paul
(82) arrived in Azerbaijan for a 2-day visit before continuing on to
Bulgaria. He hope to improve relations with the Muslim and Christian
(WSJ, 5/22/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/23/02, p.A1)
2002 May 22, In Israel a
Palestinian suicide bomber killed himself and 2 Israelis in Rishon
Letzion, a Tel Aviv suburb. Some 3 dozen people were injured. A
Ukrainian Christian woman, previously misidentified, and her
Palestinian husband drove the suicide bomber to the site. Irena
Plitzik said she did not know about the suicide mission. A 2nd
bomber, Tauurya Hamamra, backed out.
(SFC, 5/23/02, p.A10)(WSJ, 5/23/02, p.A1)(WSJ,
5/31/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/31/02, p.A10)(SSFC, 6/2/02, p.A11)
2002 May 22, Kyrgyzstan Pres.
Akayev accepted the resignation of PM Kurmanbek Bakiev and his
entire government amid protests over clashes with police that killed
6 people in March.
(SFC, 5/23/02, p.A12)(Econ, 3/26/05, p.44)
2002 May 22, In Nepal King
Gyanendra dissolved parliament and ordered elections due to rifts
over a proposed extension of emergency rule.
(SFC, 5/23/02, p.A12)
2002 May 22, Philippine police
in Cotabato city arrested Noor Mohammad Umog, a Muslim Abu Sayyaf
(SFC, 5/24/02, p.A16)
2002 May 22, A US-led int'l.
commission condemned the Sudanese government for allowing slavery to
flourish. Bondage to pay off debts still existed.
(SFC, 5/23/02, p.A15)
2002 May 22, A UN environmental
report said population growth was slowing but that severe water
shortages should be expected in the Middle East over the next
generation and biodiversity will continue to be damaged in many
world regions. Ocean degradation was also noted.
(SFC, 5/23/02, p.A6)
2003 May 22, Annika Sorenstam
became the first woman since Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1945 to tee
off against the men on the pro tour, playing in the first round of
the Colonial golf tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. Sorenstam missed
the cut the next day by four shots.
2003 May 22, LeBron James, high
school basketball star, agreed to a deal with Nike worth more than
2003 May 22, Maryland Gov.
Robert Ehrlich signed a bill that reduced criminal penalties for
seriously ill people who smoke marijuana to a maximum $100 and no
(SFC, 5/23/03, p.A5)
2003 May 22, NASA released the
1st photo of Earth taken from Mars, 86 million miles away. The
record distance was a 1990 shot by Voyager 1 from 4 billion miles.
(WSJ, 5/23/03, p.A1)
2003 May 22, In Colombia
Government troops killed at least 29 rebels in a two-day battle in
2003 May 22, Iceland PM David
Oddsson announced that he will step down in September 2004 in favor
of the current foreign minister, who leads the other party in his
2003 May 22, The UN Security
Council overwhelmingly approved an end to 13-year-old sanctions
against Iraq and gave the United States and Britain extraordinary
powers to run the country and its lucrative oil industry. Security
Council Resolution 1483 identified the US and Britain as “occupying
powers” in Iraq.
(AP, 5/22/03)(Econ, 4/19/08, p.102)
2004 May 22, Filmmaker Michael
Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," a scathing indictment of White House
actions after the Sept. 11 attacks, won the top prize at the Cannes
Film Festival. It was the first documentary to win Cannes'
prestigious Palme d'Or since Jacques Cousteau's and Louis Malle's
"The Silent World" in 1956.
2004 May 22, Samuel Johnson
(76), who'd built the family's SC Johnson wax company into a
consumer products giant, died.
2004 May 22, An Arab League
summit met for a 2-day session in Tunis. 8 Arab leaders, including
Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, failed to show up and Libyan
leader Moammar Gadhafi walked out on the 1st day.
2004 May 22, The Commonwealth
of Britain and its former colonies lifted a four-year suspension of
2004 May 22, A bomb planted by
suspected rebels exploded in a crowded discotheque in northwest
Colombia, killing at least six people and wounding 82.
2004 May 22, In Baghdad a car
bomb exploded outside the home of a deputy interior minister,
wounding him and killing at least five people, including four
2004 May 22, Bombs exploded
outside three banks in Jiutepec, central Mexico, heavily damaging
them but causing no injuries. A note near the bombing sites signed
by a group calling itself the Comando Jaramillista Morelense 23 de
Mayo — in tribute to the peasant leader Ruben Jaramillo, who was
murdered along with his family by state forces on May 23, 1962.
2004 May 22, A 3-year-old
Palestinian girl was shot and killed in the Rafah refugee camp on
the fifth day of Israeli searches and house demolitions. A suicide
bomber blew himself at an Israeli army checkpoint in the West Bank,
wounding five people.
2004 May 22, North Korea agreed
to release the family members of Japanese citizens kidnapped by
Northern agents, and Japan pledged aid to the impoverished country
at a summit between the two nations' leaders.
2004 May 22, Spain's Crown
Prince Felipe married former TV anchorwoman Letizia Ortiz, the first
commoner in line to be queen in Spanish history.
2004 May 22, Voters in Sierra
Leone choose local councils for the first time in 30 years.
2004 May 22, The ship car
carrier MV Hyundai, carrying 4,000 cars, sank after colliding with
the oil tanker MT Kaminesan just south of Singapore.
2004 May 22, Arab militiamen
killed at least 56 people in a raid in western Sudan, just days
after the government declared the troubled region was stable.
2005 May 22, First Lady Laura
Bush was heckled by protesters during a visit to holy sites in
2005 May 22, Voice actor Thurl
Ravenscroft (91), who supplied Tony the Tiger's "They're
grrrrreeeat!" for more than 50 years, died in Fullerton, Calif.
2005 May 22, Egyptian
authorities arrested the 4th-highest official in the powerful Muslim
Brotherhood and 25 others. Mahmoud Ezzat, secretary-general of the
Islamist group and head of its Cairo operations, is the
highest-profile Brotherhood arrest since 1996.
2005 May 22, In India bombs
tore through 2 cinemas in New Delhi showing a film considered
offensive by some Sikhs.
2005 May 22, Seven Iraqi
battalions backed by US forces launched an offensive in Baghdad in
an effort to stanch the violence that has killed more than 550
people in less than a month.
2005 May 22, In Iraq gunmen
killed a top trade ministry official while aides of a radical Shiite
cleric met with a key Sunni group seeking to ease sectarian
2005 May 22, In Iraq 3 Romanian
journalists and their Iraqi-American guide were freed after nearly
two months in captivity. Mohammed Munaf, their Iraqi-American
translator, was later tried and convicted on charges that he
assisted in the kidnapping. In 2006 Munaf was sentenced to death.
(AP, 5/22/05)(SSFC, 10/15/06, p.A20)
2005 May 22, Jordan, Israel and
the Palestinian Authority said they had agreed terms for a
feasibility study on transferring water from the Red Sea to the Dead
Sea, to save the world's lowest sea from vanishing.
2005 May 22, A North Korean
cargo ship arrived in South Korea to pick up fertilizer, the first
such vessel from the isolated communist nation to dock here in 21
2005 May 22, A top Kyrgyz
official said Uzbeks who fled into neighboring Kyrgyzstan to escape
violence in their Central Asian country are not refugees and must
2005 May 22, In Mongolia
Nambariin Enkhbayar, a candidate from the former Communist Party,
won the presidency with 53% of the vote.
2005 May 22, In Palestine
protesters besieged Laura Bush during her visit to two of
Jerusalem's most sacred sites.
2005 May 22, In South Africa 7
teenage girls drowned in a rip tide off the east coast and a boy was
missing after a beach outing turned tragic when the swimmers
ventured out before lifeguards were on duty.
2005 May 22, The UN condemned
as "utterly unacceptable" the alleged abuse of detainees at the main
US base in Afghanistan and called on the American military to allow
an investigation by Afghan human rights officials.
2006 May 22, The US Supreme
Court ruled unanimously that police without a warrant can enter a
home to break up a fight, overturning 3 Utah court findings.
(WSJ, 5/23/06, p.A1)
2006 May 22, The Department of
Veterans Affairs said personal data, including Social Security
numbers of 26.5 million US veterans, was stolen from a VA employee
after he took the information home without authorization.
2006 May 22, AP reported that
the Wyoming Department of Family Services has funneled tens of
thousands of dollars to a grant program administered by a private
religious corporation that has funded churches, ministries and
religiously oriented anti-abortion centers.
2006 May 22, Braxton Bilbrey
(7) of Arizona swam from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco in 47
2006 May 22, The NYSE under
John Thain made a $10.2 billion cash and stock bid for Euronext NV,
a European exchange operator, in an attempt to become the world’s
first transatlantic stock trading center. Euronext had formed
earlier as a combination of the Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels
exchanges. The merged entity began trading April 4, 2007.
(SFC, 5/23/06, p.C3)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.66)(WSJ,
2006 May 22, Wal-Mart Stores
Inc. announced it was withdrawing from the highly competitive South
Korean retail market, agreeing to sell its 16 stores to the
country's top discount chain.
2006 May 22, Seagate
Technology, a disk-drive manufacturer, completed its acquisition of
Maxtor Corp. and said it will fire some 6,000 Maxtor employees.
(SFC, 5/23/06, p.C1)
2006 May 22, A US-led coalition
said nighttime airstrike against Taliban rebels in a southern Afghan
village killed up to 80 suspected militants. The local governor said
16 civilians were killed and 16 wounded in Azizi in Kandahar
2006 May 22, In Bangladesh
textile workers demanding better pay and one day off per week went
on a rampage at Savar, an industrial town near Dhaka, setting fire
to two factories and several buses.
2006 May 22, An explosion in an
illegal Chinese coal mine in the village of Siyuangou in Henan
province killed eight miners and left an undetermined number
2006 May 22, Colombia's
Interior Minister Sabas Pretelt said the peace process with
far-right paramilitary gunmen was back on track, following days of
tensions caused by a court ruling that tossed out part of a peace
pact. In Jamundi 10 police officers in a US-trained unit were
ambushed and killed in a ferocious attack by a platoon of 28
soldiers who unleashed a barrage of some 150 bullets and seven
grenades. The attack stunned Colombians and severely embarrassed
President Alvaro Uribe. An 11th man, an informant who led the police
squad to the scene promising they would find a large stash of
cocaine, was also found dead. When investigators removed his ski
mask, they found a bullet hole in his head. In 2008 a judge gave a
54-year prison term to a cashiered army lieutenant colonel who was
convicted of ordering the massacre of the anti-drug police. He also
slapped near-maximum sentences of 52 years on the unit's
second-in-command, and 50 years each on the other 13 soldiers
involved. Senior police believed former Lt. Col. Byron Carvajal and
his troops had been protecting a drug lord.
(AP, 5/22/06)(AP, 6/17/06)(AP, 5/8/08)
2006 May 22, Haiti’s President
Rene Preval said he has nominated former Cabinet member and close
ally Jacques Edouard Alexis as prime minister. UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan appointed Edmond Mulet (b.1951) of Guatemala as his
Special Representative in Haiti and Head of the UN Stabilization
Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Mr. Mulet succeeded Júan Gabriel Valdés
2006 May 22, India’s main
market index, the Sensex, set a record for intra-day volatility.
Share prices had fallen by nearly 20% within 2 weeks. The recent
drop was seen as a correction following a 3-year boom.
(Econ, 5/27/06, p.70)
2006 May 22, In Iraq car bombs
and drive-by shootings killed 17 people, including seven police
officers, hours before Iraq's parliament met for its first session
after swearing in a new government.
2006 May 22, Fed up with legal
stonewalling and political posturing, Lithuania's government
announced that it would submit a bill on nationalizing Mazeikiu
Nafta, the country's largest corporation and the only oil refinery
in the Baltics. If approved, the unprecedented move would ostensibly
end a slew of legal battles and intense competition surrounding the
enterprise, while at the same time possibly opening a Pandora's box
of litigation against the Lithuanian government.
2006 May 22, A court found the
former chief executive and chief financial officer of Dutch retailer
Royal Ahold NV guilty of fraud, but ruled the pair will not have to
serve prison time.
2006 May 22, AP Television News
opened a full-time office in North Korea, becoming the first Western
news organization to provide regular coverage of that nation.
2006 May 22, Hamas militiamen
and Palestinian police traded heavy fire near Gaza City's parliament
building, killing the driver of the Jordanian ambassador and
wounding six people in the worst internal fighting in recent weeks.
2006 May 22, Dr. Lee Jong-wook
(61) died following surgery for a blood clot on the brain. He
spearheaded the World Health Organization's successive battles
against SARS and bird flu and was the first South Korean to head a
2007 May 22, The US and China
opened a new round of high-level economic talks with the Bush
administration pushing for concrete results and China saying efforts
to politicize trade disagreements would be a mistake.
2007 May 22, Two-time Olympic
gold medalist speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno and his professional
dance partner, Julianne Hough, won ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
2007 May 22, Silas Rondeau,
Brazil's mines and energy minister, resigned amid accusations he was
bribed by a construction company that obtained contracts to provide
electricity to poor rural areas in a program championed by the
nation's first working class president.
2007 May 22, Prosecutors in
London accused Andrei Lugovoi, a former KGB agent, of murder in the
radioactive poisoning of fellow ex-operative Alexander Litvinenko
and sought his extradition from Russia. The Russian
prosecutor-general's office said it will not turn over Lugovoi to
2007 May 22, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen met with junta head Senior General Than Shwe in military-ruled
Myanmar, as the two nations moved to improve tourism links.
2007 May 22, The International
Criminal Court prosecutor announced a war crimes investigation into
hundreds of rapes and other violations in the Central African
Republic in 2002 and 2003. The UN condemned the capture of two aid
workers in the north-west of the CAR, saying the worsening security
was hampering its humanitarian work in the country.
2007 May 22, Guatemala ratified
the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions, an international
adoption treaty, committing to bring adoptions under government
regulation and make sure babies are not bought or stolen.
2007 May 22, In India streets
were deserted and shops closed across the northern state of Punjab
after Sikh leaders called a general strike in the wake of a clashes
with a quasi-religious sect that have left one person dead. The
Akali Dal, the Sikh’s main political party, encouraged protests
against the Dera Sacha Sauda, a powerful group that had supported
Congress in state assembly elections.
(AP, 5/22/07)(Econ, 7/7/07, p.43)
2007 May 22, Iran jumped
gasoline prices 25% in a new blow to consumers already disgruntled
over high inflation, and the government said it will begin rationing
fuel in two weeks. By November inflation was running at 16%.
(AP, 5/22/07)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.56)
2007 May 22, A car bomb
exploded at an outdoor market in a Shiite area of Baghdad, killing
25 people and wounding at least 60. Gunmen in two cars drove through
the nearby Khadra neighborhood and ambushed a civilian car carrying
three plainclothes police from the major crimes unit, killing two
and wounding the third. A police officer was killed when a roadside
bomb exploded next to a police patrol driving through eastern
Baghdad. Gunmen disguised as soldiers set up a fake checkpoint and
stopped a minibus bringing college students to the Shiite
neighborhood of Sadr City. The militants killed 8 of the students
and wounded three others. At another fake checkpoint near Baqouba
gunmen killed six people from one family, a woman, her 5-year-old
son and four men and stole their car. 2 mortar shells slammed into a
teacher's college affiliated with Baghdad University, killing three
students and injuring seven. In the Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, a
sniper shot two civilians, killing one and wounding the other. At
least 100 Iraqis were killed or found dead nationwide. They included
33 people found shot execution-style, presumably by sectarian death
squads, and their bodies scattered across Baghdad. US soldiers and
two Marines were killed in separate attacks. A US soldiers was
killed in a roadside bomb attack near Tikrit.
(AP, 5/22/07)(AP, 5/23/07)(Reuters, 5/25/07)
2007 May 22, Israeli aircraft
struck two camps used by the Islamic militant group Hamas, a day
after a Palestinian rocket attack killed an Israeli woman. Officials
suggested even Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas
could be a target.
2007 May 22, In Lebanon a
convoy of UN relief supplies was hit in renewed fighting as it tried
to enter the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared. At least 15
civilians were left dead or wounded. Lebanon asked the US for $280
million in military assistance.
(AP, 5/22/07)(WSJ, 5/23/07, p.A1)
2007 May 22, The UN's top
refugee official arrived in Nepal for a visit aimed at resolving the
fate of around 100,000 refugees from Bhutan stuck in Nepal for 16
2007 May 22, Pakistani security
forces backed by helicopter gunships attacked a militant training
camp near the Afghan border, killing at least four suspected
2007 May 22, The Philippine
elections commission suspended the vote count from last week's polls
in southern Maguindanao province amid allegations of massive
cheating by pro-government supporters.
2007 May 22, South African
lawmakers passed amended legislation to broaden the definition of
rape in a country with sky-high rates of sex crimes and HIV/AIDS.
The heaviest snowfalls in 20 years blocked major highways, as a
severe cold snap tightened its grip on South Africa. At least 17
deaths, mostly in Eastern Cape province, were blamed on the cold
(AP, 5/22/07)(AFP, 5/22/07)(SFC, 5/26/07, p.B6)
2007 May 22, Guven Akkus (28),
a suicide bomber, carried out an attack that killed six people and
injured dozens in Ankara, using methods similar to those of a
Kurdish rebel group. Akkus had spent two years in prison for hanging
illegal posters and resisting police.
2008 May 22, The US Congress
enacted a farm bill over Pres. Bush’s veto sending new and bigger
subsidies for farmers and more food stamps to help the poor with
rising grocery prices.
(SFC, 5/23/08, p.A5)
2008 May 22, Several companies
agreed to pay a combined $24 million to pet owners to resolve
lawsuits over contaminated pet food linked to the illness and death
of animals. The settlement involving Canada-based Menu Foods Income
Fund and other pet food manufacturers and suppliers was outlined in
documents filed in the US District Court in New Jersey.
2008 May 22, The Summit Fire
began in the California’s Santa Cruz mountains. After 5 days it had
covered 4,270 acres and destroyed 31 residences before becoming
(SFC, 5/23/08, p.A1)(SFC, 5/28/08, p.B2)
2008 May 22, A tornado hit
northern Colorado killing one person.
(WSJ, 5/23/08, p.A1)
2008 May 22, In western
Afghanistan gunfire broke out in Ghor province at a protest against
a US sniper in Iraq who used a Quran for target practice. Two
civilians were slain and seven others were wounded. A NATO soldier
from Lithuania was killed, the first of the Baltic country's troops
to die while serving there.
(AP, 5/22/08)(AFP, 5/22/08)
2008 May 22, Bangladesh
reported its first confirmed case of human bird flu, but said the
16-month-old victim had now recovered from the virus.
2008 May 22, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown called for a total ban on the use of cluster bombs by
the British military. Nicky Reilly, would-be suicide bomber, tried
to detonate a nail bomb in a restaurant in Exeter but injured only
himself. He had embraced Islam between 2002 and 2003 and called
himself Mohammad Rashid Saeed Alim. In 2009 Reilly (22) was
sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison.
(AFP, 5/22/08)(AP, 1/30/09)
2008 May 22, In Canada a
shoe-clad foot was discovered on a small uninhabited island south of
Vancouver in the Strait of Georgia, and is the fourth discovered in
the region in the past 10 months. Police did not know where they are
2008 May 22, China said the
toll of dead and missing from last week's powerful earthquake jumped
to more than 80,000, while the government appealed for millions of
tents to shelter homeless survivors.
2008 May 22, Tens of thousands
of French workers took to the streets as unions mounted a one-day
show of force against President Nicolas Sarkozy's government over
2008 May 22, Partial returns
and an exit poll showed President Mikhail Saakashvili's ruling party
heading for a strong majority in Georgia's parliamentary election.
United Opposition co-leader David Gamkrelidze alleged widespread
cheating and pressure on opponents by authorities in areas outside
2008 May 22, Indonesians faced
runaway inflation and higher interest rates after the government
vowed to hike subsidized fuel prices by an average 28.7% despite
2008 May 22, Pres. al-Maliki
met with the Iraq’s most influential Shiite spiritual leader, Grand
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to discuss his government crackdowns.
Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric has been quietly issuing
religious edicts declaring that armed resistance against US-led
foreign troops is permissible.
(AP, 5/22/08)(AP, 5/23/08)
2008 May 22, In Pakistan
unidentified gunmen shot dead Muhammad Ibrahim (44), a reporter for
Urdu-language Express newspaper, after he interviewed a spokesman
for Taliban militants in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
2008 May 22, A Palestinian
suicide bomber detonated a truck loaded with explosives as he tried
to ram a crucial crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel. There
were no casualties besides the bomber.
2008 May 22, A US government
agency signed a political risk insurance deal with a Palestinian
firm to help guarantee investments in the West Bank as part of an
international effort to develop the beleaguered local economy.
2008 May 22, The South African
army mobilized in support of embattled police trying to quell a wave
of violence against immigrants that has claimed 42 lives and
displaced 16,000. More than 10,000 Mozambicans have fled home from
South Africa to escape the xenophobic attacks.
2008 May 22, In Sri Lanka
government soldiers killed 11 insurgents in three separate clashes
in Vavuniya. 10 soldiers were wounded. Other battles in Jaffna,
Mannar and Welioya killed 11 rebels and two soldiers.
2008 May 22, Thailand's PM
Sundaravej pledged to sell rice to Manila at "negotiable" rates, as
he began a visit to the Philippines, which is working to boost its
stocks of the grain.
2008 May 22, Two Turkish
soldiers were killed in an overnight clash with Kurdish rebels in
southeastern Turkey. Troops killed two Kurdish rebels near the
southeastern city of Sirnak.
(AP, 5/22/08)(AP, 5/24/08)
2009 May 22, President Obama
signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and
Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, marking a turning point for American
consumers and ending the days of unfair rate hikes and hidden fees.
The new rules went into effect on Feb 22, 2010.
(http://tinyurl.com/qbhe4g)(SFC, 2/23/10, p.D2)
2009 May 22, In Pinole, Ca.,
Anthony Ramirez (23) was interrupted in an attempted robbery of a
home and escaped leaving behind his cell phone. Ramirez was a
suspect in 3 recent East Bay slayings and was apprehended on May 27
following calls to himself to retrieve his cell phone.
(SFC, 6/3/09, p.B2)
2009 May 22, The African Union
called on the UN Security Council to take "immediate measures" to
impose sanctions on Eritrea over its support for Islamist insurgents
2009 May 22, Brazil's Supreme
Court approved the extradition to the US of Pablo Rayo Montano, a
Colombian-born drug lord accused of running one of the world's
largest drug smuggling operations.
2009 May 22, In Brazil a
twin-engine plane crashed near a private airport in a northeastern
coastal resort area, killing all 11 people aboard.
2009 May 22, A Canadian court
found Desire Munyaneza (42), a Rwandan man, guilty of genocide,
crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the 1994
Rwanda genocide, making him the first person convicted under
Canada's war crimes act. Munyaneza arrived in Canada in 1997 and
unsuccessfully tried to claim refugee status. Police subsequently
launched an investigation and arrested him in 2005. On Oct 29
Munyaneza was sentenced to 25 years in prison before becoming
eligible for parole.
(Reuters, 5/22/09)(Reuters, 10/29/09)
2009 May 22, A Toronto-area man
(21) convicted of belonging to a group plotting al Qaeda-inspired
attacks on Canadian landmarks was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in jail,
the first sentence handed out in the so-called "Toronto 18" case. He
has already spent two years in custody and will likely be released
soon due to credit for time already served.
2009 May 22, In Egypt Ayman
Nour, a prominent Egyptian dissident, was attacked by an assailant
on a motorcycle who ignited a flammable substance in his face,
leaving his head burned. Nour accused elements within the ruling
party of being behind the attack.
2009 May 22, Haiti's civil
protection department said floods have killed at least 11 people
this week as heavy rains swamp towns still rebuilding from last
2009 May 22, In Iraq the body
of Jim Kitterman (60), an American civilian contractor, was found
stabbed to death in a vehicle in the Green Zone. Another contractor
was killed by a rocket attack near the American Embassy. An American
soldier died in a noncombat incident in Baghdad province. In June
Iraqi authorities detained 4 Americans and one Iraqi in connection
with the death of Kitterman, in what could be the first case of
Americans facing local justice under a joint security pact that took
effect this year. 3 of the detained American were soon released due
to insufficient evidence.
(AP, 5/23/09)(AP, 6/7/09)(AP, 6/8/09)(AP,
2009 May 22, Israeli troops
crossed into Gaza and killed two Palestinian militants who were
planting a bomb along the border fence before dawn.
2009 May 22, An Italian warship
arrested nine pirates after helping a US-flagged container vessel
and another ship evade brigands off the coast of Somalia.
2009 May 22, Police in Morocco
uncovered more than 20 tons of cannabis resin, one of the country's
largest ever hash hauls, hidden in steel crates destined for France.
2009 May 22, Myanmar opposition
leader Aung San Suu Kyi pleaded not guilty at her trial and blamed
the regime's lax security for allowing an American intruder to swim
uninvited to her lakeside home.
2009 May 22, Nigeria's foreign
minister said that the military has rescued 12 hostages, eight
Filipinos and four Ukrainians, from militants being targeted by the
armed forces in the southern oil region. The military said a dozen
troops had gone missing in the region.
2009 May 22, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded at a congested marketplace in the northwestern city of
Peshawar, killing at least 5 people wounding dozens. Troops
encircled Taliban militants in their mountain base as well as the
main town in the Swat Valley, as the UN appealed for $543 million to
ease the suffering of nearly 2 million refugees from the fighting.
(AFP, 5/22/09)(AP, 5/22/09)(SFC, 5/23/09, p.A2)
2009 May 22, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev challenged EU leaders meeting at a summit in
Khabarovsk to help Ukraine pay its gas bills in order to prevent
disruption of Russian supplies to Europe.
2009 May 22, Serbian
authorities said they will investigate a drug rehab facility
sponsored by the Serbian Orthodox Church after the publication of a
video showing one of the patients being severely beaten with a
shovel by Orthodox priest Branislav Peranovic. On May 27 Peranovic
was removed from his job leading the Crna Reka center in southern
Serbia. On May 29 an employee of the center, shown in another video
punching a patient with brass knuckles, was charged by police.
(AP, 5/22/09)(AP, 5/27/09)
2009 May 22, Hundreds of Somali
government troops attacked insurgent-held positions north and south
of Mogadishu and the heart of the city was heavily shelled. One
witness said a busload of fleeing civilians was hit. Fighting
between Somali government troops and Islamic insurgents killed 53
people in Mogadishu. Residents reported that the operation had
failed to dislodge the insurgents.
(AP, 5/22/09)(AP, 5/23/09)
2010 May 22, Jordan Romero
(13), an eighth-grader from California, became the youngest climber
to reach the top of Mount Everest, surpassing the previous record
set by Temba Tsheri (16) of Nepal.
2010 May 22, Martin Gardner
(b.1914), American writer on mathematics, died. His books included
“The Annotated Alice” (1960).
(Econ, 6/5/10, p.94)
2010 May 22, In southern
Afghanistan 3 foreign soldiers and one civilian working with NATO's
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in two
separate incidents. At least a dozen people were killed south of
Kabul after US troops spotted two insurgents trying to plant bombs.
The Taliban staged a nighttime assault on Kandahar Air Base that
wounded a number of coalition soldiers and civilian employees.
(AFP, 5/22/10)(AP, 5/22/10)(AP, 5/23/10)
2010 May 22, A Chilean appeals
court ordered Mohammad Saif Ur Rehman Khan, a Pakistani, man back
into a high-security prison, saying the chemicals allegedly found on
his possessions at the US Embassy and inside his apartment could
only have come from direct contact with explosives.
2010 May 22, At the Cannes film
festival “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," a surreal
tale of the afterlife with giant monkeys and an erotic catfish
scored gold for Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
2010 May 22, An Air India
Express plane trying to land at a tricky hilltop airport in southern
India overshot the runway, crashed over a cliff and burst into
flames at dawn, killing 158 people. There were 8 survivors. An
investigative panel later said Serb flight commander had slept
through more than half the flight and was disoriented during
(AP, 5/22/10)(SFC, 11/20/10, p.A2)
2010 May 22, Nigerian youths in
Jos hacked to death 3 Muslim herders and burned their bodies.
2010 May 22, In Pakistan an
overnight US missile strike killed two foreign militant suspects and
eight Pakistanis near the Afghan border.
2010 May 22, In Poland Nicolaus
Copernicus (1473-1543), the 16th-century astronomer whose findings
were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was
reburied by Polish priests as a hero, nearly 500 years after he was
laid to rest in an unmarked grave.
2010 May 22, In Slovakia
authorities in Bratislava called off the country’s first-ever gay
pride parade following attacks by neo-Nazis.
(SSFC, 5/23/10, p.A6)
2010 May 22, Spanish railway
workers called for a one-day stoppage on May 28 in protest at
proposed changes in working conditions.
2010 May 22, Thailand's
government displayed to foreign diplomats a huge cache of weapons it
said had been confiscated from anti-government protesters, to quash
criticism of a deadly crackdown. The recent clashes and blasts left
91 dead and 1,900 injured.
(AFP, 5/22/10)(Econ, 7/10/10, p.39)(Econ,
2010 May 22, Dozens of nations,
meeting in Istanbul at a UN-sponsored conference for Somalia,
pledged to help Somalia build a strong police and military, achieve
peace and stability and eradicate piracy that has plagued
international maritime trade.
2010 May 22, Yemen's President
Ali Abdullah Saleh announced an amnesty for journalists being tried
or convicted of press offences to mark the 20th anniversary of the
unification of north and South Yemen.
2011 May 22, A massive tornado
that tore a 6-mile path across southwestern Missouri killed at least
117 people as it slammed into the city of Joplin leaving a forest of
splintered tree trunks behind where entire neighborhoods once stood.
The National Weather Service said it was the single deadliest
twister in the past 60 years. In June death toll reached 154.
(AP, 5/23/11)(AP, 5/24/11)(Reuters, 6/5/11)(SSFC,
2011 May 22, Joseph Brooks
(73), the Academy Award-winning songwriter of "You Light Up My Life"
(1977), was found dead in NYC of an apparent suicide while awaiting
trial on charges of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women and
just months after his son was accused of murdering a swimsuit
2011 May 22, In Afghanistan 6
members of the Afghan security forces died when the Taliban stormed
a traffic police office in Khost city and two suicide bombers
detonated themselves, triggering a nine-hour stand-off. Two female
civilians died and five others including four women were wounded in
the southern province of Zabul when the tractor they were travelling
in hit a roadside mine.
2011 May 22, In Brazil about
1,000 people gathered in Sao Paulo to protest against proposed laws
in favor of Brazilian farmers who are seeking more space to raise
cattle. They said that the environmental law changes would increase
deforestation in the Amazon.
2011 May 22, In Brazil a boat
carrying more than 100 passengers sank in a lake in Rio de Janeiro.
Rescue workers said a baby was dead and seven people were missing.
2011 May 22, The last of
Britain's military forces in Iraq pulled up anchor, ending more than
eight years of fighting militants and training security forces since
invading in 2003.
2011 May 22, Auction site eBay
said a bidder paid £81,100 ($131,648) for a silk bow hat worn by
Princess Beatrice to last month’s royal wedding. The Philip Treacy
creation was put on sale to raise money for UNICEF and Children in
(SFC, 5/23/11, p.A2)
2011 May 22, An Egyptian court
condemned a policeman to death for killing 20 protesters, in the
first such sentencing of a security forces member for the murder of
demonstrators during a January-February revolt.
2011 May 22, The European Union
established formal diplomatic contact with the opposition seeking to
topple Moammar Gadhafi by opening an office in the eastern rebel
stronghold of Benghazi and promised support for a democratic Libya.
2011 May 22, The Cannes Film
Festival awarded its top prize to the drama “Tree of Life” by
Terence Malick. Kirsten Dunst too the best actress prize for
“Melancholia.” Jean Dujardin claimed the best actor prize for the
silent film “The Artist.”
(SFC, 5/23/11, p.E2)
2011 May 22, Honduras President
Porfirio Lobo signed an agreement allowing the country’s re-entry
into the Organization of American States and the return of ousted
leader Manuel Zelaya to his homeland.
2011 May 22, Iceland closed its
main international airport and canceled all domestic flights as the
Grimsvotn volcano sent a plume of ash, smoke and steam 12 miles (20
2011 May 22, Iran's
Arabic-language state television said a new surface-to-surface
missiles, Qiyam (Resurrection) 1, were successfully tested and
delivered to the armed forces today.
2011 May 22, In Iraq a
rapid-fire series of explosions in and around Baghdad killed 20
people, including 10 people who died when a suicide bomber blew
himself up in a crowd of police officers in Taji. 2 US soldiers were
killed by a bomb near Camp Victory. In the northern city of Kirkuk,
police found the dead body of a man believed to be in his late 20s.
The man's hands were tied behind his back and he was killed
execution-style with a bullet to the back of his head.
(AP, 5/22/11)(SFC, 5/23/11, p.A3)
2011 May 22, Anti-settlement
NGO Peace Now reported that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has
approved the construction of 294 new homes in Beitar Ilit settlement
on the occupied West Bank.
2011 May 22, In Japan the
leaders of China and South Korea agreed to bolster efforts to aid
disaster recovery as they met with the Japanese prime minister to
smooth over differences on Tokyo's handling of its post-tsunami
2011 May 22, In Libya NATO
warplanes carried out raids against the port of Tripoli and the
residence of Moamer Kadhafi near the center of the capital.
2011 May 22, In Mexico Durango
state officers discovered a fake road checkpoint set up by gang
members about 70 miles (110 km) north of Durango city and summoned
soldiers. A gunbattle erupted, leaving five civilians dead and three
state officers wounded.
2011 May 22, Moroccan police
beat protesters who defied a ban on demonstrations across the
country, leading to arrests and dozens of injuries, some of them
2011 May 22, In Pakistan as few
as six Taliban gunmen launched a brazen attack on the PNS Mehran
base in Karachi to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden. At least
10 military personnel were killed and 20 wounded in the assault. 2
US-made surveillance planes were destroyed.
(AP, 5/23/11)(AFP, 5/23/11)
2011 May 22, Saudi authorities
re-arrested activist Manal al-Sherif, who defied a ban on female
drivers. She was detained for several hours a day earlier by the
country's religious police and released after she signed a pledge
agreeing not to drive. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world
that bans women, both Saudi and foreign, from driving.
2011 May 22, Somali government
troops backed by African Union forces advanced towards Mogadishu's
main market, a stronghold of the Islamist Shebab rebels, amid a
heavy firefight that claimed two lives.
2011 May 22, In South Africa 2
officers were shot dead and their guns stolen in a Cape Town
squatter camp. On May 19 two officers were killed after raiding a
building in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province. The national police
chief called the violence against police a crises.
2011 May 22, South Korea said
the United States has agreed on a joint investigation after American
veterans claimed they buried large amounts of Agent Orange at the
Camp Carroll US military base in South Korea in 1978. Environmental
tests already confirmed extremely high levels of dioxin in people,
fish and soil near the Camp Carroll air base.
(AP, 5/22/11)(AP, 6/2/11)
2011 May 22, Spain held
regional and municipal elections as protesters, fuming over mass
unemployment, defied a ban on their swelling movement. The ruling
Socialists suffered a crushing defeat to the conservative opposition
(AFP, 5/22/11)(SFC, 5/23/11, p.A4)
2011 May 22, Northern Sudanese
troops seized control of most of Abyei district on Sudan's
north-south border as the south accused Khartoum of an "illegal
invasion" that threatens the lives of thousands.
2011 May 22, Vietnam held
2012 May 22, Elon Musk's Space
Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) launched a private space
capsule called Dragon on a history-making trip to the International
2012 May 22, In northeast
Afghanistan 2 foreign doctors and their 3 Afghan colleagues were
kidnapped in a remote area of Badakhshan province.
2012 May 22, The first woman to
command a major Royal Navy warship took up her post. Commander Sarah
West (40) took control of the frigate HMS Portland. West has served
in the Royal Navy for 16 years.
2012 May 22, The art collection
of the late German-born playboy Gunter Sachs, featuring works
celebrating his obsession with his former wife Brigitte Bardot,
fetched over $56 million at a London sale.
2012 May 22, On the border
between Burkina Faso and Mali clashes broke out between the Peul
herders and Dogon farmers. At least 30 people were killed in the
clashes over land rights.
(SFC, 5/25/12, p.A2)
2012 May 22, In Canada
thousands of people marched through central Montreal to mark the
100th day of student protests over tuition increases, a campaign
that is turning into a broader movement against the Quebec
government and aspects of the capitalist system.
2012 May 22, In eastern
CongoDRC a local activist said a feud between Rwandan Hutu rebels
and the Mai Mai militia last week left more than 100 people dead,
2012 May 22, An Egyptian court
sentenced five policemen to 10 years in prison in absentia for
killing protesters, in a rare conviction of security officials
accused of using deadly force against the demonstrations that
overthrew Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Out of the 17 defendants who
appeared before the Giza Criminal Court, two others received
one-year suspended sentences while ten other policemen were
2012 May 22, Gambian President
Yahya Jammeh issued a harsh warning to criminals in the tiny African
nation, telling security chiefs to "shoot first and ask questions
2012 May 22, Guinea-Bissau
interim President Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo signed a decree
establishing the 27-member cabinet under PM Rui Duarte Barros, which
includes as defense minister Colonel Celestino Carvalho, a member of
the putschists who ousted the president. The armed forces vowed to
return to their barracks.
2012 May 22, In northern India
at least 24 Hindu pilgrims were killed when a packed bus plunged
into the fast-flowing Alaknanda river after colliding with a truck
near the town of Byasi.
2012 May 22, In southern India
a passenger train rammed into a parked freight train and caught fire
before dawn, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens more in
southwestern Andhra Pradesh state.
2012 May 22, In India the
government of Maharashtra state says injuring or killing suspected
poachers will no longer be considered a crime. Maharashtra Forest
Minister Patangrao Kadam said the state will send more rangers and
jeeps into the forest, and will offer secret payments to informers
who give tips about poachers and animal smugglers.
2012 May 22, In Iraq bombings
in the center of the ethnically-mixed city of Baquba, killed six
people including four children. The attacks struck the homes of a
Sunni anti-Qaeda militiaman and a formerly internally-displaced
2012 May 22, In Japan a new
634-meter (2,080-foot) tower with special technology meant to
withstand earthquakes, opened to the public. The Tokyo Skytree
became the world's second-tallest structure behind the 828-meter
(2,717-foot) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, according to owner Tobu Tower
(AP, 4/17/12)(AP, 5/22/12)
2012 May 22, The pro-coup
Committee of Malian Patriotic Organizations (COPAM) said it had
decided at a meeting "to institute Captain Amadou Sanogo as
president of the transition" in the west African nation.
2012 May 22, In Myanmar
protests against chronic power shortages spread to Yangon, following
rallies in Myanmar's second city Mandalay which saw several
opposition party members briefly held by police.
2012 May 22, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on a political rally in Karachi, killing 11 people and
sparking rioting. Attackers fired on a rally held by Awami Tehrik, a
small nationalist group, and it was attended by members of several
other parties in the city.
(AFP, 5/22/12)(Econ, 5/26/12, p.43)
2012 May 22, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin targeted those who dare oppose him, introducing
draconian new fines for protesters and handing out Kremlin jobs to
widely detested lieutenants despite the public anger they have
generated. Police quickly rounded up several members of the liberal
Yabloko party who attempted to protest the new bill outside
2012 May 22, South African
President Jacob Zuma and his African National Congress sought a
court order to have a painting depicting the president's genitals
removed from an art gallery, but two men took matters into their own
hands by defacing the portrait with gobs of paint. The painting,
titled “The Spear,” by Brett Murray went on display in a
Johannesburg gallery earlier this month.
(AP, 5/22/12)(SSFC, 5/27/12, p.A4)
2012 May 22, A South African
court convicted Chris Mahlangu, one of the two accused black
farmworkers in the April 3, 2010, murder of white supremacist leader
Eugene Terre'Blanche. Co-accused Patrick Ndlovu, who was a minor at
the time of the crime, was found guilty only of house-breaking, and
not guilty on charges of murder and robbery. On Aug 22 Mahlangu was
sentenced to life in prison. Ndlovu (18) was handed a two-year
(AFP, 5/22/12)(AFP, 8/22/12)
2012 May 22, In South Africa 10
illegal diamond miners were killed in a disused mine tunnel in the
Northern Cape province.
2012 May 22, In Spain teachers
and students from every level of the education system went on strike
to protest wide-ranging government spending cuts.
2012 May 22, Sri Lankan
authorities seized 1.5 tons of African ivory marked as plastic waste
and addressed to a buyer in Dubai. They informed the authorities in
the United Arab Emirates and Kenya to take action against the
shipper and the consignee.
2012 May 22, In Sudan driver
Nassir Awadallah Ahmed Saeed (65), a Port Sudan businessman, was
killed when his car exploded on the Red Sea coast. A year earlier
Sudan blamed Israel for an air strike in the same region.
2012 May 22, In Syria intense
clashes were reported between troops and defectors in the towns of
Atareb in Aleppo province and Kfar Rouma in Idlib. 11 Lebanese
Shiites were abducted in Aleppo province.
(AP, 5/22/12)(AP, 5/23/12)
2012 May 22, In the UAR a
federal court convicted 10 Somali pirates captured during a raid to
retake MV Arrilah-1 on April 1, 2011, and sentenced them to life
2012 May 22, UN nuclear chief
Yukiya Amano said that despite some remaining differences, a deal
has been reached with Iran that will allow the UN nuclear agency to
restart a long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran has
secretly worked on developing nuclear arms.
2012 May 22, In southern
Zimbabwe dozens of miners were trapped underground at the Mimosa
platinum mine in Zvishavane following a fire the previous evening.
2013 May 22, Army Secretary
John McHugh and Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told a Senate
panel they were addressing the service's sexual harassment and
sexual assault problem as their top priority. They revealed that
Sergeant First Class Michael McClendon was charged last week for
videotaping female cadets in the showers at West Point.
2013 May 22, In Florida Ibragim
Todashev (27), a Chechen immigrant, was shot dead by an FBI agent in
Orlando early today as he was "about to sign a statement" admitting
to a role, along with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan
Tsarnaev, in an unsolved triple murder in Massachusetts on Sep 11,
2011. Todashev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev both fought mixed martial arts
in the name of Boston's Wai Kru gym, where one of the 2011 triple
murder victims, Brendan Mess, also trained. An investigation into
Todashev’s death continued through August.
(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A12)(SFC, 8/14/13, p.A6)
2013 May 22, Chicago officials
closed 49 schools that they said were not being fully used.
(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A10)
2013 May 22, In Pennsylvania
Herbert (44) and Catherine Schaible (43), advocates of faith
healing, were arrested following the death of their 9th child, 8
months old, in April. Herbert said “Medicine is against our
religious beliefs.” They had received a 10 year probation in Feb,
2011, following the death of their son, Kent.
(SFC, 5/25/13, p.A7)
2013 May 22, The 5th edition of
the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM-5)
was released by the American Psychiatric Assoc. This marked its
first major revision since 1994.
(SFC, 5/22/13, p.C1)(Econ, 5/18/13, p.83)
2013 May 22, Los Angeles held
mayoral elections. City Councilman Eric Garcetti (42) defeated city
controller Wendy Greuel 54%-46%.
(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A13)
2013 May 22, In Afghanistan
hard-line Islamist students protested in Kabul demanding the repeal
of a presidential decree for women's rights that they say is
2013 May 22, In Afghanistan
Habibullah Khan, an anti-Taliban village elder, was killed along
with two bodyguards and a civilian bystander by a suicide bomber in
Ghazni province. At least 14 civilians were wounded, most of them
shoppers and merchants.
2013 May 22, Bahrain's Interior
Ministry said an Iranian drone has been found in the strategic Gulf
2013 May 22, In the Woolwich
area of south London, England, 2 men armed with meat cleavers and
possibly a firearm, hacked off-duty soldier Lee Rigby (25) to death
while horrified bystanders watched. They rushed toward police when
officers arrived on the scene and police opened fire. British-born
Londoner Michael Adebolajo (28) and Michael Adebowale (22) boasted
of their exploits and warned of more violence. Two additional
suspects were arrested the next day. On May 24 police arrested Abu
Nusaybah after he told spoke on BBC’s "Newsnight" that intelligence
officers had approached Adebolajo six months ago to see if he would
work for them as an informant. Adebolajo Adebowale faced trial in
(AP, 5/23/13)(AP, 5/24/13)(SFC, 5/24/13,
2013 May 22, China's Premier Li
Keqiang began a two-day visit to Pakistan by praising the
relationship between the two Asian powers in glowing terms.
2013 May 22, In Colombia at
least 10 soldiers were killed in an attack with homemade explosives
by the ELN in Norte de Santander state.
(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A2)
2013 May 22, Croatian Airlines’
staff accepted a 9% wage cut and returned to work after 8 days of
(Econ, 5/25/13, p.52)
2013 May 22, In the Czech Rep.
rescuers arrived to tackle a fire at a family house in the Brno
neighborhood of Ivanovice and discovered "that a violent crime had
been commited there." Police sought Kevin Dahlgren (b.1992), an
American man, suspected of killing his uncle, aunt and cousins.
Dahlgren was arrested on May 23 in Washington, DC, on an int’l.
(AP, 5/23/13)(AP, 5/24/13)(AP, 5/25/13)
2013 May 22, In Iceland
Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, head of the Progressive Party, was
chosen as the new prime minister. He immediately announced a halt to
talks with the EU about joining the 27-nation block.
(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A2)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.56)
2013 May 22, Mexican autorities
seized 5 boxes filled with cash as part of an investigation into
alleged embezzlement by former Tabasco state Gov. Andres Granier
(65). The money was found in the office of Jose Saiz, the finance
minister under Granier. Saiz was arrested on June 8 at the US border
on suspicion of embezzlement.
(SFC, 5/24/13, p.A6)(SFC, 6/14/13, p.A6)
2013 May 22, An imprisoned
member of the punk band Pussy Riot said she is going on hunger
strike after a judge refused to allow her to attend a court hearing
where she was seeking release on parole. Maria Alekhina, watching
the trial from a prison colony via video link, ordered her defense
not to participate in today’s hearing, saying the court was
violating her rights.
2013 May 22, In South Korea a
suicidal man, jumping to his death from the 11th floor of an
apartment building, killed a 5-year-old girl by falling on her as
she walked with her parents outside the building in Busan.
2013 May 22, The UN atomic
agency detailed rapid Iranian progress in two programs that the West
fears are geared toward making nuclear weapons, saying Tehran has
upgraded its uranium enrichment facilities and advanced in building
a plutonium-producing reactor.
2013 May 22, Venezuela's Pres.
Maduro announced the creation of a new workers' militia to defend
the country's "Bolivarian revolution" at a time when the government
faces economic problems and political turmoil.
2013 May 22, Zimbabwe's
President Mugabe signed into law a new constitution and vowed to
hold peaceful and clean elections later this year.
2014 May 22, US politicians,
federal officials and gay activists celebrated the first day issue
of a US Postal Service stamp in honor of Harvey Milk, on what would
have been his 84th birthday.
(SFC, 5/23/14, p.A1)
2014 May 22, Tennessee Rep.
Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law allowing the state to
electrocute Death Row inmates in the event the state is unable to
obtain drugs used for lethal injections.
(SFC, 5/23/14, p.A6)
2014 May 22, In northeastern
Afghan Taliban fighters reportedly kidnapped 27 police officers
during an assault in Badakhshan province.
(SFC, 5/23/14, p.A2)
2014 May 22, Britain voted in
local and European elections. An opinion poll exposed a paradox: The
anti-EU UK Independence Party was forecast to win the vote yet
public opinion favored staying inside the EU.
2014 May 22, In Central African
Republic 3 civilians were killed in Bambari as hundreds of Muslims
armed with rifles and machetes clashed with French peacekeeping
troops trying to disarm members of the rebel Seleka coalition in the
2014 May 22, In China two
vehicles with explosives ploughed into an open market in Urumqi,
Xinjiang province, in the deadliest act of violence in the region in
years. At least 43 people were killed including 4 suicide bombers.
One suspect was captured.
(Reuters, 5/22/14)(Reuters, 5/23/14)(AP, 5/24/14)
2014 May 22, China and Russia
vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution to refer Syria to the
International Criminal Court for war crimes committed by both sides
in its civil war.
2014 May 22, In Egypt about 150
activists held a protest in Alexandria to demand the release of
rights lawyer Mahienoun el-Masry. Police beat protesters with batons
and rifle butts and arrested 15 people to disperse a rally against a
two-year prison sentence for el-Masry. The army carried out an
operation that resulted in the killing of six "extremely dangerous
(AP, 5/22/14)(Reuters, 5/23/14)
2014 May 22, EU parliamentary
elections began in Britain and the Netherlands at the start of 4
days of balloting across the 28 members.
(SFC, 5/23/14, p.A5)
2014 May 22, In Indonesia Anne
Marie Drozdz (40), a British woman, was found dead in the cultural
tourism district of Ubud, Bali island, and that there were signs her
villa had been broken into. Police on May 24 arrested construction
worker Hambali (32) in Jakarta, where he fled following the robbery
and murder of Drodzd.
(AFP, 5/23/14)(AFP, 5/25/14)
2014 May 22, Italy’s
statistical body (Istat) said that from October it would include
drug trafficking, prostitution, and alcohol and tobacco smuggling in
its economic output numbers.
(Econ, 5/31/14, p.64)
2014 May 22, Lebanon banned all
political gatherings by Syrians on its territory, citing a wish to
preserve security two weeks ahead of a controversial Syrian
2014 May 22, In Mali Tuareg
separatists said they have seized control of several towns in the
north after routing government forces but they would respect calls
for a ceasefire.
2014 May 22, Nepal said it has
opened 104 more mountain peaks for climbers, including two named
after the conquerors of Mount Everest, hoping more foreign climbers
come to the Himalayan country.
2014 May 22, In Nigeria many
schools closed around the country to protest the abductions of
schoolgirls by Boko Haram, the government's failure to rescue them
and the killings of scores of teachers by the Islamic extremists.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen rampaged through three villages in Borno
state, killing 28 people and burning houses to the ground.
(AP, 5/22/14)(AP, 5/24/14)
2014 May 22, North and South
Korean warships exchanged artillery fire in disputed waters off the
western coast, in the latest sign of rising animosity between the
bitter rivals in recent weeks.
2014 May 22, The Pan American
Health Organization reported more than 55,000 suspected and
confirmed cases of the chikungunya virus since December throughout
the Caribbean islands. The virus, spread rapidly by mosquitoes, was
first identified in Africa in 1953. It has also reached French
Guiana, the first confirmed transmission on the South American
2014 May 22, In Puerto Rico the
US FBI issued arrest warrants for 16 police officers on charges of
2014 May 22, In Sudan battles
between the Hamar and Maaliya tribes in the border region of West
Kordofan and East Darfur states. At least 28 people were killed over
the next 24 hours in the renewed fighting.
2014 May 22, Syrian troops
backed by airstrikes broke a yearlong rebel siege of a prison in
Aleppo, allowing Pres. Bashar Assad's forces to close in on a nearby
command center of a coalition of Islamist rebel groups. Rebels had
sought to free an estimated 4,000 inmates.
2014 May 22, In southern Syria
a mortar shell struck a large tent late today where supporters of
President Bashar Assad had gathered for election campaigning,
killing at least 39 people in Daraa and wounding scores.
(AP, 5/23/14)(SFC, 5/24/14, p.A4)
2014 May 22, Thailand's army
chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized control of the government in
a coup, two days after he declared martial law, saying the military
had to restore order and push through reforms after six months of
2014 May 22, In Turkey violence
erupted when police fired live ammunition as well as tear gas and
rubber bullets to disperse protesters who denounced the death of a
teenage boy who fell into a coma during anti-government unrest last
year. At least one person was killed by gunshot and another died of
wounds from a grenade explosion.
2014 May 22, In eastern Ukraine
pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint just north of
Donetsk, killing 11 troops and wounding at least 33 others in the
deadliest raid yet in weeks of fighting. One insurgent was reported
killed. Separatist rebels seized four eastern coal mines and
demanded that its workers supply them with explosives.
(AP, 5/22/14)(AFP, 5/22/14)(Reuters,
5/23/14)(Econ, 5/24/14, p.46)
2014 May 22, The United Nations
children's agency defended a decision to pay nearly $90,000 a month
for its new office in Myanmar — a three-story house owned by the
family of Maj. Gen. Nyunt Tin, who was slapped with US sanctions
during the country's dictatorship.
2014 May 22, In southern Yemen
a shell smashed into a vehicle and killed 5 civilians during clashes
between the army and Al-Qaeda suspects near Al-Saeed, Shabwa
province. The army and al-Qaida blamed each other.
2015 May 22, The United States
blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear
weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically
manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its
neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such
2015 May 22, California
officials struck a deal with farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin
River Delta to reduce water use by 25% in exchange for an assurance
that the state won’t come down harder on them in near future.
(SFC, 5/23/15, p.A1)
2015 May 22, In Sacramento,
Ca., Jordan James Kirby (23) of Paradise was sentenced to 29 years
in federal prison for tricking young girls on Facebook into sending
him explicit photographs of themselves and then using the pictures
to extort them.
(SSFC, 5/24/15, p.C2)
2015 May 22, In Austria 5
people were killed when their car was hit by a train at a railroad
crossing in Gaisberg about 80 km (50 miles) west of Vienna.
2015 May 22, London taxi driver
Anis Sardar (38), convicted of making bombs in Iraq, was jailed for
life and told he would spend at least 38 years behind bars. One of
his bombs killed US Sergeant First Class Randy Johnson on Sep 27,
2015 May 22, China and Peru
agreed to study the feasibility of a controversial 5,300 km (3,300
miles) transcontinental railroad that will connect Peru's Pacific
coast with Brazil's Atlantic coast as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
arrived in Peru, on the third leg of a Latin America visit. Brazil
and China already agreed this week on such a study.
2015 May 22, In Colombia the
FARC guerrilla group called off a unilateral cease-fire in response
to a government raid in Cauca province a day earlier.
(SFC, 5/23/15, p.A5)
2015 May 22, In Hong Kong
Malaysian anesthesiologist Khaw Kim-sun allegedly put a gas-filled
yoga ball in the trunk of a Mini Cooper driven by his wife. Wong
Siew-fung and their 16-year-old daughter were found unconscious in
the car about an hour after leaving home and were later declared
dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. Khaw Kim-sun was allegedly
having an affair and had become estranged from his wife and four
2015 May 22, Ireland voted on
whether to allow gay marriage. Irish voters backed same-sex marriage
by a margin of 62.1% making it the first country to adopt same-sex
marriage via a popular vote.
(Reuters, 5/22/15)(AP, 5/23/15)
2015 May 22, In northern Mali
Tuareg-dominated rebel coalition reportedly captured 19 government
soldiers in clashes in the Gao region amid growing violence that
threatens to derail UN-brokered peace efforts.
2015 May 22, Mexican officials
said a drug cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas used at least
39 surveillance cameras to monitor the comings and goings of
authorities in the city of Reynosa across the border from Texas.
2015 May 22, In Mexico 42
criminal suspects and 2 police officers died in what authorities
described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces
and suspected drug gang gunmen on the El Sol ranch in the
municipality of Tanhuato de Guerrero on the border between Jalisco
and Michoacan states. On August 18, 2016, Mexico's human rights
commission said federal police killed at least 22 people at the
ranch, then moved bodies and planted guns to corroborate the
official account that the deaths happened in a gunbattle.
(AP, 5/22/15)(AFP, 5/24/15)(AFP, 5/29/15)(AP,
2015 May 22, Myanmar’s navy
said it has carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat when
scores of bare-chested men were found crammed into the hull of a
wooden fishing vessel and taken to shore. Officials the next day
said all 208 men are from Bangladesh and will soon be returned
2015 May 22, Nigeria's military
reportedly killed of scores of Boko Haram insurgents and rescued 20
more hostages during an operation in the Sambisa forest. Boko Haram
fighters hacked to death 10 people in the remote Pambula-Kwamda
(AFP, 5/23/15)(AFP, 5/25/15)
2015 May 22, Peru's government
said it was suspending civil liberties, effective May 23, in a
southern coastal valley after a fourth death in violent anti-mining
protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project.
2015 May 22, In eastern Saudi
Arabia a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Shi'ite Imam Ali
mosque during Friday prayers, killing 21 people and wounding more
than 50 in the village of al-Qadeeh.
2015 May 22, Amnesty
International accused Ukrainian forces of torture and pro-Russian
rebels of even more serious war crimes such as summary executions
committed both before and after a February truce deal.
2015 May 22, The UN refugee
agency said an outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a
Tanzanian border region where refugees from Burundi have massed.
UNHCR said 300 to 400 new cases are being reported daily.
2016 May 22, US President
Barack Obama arrived on his first visit to Vietnam, a trip aimed at
sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to
help counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region.
2016 May 22, In Massachusetts
Jorge Zambrano (35) shot and killed Auburn Police Officer Ronald
Tarentino (42) during an early morning traffic stop. Zambrano was
killed later in the day in an exchange of gunfire at a small
residence in Oxford.
(SFC, 5/23/16, p.A6)
2016 May 22, In Afghanistan
rockets fired in the western city of Herat hit a wall of the
provincial governor's building and nearby houses, killing at least
2016 May 22, Austria held a 2nd
round of presidential elections. Far-right Freedom Party candidate
Norbert Hofer unexpectedly won the first round with 35% of the vote.
Left leaning candidate Alexander Van der Bellen collected 50.3
percent of the votes compared to 49.7 percent for Norbert Hofer of
the right-wing Freedom Party.
(Reuters, 5/22/16)(AP, 5/23/16)
2016 May 22, In Austria a
gunman (27) fired shots into a crowd at an outdoor concert killing 2
people and wounding eleven others before killing himself.
(SFC, 5/23/16, p.A2)
2016 May 22, In central China
some 500 people protested in Zhengzhou city in what they say is a
lack of university student placements in Henan province, in the
latest protest over education reform.
2016 May 22, Cypriots voted for
a new parliament amid public disillusionment with what many see as a
discredited political establishment.
2016 May 22, In France director
Ken Loach took the Palme d'Or in Cannes for "I, Daniel Blake," a
film partly funded by the European Commission.
2016 May 22, In France the
Iranian film "The Salesman" won two prizes at the Cannes film
festival. Lead actor Shahab Hosseini won a Palme d'Or for best actor
and director Asghar Farhadi picked up the award for best screenplay.
2016 May 22, In France Jaclyn
Jose (52), famous in the Philippines mostly as a soap opera star,
won best actress in Cannes for her mesmerizing performance as a
Manila slum matriarch who falls prey to corrupt police in acclaimed
Filipino director Brillante Mendoza's "Ma' Rosa".
2016 May 22, In northeastern
India heavily armed rebels ambushed and killed 6 Indian paramilitary
soldiers, including one officer. The soldiers were on their way for
rescue work after a rain-triggered mudslide hit Chandel district in
2016 May 22, Philippine
president-elect Rodrigo Duterte blasted the country's dominant Roman
Catholic church in an overnight news conference as "the most
hypocritical institution" and accused some of its bishops of
corruption for allegedly asking favors from politicians, including
2016 May 22, In Romania Dan
Condrea, the head of Hexi Pharma, was killed as his car slammed into
a tree. Condrea was due to be questioned May 23 and would have been
charged with aggravated fraud. His company was indicted this month
on charges that disinfectants it provided to hospitals and Romania's
troops in Afghanistan were highly diluted and ineffective.
2016 May 22, In Sudan Arab
tribesmen shot dead 8 ethnic minority villagers as they prayed in a
revenge killing in the war-torn Darfur region.
2016 May 22, In Syria Russian
warplanes hit a key rebel supply route to Aleppo in Moscow's first
strikes on Syria's battleground second city since a February
2016 May 22, Tajikistan held a
referendum on changing the Constitution to allow its authoritarian
President Emomali Rakhmon (63) to run for the office indefinitely,
effectively allowing him to rule for life.
2016 May 22, In northern
Thailand a nighttime fire at a dormitory of a primary school killed
18 girls, many of whom had been roused by a dorm-mate but went back
to sleep, thinking it was a prank.
2016 May 22, Turkey's Transport
Minister Binali Yildirim was formally appointed as head of the
ruling party and as the new prime minister, strengthening the grip
on power of his mentor President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2016 May 22, Turkish
authorities lifted a long-standing curfew from parts of a historic
neighborhood in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.
2016 May 22, The UN envoy for
Yemen said peace talks in Qatar aimed at ending fighting in the
impoverished Arab country are making "incredible progress" and that
a halt in fighting is largely holding.
2016 May 22, Vietnam voted in
once-every-five-year-elections for a rubber-stamp 500-seat
parliament whose membership has already been largely determined by
the Communist Party. Results of the parliamentary election on June 9
showed its members winning 96 percent of seats, and trouncing most
of the independent candidates it had approved to run.
(AP, 5/22/16)(Reuters, 6/9/16)
2017 May 22, US President
Donald Trump arrived in Israel and made a historic visit to
Jerusalem's Western Wall. Trump held talks separately with PM
Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a stopover
lasting barely 28 hours.
2017 May 22, The US Senate
confirmed Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (70) to be US ambassador to
(SFC, 5/23/17, p.A5)
2017 May 22, Retired Lt. Gen.
Michael Flynn refused to comply with a Senate Intelligence Committee
subpoena invoking his Fifth Amendment right against
(SFC, 5/23/17, p.A5)
2017 May 22, American film and
TV actress Dina Merrill (93) died. Starting in the 1950s she
appeared in more than 100 films and TV programs. Her parents had
owned the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach before it was purchased by
(SFC, 5/24/17, p.D6)
2017 May 22, In northern
Afghanistan insurgents ambushed a security convoy, killing five
members of the local police in Faryab province.
2017 May 22, Shares in
Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA tumbled after a May 19 deadline passed
for the company to accept an 11.2 billion reais ($3.4 billion) fine
prosecutors have proposed to settle charges its controlling
shareholders paid extensive bribes to politicians.
2017 May 22, A suicide bomber
attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killing 22
people and sparking a stampede of young concertgoers. A day later
the suspected suicide bomber was identified as Salman Abedi. On May
24 Abedi’s brother and father were arrested in Tripoli, Libya.
In 2018 it was reported that Abedi, a British man of Libyan
heritage, was among 110 Britons and their families evacuated by the
ship HMS Enterprise and taken to Malta in August 2014.
(AP, 5/23/17)(Reuters, 5/23/17)(Econ 5/27/17,
2017 May 22, China confirmed
that it is investigating six Japanese citizens, following a Japanese
news report that Chinese authorities in March had detained six men
possibly for spying.
2017 May 22, The Czech
government approved a plan to build a rail network for high-speed
2017 May 22, Israeli police
shot and killed a Palestinian who ran with a knife at officers near
Abu Dis, a Palestinian town on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
2017 May 22, Nepal destroyed
thousands of valuable animal skins and other parts seized from
poachers on a giant bonfire in a symbolic gesture against the
illegal wildlife trade. The bonfire was timed to coincide with
International Day for Biological Diversity.
2017 May 22, North Korea said
it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after
a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness.
2017 May 22, In northwestern
Pakistan roadside bomb killed at least five people and wounded
several in the Khyber tribal region close to the Afghan border.
2017 May 22, A security
official said Pakistan has begun a crackdown on online criticism of
its powerful military, with up to 200 social media accounts under
2017 May 22, Pakistani
authorities found 20 kg (44 lbs.) of heroin on a Pakistan
International Airlines (PIA) flight bound for London during a search
at Islamabad airport.
2017 May 22, Palestinians
observed a general strike in solidarity with prisoners refusing food
in Israeli jails for more than a month over their conditions.
2017 May 22, In Sicily killers
gunned down Mafia boss Giuseppe Dainotti (67) in Palermo as the Cosa
Nostra flexed its muscles on the eve of the 25th anniversary of one
of its most notorious murders. In 1993 Dainotti turned himself in
and became a police collaborator. He was released from prison in
2014 after serving time for murder.
2017 May 22, In South Africa
Western Cape premier Helen Zille declared the province a disaster
area and urged residents to manage their water supplies more
efficiently as the region tries to cope with what she described as
the "worst drought since 1904".
2017 May 22, South Sudan’s
President Salva Kiir declared a unilateral ceasefire and promised to
release political prisoners, but with no sign of a political deal
with rebels it was not clear whether a truce would take hold.
2017 May 22, Spanish PM Mariano
Rajoy accused Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont of
blackmailing the state following news reports that the powerful
northeastern region has prepared a law to secede from Spain
immediately if it is not allowed hold an independence referendum.
2017 May 22, Spanish
mountaineer Kilian Jornet set a record for the fastest ascent of
Mount Everest without fixed ropes or supplementary oxygen, climbing
the world's highest peak from the Tibet side in just 26 hours. On
May 27 he made a 2nd ascent and reached the summit in 17 hours, just
15 minutes slower than the record set by Hans Kammerlander in 1996.
(AFP, 5/23/17)(AP, 6/16/17)
2017 May 22, Swiss specialty
chemicals maker Clariant and The Woodlands, Texas-based Huntsman
Corp. said they are merging to create a company with a market value
of $13.8 billion through an all-stock transaction.
2017 May 22, The World Health
Organization's annual assembly in Geneva refused to even discuss
admitting Taiwan to the meeting, under pressure from China.
Self-governing Taiwan, which China sees as a renegade province
awaiting reunification, has been invited to attend the WHO's main
annual meeting as an observer every year since 2009, but this year
it did not receive an invitation.
2017 May 22, In Syria intense
clashes broke out in Daraa between government forces and insurgents
with both sides shelling parts of the southern city that has been
declared a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal.
2017 May 22, In Thailand a bomb
exploded at the army-run Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok, the
third anniversary of a military coup. More than 20 people were
reported wounded. On June 15 police arrested Wattana Pumret (61), a
retired electrical engineer, who reportedly confessed to the
bombing. Pumret later said he carried out the bombing as a "symbol
of defiance" against the military government.
(AP, 5/22/17)(AP, 6/15/17)(AP, 6/20/17)
2017 May 22, Tunisian security
forces firing teargas clashed with protesters after they burned down
two police stations following the death of a young man hit by a
police vehicle during protests over jobs in the south.
2017 May 22, Turkey and Russia
signed a memorandum on lifting trade restrictions against each
other, after Ankara and Moscow agreed at a meeting this month to
settle trade disputes.
2017 May 22, Turkish police
detained overnight literature professor Nuriye Gulmen and primary
school teacher Semih Ozakca, who have been on hunger strike for more
than two months protesting against a government crackdown in which
they lost their jobs following last year's failed coup.
2017 May 22, In Barinas,
Venezuela, protesters set the childhood home of late Pres. Hugo
Chavez on fire along with several government buildings as they
clashed with national guardsmen.
(SFC, 5/23/17, p.A2)
2018 May 22, The United States
imposed sanctions on five Iranians it said had provided Yemen's
Houthis with expertise and weaponry that were then used to launch
missiles at cities and oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.
2018 May 22, In California
former US Air Force staff sergeant David A. Turcios (41) pleaded
guilty in a Sacramento federal court to accepting bribes from a
contractor while serving as a yard supervisor (2010-2011) at the
Humanitarian Aid Yard at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. He was the
eighth defendant to plead guilty in this case.
(SFC, 5/23/18, p.D4)
2018 May 22, San Francisco
became the first county in California to eliminate local
administrative fees and penalties for criminals.
(SFC, 5/23/18, p.D1)
2018 May 22, In San Francisco
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff led the grand opening of the new
61-story Salesforce Tower.
(SFC, 5/23/18, p.D1)
2018 May 22, A SpaceX Falcon 9
rocket launched a pair of US-German science satellites and five
commercial communications satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air
Force Base in southern California.
(SFC, 5/23/18, p.C6)
2018 May 22, Maryland police
Officer Amy Caprio was killed while investigating a call about a
suspicious vehicle in the Perry Hall community northeast of
Baltimore. Dawnta Anthony Harris (16) was soon arrested and charged
first-degree murder. Three other teenagers were also taken into
(SFC, 5/23/18, p.A12)
2018 May 22, In NYC Evgeny
Freidman (46), a Russian immigrant and co-owner of a taxi medallion
business with Michael Cohen, Pres. Trump's personal lawyer, agreed
to plead guilty to felony tax fraud for cheating the government out
of millions of dollars in taxes from his taxi fleet.
(SFC, 5/23/18, p.A7)
2018 May 22, American novelist
Philip Roth (b.1933) died of congestive heart failure in NYC. His
more than 25 books included "Portnoy's Complaint" (1969) and
"American Pastoral" (1997).
2018 May 22, In Afghanistan at
least 16 people were killed when security forces tried to dispose of
a container full of explosives found in the southern city of
2018 May 22, In Australia
Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson (67) became the most senior
Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up
child sex abuse.
2018 May 22, Belarus appointed
an ambassador to Stockholm, ending a six-year-old diplomatic spat
over a pro-democracy stunt that saw hundreds of teddy bears
airdropped by a Swedish public relations firm over the former Soviet
2018 May 22, Bank of England
Governor Mark Carney said British households are around 900 pounds
($1,205) worse off than they would have been had the country not
voted to leave the European Union.
2018 May 22, British
food-to-clothing retailer Marks and Spencer said it will shut more
than 100 "underperforming" UK stores in an ongoing restructuring.
2018 May 22, In Burkina Faso
three suspected jihadists were killed and one was captured in a
pre-dawn raid by security forces on a house in Ouagadougou.
2018 May 22, China said it will
reduce auto import duties effective July 1 following a pledge to buy
more US goods and end restrictions on foreign ownership in the
(SFC, 5/23/18, p.C3)
2018 May 22, China jailed
Tibetan businessman Tashi Wangchuk for five years for "inciting
separatism," after he advocated the use of Tibetan in schools and
was featured in international media reports.
2018 May 22, Congo's health
ministry announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new
suspected cases as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to
contain the deadly virus in Mbandaka, a city of more than 1 million.
2018 May 22, Estonian President
Kersti Kaljulaid told local broadcaster ERR that she will only visit
Moscow after Russia ratifies a border treaty that must be approved
by both countries' parliaments. The treaty was originally signed by
Russia and Estonia in 2005 but it fell through. It was re-signed in
2018 May 22, Human Rights Watch
accused Egypt of mass demolition of homes in the Sinai Peninsula,
some of which it said might be illegal, as the military fights an
Islamist militants insurgency in the remote desert region.
2018 May 22, French
public-sector employees joined rail workers in striking to protest
reforms planned by President Emmanuel Macron, calling them an
"attack" against civil services and their economic security.
2018 May 22, In Germany Susanna
Feldman (14), a member of the Jewish community in Mainz, went
missing. Her body was found June 6 on the outskirts of Wiesbaden.
Police sought Ali Bashar, a fugitive Iraqi asylum-seeker, and on
June 6 arrested a Turkish man. Bashar and his family abruptly left a
home for asylum applicants in Germany after the killing. He was
later extradited from Iraq. In 2019 Bashar (22) admitted to killing
the girl following consensual sex as he went on trial.
(AP, 6/7/18)(AP, 3/12/19)
2018 May 22, In Hungary nine
Romanians were killed when the bus they were traveling in slammed
into an oncoming truck 60km southeast of Budapest.
2018 May 22, In southern India
at least nine were killed after police fired at protesters calling
for the closure of a Vedanta Resources-controlled copper smelter.
Residents of the port city of Thootukudi in Tamil Nadu state and
environmentalists have been demonstrating against one of India's
biggest copper plants for more than three months, alleging it is a
major source of pollution and a risk to fisheries. Autopsy reports
later showed that 12 of the 13 protesters killed when police opened
fire on a demonstration against Vedanta's copper smelter were hit by
bullets in the head or chest, and half of those were shot from
(Reuters, 5/22/18)(Reuters, 12/22/18)
2018 May 22, Indian health
officials said at least 10 people have died of Nipah since an
outbreak began earlier this month in Kerala. There is no vaccine for
the virus, which can cause raging fevers, convulsions and vomiting,
and kills up to 75 percent of people who come down with it.
2018 May 22, An Iraqi court
sentenced Belgian jihadist Tarik Jadaoun (b.1988), who threatened
Europe in propaganda videos, to death by hanging for membership in
the Islamic State group. Belgium's foreign ministry called for the
death penalty to be commuted.
2018 May 22, Japan-based Sony
Corp. said it plans to spend $2.3 billion acquiring an additional 60
percent stake in EMI Music Publishing, home to the Motown catalog
and contemporary artists like Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Pharrell
2018 May 22, A Macedonian court
convicted Gjoko Popovski, a former senior interior ministry
official, of abuse of office and sentenced him to nine years in
prison over a police patrol car procurement deal.
2018 May 22, Malaysian
officials said the government of ousted PM Najib Razak deceived
parliament over the finances of state fund 1MDB and suppressed an
investigation by intimidating and purging anti-corruption agents.
2018 May 22, Malaysia made its
largest ever seizure of crystal methamphetamine, finding nearly 1.2
tons of the drug disguised as tea in a shipment from Myanmar. Three
Myanmar nationals and three Malaysians were arrested during the
2018 May 22, North Korean media
stepped up their rhetorical attacks on South Korea and joint
military exercises with the United States, warning that a budding
detente could be in danger.
2018 May 22, A Pakistani
welfare organization said the heatwave gripping the Karachi region
amid widespread power cuts has killed 65 people in the last four
2018 May 22, Palestinian
foreign minister asked the International Criminal Court to open an
"immediate investigation" into alleged Israeli crimes committed
against the Palestinian people.
2018 May 22, Russia's
parliament adopted a wide-ranging bill that could freeze crucial
exports to the United States and imports to Russia from the US and
2018 May 22, In Russia Yevgeny
Roizman, a rare critic of the Kremlin in a senior regional job, said
he was resigning as mayor of Yekaterinburg after authorities moved
to scrap mayoral elections in the soccer World Cup host city.
2018 May 22, Amnesty
International said Saudi Arabia has arrested at least three more
women's rights activists in a widening crackdown just weeks before a
ban on women driving is set to end.
2018 May 22, Somaliland
officials said more than 50 people have died, livestock has been
wiped out and hundreds of farms destroyed by heavy rains and floods
caused by a tropical cyclone.
2018 May 22, In Somalia a
suicide car bomber from the Islamist group al Shabaab hit a military
convoy outside Mogadishu, causing an unknown number of deaths.
2018 May 22, In Syria 26 regime
forces were killed in a surprise IS attack in desert areas of Homs
2018 May 22, Thailand police in
Bangkok blocked a march by pro-democracy activists protesting four
years of military rule and demanding early elections. Eight
pro-democracy protest leaders surrendered to police after police
blocked the march on the anniversary of the 2014 coup.
(AP, 5/22/18)(Reuters, 5/22/18)
2018 May 22, Venezuela's Pres.
Maduro said he was expelling charge d'affaires Todd Robinson and his
deputy Brian Naranjo for allegedly conspiring against his government
by pressuring opposition groups to boycott the May 20 presidential
election that he won by a landslide.
2019 May 22, Donald Trump
erupted in fury at unrelenting probes into his links to Russia, as
the top Democrat in Congress accused the president of a "cover-up"
that could be an impeachable offense.
2019 May 22, A US federal judge
has ruled that Qualcomm unlawfully squeezed out cellphone chip
rivals and charged excessive royalties to manufacturers such as
Apple in a decision that undercuts a key part of its business.
Qualcomm said it would appeal.
2019 May 22, In Boston frozen
food tycoon Peter Jan Sartorio (54) of Menlo Park, Ca., pleaded
guilty to bribing a proctor with $15,000 to correct his daughter's
ACT college admission scores. Sartorio was the first parent to
decide to plead guilty in the college scandal.
(SFC, 5/23/19, p.C5)
2019 May 22, New York state
lawmakers gave final passage to legislation that would allow Pres.
Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional
(SFC, 5/23/19, p.A6)
2019 May 22, In Afghanistan a
confrontation between government forces and Taliban fighters in
eastern Ghazni province left two members of the security forces and
two civilian passers-by dead.
2019 May 22, Austria's Pres.
Alexander Van der Bellen swore in new, technocratic ministers to
replace politicians from the far-right Freedom Party who left the
government following a scandal surrounding its leader.
2019 May 22, Botswana announced
on it would overturn the hunting ban introduced in 2014 to reverse a
decline in the population of elephants and other wildlife. Lawmakers
from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) have been lobbying
to overturn the ban, saying wild animal numbers have become
unmanageable in some areas.
2019 May 22, British Steel was
ordered into liquidation as it struggles with industry-wide troubles
and Brexit, threatening 5,000 workers and another 20,000 jobs in the
2019 May 22, British and
Japanese mobile phone companies said that they're putting on hold
plans to sell new devices from Huawei, in the latest fallout from US
tech restrictions aimed at the Chinese company.
2019 May 22, Bulgaria and
Greece launched the construction of a pipeline to transport Azeri
gas to Bulgaria to ease its almost total dependence on Russian gas
supplies. Prime Ministers Boyko Borissov and Alexis Tsipras, oversaw
the formal start to construction of the 182-km (114 miles) link.
2019 May 22, Canada said that
by the end of June it will remove truckloads of garbage which
Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines
years ago. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the
government has awarded a contract to French shipping giant Bollore
Logistics Canada that calls for the return of 69 containers filled
with household waste and electronic garbage.
2019 May 22, China said it is
cutting taxes on its fledgling software and integrated circuit
industries to spur development in the face of US export controls
that threaten to handicap Chinese tech companies.
2019 May 22, It was reported
that shady middle-men are openly advertising on Chinese social media
to smuggle blood samples of pregnant women to Hong Kong to skirt the
mainland's ban on gender testing.
2019 May 22, An Egyptian court
referred the case of six alleged Muslim Brotherhood members
convicted of terrorism to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's top religious
authority, for a non-binding opinion on their execution. The six
were found guilty of killing three people, including a policeman,
among other charges. The case includes a total of 70 defendants.
2019 May 22, Europol said that
more than 450 police and customs officers in Spain, the United
Kingdom, Poland and Lithuania carried out raids last week that led
to the arrest in Spain of the suspected ringleader, a 48-year-old
2019 May 22, In France Libyan
commander Khalifa Hifter held meetings with French President
Emmanuel Macron amid growing international concern about his
weeks-long offensive to take Libya's capital, Tripoli.
2019 May 22, Germany deported
an 18-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker who was recently convicted over
a string of assaults that prompted a public outcry. the teenager was
flown to Kabul together with 23 countrymen whose asylum bids had
also been rejected.
2019 May 22, Police in western
Germany raided 49 homes and businesses linked to an Iraqi gang
suspected of involvement in human trafficking, drug dealing, illegal
arms trade and forging identity papers. Authorities targeted the
premises of 34 suspects belonging to the Al-Salam-313 gang.
2019 May 22, Daimler CEO Dieter
Zetsche (66) handed off leadership to successor Ola Kallenius (49)
after 13 years at the helm warning that the company will need to cut
costs to invest in new technologies that are transforming the
2019 May 22, In Indonesia riots
by supporters of losing rival Gen. Prabowo Subianto in last month's
presidential election left seven people dead. Police arrested at
least 20 people accused of provoking riots in Jakarta following the
(AP, 5/22/19)(Reuters, 5/22/19)(SFC, 5/24/19,
2019 May 22, Indonesia said it
will partially block social media to prevent the spread of hoaxes
after violence in the capital, Jakarta, following the announcement
of official election results.
2019 May 22, In Italy a
double-deck bus carrying 60 tourists from eastern Europe overturned
on a Tuscan highway, killing one passenger and injuring more than
dozen others on the Siena-Florence highway.
2019 May 22, It was reported
that a smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely
downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on
packed rush-hour trains. The "Digi Police" app was originally issued
by Tokyo police three years ago, but a function to scare off
molesters was only added a few months ago.
2019 May 22, It was reported
that Michael Rotich, the coach of Kenya's Olympic track team in
2016, has been banned for 10 years for corruption after he asked for
$12,000 to give athletes advance notice to help them beat doping
2019 May 22, North Korea
labeled Joe Biden a "fool of low IQ" and an "imbecile bereft of
elementary quality as a human being" after the US presidential
hopeful called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant during a
2019 May 22, Palestinian
officials inaugurated their first solar panel plant as part of a
plan to reduce their dependence on Israeli power sources. The plant
opening in the West Bank city of Jericho is one of four planned
plants. One has been donated from China.
2019 May 22, In the Philippines
official results showed that Pres. Duterte’s allies won a majority
of the 12 Senate seats at stake in the May 13 midterm elections. The
opposition's shutout heralds a stronger grip on power by a leader
accused of massive human rights violations.
2019 May 22, A spokesman said
that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has moved to have
truckloads of garbage that Filipino officials say were illegally
shipped to the Philippines years ago be forcibly shipped back to
2019 May 22, The Kremlin
condemned as unacceptable an alleged US ultimatum to Turkey designed
to force it to cancel a deal to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air
missile systems and purchase US Patriot missile systems instead.
2019 May 22, In Somalia a
suicide car bomb by Islamic extremists killed at least six people in
Mogadishu. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility.
2019 May 22, Syrian government
troops repelled three big attacks by militants in Idlib province.
Nusra Front militants based in Idlib also launched a missile attack
on Russia's Hmeymim air base, but the Russian Ministry of Defense
said that their missiles were either shot down or did not reach
2019 May 22, Syrian government
air strikes killed 15 civilians, 12 of them in a market in the
jihadist-held Idlib province town of Maarat al-Numan, as fierce
fighting raged for the jihadist-held northwest. Opposition fighters
recaptured Kfar Nabuda village in an overnight counteroffensive on
the edge of their northwestern stronghold.
(AFP, 5/22/19)(AP, 5/22/19)
2019 May 22, An appeals court
in Thailand upheld a 10 million baht ($313,000) judgment against
British activist Andy Hall, who was sued by a fruit canning company
whose workers complained of alleged labor abuses. The case was one
of several stemming from a 2013 report Hall researched for Finnish
consumer organization Finnwatch that included allegations by migrant
workers from Myanmar at Natural Fruit's canning operation that the
company abused them and broke labor regulations.
2019 May 22, Ukraine’s
parliament speaker Andriy Parubiy told lawmakers that Pres.
Zelenskiy's decree to call snap elections runs against the law.
Parliament also declined to even discuss Zelenskiy's amendments
aimed at making elections more transparent.
2020 May 22, The US Trump
administration imposed sanctions on eight more Chinese companies for
their role in a crackdown on Muslims in in the northwestern Xinxiang
region. Washington also imposed controls on access to American
technology for 24 companies and government linked entities it said
might be involved in obtaining goods with potential military uses.
On May 25 China demanded that the sanctions be lifted.
(SFC, 5/26/20, p.A2)
2020 May 22, President Donald
Trump labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential"
and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend
even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown.
2020 May 22, President Trump
suggested Fox News should fire its pollster after the cable news
network’s latest national survey showed former Vice President Joe
Biden leading him by 8 points.
(Yahoo News, 5/22/20)
2020 May 22, The United States
called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to begin work
immediately on investigating the source of the novel coronavirus, as
well as its own handling of the response to the pandemic.
2020 May 22, The US National
Institutes of Health (NIH) said that data from its trial of Gilead
Sciences Inc's remdesivir show that the drug offers the most benefit
for COVID-19 patients who need extra oxygen but do not require
2020 May 22, It was reported
that a total of 14 Theodore Roosevelt sailors who had appeared to
have recovered from the disease have tested positive again. The
carrier is now back at sea after being sidelined in Guam since late
March by a COVID-19 outbreak that infected more than 1,100 members
of its roughly 4,900-strong crew.
(Yahoo News, 5/22/20)
2020 May 22, US actress Lori
Loughlin (55) pleaded guilty to paying half a million dollars to get
her two daughters into the Univ. of Southern California. Her fashion
designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli (56), also pleaded guilty.
(SFC, 5/23/20, p.A4)
2020 May 22, The US Treasury
imposed sanctions on Julio Cesar Aviles Castillo and Ivan Adolfo
Acosta Montalvan, two high-ranking Nicaraguan officials, for their
support of government crackdowns on protesters.
2020 May 22, US District Court
Judge David Carter ordered the city and county of Los Angeles to
move as many as 7,000 people camping near freeway ramps and
overpasses, saying they face a dangerous health risk.
(SSFC, 5/24/20, p.A7)
2020 May 22, US regulators
approved the Phexxi birth control gel made by Evofem Biosciences of
San Diego. It will have a list price of $250-$275 for a box of 12.
(SFC, 5/26/20, p.A3)
2020 May 22, California
to date had 90,251 cases of coronavirus and 3,663 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 11,963 cases and 421 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached
over 1,599,740 with the death toll at 95,886.
2020 May 22, Hollywood producer
William Sadleir was arrested. The former chairman and CEO of Aviron
Pictures, is accused of defrauding the government out of millions of
dollars meant for coronavirus relief, and of using nearly $30
million in investor funds for his personal use — including buying a
$14-million Beverly Hills Mansion.
(Business Insider, 5/26/20)
2020 May 22, In southern
California William Robert Cable (38) was arrested. He had allegedly
poisoned eight homeless people in Huntington Beach with a substance
“twice as strong” as pepper spray and videotaped them suffering
(The Independent, 6/12/20)
2020 May 22, University of
Connecticut senior Peter Manfredonia shot and killed Ted DeMers in
Willington. On May 24 police found Nicholas Eisele (23), a high
school friend of Manfredonia, shot to death in his Derby home.
(SFC, 6/13/20, p.A4)
2020 May 22, Minnesota reported
an increase of 847 positive coronavirus cases, the highest daily
total. There have been 19,845 positive cases in the state thus far.
(Good Morning America, 5/24/20)
2020 May 22, Car rental company
Hertz filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid the global economic
fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Good Morning America, 5/23/20)
2020 May 22, The Africa Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention said Africa's coronavirus cases
have surpassed 100,000, as the continent with many fragile health
systems has not yet seen the high numbers of other parts of the
2020 May 22, Argentina missed a
bond payment technically entering default for the ninth time in its
history. The government signaled that it was making progress in
restructuring $66 billion in foreign debt.
(SSFC, 5/24/20, p.A4)
2020 May 22, A British court
ruled that Farhad Azima, an Iranian-American aviation magnate and
gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal, must pay Ras
al-Khaimah, a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates, over $4.1
million over a series of business disputes.
2020 May 22, China dropped its
annual growth target for the first time and pledged more government
spending as the COVID-19 pandemic hammers the world's second-biggest
economy, setting a somber tone to this year's meeting of parliament.
2020 May 22, China-based
Sinovac Biotech Ltd said it had started mid-stage human trials of
its experimental coronavirus vaccine in China earlier this month.
Chinese researchers reported that the coronavirus vaccine developed
by CanSino Biologics Inc appears to be safe and induced a rapid
immune response in its first human trial.
(Reuters, 5/22/20)(Reuters, 5/22/20)
2020 May 22, Acclaimed Egyptian
artist Adam Henein (b.1929) died. He joined ancient pharaonic themes
with sleek modernism in sculptures that often portrayed birds and
2020 May 22, Ten EU countries
expressed concern over US plans to withdraw from the 2002
international treaty that allowed nations to conduct unarmed,
observation flights over each other’s territory.
(SFC, 5/23/20, p.A2)
2020 May 22, India reported
6,088 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, its biggest
single-day spike. This brought total cases to 118, 447. The death
toll rose to 3,583.
(SFC, 5/23/20, p.A5)
2020 May 22, Iran's supreme
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israel a “cancerous tumor” that
“will undoubtedly be uprooted and destroyed” in an annual speech in
support of the Palestinians, renewing threats against Iran's
archenemy in the Middle East.
2020 May 22, Iran said it had
detected another 51 deaths from its novel coronavirus outbreak,
bringing the country's overall fatalities to 7,300. The health
ministry said 2,311 new positive tests for COVID-19 took the
country's caseload to 131,652.
2020 May 22, Libya’s
UN-supported government said its forces took back several districts
on in Tripoli’s southern reaches that had been captured by their
rivals in a year-long offensive on the country's capital.
2020 May 22, It was reported
that archaeologists in Mexico have found the bones of about 60
mammoths at an airport under construction just north of Mexico City,
near human-built ’traps’ where more than a dozen mammoths were found
last year. The bones were found in sediment layers corresponding to
15,000 to 20,000 years ago.
2020 May 22, In Pakistan an
Airbus A320 jetliner carrying 99 people crashed in a crowded
neighborhood near Jinnah International Airport in Karachi
after an apparent engine failure during landing. 97 people were
killed and two survived. Eight people on the ground were injured.
(AP, 5/22/20)(AP, 5/23/20)(SSFC, 5/24/20, p.A4)
2020 May 22, Peru has reported
more than 104,000 cases of COVID-19 and 3,000 deaths. More than
5,000 police officers have been diagnosed with the disease along
with 92 deaths.
(SFC, 5/22/20, p.A6)
2020 May 22, President Vladimir
Putin said the coronavirus outbreak in Russia has begun to abate.
Russia has recorded 326,448 cases, including 3,249 deaths. Russia
recorded its highest one-day coronavirus death toll of 150.
(AP, 5/22/20)(AP, 5/23/20)
2020 May 22, The Mechanism for
International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) said former Rwandan defense
minister Augustin Bizimana, one of the top suspects wanted over the
country's 1994 genocide, is believed to have died around August 2000
in the Republic of Congo. DNA tests confirmed his identity and that
he had been dead for 20 years.
(AFP, 5/22/20)(BBC, 5/22/20)
2020 May 22, The family of
slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced they have
forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to five government
agents who had been sentenced to death for the 2017 operation that
cast a cloud of suspicion over the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman. Saudi activists claimed that the family’s decision to
pardon Mr Khashoggi was made following intense pressure by the Saudi
(AP, 5/22/20)(The Telegraph, 5/22/20)
2020 May 22, Spain's
overnight death toll from the new coronavirus rose by 56 to a total
of 28,628. The number of diagnosed cases rose to 234,824.
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