Today in History - May 27
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May 27, Symeon, czar of Bulgaria, died.
1328 May 27, French king Philip
VI Valois was crowned.
1332 May 27, Ibn Khaldun
(d.1406), Berber historian, was born in Tunis. He was also a social
scientist and political activist and developed theories on economics
and politics. He authored the "Muqaddimah" (introduction to
history), that gave an in-depth analysis of the cyclical nature of
the rise, maturation and decline of political regimes and economies.
“Only tribes held together by a group feeling can survive in a
1/11/99, p.R20)(Econ, 1/28/12, p.68)
1525 May 27, Thomas Muntzer
(28), German vicar, Boer leader, head of the German peasant revolt
was beheaded. Some 150,000 peasants died in the uprising.
(PCh, 1992, p.173)(MC, 5/27/02)
1529 May 27, 30 Jews of Posing,
Hungary, charged with blood ritual, were burned at stake.
1549 May 27, Lijsbeth Dirksdr,
Friesian Anabaptist, drowned.
1564 May 27, John Calvin (54),
one of the dominant figures of the Protestant Reformation, died in
(HN, 5/27/99)(MC, 5/27/02)
1647 May 27, In Salem,
Massachusetts, Achsah Young became the first recorded American woman
to be executed for being a "witch."
(AP, 5/27/97)(HN, 5/27/98)
1661 May 27, Archibald Campbell
(~53), Scottish politician, was beheaded.
1668 May 27, Three colonists
were expelled from Massachusetts for being Baptists.
1679 May 27, England’s House of
Lords passed the Habeas Corpus Act (have the body) to prevent false
arrest and imprisonment. King Charles adjourned Parliament before
the final reading of Shaftesbury’s Exclusion Bill.
1703 May 27, Peter the Great
founded St. Petersburg (Leningrad) as the capital of Russia. It was
built on a swampy settlement ceded by Sweden and occupied by about
p.A16)(www.worldpress.org/Europe/1938.cfm)(MT, Winter/03, p.12)
1794 May 27, Cornelius
Vanderbilt, owner of the B & O railroad, was born.
1796 May 27, James S. McLean
patented his piano.
1813 May 27, Americans captured
Fort George, Canada.
1818 May 27, American reformer
Amelia Jenks Bloomer, who popularized the "bloomers" garment that
bears her name, was born in Homer, N.Y.
1819 May 27, Julia Ward Howe,
writer of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” was born.
1836 May 27, Jay Gould, US
railroad executive, financier, was born.
1837 May 27, Legendary
gunfighter James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok was born in Troy Grove,
IL. As a youth, Hickok helped his father operate an Underground
Railroad stop for runaway slaves and during the Civil War became a
daring Union scout. After the war Hickok's fame as a skilled
marksman, Indian fighter and frontier marshal grew, leading to a
stint as a featured attraction with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West
Show. On August 2, 1876, Hickok was shot from behind and killed
while playing poker in Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood, Dakota Territory.
Contrary to his custom, Hickok was sitting with his back to the
1840 May 27, Nicolo Paganini
(57), Italian legendary violinist, died in Nice. The local bishop
refused to bury him in consecrated ground due to his scandal-ridden
past. His remains were transferred to Parma in 1876. His 1742
violin, “the Canon,” was put to rest in a museum in Genoa and later
played annually by the winner of the Int'l. Paganini Competition. In
1980 John Sugden authored the biography “Nicolo Paganini: Supreme
Violinist or Devil’s Fiddler”
(SFC, 8/15/96, p.D5)(SFC, 11/12/98, p.E1)(SFC,
4/26/99, p.E2)(ON, 3/02, p.7)
1848 May 27, The SF-based
California Star complained that everybody in the state was under the
spell of gold fever.
(SFC, 12/10/04, p.E4)
1862 May 27, Battle of Hanover
Court House, VA (Slash Church, Peake's Station).
1863 May 27, Siege of Port
Hudson, LA. [see May 21]
1867 May 27, Arnold Bennett
(d.1931), English novelist, playwright and critic, was born. His
books included “Riceyman Steps” (1923) in which he probes the
unsettling and symbolic depths of a marriage that becomes too close.
1873 May 27, The first
Preakness [horserace] was held at Pimlico, Md. It later became part
of the Triple Crown. Edward R. Bradley’s Kalitan was the 1st winner.
(HFA, ‘96, p.30)(SFEC, 5/30/99, Z1 p.8)(WSJ,
1878 May 27, Isadora Duncan
(d.1927), US pioneer in modern dance and choreographer, was born in
(WUD, 1994, p.442)(SFC, 7/18/00, p.A8)(HN,
1894 May 27, (Samuel) Dashiell
Hammett (d.1961), detective writer was born in Maryland. His work
include “The Maltese Falcon,” “The Continental Op,” and “The Dain
(WUD, 1994, p.641)(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A15)(HNPD,
1896 May 27, 255 people were
killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis,
1905 May 27, Japanese fleet
destroyed the Russian East Sea fleet in Straits of Tushima. [see May
1907 May 27, Rachel Carson
(d.1964), biologist and writer (Silent Spring, The Sea Around Us),
was born. "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder,
he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it,
rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world
we live in."
(AP, 12/29/98)(HN, 5/27/01)
1907 May 27, Bubonic Plague
broke out again in San Francisco.
(HN, 5/27/98)(SFC, 9/20/14, p.C2)
1910 May 27, Robert Koch
(b.1843), German bacteriologist (TB, Cholera, Nobel), died.
1911 May 27, Hubert Humphrey,
senator, was born. He served as VP (1965-69) to Lyndon Johnson (38th
VP), and was a presidential candidate in 1968. “The greatest gift of
life is friendship and I have received it.”
(HN, 5/27/98)(AP, 2/28/01)(MC, 5/27/02)
1911 May 27, Vincent Price,
actor, was born in St. Louis, Mo. He became best known for his role
in movies of Edgar Allen Poe horror stories. He stared in The Fly.
(SMTS, 10/1/86, p.4)(HN, 5/27/99)
1911 May 27, The Coney Island
attraction "Dreamland" was destroyed by fire. The biggest ballroom
in the world was located at the end of the Dreamland Pier from
1912 May 27, John Cheever
(d1982), Pulitzer Prize winning writer was born. His work included
“The Wapshot Chronicle” and “The World of Apples.”
(BS, 5/3/98, p.13E)(HN, 5/27/01)
1915 May 27, Herman Wouk,
author, was born. His work included "Winds of War" and "The Caine
1915 May 27, Mario del Monaco,
loud Italian opera tenor (Verdi/Puccini), was born.
1916 May 27, French Gen. Joseph
Simon Gallieni (b.1849) died. He had been called out of retirement
at the onset of war to serve in the Ministry of War in Paris and
orchestrated the allied victory at the Battle of the Marne (1914).
1918 May 27, Henry Adams
(b.1838), US historian, journalist and novelist, died. His books
included “The Education of Henry Adams” (1907) and
”Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres” (1918).
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Brooks_Adams)(WSJ, 9/1/07, p.P9)
1919 May 27, U.S. Navy Curtiss
flying boat NC-4, piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Albert C. Read, arrived
safely in Lisbon, Portugal, to become the first aircraft to complete
a transatlantic flight. Three aircraft, designated NC-1, NC-3 and
NC-4--called "Nancy" boats--had taken off from New York's Rockaway
Naval Air Station for Lisbon on May 8, with intermediate stops
planned for Newfoundland and the Azores. Only NC-4 completed the
3,925-mile transatlantic flight. Heavy rain and fog forced NC-1 down
at sea, where it sank on May 17. NC-3, as depicted in this painting
by Ron Weil, came down in rough seas and taxied 200 miles into the
harbor at Horta in the Azores.
1921 May 27, Caryl Chessman,
kidnapper who got death penalty in 1960, was born.
1921 May 27, Afghanistan
achieved sovereignty after 84 years of British control.
1923 May 27, Henry Kissinger,
US Secretary of State (1973-77), was born. He became Sec. of State
in the Nixon administration, and won the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for
his efforts to end the Vietnam War.
(HN, 5/27/99)(MC, 5/27/02)
1925 May 27, Tony Hillerman,
mystery novelist (The Blessing Way, Sacred Clowns), was born.
1927 May 27, The cargo steamer
Indiana Harbor ran aground on the northern California Humboldt
coast. Radio operator Joseph E. Croney remained at his post for 72
hours while the ship was pounded.
(SFC, 8/29/03, p.E3)
1927 May 27, An earthquake in
China’s Qinghai (Xining) Province left some 200,000 dead.
1908 May 27, Harold Rome
(d.1993), American composer, lyricist, and writer for musical
theater, was born in Hartford, Connecticut.
1929 May 27, Colonel Charles
Lindbergh married Anne Spencer Murrow.
1930 May 27, Richard Drew
invented masking tape.
1931 May 27, Piccard and
Knipfer made the first flight into stratosphere, by balloon.
1933 May 27, Walt Disney's
Academy Award-winning animated short "The Three Little Pigs" was
1933 May 27, The US Federal
Securities Act was passed to monitor and regulate stocks and bonds.
(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)
1934 May 27, Harlan [Jay]
Ellison, US sci-fi author (7 Hugos, Doomsman, Babylon 5), was born.
1935 May 27, The US Supreme
Court, in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, declared
President Roosevelt's National Industrial Recovery Act
(HN, 5/27/98)(AP, 5/27/07)
1936 May 27, Louis Gossett Jr.,
actor (Officer & Gentleman, Deep), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1936 May 27, The Cunard liner
Queen Mary left Southampton, England, for NY on its maiden voyage.
In 1968 it became a 365-room hotel moored at Long Beach, Ca.
(AP, 5/27/97)(MC, 5/27/02)(SSFC, 9/14/03, p.C1)
1937 May 27, The newly
completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting SF and Marin County, Calif.,
was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge, designed by Joseph
Strauss (d.1938), was built to sway 13 feet six inches of center in
either direction. Over 200,000 pedestrians walked across on opening
day. The bridge towers stood a record 750 feet. In 2007 Frank Stahl
and Daniel Mohn authored “The Golden Gate Bridge, Report of the
Chief Engineer, Vol II.” They gave credit to engineer Charles Ellis
of the Univ. of Illinois for much of the technical and theoretical
work that went into the bridge. He was fired by Strauss before
(AP, 5/27/97)(SFEC, 10/5/97, Z1 p.6)(SFC,
10/30/99, p.C3)(SFC, 5/11/07, p.A1)(SSFC, 12/10/17, DB p.54)
1939 May 27, Joseph Roth,
Austrian-born Jewish writer, died in Paris. His books included
“Radetzkymarsch” (The Radetzky March) (1932), a novel of the
Habsburg empire from 1859-1916 and “The Auto-da-Fe of the Mind.”
1941 May 27, Amid rising world
tensions, President Roosevelt proclaimed an "unlimited national
(WUD, 1944, p.1683)(AP, 5/27/97)
1941 May 27, The German
battleship Bismarck was sunk off France by British naval and air
forces with a loss of more than 2,100 lives. British ships rescued 4
officers and 106 of the crew. A German fishing vessel was reported
to have rescued another 100 men.
5/27/07)(ON, 10/09, p.5)
1942 May 27, Nazi overlord and
SS general Reinhard Heydrich was killed in Prague by Czech
commandos, who had parachuted into Czechoslovakia and ambushed his
car. Hitler promptly ordered the deaths of 10,000 residents of
Lidice, near Prague. Heydrich died of his wounds a week later. The
commandos had been sheltered in Lidice and as a result the entire
population was either executed or driven out. This has become a
hallmark of Nazi brutality. Heydrich was the man charged with “The
Final Solution of the Jewish Problem.” Heydrich was responsible for
the development of an espionage system outside Germany. As an SS
general he was the first administrator of the concentration camps
and the program to eliminate Jews from Europe.
(HNQ, 10/20/99)(MC, 5/27/02)
1942 May 27, German General
Erwin Rommel began a major offensive in Libya with his Afrika Korps.
1943 May 27, French resistance
members under Jean Moulin met secretly in Paris.
1944 May 27, Gen. MacArthur
landed on Biak Island in New Guinea.
1944 May 27, Japanese advanced
in Hangzhou, China.
1948 May 27, Arabs blew up the
Jewish synagogue Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid.
1949 May 27, Robert Ripley
(b.1890), American cartoonist and creator of “Ripley’s Believe It or
Not,” died in NYC. In 2013 Neal Thompson authored “A Curious Man:
The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!”
1949 May 27, Russians stopped
train traffic to and from West Berlin.
1951 May 27, Chinese Communists
forced the Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing.
1956 May 27, The French staged
a raid in Algiers.
1958 May 27, Ernest Green and
600 whites graduated from Little Rock's Central High School. Green
became the first black Central High graduate.
1960 May 27, In Turkey a
military coup organized by 37 "young officers" deposed the
government PM Menderes, who was arrested along with all the leading
1963 May 27, Jomo Kenyatta was
elected 1st prime minister of Kenya.
1964 May 27, "From Russia With
Love" premiered in US.
1964 May 27, Jawaharlal Nehru,
independent India's first prime minister, died.
1966 May 27, In Northern
Ireland 4 Ulster Volunteer Force men were sent to kill an IRA
volunteer, Leo Martin, who lived on Falls Road. Unable to find their
target, the men drove around in search of a Catholic. They shot dead
John Scullion, a civilian, as he walked home.
1966 May 27, 6 French fighters
crashed above Spain.
1967 May 27, Australians
approved a referendum to amend the constitution to allow the federal
government to make laws for indigenous Australians and to include
them in the national census. The referendum became law on August 10.
1968 May 27, The US Memorial
Day was celebrated. The last Monday of the month was set aside in
1968 to remember those who had died in the service of their country.
Memorial Day, which began in 1868 as Decoration Day, had been
celebrated on May 30 for the first 100 years.
1968 May 27, In Senegal a
university student strike began. Police moved in and one student
died and several more were hurt. Workers then declared a strike on
May 30 and for a time the protests came close to bringing down the
government of Pres. Leopold Sedar Senghor.
1969 May 27, Walt Disney World
construction began in Florida.
1970 May 27, Dougal Haston and
Don Whillans, members of a British expedition, climbed the south
face of Nepal’s Annapurna I, the 10th highest summit in the world.
1970 May 27, USSR performs an
underground nuclear test.
1973 May 27, Betty Tyson (24),
a prostitute and heroin addict, was arrested for the strangulation
death of a businessman. Her murder conviction was overturned in
1998, due to a wrongfully suppressed police report, and she was
released from prison 25 years to the day from her arrest in New
1974 May 27, In France Valerie
Giscard d’Estaing began serving as president. He nominated Jacques
Chirac (b.1932) to serve as prime minister. Chirac served his 1st
term as prime minister to Aug 26, 1976.
1977 May 27, The film "Smokey
and the Bandit" opened in movie theaters and was the #2 hit of the
year behind "Star Wars." It starred Burt Reynolds and Jackie
(SFEC, 7/13/97, Par p.10)(SFC, 10/10/02,
1977 May 27, New York City
fined "human fly" George H. Willig $1.10 -- one penny for each of
the 110 stories of the World Trade Center he scaled the day before.
1980 May 27, South Korean
police ended a people's uprising in Gwangju in which some 2,000
people were killed. South Koreans simply called it 5.18, by the
1981 May 27, John Hinckley
(b.1955), awaiting trial for the attempted assassination of Pres.
Reagan, tried to commit suicide by overdosing on Tylenol.
1985 May 27, In a brief
ceremony in Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged
instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the
Chinese in 1997.
1987 May 27, The Rev. Jerry
Falwell, responding to comments by Jim Bakker, denied hoodwinking
Bakker into giving up control of the PTL ministry.
1988 May 27, Two days before
the start of the Moscow summit, the US Senate voted 93-5 to ratify a
treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles.
1989 May 27, Leaders of the
Chinese student protest movement proposed that demonstrators hold
one more rally, then end their occupation of Tiananmen Square, an
idea that was later abandoned.
1990 May 27, The political
opposition of Burma (Myanmar) scored a victory in the country’s
first free, multiparty elections in three decades. The military
rulers allowed democratic elections but ignored the results when the
National League of Aung San Suu Kyi won 392 of 485 contested seats.
(SFC, 5/25/96, p.A12)(AP, 5/27/00)
1990 May 27, Cesar Gaviria
Trujillo was elected president of Colombia. Luis Carlos Galan,
Colombia presidential candidate, had been shot and killed while
campaigning south of Bogota. He was so far ahead in the polls for
the presidential elections that he was virtually assured of victory.
His campaign manager, Cesar Gaviria, ran in his place after the
attack and was elected president. Immediately after Galan's
assassination, the president at the time, Virgilio Barco, retaliated
by reinstating extraditions.
(AP, 5/27/00)(AP, 5/13/05)
1990 May 27, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev tried to calm his nation’s economic nerves with
a hastily scheduled television address. The radical Democratic Party
held its 1st political meetings in Moscow.
1991 May 27, In a commencement
speech at Yale University, President Bush announced he would ask
Congress to extend most-favored-nation trade benefits to China for
1991 May 27, Ethiopia ordered
its troops to lay down their arms in the face of a rebel advance. An
estimated 60,000 Eritreans died in the rebel war with Ethiopia.
(AP, 5/27/01)(Econ, 2/19/05, p.80)
1992 May 27, The 12-nation
European Community imposed trade sanctions on Serbia to stop its
interference in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
1992 May 27, Tony "Big Tuna"
Accardo (86), mobster (heir to the late Al Capone), died.
1993 May 27, The US House of
Representatives approved a massive deficit-reduction, tax-increase
bill by a vote of 219-213.
1993 May 27, The Canadian House
of Commons approved the North American Free Trade Agreement.
1993 May 27, Five people were
killed in a bombing at the Uffizi museum of art in Florence, Italy;
some three dozen paintings were ruined or damaged. Giovanni Brusca
was believed to have led teams that damaged the Uffizi museum in
Florence with car bombs. He is believed by many to be the leader of
the Italian Mafia teams. In 1996 he was arrested in Sicily and
charged with masterminding the murder of Giovanni Falcone, his wife
and three bodyguards in 1992. In 1998 Mafia boss Lelluca Bagarella
and 13 others were sentenced to life in prison for the May and July
(AP, 5/27/98)(SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-11)(SFC, 8/24/96,
p.A12)(SFEC, 6/7/98, p.A23)
1994 May 27, A receipt of this
date for a disguise was found in OJ Simpson’s Bronco, 2 weeks before
the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
(WSJ, 7/23/96, p.A16)
1994 May 27, Nobel
Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia to
the emotional cheers of thousands after spending two decades in
1995 May 27, Actor Christopher
Reeve was left paralyzed when he was thrown from his horse during a
jumping event in Charlottesville, Virginia.
1995 May 27, In Bosnia General
Mladic launched an assault against the UN observation point of the
Vrbanja bridge. French soldiers Marcel Amaru and Jacky Humboldt were
killed in the operation of liberating the Vrbanja Bridge under siege
in Sarajevo. They became the symbol of the 84 French soldiers, who
gave their lives for Bosnia.
1996 May 27, An oil spill in
Galveston Bay stretched for 5 miles after a barge broke up that was
carrying 700,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil. The barge was owned by
Buffalo Marine Services Inc. Two months ago another Buffalo owned
barge broke up and spilled nearly 200,000 gallons that drifted 50
miles into the Gulf of Mexico.
(SFC, 5/28/96, p.A2)
1996 May 27, George S. Boolos,
Prof. of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, died at age 55. He was
president of the Association for Symbolic Knowledge and was known as
one of the originators of provability logic, the study of the logic
of statements and what can and cannot be proved within mathematical
systems. He was also an authority on the work of 19th cent. German
mathematician and philosopher Gottlob Frege, regarded as the founder
of modern logic.
(SFC, 5/30/96, p.A16)
1996 May 27, David Malouf,
Australian writer, won the $151,000 Int'l. IMPAC Dublin Literary
Award for his novel “Remembering Babylon.”
(SFC, 5/27/96, p.B5)
1996 May 27, In Albania
opposition parties accused the ruling democrats of election
irregularities and pulled out of the parliamentary voting process.
(SFC, 5/27/96, p.A7)
1996 May 27, Chechen leader
Zelimkhan Yanderbiyev and Russian leader Boris Yeltsin in their
first meeting agreed to a peace accord and prime minister Victor
Chernomyrdin signed the agreement with Yanderbiyev.
(SFC, 5/28/96, p.A1) (AP, 5/27/97)
1996 May 27, In Liberia the
military militias completed their withdrawal from Monrovia.
(SFC, 5/28/96, p.A8)
1996 May 27, In Syria the
latest of a series of explosions left a small crater outside the
walls of the Old City of Damascus.
(SFC, 6/10/96, C3)
1997 May 27, Arie Luyendyk won
the Indianapolis 500 for the second time.
1997 May 27, The Cathedral and
the Bazaar, an essay by Eric S. Raymond on software engineering
methods, was first presented by the author at the Linux Kongress and
was published as part of a book of the same name in 1999. It was
based on his observations of the Linux kernel development process
and his experiences managing an open source project, fetchmail.
1997 May 27, The Supreme Court
ruled that Paula Jones may pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit
against Pres. Clinton while he is in office. The suit was based on
an incident in 1991 when Clinton was governor of Arkansas.
(SFC, 5/28/97, p.A1)(AP, 5/27/98)
1997 May 27, Marv Albert, NBC
sportscaster, was arrested on charges of sexual assault [see May
1997 May 27, A tornado hit
Jarrell, Texas, and left 27 people dead. It cut a swath from Austin
(SFC, 5/28/97, p.A1)(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A3)(AP,
1997 May 27, In Paris, Russian
President Boris Yeltsin joined 16 NATO leaders, including President
Clinton, to sign a historic agreement giving Moscow a voice in NATO
affairs. Boris Yeltsin joined Bill Clinton and the leaders of the 15
other NATO member states in signing the "Founding Act on Mutual
Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian
1997 May 27, In Kobe, Japan,
11-year-old Jun Hase was beheaded by a killer who left the note:
“So, this is the beginning of the game. I desperately want to see
people die. Nothing makes me more excited than killing.” [see Jun
(SFC, 6/5/97, p.C2)
1997 May 27, In Mbabane,
Swaziland, health authorities were shocked by chief Jameson
Ndznatabantfu Maseko who banned the use of condoms on the basis of
(SFC, 5/28/97, p.A12)
1998 May 27, The sexual
harassment suit of Paula Jones against pres. Clinton was scheduled
(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A1)
1998 May 27, Michael Fortier,
the government's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing case, was
sentenced to 12 years in prison after apologizing for not warning
anyone about the deadly plot.
1998 May 27, In Colombia the
Occidental Petroleum Corp. agreed to give up the entire Samore block
in return for exploration rights on another 80-square-mile outside
the lands of the U’wa tribe.
(SFC, 5/29/98, p.D3)
1998 May 27, Concerning Cyprus
it was reported that the planned delivery of a Russian missile
system would contain a “Tombstone” radar system, to be operated by
70 Russian experts. This was a threat to the existing West’s
(SFC, 5/27/98, p.A10)
1998 May 27, In Mongolia a
Yu-12 plane crash killed all 28 on board.
(WSJ, 5/28/98, p.A1)
1998 May 27, Russia tripled its
interest rates to 150% to stave off a run on the ruble and to
establish some economic stability.
(SFC, 5/28/98, p.A8)
1998 May 27, In South Korea
unions began a 2-day strike to protest mounting layoffs.
(WSJ, 5/28/98, p.A1)
1999 May 27, Exxon and Mobil
shareholders approved their $81.2 billion merger to create the
world's largest oil company.
(WSJ, 5/28/99, p.A4)
1999 May 27, The space shuttle
Discovery was launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with 7
astronauts from the US, Canada and Russia. The shuttle was on a
10-day mission to stock the new space station.
(SFC, 5/28/99, p.A2)
1999 May 27, The Int'l. War
Crimes Tribunal at the Hague announced an indictment against Pres.
Milosevic and 4 senior aides for atrocities and mass deportations
and multiple counts of crimes against humanity. Also indicted were:
Milan Milutinovic, president of Serbia; Vlajko Stojilkovic, Serbian
interior minister; Nikola Sainovic, deputy prime minister of
Yugoslavia; and Gen'l. Dragoljub Ojdanic, chief of staff of the
Yugoslav army. Sainovic surrendered in 2002.
(SFC, 5/27/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/28/99, p.A1)(SFC,
1999 May 27, It was reported
that Dolly, the 3-year-old sheep, cloned from a 6-year-old ewe, has
cells that that are 9 years old. Her DNA showed signs of wear more
typical of an older animal.
(SFC, 5/27/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/27/99, p.A1)
1999 May 27, In Egypt the
parliament approved powers over private groups with laws of
operating rules and banned private groups from participating in
(SFC, 5/28/99, p.D3)
1999 May 27, India lost 2
fighter jets, a MiG-21 and a MiG-27, to Pakistani fire on the
Pakistani side of Kashmir. Pakistan promised to return one dead
pilot and to hold the other as hostage.
(SFC, 5/28/99, p.A12)
1999 May 27, In Milan, Italy,
the latest restoration of “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci, an
effort that took 22 years, went on display during a VIP-only
1999 May 27, In the Ivory Coast
police stormed a hall at the Universite d'Abidjan and brutally
dispersed an FESCI student gathering planning for nationwide
(SFC, 5/29/99, p.A14)
1999 May 27, In North Korea US
inspectors found an empty tunnel at a suspected nuclear arms site.
(WSJ, 5/28/99, p.A1)
1999 May 27, The Philippine
Senate ratified an accord with the US for joint military exercises.
(SFC, 5/28/99, p.D3)
2000 May 27, A freight train
derailed near Eunice, La., and some 3,500 people were evacuated due
to the release of methyl chloride, acrylic acid, toluene
diisocyanate, and dichloropropane.
(SFEC, 5/28/00, p.A2)
2000 May 27, It was reported
that researchers in Canada successfully used transplanted pancreas
cells to help cure Type I diabetes.
(SFC, 5/27/00, p.3)
2000 May 27, The wreck of the
Carpathia, the steamer that rescued passengers of the Titanic in
1912, was found in 500 feet of water, 120 miles south of Fastnet,
(SFC, 9/22/00, p.A12)
2000 May 27, In Australia the
“Declaration of Reconciliation” was presented by prime Minister John
Howard to help heal the history of government racism toward the
native aborigines. Howard removed a phrase of apology in one passage
and substituted regret.
(SFC, 5/26/00, p.A14)
2000 May 27, In Northern
Ireland the Ulster Unionist Party’s ruling council voted to accept
an IRA offer to put its weapons beyond use.
(SFEC, 5/28/00, p.A1)
2001 May 27, Indy rookie Helio
Castroneves led teammate and fellow Brazilian Gil de Ferran in a 1-2
Roger Penske finish, giving the renowned owner a triumphant return
to the Indianapolis 500.
2001 May 27, Archbishop
Emmanuel Milingo married Maria Sung in a mass ceremony conducted by
Rev. Sun Myung Moon in NYC. In Aug Milingo was reported to have
recommitted his life to the Catholic Church. Marie Sung went on a
hunger strike. Sung later resigned herself to Milingo’s return to
(SFC, 8/15/01, p.A6)(SFC, 8/31/01, p.D5)
2001 May 27, Sec. of State
Colin Powell stopped in Uganda and urged the government of Sudan to
halt bombing in southern towns and to stop interfering with the
delivery of emergency assistance to victims of drought and war.
(SFC, 5/28/01, p.B12)
2001 May 27, In Indonesia Pres.
Wahid threatened to declare a state of emergency if impeachment
(SFC, 5/28/01, p.B12)
2001 May 27, In Mexican
gubernatorial elections in Yucatan Patricio Patron of the National
Action Party led Orlando Paredes of the PRI.
(SFC, 5/28/01, p.B12)
2001 May 27, In Nepal a 3-day
strike was called by the opposition parties who demanded that Prime
Minister Girija Prasad Koirala resign for his role in a bribery case
involving the lease of a commercial jet for state-run Royal Nepal
(SFC, 5/28/01, p.B12)
2001 May 27, Gunmen abducted 21
people from the Dos Palmas Island Resort in Palawan province.
Guillermo Sobero from Corona, Ca., was one of the 3 abducted
Americans. The Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility. Sobero was later
beheaded. Missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham were among the
kidnapped. A $300,000 ransom for the Burnhams was paid in 2002, but
the rebels then asked for $200,000 more. [see Jun 7, 2002]
(SSFC, 5/27/01, p.A12)(SFC, 5/29/01, p.A8)(SFC,
10/25/01, p.C2)(SFC, 11/27/01, p.A6)(SFC, 4/27/02, p.A11)
2002 May 27, Pres. Bush
commemorated Memorial Day at Normandy American Cemetery in France,
where he honored the 9,387 men and women buried there.
2002 May 27, It was reported
that Britain was considering a confidential “action plan” proposed
to deliver a “radical reduction” in the influx of asylum seekers.
(SFC, 5/27/02, p.A1)
2002 May 27, In Israel a
Palestinian suicide bomber killed himself and 2 Israelis, a toddler
and her grandmother, at a mall in Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv.
(SFC, 5/28/02, p.A6)
2003 May 27, Derrick Todd Lee,
a suspected serial killer of women in Louisiana, was arrested in
2003 May 27, A study was
released that showed women who took hormones for years ran a higher
risk of Alzheimer's or other types of dementia.
2003 May 27, Colombia police
arrested Saul Nieto, known by the nom de guerre "Ezequiel." He was
in charge of a group of urban fighters of the National Liberation
Army, or ELN, in Medellin. 10 other rebels were also detained.
2003 May 27, In southern India
officials reported that a deadly heat wave has killed at least 430
people in the past two weeks.
2003 May 27, In India strong
winds and pounding rain toppled a Ferris wheel at a temple festival
in Tamil Nadu state, killing 12 people and injuring more than 20
2003 May 27, In Iraq a US
weapons-inspection team arrived at Al Qaqaa weapons site and found
that the IAEA seals were broken and the high explosives missing. Two
Iraqis shot and killed two American soldiers in Fallujah, a hotbed
of support for Saddam Hussein.
(WSJ, 10/27/04, p.A3)(AP, 5/27/08)
2003 May 27, Israeli troops
shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian boy and critically wounded
two children, ages 7 and 9, during confrontations.
2003 May 27, In Peru Pres.
Alejandro Toledo declared a 30-day state of emergency and authorized
the military to clear strikers from Peru's major highways.
2004 May 27, In Baltimore 3
children were found dead. One was beheaded with a butcher knife and
the others were nearly decapitated. Adan Espinoza Canela, 17, and
Policarpio Espinoza, 22, were arrested on murder charges the next
2004 May 27, Australia's
conservative government introduced legislation to ban same-sex
marriages and wants immigration rules to stop gays and lesbians from
adopting foreign children. The government has also announced that
same-sex partners will be recognized for the first time by federal
authorities as dependents.
2004 May 27, In Australia
British-born Jack Roche changed his plea from innocent to guilty,
acknowledging his role in an al-Qaida plot to blow up the Israeli
Embassy in Canberra. On June 1 Roche was sentenced to 9 years in
(AP, 5/28/04)(AP, 6/1/04)
2004 May 27, London police
arrested Abu Hamza al-Masri, a radical Muslim cleric suspected of
helping the deadly 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole. The US
sought his extradition on terrorism charges. He was accused of
trying to build a terrorist training camp in Oregon.
(AP, 5/27/04)(WSJ, 5/28/04, p.A1)
2004 May 27, Cuba and Mexico
agreed to return their respective ambassadors following a dispute
earlier this month.
(WSJ, 5/28/04, p.A1)
2004 May 27, In Egypt 5 people
were burned to death and 14 others injured when a gas canister,
carried by a passenger, blew up on a commuter bus in Cairo.
2004 May 27, The U.S.-led
coalition agreed to suspend offensive operations in Najaf after
local leaders struck a deal with radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to
end a bloody standoff.
(AP, 5/27/04)(SFC, 5/28/04, p.A1)
2004 May 27, In Iraq gunmen
south of Baghdad attacked a car carrying Japanese journalists
Shinsuke Hashida (61) and his nephew, Kotaro Ogawa (33). The vehicle
burst into flames and both were killed.
2004 May 27, Umberto Agnelli
(69), Fiat Chairman, died in Turin.
(SFC, 5/29/04, p.B6)
2004 May 27, Lebanese soldiers
opened fire on anti-government demonstrators, killing 5 and wounding
at least seven. Demonstrators set fire to the Labor Ministry.
(AP, 5/27/04)(WSJ, 5/28/04, p.A1)
2004 May 27, The Nigerian state
of Kano abandoned its moratorium on polio vaccinations.
(SFC, 5/28/04, p.A3)
2004 May 27, Relief workers
were racing against the clock to keep hundreds of thousands of
people from dying in Sudan's western Darfur region, in what has
become the biggest humanitarian crisis of "our age."
2004 May 27, Vito Bigione (52),
one of Italy's most-wanted Mafia suspects, was captured in
Venezuela. He was accused of a key role in international drug
trafficking and flown back to Italy. Bigione had spent years living
in Namibia and only recently moved to Venezuela.
2005 May 27, Speaking out for
the first time in favor of controversial base closings, President
Bush told the Naval Academy commencement the nation was wasting
billions of dollars on unnecessary military facilities and needed
the money for the war on terrorism.
2005 May 27, Testimony ended in
the Michael Jackson child molestation trial after prosecutors showed
jurors a video of the accuser being interviewed by police and
defense lawyers decided not to put on a rebuttal case. Jackson was
2005 May 27, Pfizer Inc.
acknowledged rare cases of blindness in men taking its impotence
drug Viagra and said it is in talks with US regulators to change the
2005 May 27, A lawyer for
Thomas Noe, Ohio coin dealer and Republican Party man, reported that
as much as $13 million of the state’s $50 million investment in
Noe’s rare coin fund could not be accounted for [see Oct 27].
(SFC, 5/28/05, p.A4)
2005 May 27, In North Carolina
Junior Allen (65) walked out of prison after 35 years in prison for
stealing a black-and-white television set.
2005 May 27, Schapelle Corby
(27), an Australian woman, was convicted and sentenced to 20 years
in prison for smuggling nine pounds of marijuana onto Indonesia's
Bali island. In 2012 the justice ministry recommended granting
clemency Corby. Lawyers argued she had gone insane after being
jailed in Bali’s Kerobokan prison. Her sentenced was reduced by 5
years. Corby was released on Feb 10, 2014.
(AP, 5/27/05)(AFP, 4/4/12)(AFP, 5/21/12)(AP,
2005 May 27, Thousands of HSBC
staff belonging to the Amicus trade union staged the biggest
walk-out for more than eight years against a leading British bank
when they went on strike in a bitter pay dispute.
2005 May 27, Chechen warlord
Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for a power outage that caused
chaos in Moscow. Rebels said they burned a Moscow theater and caused
(AP, 5/27/05)(WSJ, 5/31/05, p.A1)
2005 May 27, In Colombia Diego
Fernando Murillo, a right-wing (AUC) paramilitary leader accused of
killing a state congressman, surrendered after a four-day,
2005 May 27, The EU
constitution cleared its final legislative hurdle in Germany, two
days before French voters have their say on the document. The Prum
Treaty was signed by Germany, Spain, France, Luxembourg,
Netherlands, Austria and Belgium (Italy has since said it wants to
join too). It covers a series of justice and home affairs issues
including the "exchange of information" (in effect, the "principle
2005 May 27, Talks between
India and Pakistan to break their two-decade-old stand-off on
Kashmir's Siachen glacier, the world's highest battlefield, ended in
2005 May 27, An Internet
posting said Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is in good health and is running
his terror organization.
2005 May 27, In Iraq gunmen
shot and killed a moderate Sunni Muslim tribal leader with close
ties to Iraqi Kurds in the northern city of Kirkuk. Sheik Sabhan
Khalaf al-Jibouri, 52, died in a hail of machine-gun fire outside
2005 May 27, In Nepal thousands
of activists rallied to demand a restoration of democracy in the
first such protest since the monarch seized power and ordered a
crackdown on politicians.
2005 May 27, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber set off explosives in the midst of Shiite Muslims
reciting the Quran, killing at least 20 and wounding dozens gathered
for a religious festival at a shrine near Islamabad.
2005 May 27, King Fahd, Saudi
Arabia's monarch for the last 23 years was hospitalized for
2005 May 27, According to
Israeli sources Syria test fired 3 Scud missiles, one of which broke
up over two Turkish villages causing no injuries, in an act of
defiance to the US and the UN. Syria denied the charges.
(AFP, 6/3/05)(AP, 6/4/05)
2006 May 27, Simultaneous wine
tastings were held in London and Napa, Ca., to celebrate the 30th
anniversary of a Paris tasting in which California wines won over
French counterparts. In this session Cabernet Sauvignon wines from
California and Bordeaux, aged 30 years or more, were tasted.
California wines won the top 5 spots.
(SFC, 6/1/06, p.F1)
2006 May 27, In southern
California Phuong Le, his wife Ngoc Lam and their son (6) were
killed over an $80,000 debt. An 11-month old daughter was left
unharmed and found 2 days later sitting next to her dead mother. In
2010 Quang Van Quan was sentenced to 3 life terms in prison for
fatally stabbing the 3 family members.
(http://tinyurl.com/256wo4u)(SFC, 12/18/10, p.A6)
2006 May 27, Paul Gleason (67),
film star, died of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked
to asbestos. His over 60 films included in "Trading Places" and "The
2006 May 27, Michael Riffaterre
(b.1924), literary theorist, died in Manhattan. His books included
“Semiotics of Poetry” (1978).
(SFC, 6/6/06, p.B5)
2006 May 27, Seven leading
child advocacy organizations said more than 2 million children under
the age of 15 are living with HIV, almost all in sub-Saharan Africa
where there is no access to treatment and death almost certain.
2006 May 27, It was reported
that Colombia could become a net importer of oil by 2010.
(Econ, 5/27/06, p.34)
2006 May 27, Congo released a
group of South Africans, Nigerians and Americans arrested over what
it called a suspected coup plot, saying it did not have time to try
them itself before long-awaited national elections in July. In the
volatile northeast Ituri district a Nepalese peacekeeper was killed
and seven others were feared kidnapped by militiamen during a
military operation. 2 peacekeepers were released on June 27. The
remaining 5 were released July 8.
(Reuters, 5/28/06)(AP, 5/29/06)(Reuters, 7/8/06)
2006 May 27, East Timor's
capital descended into chaos as rival gangs set houses on fire and
attacked each other with machetes and spears, defying international
peacekeepers patrolling in armed vehicles and combat helicopters.
The prime minister said a coup attempt was underway.
2006 May 27, In Ethiopia 3
blasts in the town of Jijiga injured 42 people.
2006 May 27, The EU agreed to
give itself another year to sort out the impasse over its troubled
constitution and build confidence in the bloc's plans for further
2006 May 27, Romeo Lucas Garcia
(81), former Guatemalan President (1978-1982), died in Venezuela.
His rule was marked by a bloody police raid on the Spanish Embassy.
2006 May 27, In central
Indonesia a 6.3 magnitude earthquake flattened homes and hotels on
Java Island as people slept, killing some 5,800 and injuring
thousands more in the nation's worst disaster since the 2004
(AP, 5/30/06)(SFC, 6/10/06, p.B8)
2006 May 27, A US Marine AH-1
Cobra helicopter crashed in an insurgent stronghold in western Iraq,
and two crew members were missing.
2006 May 27, In Kyrgyzstan
thousands of protesters demonstrated in the capital Bishkek to
demand that the government undertake promised constitutional
2006 May 27, A Myanmar
government official said Nobel Peace Prize-winning pro-democracy
leader Aung San Suu Kyi will remain under house arrest for another
2006 May 27, Shiloh Nouvel
Jolie-Pitt, daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, was born in
Namibia, where the family had traveled for privacy.
2006 May 27, The Hamas-led
government sent its private militia back into the streets of Gaza, a
day after withdrawing the force to help calm an increasingly bloody
standoff with forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas.
2006 May 27, In Mogadishu,
Somalia, Islamic militiamen and rival secular fighters traded
machine-gun, rocket and mortar fire, killing at least eight and
wounding a dozen as residents fled on foot or in hired minivans.
2006 May 27, In South Africa 13
were killed on a highway after a pickup truck slammed into the back
of a minibus taxi which exploded into flames.
2006 May 27, Unemployment in
Turkmenistan was estimated at over 70%. It was exacerbated by public
sector layoffs and laws restricting job seekers to their home towns.
(Econ, 5/27/06, p.40)
2007 May 27, Dario Franchitti
won a rain-abbreviated Indy 500.
2007 May 27, SF held its annual
Carnival parade in the Mission district.
(SFC, 5/28/07, p.D2)
2007 May 27, Gretchen Wyler
(75), a veteran Broadway actress who enjoyed a second career on
television and was a leading animal rights activist, died in
2007 May 27, The Taliban
released 3 Afghan aid workers, who were kidnapped with two French
colleagues nearly two months ago. The Taliban launched a new
operation targeting government and foreign forces in Afghanistan. A
roadside bomb killed three Afghan security guards working for the
coalition in the east. Taliban militants ambushed US-led coalition
and Afghan forces escorting supply trucks in southern Afghanistan,
sparking a 10-hour battle the coalition said killed an estimated two
dozen militants. Villagers said 7 civilians also died.
(AP, 5/27/07)(AP, 5/28/07)
2007 May 27, Edward Behr (81),
a noted British foreign correspondent and writer who penned books on
history, good eating and his career as a journalist, died in Paris.
2007 May 27, In eastern Congo
Rwandan rebels attacked villagers with machetes, spears and hammers,
killing 17, wounding 28 and taking up to a dozen hostages.
2007 May 27, Iraqi and US
troops raided Baghdad's Sadr City slum, targeting Shiite insurgent
cells there for a second day. British forces in the south killed
three Shiite militants in overnight fighting. Iraqi and US forces
freed 42 kidnapped Iraqis, some of whom had been hung from ceilings
and tortured for months, in a raid on an al-Qaida hideout north of
Baghdad. In Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, 70 police officers
resigned and handed over their weapons. They cited their fears of
being targeted by Mahdi Army militants. Gunmen in two cars threw
concussion grenades at a popular market in northern Baghdad and then
opened fire at shoppers, killing one person and injuring 8 others.
Later, the same gunmen ambushed a minibus, killing the driver,
stealing the vehicle and abducting six passengers. Gunmen shot up
the car of Lt. Col. Hiyis al-Jubouri, a police commander in the
northern Salahuddin province, killing him and another police
officer. Gunmen attacked a group of farmers in the al-Nahrawan
district, 10 miles east of Baghdad, killing two and injuring nine.
(AP, 5/27/07)(AP, 5/28/07)
2007 May 27, PM Ehud Olmert
promised more attacks on the Hamas militant group after a
Palestinian rocket attack killed an Israeli man in southern Israel.
2007 May 27, Kuwait's
government announced that it is moving the country's weekend to
Friday and Saturday instead of Thursday and Friday effective Sep 1.
2007 May 27, A Libyan court
acquitted 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian medic of charges of
slandering policemen by protesting that their confessions had been
extracted under torture.
2007 May 27, In southern Mexico
assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles shot dead six family
members, including three children, as they ambushed a minivan on a
2007 May 27, Christian Mungiu,
a Romanian director, won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or for his
“3 Weeks and 2 Days,” which looked at abortion during the communist
era. Michael Moore’s “Sicko,” a film on the inequities of America’s
health system, also featured at Cannes.
(WSJ, 5/29/07, p.A1)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.32)
2007 May 27, Russian police
detained gay protesters calling for the right to hold a Gay Pride
parade in central Moscow while nationalists shouting "death to
homosexuals" punched and kicked the demonstrators.
2007 May 27, A Rwandan genocide
court handed a 19-year prison sentence to Francois-Xavier Byuma, a
member of the Rwandan League for the Promotion and Defence of Human
Rights, for participating in the country's 1994 mass murder.
2007 May 27, Spain's rival
Socialists and conservatives fought to a virtual tie in local
elections, highlighting the deep divisions in the country a year
before national elections. The opposition People’s Party (PP) led by
Mariano Rajoy won 35.6% vs. 34.9% for the Socialists.
(AP, 5/27/07)(Econ, 6/9/07, p.59)
2007 May 27, Syrian President
Bashar Assad cast his vote at a polling station as part of a one-day
public referendum to endorse him for a second term and bolster his
autocratic rule. Assad won another seven years in office, getting
97% of the vote in a nationwide referendum in which he was the only
(AP, 5/27/07)(AP, 5/29/07)
2007 May 27, In southern
Thailand 6 bombs ripped through a key commercial district, wounding
2007 May 27, Floods in eastern
Turkey killed 10 people including six children aged between 18
months and 12.
2007 May 27, Ukraine's feuding
president and prime minister agreed to hold an early parliamentary
election on Sept. 30, defusing a crisis that threatened to escalate
into violence when the president sent troops streaming toward the
2007 May 27, Zimbabwean police
freed the bulk of 200 youth opposition activists arrested in a raid
on their party headquarters.
2008 May 27, The US Supreme
Court strengthened civil rights laws for workers over retaliation in
bias cases relating to race and anti-age discrimination.
(SFC, 5/28/08, p.A3)
2008 May 27, The US Treasury
said it will freeze the assets of four leaders of the Muslim
militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
(WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A6)
2008 May 27, In Afghanistan 12
people including three policemen were killed in two bomb attacks in
Farah and Logar provinces. Officials blamed Taliban extremists. In
Helmand province the US-led coalition killed several militants
during a hunt in Garmser district for a Taliban leader involved with
weapons smuggling operations in the area. Several other rebels were
killed in similar operations in eastern Paktia province, bordering
Logar. Altogether the day’s violence left 24 people dead including
13 police officers.
(AFP, 5/27/08)(WSJ, 5/27/08, p.A10)
2008 May 27, Argentine farm
groups vowed to suspend grain exports and meat sales, resuming
protests against controversial export taxes a day after talks with
the government stalled. DNA tests established the identity of an
Argentine woman taken from her parents during the country's military
dictatorship, the 90th such child identified by a group of
grandmothers searching for their missing relatives.
(AP, 5/27/08)(AP, 5/28/08)
2008 May 27, An Australian town
council unanimously rejected a contentious proposal to build a
1,200-student Islamic school, citing infrastructure concerns. Mayor
Chris Patterson of Camden said the decision had nothing to do with
religion but was based on the impact on traffic and loss of
2008 May 27, President Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva swore in Carlos Minc, former environment
secretary for Rio de Janeiro state, as Brazil's new environment
minister. Silva used the swearing-in speech to lash developed
nations for alleged hypocrisy on environmental policy.
2008 May 27, Horn-honking
truckers rumbled en masse into central London to protest against
soaring fuel prices.
2008 May 27, Chinese officials
rushed to evacuate another 80,000 people in the path of potential
floodwaters building up behind a quake-spawned dam as soldiers
carved a channel to try to drain away the threat. A government
spokesman said the confirmed death toll in the earthquake more than
two weeks ago has risen to 67,183.
2008 May 27, Germany unveiled a
memorial to the Nazis' long-ignored gay victims, a monument that
also aims to address ongoing discrimination by confronting visitors
with an image of a same-sex couple kissing.
2008 May 27, Guinea's new PM
Ahmed Tidiane Souare announced a deal to pay mutinous soldiers years
of salary arrears, effectively ending the West African nation's
2008 May 27, India's military
veterans staged protests nationwide to press for higher wages for
defense personnel and warned the unrest could spill over into the
serving ranks if New Delhi fails to act.
2008 May 27, An al-Qaida in
Iraq front group warned that insurgents were waiting for the right
moment to retaliate against a US-Iraqi security crackdown in the
northern city of Mosul. Gunmen killed a policeman near his station
in Mosul, when attackers opened fire with machine guns shortly
before noon. A car bomb in northern Iraq killed 4 civilians. A
US-allied fighter was killed and two others were wounded when a bomb
under their vehicle exploded near a market in northern Baghdad's
predominantly Sunni area of Azamiyah.
(AP, 5/27/08)(WSJ, 5/27/08, p.A1)
2008 May 27, Morris Talansky
(75), an American businessman who is key to a corruption probe of PM
Ehud Olmert, told prosecutors that over 14 years he had handed
Olmert cash-stuffed envelopes for $150,000. At least $40,000 was in
personal loans and never repaid.
(AP, 5/27/08)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.49)
2008 May 27, In Mexico 7
federal police and a suspected hit man were killed in a shootout as
authorities surrounded a suspected drug safe house in Culiacan, home
to the Sinaloa drug cartel.
2008 May 27, Myanmar's military
junta extended opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's detention by one
year, ignoring worldwide appeals to free the Nobel laureate who has
been detained for more than 12 of the past 18 years.
2008 May 27, Nepal swore in 575
lawmakers who planned to declare a republic, which would
automatically displace the world’s last Hindu king.
(SFC, 5/28/08, p.A8)
2008 May 27, South African
President Thabo Mbeki came under fire for traveling to Japan as
anti-immigrant violence spread to a new province and aid groups
struggled with thousands of displaced victims.
2008 May 27, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said the UN will investigate
allegations by a leading children's charity that UN peacekeepers are
involved in widespread sexual abuse of children. The report by Save
the Children UK was based on field research in southern Sudan, Ivory
Coast and Haiti.
2008 May 27, Zimbabwe's
opposition said a campaign of violence and intimidation designed to
fix President Robert Mugabe's re-election had now killed over 50 of
2009 May 27, US federal
prosecutors dropped a 5-year probe on former California state Senate
leader Don Perata (64). The FBI had begun a probe of the Oakland
Democrat in 2003 following charges of financial improprieties.
(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A1)
2009 May 27, In Texas
authorities indicted 51 defendants on state charges in Fort Bend
County, while 22 were indicted on federal charges for distributing
anabolic steroids, human growth hormones and other drugs.
2009 May 27, In Texas Shukri
Abu Baker (50) and Ghassan Elashi (55), founding members of the
Holyland Foundation for Relief and Development, were sentenced to 65
years in prison for funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian
militant group Hamas. They were among 5 members of the group
sentenced to prison.
(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A5)
2009 May 27, Toys R Us Inc.
said it acquired toy retailer FAO Schwarz, which has struggled for
years through bankruptcies amid tough competition from discount
2009 May 27, In Florida a
demolition crew sank the USS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg seven miles off
Key West, where it will become one of the world’s largest man made
reefs. The WWII ship was last used by the Air Force to track
missiles and spacecraft.
(SFC, 5/26/09, p.A8)(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A5)
2009 May 27, Clive W.G. Granger
(b.1934), co-winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Economics, died in
San Diego. The Wales-born economist shared the prize with his
longtime UC San Diego colleague Robert Engle for showing that
relationships between factors like money supply and national income
change over time and could not be relied on as steady measures of
(SFC, 6/3/09, p.B5)
2009 May 27, The Rev. Gerard
Jean-Juste, a champion of the poor in Haiti and close supporter of
Aristide, died in Miami following complications from a stroke.
2009 May 27, In Afghanistan air
strikes, gunbattles and attacks killed 28 people across the country,
including a government official shot dead with three of his sons
near the Pakistani border. Mohammad Nader, governor of the Omna
district in the eastern province of Paktika, was travelling with his
family to go back home near the Pakistan border when armed
2009 May 27, Alice Munro (77),
Canadian short writer, won the Man Booker international prize.
(Econ, 5/30/09, p.86)
2009 May 27, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded near a medical compound in Abu Ghraib west of Baghdad,
wounding at least 15 Iraqis. A roadside bomb killed a US soldier in
Baghdad, making May the deadliest month for the American military
2009 May 27, Italian police
issued 61 arrest warrants against purported members of Naples’
Camorra mob for allegedly running drug and extortion rings. Suspects
arrested included 9 women and several bosses of the Sarno clan.
(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A2)
2009 May 27, Malaysian police
rescued three men shackled to the wall of a filthy room for two
months by illegal moneylenders after failing to repay their debts.
2009 May 27, In Nigeria Ken
Niweigha, a gang leader from the restive oil-rich Niger Delta, was
killed in southern state of Bayelsa, a day after being arrested.
Niweigha was accused of being behind the 1999 shooting of several
police officers in Bayelsa that led to the town of Odi being razed
by the security forces in reprisal.
2009 May 27, North Korea
renounced its 1953 truce with the allied forces and threatened to
strike any ships trying to intercept its vessels. Facing
international censure for this week's nuclear test, it threatened to
attack the South after it joined a US-led plan to check vessels
suspected of carrying equipment for weapons of mass destruction.
2009 May 27, In Pakistan
suspected suicide attackers detonated a car bomb that destroyed a
police building and sheared walls off a nearby office of the top
intelligence service in Lahore. About 30 people were killed and some
300 wounded. Troops backed by helicopter gunships killed 10
suspected militants and captured a cache of weapons in raids on
Siplapai town in South Waziristan.
(AP, 5/27/09)(AFP, 5/27/09)(AP, 5/28/09)
2009 May 27, A Russian space
capsule, carrying Canadian Bob Thirsk, Russian Roman Romanenko and
Belgian Frank De Winne, blasted off from Kazakhstan for a 2 day
journey to the ISS.
(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A2)
2009 May 27, In Spain some
100,000 people spilled onto the streets of the Catalan capital after
Barcelona's 2-0 triumph over Manchester United in Rome. The carnival
atmosphere turned ugly after midnight when youths began clashing
with police around Las Ramblas, the city's most famous street.
Police arrested 134 people and more than 150 were injured.
2009 May 27, In Sri Lanka
government troops killed 11 suspected guerrillas in the eastern
jungles, where rebel holdouts were said to be entrenched.
(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A2)
2009 May 27, In Venezuela
hundreds of opponents of President Hugo Chavez marched in support of
press freedom, two years after his government refused to renew the
concession of an opposition-aligned television station.
2010 May 27, BP Plc wrestled to
plug its gushing deepwater Gulf of Mexico well in the latest attempt
to control the source of a catastrophic five-week-old oil spill.
Pres. Obama extended a moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling and
ordered floating rigs to stop work on 33 exploratory wells. The
government gave the go-ahead for an ambitious plan to construct
several barrier islands to reduce the amount of oil from the giant
Gulf of Mexico spill from coming ashore. Officials raised estimates
of the spill from 210,000 to at least half a million gallons a day.
(Reuters, 5/27/10)(AFP, 5/28/10)(SFC, 5/28/10,
2010 May 27, In Utica, NY,
Jerome Feldman, a former psychiatrist, was sentenced to over 15
years in jail for duping people out of $400,000 with false promises
of organ transplants in the Philippines.
(SFC, 5/28/10, p.A8)
2010 May 27, In Florida a Delta
4 rocket at Cape Canaveral carried a new generation GPS satellite
into space. A dozen such Boeing-built satellites will be launched
over the next several years to replace the 20-year-old systems now
(SFC, 5/29/10, p.A4)
2010 May 27, UN experts said
rebel groups in eastern Congo are illegally imposing taxes on trucks
and pedestrians and receiving local, regional and international
support in violation of UN sanctions.
2010 May 27, Danish container
shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S said it has sold its
British supermarket chain Netto to Wal-Mart subsidiary Asda Stores
Ltd. for 778 million pounds ($1.1 billion).
2010 May 27, In France
thousands of workers staged strikes across the country to protest
government plans to raise the retirement age past 60, one of the
lowest in Europe.
(SFC, 5/28/10, p.A2)
2010 May 27, Authorities closed
Guatemala's international airport after the nearby Pacaya volcano
showered as much as 3 inches (8 centimeters) of ash over parts of
the city. A television reporter was killed by a shower of burning
rocks when he got too close to the volcano, about 15 miles (25 km)
south of Guatemala City.
(AP, 5/28/10)(AP, 5/29/10)
2010 May 27, Indian President
Pratibha Patil sought to soothe trade disputes and recent border
tensions in meetings with Chinese leaders in Beijing.
2010 May 27, In India
temperatures close to 50 degrees Celsius gripped large swathes of
the country, killing dozens of people as the country waited for the
annual monsoon rains.
2010 May 27, In Indonesia
authorities in a devoutly Islamic district of Aceh province have
distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling
tight dresses as a regulation banning Muslim women from wearing
revealing clothing took effect.
2010 May 27, Israel indicted
two prominent activists from its Arab minority for allegedly spying
for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, deepening a case that has
raised tensions with the country's Arab minority.
2010 May 27, Israel said a
flotilla of activist aid boats bound for Gaza was a "cheap political
stunt" as it unveiled a port facility where it intends to divert the
boats and detain those on board.
2010 May 27, Israel officially
joined the OECD club of rich economies. PM Benjamin Netanyahu
attended a ceremony at the Paris headquarters of the Organization
for Economic Cooperation and Development as it welcomed Israel along
with Estonia, Slovenia and Chile to the 31-nation grouping.
2010 May 27, Jamaican security
forces kicked down doors and arrested dozens of people in a
bullet-pocked slum, and said the death toll from four days of
fighting sparked by the search for a reputed drug lord has risen to
2010 May 27, Mexico's Supreme
Court upheld a law requiring hospitals to offer rape victims a
morning-after birth control pill, rejecting an appeal that argued
the pill's effect constitutes the equivalent of an abortion.
2010 May 27, In northwest
Pakistan insurgents shot and killed a pro-government tribal elder,
his wife and a son, while a clash elsewhere in the volatile region
left a police officer and two militants dead.
2010 May 27, Pakistan restored
access to popular video website YouTube, but Facebook and 1,200 web
pages remained blocked as a row about "blasphemous" content on the
Internet rumbled into a second week.
2010 May 27, In Peru Lori
Berenson (40), a New Yorker convicted of terrorist collaboration,
walked out of prison with a smile on her face, then pushed through
mobs of reporters before settling into a neighborhood that met her
2010 May 27, South Africa's
state-owned logistics group Transnet said it had signed a wage deal
with a transport union, ending a three-week rail and ports strike.
2010 May 27, South Korean
warships fired guns and dropped anti-submarine bombs in a
large-scale military exercise, a week after Seoul accused North
Korea of shooting a torpedo that sank a navy frigate in March. North
Korean declared it would scrap an accord with the South designed to
prevent armed clashes at their maritime border, and warned of
"immediate physical strikes" if any South Korean ships enter its
2010 May 27, In Spain emergency
measures to cut a bloated deficit passed by one vote in parliament,
saving the Socialist government from an embarrassing defeat and
suggesting the depth of resistance to the spreading austerity
measures aimed at halting Europe's government debt crisis.
2010 May 27, Sudan's president
was sworn in on for another five-year term after an election marred
by boycotts and fraud allegations, the only head of state to be
re-elected while facing an international arrest warrant for war
2010 May 27, In Turkey one
soldier was killed and four others were wounded in a clash near the
town of Uludere, close to the Iraqi border.
2010 May 27, A Yemeni soldier
was killed and four other people wounded in an attack on a military
vehicle in the southern province of Daleh. Provincial officials
blamed separatist militants.
2011 May 27, Pres. Obama and
other G8 leaders wrapped up a 2-day summit in France and announced
plans for a $40 billion in aid to support democracy in Egypt,
Tunisia and the rest of North Africa.
(SFC, 5/28/11, p.A3)
2011 May 27, President Barack
Obama's last stop on his European tour brought him to Poland for the
first time, giving him the chance to inject new vigor in a
relationship with an ally that has sometimes felt slighted by
2011 May 27, In Hayward, Ca.,
Michelle Le (26) was last seen after she went on break from a
clinical lesson at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. In September
police arrested Giselle Esteban (27) after finding DNA evidence
linking her Le’s murder. Le’s body was found on September 17 in
Sunol Canyon, Alameda Ct. On Oct 30, 2012, Esteban was convicted of
murder. She was sentenced to life in prison on Dec 10, 2012.
(SFC, 9/9/11, p.C3)(SFC, 9/21/11, p.C1)(SFC,
10/30/12, p.C1)(SFC, 12/11/12, p.C2)
2011 May 27, Actor Jeff Conaway
(60), best known for his roles in the movie "Grease" and the 1970s
TV series "Taxi", died.
2011 May 27, Musician Gil
Scott-Heron (62), died in NYC. He helped lay the groundwork for rap
by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and
spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be
Televised," but saw his brilliance undermined by a years-long drug
addiction. In 2012 his memoir “The Last Holiday: A Memoir” was
(AP, 5/28/11)(SSFC, 1/22/12, p.G5)
2011 May 27, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack.
2011 May 27, Australian
anesthesiologist, Dr. James Latham Peters (61), was charged with
endangering his patients' lives after police alleged he infected
nearly 50 women with hepatitis C at an abortion clinic.
2011 May 27, It was reported
that A 22-year-old Australian university student has solved a
problem which has puzzled astrophysicists for decades, discovering
part of the so-called "missing mass" of the universe during her
summer break. Undergraduate Amelia Fraser-McKelvie made the
breakthrough during a holiday internship with a team at Monash
University's School of Physics, locating the mystery material within
vast structures called "filaments of galaxies."
2011 May 27, China bestowed a
pomp-filled welcome on Myanmar's Pres. Thein Sein, conferring
legitimacy on the country's new, nominally civilian government and
ensuring continued Chinese access to its neighbor's natural
2011 May 27, CongoDRC’s North
Kivu governor Julien Paluku said that Munyagishari, the suspected
leader of an extremist Hutu militia, has been arrested and taken to
2011 May 27, In Egypt thousands
of protesters returned to downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square for what
they called a "second revolution," calling for Egypt's military
rulers to speed up the pace of democratic reforms in a country that
is still charting its political future.
2011 May 27, India and the
United States said a new homeland security dialogue will be crucial
to cooperation in counterterrorism, intelligence sharing and
2011 May 27, Air India was
forced to cancel some flights after oil companies refused to give
the cash-strapped state-run carrier fuel because of a failure to pay
2011 May 27, In Italy a Naples
hospital said Puerto Rican tourist Oscar Antonio Mendoza (66), who
was knocked to the ground by muggers trying to grab his Rolex, has
died, nine days after he was hospitalized with severe head injuries.
2011 May 27, Japan's PM Naoto
Kan used a G8 summit in France to reassure Tokyo's most powerful
allies that his country would learn the lessons of its nuclear
disaster and recover fully.
2011 May 27, In southern
Lebanon a roadside bomb ripped through a UN convoy carrying Italian
peacekeepers, wounding six of them in the first such attack since
2011 May 27, NATO reported that
Moamer Kadhafi's forces had laid landmines in Misrata. Russia joined
the call of Western powers for Kadhafi to step down as G8 leaders
met in France.
2011 May 27, Mexico's federal
police detained nearly 50 members of two major drug cartels,
including suspects in the recent armed attack on a police
2011 May 27, The Dutch
government said it would start banning tourists from buying cannabis
from "coffee shops" and impose restrictions on Dutch buyers by the
end of the year.
2011 May 27, Pakistani fighter
jets pounded militant hide-outs in the country's northwest Orakzai
and Kurram tribal regions, killing 23 suspected insurgents.
2011 May 27, In northern
Pakistan a bus slid off a mountain road and plunged 200 feet deep
into a swollen river, and at least 25 people on board were believed
to have died.
2011 May 27, The Salvadoran
army said it has arrested two officers and four soldiers for trying
to steal 1,812 hand grenades to sell to drug traffickers.
2011 May 27, It was reported
that South African scientists have found a new species of cockroach,
the world’s only jumping cockroach, at Cape Town’s Table Mountain
(SFC, 5/27/11, p.A2)
2011 May 27, Spanish police
fired rubber bullets and swung truncheons to disperse anti-crisis
protesters in a Barcelona square as cleaning crews cleared their
2011 May 27, Syrian security
forces opened fire on anti-government demonstrations, killing at
least 12 people as thousands took to the streets despite the
near-certainty they will face gunfire, tear gas and stun guns.
(AP, 5/27/11)(AFP, 5/28/11)
2011 May 27, In Yemen fighting
that rocked Sanaa for the past five days spread beyond the capital
as tribesmen opposed to the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh
seized a Republican Guard military camp in battles that left at
least 18 dead and prompted airstrikes by government warplanes.
(AP, 5/27/11)(SFC, 5/28/11, p.A4)
2012 May 27, Earl Shorris,
journalist and social critic, died in New York. In 1995 he founded
of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a NYC program that offers
college-level instruction to disadvantaged people. this earned him
the National Humanities Medal, presented to him in 2000 by President
(SSFC, 6/10/12, p.G7)(http://tinyurl.com/7qqsauf)
2012 May 27, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO coalition service member died in a roadside bomb.
Two civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb
in Marjah district of Helmand province. Al-Qaeda's 2nd in command in
Afghanistan was killed in an air strike in Kunar province.
Saudi-born Sakhr al-Taifi (aka Mushtaq and Nasim) had commanded
foreign fighters and directed attacks on NATO and Afghan troops.
(AP, 5/27/12)(AFP, 5/29/12)
2012 May 27, A Bahrain court
sentenced 8 people to prison terms of up to 15 years after they were
accused of plotting with suspected Iranian agents to topple the Gulf
kingdom's ruling system. They included three activists put on trial
2012 May 27, A 10-year-old
Cambodian girl died from H5N1 bird flu, the country's third fatality
from the virulent disease this year.
2012 May 27, Chinese
authorities said police have arrested Li Xingong, the former deputy
director of the party committee in Yongcheng city, Henan province,
on suspicion of raping at least 10 underage girls. The case has
sparked a storm of Internet anger.
2012 May 27, An Egyptian
criminal court convicted Zakaria Azmi, Hosni Mubarak's chief of
staff, of corruption and sentenced him to seven years in prison. He
was also fined 36.3 million pounds ($6 million).
2012 May 27, In Georgia tens of
thousands of people thronged the streets of Tbilisi to show their
opposition to President Mikhail Saakashvili, in the largest
anti-government demonstration in three years. It was organized by
Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire businessman who is Georgia's
richest man and leading philanthropist.
2012 May 27, In Indonesia 3
people were killed and five badly injured when fans pelted each
other with rocks and bricks in a violent clash at a football match
2012 May 27, Lady Gaga canceled
her sold-out June 3 show in Indonesia after Islamist hard-liners
threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance
moves would corrupt the youth.
2012 May 27, In Ireland a race
car went out of control on a rural road and crashed into a crowd of
about 30 spectators, killing 2 people and seriously injuring 7.
Organizers of the Cavan Stages Rally involving about 100 cars in the
border county of Cavan canceled the event following the accident.
2012 May 27, In Jordan Vivian
Salameh (45) a Christian woman, said she is suing her Gulf Arab
employer for arbitrary dismissal after she refused a new dress code
forcing her to cover her head. She had worked at Jordan's Industrial
Development Bank for 25 years when it was acquired in 2010 by the
Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank, an offshoot of the Dubai Islamic Bank.
2012 May 27, Mali security
sources said AQIM, an Al-Qaeda offshoot, earlier this week seized a
key arms depot in Gao, deepening the crisis facing the country after
rebels declared an independent Islamic state in the north.
2012 May 27, In Morocco tens of
thousands took to the streets of Casablanca in the largest
opposition protest since an Islamist-led government took office in
January. The protest was organized by trade unions which accuse PM
Abdelilah Benkirane of failing to deliver on the pledges of social
2012 May 27, Nepal's Premier
Baburam Bhattarai announced that the country's parliament, elected
in 2008 to write the constitution after a decade of civil war, would
be disbanded ahead of November elections after leaders failed to
agree on a new post-war constitution.
2012 May 27, In Pakistan a
remote-controlled bomb targeting a police van killed three
passers-by and wounded six other people on the outskirts of Quetta.
2012 May 27, In Russia gay
activists tried to stage two demonstrations in Moscow to demand the
right to hold a gay pride parade in the Russian capital, but they
were blocked first by Orthodox Christian opponents and then by
police, who detained a total of about 40 people from both sides.
2012 May 27, Syrian government
troops shelled residential areas of central Hama and the rebel-held
town of Rastan north of Homs. The government said it was "not at
all" responsible for the May 25 massacre of at least 92 people in
the central town of Houla.
2012 May 27, Two Tibetan men
set themselves on fire outside a temple in Lhasa and one died.
Xinhua named the dead man as Tobgye Tseten, from Gansu province. The
incident marked the first significant protest in Lhasa since riots
broke out there in 2008. Chinese security forces rounded up hundreds
of residents and pilgrims in the wake of the incident.
(AFP, 5/28/12)(AFP, 5/31/12)
2013 May 27, A US report said
Chinese hackers have gained access to designs of more than two dozen
major US weapons systems.
(Reuters, 5/28/13)(Econ, 6/8/13, p.50)
2013 May 27, A fire at sea
aborted a voyage of the Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas. The
ship's 2,200 passengers were expected back in Baltimore on may 28
after being flown on charter flights from the Bahamas.
2013 May 27, In Orosi,
California, Anthony Alvarez (63) shot his two adult daughters,
killing one and critically injuring the other before apparently
committing suicide while his three young grandchildren were in the
Central Valley home.
2013 May 27, In Afghanistan 2
recently rehired Afghan police opened fire on their commander at a
checkpoint in Arghistan district, Kandahar province, killing him and
six of his men.
2013 May 27, Australian
Broadcasting Corp. television reported that the plans for the 630
million Australian dollar ($608 million) Australian Security
Intelligence Organization building had been stolen through a
cyberattack by Chinese hackers on a building contractor.
2013 May 27, British police
arrested a 10th suspect in connection with the May 22 street killing
of soldier Lee Rigby, an apparent Islamic extremist attack that has
horrified the country and heightened racial tensions.
2013 May 27, Canada-based
Valeant Pharmaceuticals Int’l. announced the acquisition of Bausch +
Lomb, an American eye-health giant, for $8.7 billion.
2013 May 27, The EU decided not
to extend an arms embargo on Syria. The move enables member states
to send weapons to help Syria's outgunned rebels and step up the
pressure on the government of President Bashar Assad to seek a
negotiated settlement to the 26-month-old conflict.
2013 May 27, In Iraq more than
a dozen car bombs hit commercial areas in mostly Shiite areas of
Baghdad, killing 71 people and wounding nearly 200 others.
2013 May 27, Ivory Coast's
communications minister lashed out at the US Embassy in Abidjan over
a report citing restrictions on press freedom, including the
suspension last year of several opposition media outlets.
2013 May 27, In the northern
Philippines Communist guerrillas set off a roadside bomb and opened
fire on a truck carrying police, killing 7 and wounding 7 in Cagayan
2013 May 27, The Romanian
village of Clinceni unfurled the world’s largest flag. The Romanian
flag measured 1,145 by 744.5 feet.
(SFC, 5/28/13, p.A3)
2013 May 27, Sudanese
government troops clashed with rebels in the Southern Kordofan state
near the border with South Sudan. The Sudanese army said government
forces clashed with rebels who attacked Dandor, killing more than
70. Rebels claimed they killed and wounded many government troops
and said 5 of their fighters were killed.
2013 May 27, Syrian troops
gained ground in a nine-day offensive against Qusair. Syria's
Information Ministry said rebels have killed Yara Abbas, a female TV
correspondent who was covering clashes near the border with Lebanon.
Abbas was attacked by rebels near the military air base of Dabaa in
the central province of Homs. Further reports surfaced of chemical
weapons attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on rebel
(AP, 5/27/13)(Reuters, 5/27/13)
2013 May 27, In Vietnam legal
scholar Cu Huy Ha Vu began a hunger strike to protest poor prison
conditions. He was arrested in 2011 after filing a lawsuit against
PM Nguyen Tan Dung for abuse of power.
(Econ, 6/22/13, p.46)
2013 May 27, In Yemen gunmen in
Taiz abducted South African citizens, Pierre Korkie (56) and his
wife. Police said lawmaker Abdel-Hamid el-Batra was behind the
kidnapping to pressure the government to hand over a disputed piece
(AP, 5/27/13)(AP, 1/18/14)
2014 May 27, The US Supreme
Court struck down Florida’s IQ law on capital punishment saying the
IQ score cutoff was too rigid to decide which mentally disabled
individuals must be spared the death penalty.
(SFC, 5/28/14, p.A6)
2014 May 27, In southern
California the bodies of 2 men and 2 women were found at a suburban
home in Mission Viejo.
(SFC, 5/28/14, p.A6)
2014 May 27, Congressman Ralph
Hall (91) of Texas, the oldest ever member of the US House, lost his
Republican re-election bid to US Attorney John Ratliff (48).
(SFC, 5/28/14, p.A8)
2014 May 27, In Abkhazia
opposition protesters broke windows and doors to take control of the
presidential building in Sukhumi, while others held talks with
President Alexander Ankvab after several thousand gathered to vent
their anger at its government about alleged corruption and misrule.
2014 May 27, Angolan police
beat and detained 20 people protesting at Luanda’s Independence
Square against the killing of three activists over the last two
years by security forces.
2014 May 27, Belgium's King
Philippe appointed Flemish separatist leader Bart De Wever to lead
talks to form a government although his chances of getting
French-speaking parties to work with him look limited.
2014 May 27, A Chinese court
announced guilty verdicts for 55 people on charges of terrorism,
separatism and murder in a stadium filled with 7,000 people in Yili,
Xinjiang province. At least one convict received a death sentence
before the audience made up of local residents and officials.
2014 May 27, Egypt’s government
and media harangued voters to go to the polls in the second day of
the presidential election.
2014 May 27, Sheila B.
Keetharuth, the UN "special rapporteur" on human rights in Eritrea,
reported that torture, sexual violence and extra-judicial killings
"continue unabated" in the Horn of Africa country.
2014 May 27, New Indian PM
Narendra Modi met with Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif and asked that his
country "abide by its commitment" to prevent its territory from
being used in terrorism against India and speed up investigations
into the 2008 attack in Mumbai. Modi also met with the leaders of
Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Mauritius, Bangladesh
and Maldives, a day after they attended his inauguration.
2014 May 27, In Iraq a suicide
bomber blew himself up inside a Shi'ite mosque in central Baghdad,
killing 17 people. Altogether a wave of attacks left 21 people dead.
(Reuters, 5/27/14)(AP, 5/28/14)
2014 May 27, Bus operators in
Kenya unveiled plans for a cashless fare system aimed at protecting
passengers from theft and police extortion which they say siphon a
third of their revenue away.
2014 May 27, In Malaysia Gareth
Huntley (34), a UK backpacker disappeared when he went on a trek to
a waterfall on Tioman Island. His body was found on June 4 close to
where he was living.
2014 May 26, Mexico's
state-owned Pemex oil company arrested four its employees for
stealing fuel from the company's pipelines.
2014 May 27, Norway’s security
service said three men with alleged links to al-Qaida have been
arrested for supporting or participating in a terror organization.
Two of the suspects have fought for ISIL in Syria.
(SFC, 5/28/14, p.A2)
2014 May 27, In Pakistan
Farzana Parveen (25), a three-months pregnant woman, was reportedly
beaten to death outside the Lahore High Court with bricks by members
of her own family for marrying the man of her choice. She had gone
to testify in defense of her husband Muhammad Iqbal (45), who was
accused by her relatives of kidnapping her and forcing her into the
marriage. Parveen's father Muhammad Azeem was detained while five
others, two brothers and three cousins, remained at large. Four more
suspects were arrested on May 29. On May 31 Farzana's elder sister
said it was Iqbal who had killed her. Iqbal has admitted that he had
killed his first wife in a dispute over Farzana in 2009. The two
brothers were arrested on June 4. Authorities also arrested a third
man for taking part in the assault who has claimed the woman Parveen
was married to him at the time she married against her family's
(AFP, 5/27/14)(AP, 5/28/14)(AP, 5/30/14)(AP,
2014 May 27, In northwestern
Pakistan a truck veered off a narrow road and fell into the Swat
River, killing 16 members of an extended family.
2014 May 27, Rival Palestinian
factions Fatah and Hamas agreed on the make-up of a national unity
government in the most significant step yet toward healing their
2014 May 27, Saudi media said a
court has sentenced to death Rida Rabih, son of Shiite cleric Jaafar
Rabih. The Shiite protester was convicted of opening fire on a
police patrol during unrest in the kingdom's east.
2014 May 27, In Sierra Leone a
woman died from the Ebola virus, the second person in the country to
succumb to the haemorrhagic fever.
2014 May 27, In Somalia a
Turkish man, Saadettin Dogan, was shot dead in Mogadishu when gunmen
attacked the car he was traveling in with a senior manager from
2014 May 27, In Syria
government barrel bombs in Aleppo killed 22 people in the eastern
districts of Hay Qataneh, Tariq al-Bab, Bustan al-Qasr, Bani Zeid,
Mghayer and Lairamoun.
2014 May 27, In Thailand armed
troops detained Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang who defiantly
emerged from hiding to condemn last week's military coup and urge a
return to civilian rule.
2014 May 27, Ukraine’s eastern
city of Donetsk was in turmoil a day after government forces used
fighter jets to stop pro-Russia separatists from taking over the
airport. Dozens were reported killed and the mayor went on
television to urge residents to stay indoors. Unidentified men
stormed Donetsk's main ice hockey arena and set it ablaze.
2014 May 27, In northern Yemen
Shiite rebels attacked army positions and killed 5 soldiers,
prompting renewed clashes between the two sides.
2015 May 27, In southern
California a seven-mile stretch of coastline was shut down after tar
ball and tar patties began washing up on Santa Monica Bay.
(SFC, 5/30/15, p.A7)
2015 May 27, Nebraska’s
lawmakers abolished the state’s death penalty. Their 30-19 vote
overrode the previous days veto by Gov. Ricketts. Nebraska became
the 19th US state to repeal the death penalty.
(SFC, 5/28/15, p.A5)(Econ, 7/4/15, p.50)
2015 May 27, In Afghanistan an
all-night siege on the Rabbani Guesthouse in an upscale neighborhood
of Kabul, ended in the early hours with the deaths of 4 heavily
armed Taliban attackers.
2015 May 27, Belgian airports
were at a standstill after an electrical failure at air traffic
control in Brussels caused Belgium-bound flights to be diverted.
2015 May 27, Brazil’s Pres.
Dilma Rousseff ended a 3-day state visit to Mexico. She and Pres.
Enrique Pena Nieto promised a new start in relations, pledged to
boost trade and signed agreements to facilitate investment and
expand air links.
(Econ, 6/6/15, p.30)
2015 May 27, Former British PM
Tony Blair stepped down from his post as the international
community's Mideast envoy.
2015 May 27, A clash between
Chad's army and Boko Haram on a Lake Chad island killed 4 soldiers
and 33 Islamists.
2015 May 27, Authorities in
India said more than 1,100 people have died in a blistering
heatwave, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue.
The next day the toll was raised to nearly 1500.
(AFP, 5/27/15)(AFP, 5/28/15)
2015 May 27, In southern Japan
a nuclear plan obtained the final permit needed to restart its
reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back
online under new safety standards introduced after the 2011
2015 May 27, In Kazakhstan
international experts investigated the sudden deaths of some 134,000
endangered saiga antelope, raising fears that a species that has
been around since the Ice Age may be at risk of dying out. Around 40
percent of the nation's population of the endangered saiga antelope
have died in the past two weeks. The deaths were later believed to
have been caused by two naturally occurring bacteria.
(Reuters, 5/27/15)(SSFC, 6/21/15, p.C14)
2015 May 27, In Kosovo EU
judges sentenced 11 former Kosovo Albanian guerrillas, two of them
close to ex-prime minister Hashim Thaci, to prison terms for war
crimes committed during Kosovo's 1998-99 pro-independence uprising.
2015 May 27, In Kuwait a
conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) opened.
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, said Muslim
countries must increase measures to fight extremism. The 57-member
OIC was expected to approve an effective strategy to combat
terrorism, violent extremism and Islamophobia.
2015 May 27, Lebanon's
Hezbollah said it has struck a group of al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front
militants near the border with Syria with the help of a drone for
the first time.
2015 May 27, Mexican Soldiers
and federal police arrested Garcia Orozco (47) in Tlajomulco de
Zuniga, Jalisco. He was suspected of running criminal activities of
the Jalisco New Generation cartel in the Cienega region.
2015 May 27, Mozambican police
said six police officers officials have been arrested after 50 kg
(110 pounds) of rhino horn were stolen from a huge cache seized from
poachers only two weeks ago.
(AFP, 5/27/15)(AP, 5/28/15)
2015 May 27, In Myanmar some
300 protesters led by Buddhist monks marched through the streets of
Yangon to denounce foreign criticism of the country's treatment of
stateless Rohingya Muslims.
2015 May 27, Dutch police
detained 20 people, 14 of them members of the Bandidos motorcycle
gang, and seized weapons including five rocket-propelled grenade
launchers and six automatic handguns. The 19 men and one woman were
suspected of crimes including drug trafficking, extortion and money
2015 May 27, In Papua New
Guinea Lutheran missionary Anton Lutz said about 10 men from a
village across the river from Fiyawena, armed with homemade guns,
axes and machetes, attacked two women last week and killed a woman
named Mifila in front of her family. She was one of four women
accused with 13 of their family members of using sorcery to cause
measles deaths last November in Fiyawena, Enga province.
2015 May 27, Saudi-led air
strikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen's border with Saudi
Arabia and in the capital Sanaa, the deadliest day of bombing in
over two months of war. Two Saudi border guards were killed and five
wounded by shells fired from Yemeni territories late today, as the
UN said the war's death toll was close to 2,000.
(Reuters, 5/27/15)(Reuters, 5/28/15)
2015 May 27, Saudi Arabia said
it is sanctioning two senior members of Hezbollah, Khalil Yusif Harb
and Muhammad Qabalan, accusing them of leading terrorist operations
in the Middle East.
2015 May 27, Serbian PM
Aleksandar Vucic said his country will accept US calls to reduce
dependency on Russian gas by adding an American-backed pipeline that
would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan.
2015 May 27, In Somalia Sheikh
Hassan Abdulahi Turki (aka Hassan Turki), a leading figure in the
Somali-based Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab movement, died in the Middle
Juba region south of Mogadishu. The Ethiopian-born former soldier
was a veteran Islamist who played a series of leading roles in
Somalia's civil war.
2015 May 27, In Syria Islamic
State militants shot dead around 20 men inside an ancient
amphitheater in Palmyra. A monitor said Kurdish forces have driven
the IS group from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that
the jihadists had captured in the northeast.
(Reuters, 5/27/15)(AFP, 5/27/15)
2015 May 27, The UN said more
than 40 percent of South Sudan's 11 million people need food aid,
the highest hunger levels recorded in the world's youngest country,
where fighting erupted 18 months ago.
2015 May 27, Swiss police
detained seven FIFA leaders in a dawn raid as part of a twin
corruption inquiry that rocked world football's governing body two
days before its leader Sepp Blatter seeks a new term. 14 people were
indicted in a separate US graft probe. Three Argentine officials
were included in the US indictment.
(AFP, 5/27/15)(SSFC, 5/31/15, p.A4)(Econ,
2015 May 27, Zimbabwe’s
Constitutional Court ruled that it was illegal and sexist for police
to indiscriminately arrest women on the streets and in public
establishments because it was discriminatory and deprived women of
equal rights and the right to liberty. By 2017 a flood of young
women and girls joined professional prostitutes driving down prices.
(AP, 6/3/15)(Econ, 1/7/17, p.38)
2016 May 27, President Barack
Obama became the first incumbent US leader to visit Hiroshima, the
site of the world's first atomic bombing. Obama paid tribute to the
"silent cry" of the 140,000 victims of the atomic bomb dropped 71
years ago on Hiroshima, and called on the world to abandon "the
logic of fear" that encourages the stockpiling of nuclear weapons.
2016 May 27, A US military
spokesman said coalition strikes supporting Iraqi forces in the
recapture of Falluja have killed 70 Islamic State militants
including the group's commander in the city. He said the coalition
had carried out 20 strikes in support of the campaign over the past
2016 May 27, US-led coalition
airstrikes and Turkish artillery fire against the Islamic State
group in Syria killed 104 militants.
2016 May 27, Record rainfall
and severe flooding hit hard parts of southeast Texas. By May 30
least 6 people person were reported killed.
(Reuters, 5/27/16)(SFC, 5/31/16, p.A5)
2016 May 27, The US National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted documents detailing
recalls by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru,
Ferrari and Mitsubishi. More than 12 million vehicles in the US will
be recalled to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag
2016 May 27, Argentina's last
dictator Reynaldo Bignone (88) and 14 other former military
officials were sentenced to prison for human rights crimes, marking
the first time a court has ruled that Operation Condor was a
criminal conspiracy to kidnap and forcibly disappear people across
2016 May 27, Britain told the
G7 industrial powers meeting in Japan to do more to fight killer
superbugs as the United States reported the first case in the
country of a patient with bacteria resistant to a last-resort
2016 May 27, The International
Olympic Committee said that 23 athletes from five sports and six
countries had positive findings in retests with improved techniques
on 265 samples from the 2012 London Games, adding to the more than
30 already caught in retesting from the 2008 Beijing Games.
2016 May 27, A Cambodian court
convicted three military commandos of beating up two opposition
lawmakers outside the parliament last year, and sentenced them to
one year each in prison. The attack occurred in October 2015 when
the two opposition lawmakers from the Cambodia National Rescue Party
were confronted by a pro-government mob, which was demanding the
resignation of the party's deputy leader Kem Sonkha.
2016 May 27, In Colombia rebels
identifying themselves as members of the National Liberation Army,
or ELN, handed Salud Hernandez-Mora over to a delegation led by
Ramon Catholic clergy in the volatile Catatumbo region. Hours later,
two other journalists from Colombian network RCN were also freed by
2016 May 27, The European Union
said it is launching an effort to contain the so-called "grey
economy" of undeclared and untaxed work. Under its new plan, the EU
will seek to exchange best practices to combat undeclared work among
the 28 member states and boost common projects.
2016 May 27, The European Union
said it has committed to provide Colombia with a package of 575
million euros ($645 million) to help the nation recover from a half
century of civil war.
2016 May 27, A French transport
ministry spokesman said the fuel supply situation in the country is
improving after a week of disruption and shortages caused by strikes
and all but one of the country's fuel depot blockades has been
cleared. Union activists disrupted the Marseille airport and halted
activity at half of the country's oil refineries in protests over
changes to France's labor system, but nationwide gasoline shortages
eased slightly after government intervention.
(Reuters, 5/27/16)(AP, 5/27/16)
2016 May 27, The president of
the University of Guam said Chamorros must learn to speak their
language now if they want it to survive. The UN Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization has included Chamorro on its
list of languages in danger of extinction.
2016 May 27, In Guinea at least
59 people were injured when youths frustrated they were being kept
out of the opening of a new mosque in the town of Timbo clashed with
police. About 85 percent of Guinea's population follows Sunni Islam
and Timbo is a center of Islamic learning and the capital of the
Foutah branch of Islam in Guinea.
2016 May 27, Guinea-Bissau's
new PM Baciro Dja was sworn in with a fresh cabinet also
anticipated, but current ministers in the split ruling party have
declared they will not leave their posts.
2016 May 27, In Dharmsala,
India, Lobsang Sangay was sworn in for his second term as prime
minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile and said he will make
maximum efforts to achieve regional autonomy for Tibet during his
five-year term, but will prepare a strategy for the next 50 years if
2016 May 27, Indonesia's navy
fired shots at a Chinese trawler when it refused to stop fishing in
Indonesian waters, and then seized the vessel and its eight
2016 May 27, The Italian navy
vessel Vega rescued 135 migrants and picked up 45 bodies in the
2016 May 27, In Japan G7
countries expressed concern over China's increasingly assertive
activity in the East and South China seas, renewing their warnings
against one-sided attempts to change the situation, and stressed the
importance of peaceful resolutions.
2016 May 27, In Kashmir an
Indian soldier and a militant were killed. Two other rebels were
killed in western Khonshipora village after soldiers and police
launched a joint operation on a specific tip, leading to exchange of
2016 May 27, In northern Mali 5
soldiers were killed and four others wounded when their vehicles
were hit by an explosion.
2016 May 27, The IMF said it
has approved a new, two-year $88 billion flexible line of credit to
Mexico to bolster it against uncertainty in the global economy.
2016 May 27, In Nigeria
militants attacked the Nembe pipeline in the Delta region, hours
after the Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed a strike on
2016 May 27, Romania's
President Klaus Iohannis said his government has ordered an action
plan for the country's beleaguered health service following public
outrage over the use of diluted disinfectants in Romanian hospitals.
2016 May 27, Romania's top
appeals court upheld an earlier decision and sentenced Dan Adamescu,
one of Romania's richest businessmen, to four years and four months
in prison for bribing judges to rule in his favor in court cases.
2016 May 27, Russian President
Vladimir Putin made his first trip to a European Union country this
year with a visit to Greece for a two-day visit expected to focus on
energy cooperation and Russian investments during talks with Greek
PM Alexis Tsipras.
2016 May 27, South Africa's
public broadcaster said it would stop screening violent protests
involving the firebombing of public buildings -- a move condemned as
censorship ahead of crucial elections.
2016 May 27, In Spain Slovakian
model Maria Kukucova (26) was found guilty of murdering Andrew Bush
(48), her millionaire ex-boyfriend, by shooting the Briton twice in
the head in his home on Spain's Costa del Sol on April 5, 2014.
Kukucova was sentenced to 15 ½ years in prison.
(AP, 5/27/16)(AP, 5/31/16)
2016 May 27, The IMF said it
will immediately disburse $81 million to Suriname as part of a
two-year deal. The South American country landed a $478 million loan
from the International Monetary Fund to boost an economic reform
program amid a drop in commodity prices.
2016 May 27, In Syria at least
100,000 people were trapped along the border with Turkey after the
Islamic State group swept through rebel territory in Aleppo
province. IS fighters captured territory from Syrian rebels near the
border and inched closer to a town on a supply route for
foreign-backed insurgents fighting the jihadists.
(AFP, 5/27/16)(Reuters, 5/27/16)
2016 May 27, Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said warplanes from the US-led coalition have
pounded the Islamic State group with at least 150 strikes to bolster
a major offensive on the jihadists' Syrian stronghold of Raqa.
Coalition warplanes dropped leaflets encouraging residents to flee
2016 May 27, In Ukraine
Nadezhda Savchenko (35), the pilot who returned to a hero's welcome
after two years in Russian custody, declared she would run for
president if that's what Ukrainians wanted.
2016 May 27, The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) said around 2.8 million people in
Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras need food aid after two
consecutive years of severe drought decimated crops and exacerbated
hunger among the poor due to prolonged dry spells since mid-2014,
linked to the El Niño weather phenomenon.
2017 May 27, Gregg Allman,
Southern Rock singer and organist of the Allman Brothers Band, died
at his home in Savannah, Ga.
(SSFC, 5/28/17, p.C9)
2017 May 27, Jim Bunning
(b.1931), Hall of Fame baseball pitcher and former US Senator
(1999-2011), died in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.
(SSFC, 5/28/17, p.C9)
2017 May 27, In Mississippi
Willie Corey Godbolt (35) began an argument with his estranged wife
over their children. Gunfire erupted after a deputy arrived and
eight people ended up dead including Deputy William Durr (36).
Godbolt was arrested the next day.
(SFC, 5/29/17, p.A5)
2017 May 27, In Afghanistan a
Taliban car bomber killed 13 people in the first major attack at the
start of Ramadan targeting a CIA-funded militia group.
2017 May 27, The world's 1.5
billion Muslims began observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan,
blighted by conflict and bloodshed in across the Muslim world.
2017 May 27, Britain reduced
its terrorism threat level a notch, from "critical" to "severe," as
police made two more attests, bringing the number of suspects in
custody to 11.
2017 May 27, British Airways
canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports as
a global IT failure caused severe disruption for travelers on a busy
holiday weekend. BA refunds were later estimated to cost as much as
(AP, 5/27/17)(Econ 6/3/17, p.58)
2017 May 27, Charles Chen
Yidan, Chinese tech entrepreneur, announced the launch of the Yidan
Prize with the mission to create a better world through education.
The first two winners, announced in September, included Carol Dweck
of Stanford and Vicky Colbert of the Fundacion Escuela Nueva in
(http://www.yidanprize.org/en/tp-the-founder.php)(SFC, 9/20/17 p.D3)
2017 May 27, Airbus began
building its first helicopter assembly plant in China, and the
European plane maker planned to produce 18 machines a year there in
hopes the country will soon open up its low-altitude airspace.
2017 May 27, Iraqi armed forces
launched an operation to capture the last Islamic State-held enclave
in Mosul. The United Nations expressed "deep concern" for the
hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped behind Islamic State
2017 May 27, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir one civilian was killed and dozens of
others injured after massive anti-India protests and clashes erupted
following the killing of a prominent rebel commander and his
associate in a gunbattle with government forces. Rebel leader Sabzar
Ahmed Bhat and a fellow militant were killed after troops cordoned
off the southern Tral area overnight following a tip that rebels
were hiding there.
2017 May 27, Indonesia deported
Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, whose trial and
imprisonment on the tourist island of Bali mesmerized her homeland
following her arrest in 2004.
2017 May 27, Libyan Islamist
group Ansar al-Sharia, a group linked to Al-Qaeda, said it is
formally dissolving itself. The decision came on the back of heavy
losses that have wiped out its leadership and decimated its
2017 May 27, In Myanmar
thousands of Buddhist monks, nuns and supporters of the Ma Ba Tha
ultranationalist group gathered at an annual conference on the
outskirts of Yangon despite being banned by the government.
2017 May 27, Human rights
advocates called on Myanmar to investigate the actions of some of
its soldiers after footage of people being treated violently by
uniformed men went viral.
2017 May 27, Pakistani
authorities reopened the main Chaman border crossing at
Afghanistan's request. Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to
maintain a ceasefire in the border town.
2017 May 27, Hundreds of
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April
17 ended their mass protest after Israel agreed a deal following
weeks of refusing to negotiate.
2017 May 27, Philippine
government peace negotiators cancelled formal peace talks with
Maoist-led rebels in the Netherlands after New People's Army (NPA)
guerrillas stepped up offensives in the countryside.
2017 May 27, In Sicily the G7
democracies ended their summit without unanimous agreement on
climate change. Six nations in the Group of Seven agreed to stick
with their commitment to implement the 2015 Paris deal that aims to
slow down global warming. US President Donald Trump said he would
decide next week whether the United States would abide by the 2015
Paris agreement on cutting global carbon emissions.
2017 May 27, In Spain tens of
thousands of people rallied in Madrid for a "march of dignity" to
demand better wages and job security as Spain's economy improves.
2017 May 27, Syria’s
government-controlled media and a war monitor said Syrian troops and
allied militia have pushed back Islamic State militants and
US-backed opposition fighters, gaining control of a large swath of
territory in the country's strategic southern desert.
2017 May 27, Tanzanian police
said that they had arrested two morgue employees in Dar es Salaam
after they admitted to cutting open a dead man's corpse a week ago
and stealing the drugs hidden in his stomach.
2017 May 27, Turkish President
Tayyip Erdogan said the European Union had presented Turkey with a
new 12-month timetable for renewing their relations. Erdogan said
Turkey and the EU had agreed on giving a new impetus to relations
and added Turkey's foreign and EU affairs ministries would work
towards the timetable.
2017 May 27, In Turkey two
journalists from a pro-secular opposition newspaper have been
arrested and accused of aiding a terror organization. The
nationalist Sozcu newspaper published today’s edition with the
headline "A dark day for Turkish media and journalism," protesting
the arrests of online editor Mediha Olgun and reporter Gokmen Ulu.
2017 May 27, In Turkey an air
strike in the southeastern province of Van late today killed 10 PKK
2017 May 27, In Venezuela
demonstrators clashed with police again as they descended on the
offices of the state media regulator, the latest in nearly two
months of often-violent protests demanding the ouster of President
2018 May 27, In Maryland a
flash flood in Ellicott City left one man missing. The city recorded
eiught inches of rain over a six-hour period.
(SFC, 5/29/18, p.A6)
2018 May 27, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber struck Afghan troops outside an army base in the
southern Helmand province, killing at least two of them in an attack
claimed by the Taliban. Gunmen killed at least three people late
today in an attack in western Herat province.
(AP, 5/27/18)(AP, 5/28/18)
2018 May 27, Brazil's
government agreed to slash diesel prices. Pres. Michel Temer agreed
to cut the diesel price by 0.46 reais a liter for 60 days.
2018 May 27, British
meteorologists said thousands of lightning strikes hit the UK during
a powerful overnight thunderstorm, and the London-area Stansted
Airport reported flight disruptions after an aircraft refueling
system was damaged.
2018 May 27, China granted the
Ivanka Trump's company final approval for its 13th trademark in the
last three months. Over the same period, the Chinese government has
granted her company provisional approval for another eight
trademarks, which can be finalized if no objections are raised
during a three-month comment period.
2018 May 27, Colombia held
presidential elections. Conservative front-runner Ivan Duque has
vowed to rewrite an accord he sees as too lenient on the FARC. His
main challenger Gustavo Petro, a leftist former Bogota mayor, backed
the deal. A runoff on June 17 was likely.
2018 May 27, Congo DRC's health
ministry said another person has died of a confirmed case of Ebola,
bringing the number of fatalities to 12. The latest death was in
Iboko, a rural area in northwestern Equateur province. Congo now has
35 confirmed Ebola cases.
2018 May 27, In France Mamoudou
Gassama (22) climbed up four floor balconies to rescue a
four-year-old clinging to a railing and glancing at the ground
below, while horrified onlookers watched. A video of the action went
2018 May 27, In Germany
thousands of demonstrators for and against the far-right faced off
in mass rival rallies in Berlin, where calls of "We are the people"
were met with chants of "Go away, Nazis" and techno music.
2018 May 27, In Germany Melanie
Rehberger (30) was found dead in a park next to a railway line in
the north of Berlin, two days after going missing during a work
break. On July 3 Spanish police arrested a 38-year-old suspect and
his extradition to Germany was sought.
2018 May 27, Guinea's President
Alpha Conde reshuffled his government overnight, appointing new
finance and security ministers among others. Conde's government has
faced repeated strikes by mineworkers, as well as teachers and has
seen civil unrest over local elections.
2018 May 27, Indian PM Narendra
Modi said he expected around a 30 percent drop in the number of
vehicles entering Delhi, as he opened two new expressways around the
capital aimed at decongesting its streets and reducing deadly
2018 May 27, Indian authorities
said another patient has died from the Nipah virus, taking the
number of fatalities from an outbreak of the rare disease in Kerala
state to 13. Nipah is named after the Malaysian village where it
first appeared in 1998.
2018 May 27, Israeli tank
shelling killed three members of the Palestinian militant group
Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip in response to a bomb that had been
placed next to the border fence overnight.
2018 May 27, Italy remained
mired in a political stalemate over the president's rejection of
Paolo Savona (81), the finance minister proposed by the populist
coalition. Anti-establishment forces abandoned their efforts to form
a ruling coalition after a standoff with President Sergio
Mattarella, who vetoed their choice of a eurosceptic as economy
(AFP, 5/27/18)(Reuters, 5/28/18)
2018 May 27, In Mozambique 10
people, including two teenagers, were beheaded in the country's
north. Police said evidence shows the attackers are with the same
group that killed police officers in Mocimboa da Praia in October
amid concerns that the machete-wielding attackers have links to
2018 May 27, Abortion rights
activists in Northern Ireland called on the British government to
end what one group described as the province's "Victorian-era
abortion ban" after neighboring Ireland voted by a landslide to
liberalize its laws.
2018 May 27, In Pakistan the
assembly of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province approved a bill
to merge the tribal region along the Afghan border with its
territory, paving the way to granting equal rights to about 5
million people in the restive area. The bill now goes to President
Mamnoon Hussain to be signed into law.
2018 May 27, Pakistani
counterterrorism police ambushed suspected militants early today as
they were traveling on motorcycles near the city of Gujrat, setting
off a shootout in which three of the men escaped. Six members of the
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar group, behind a bomb attack in the eastern city of
Lahore last year, were killed.
2018 May 27, In Poland a group
of parents who have occupied part of the Polish parliament with
their disabled children abandoned their protest of low state
assistance payments after more than a month.
2018 May 27, The Russian
Defence Ministry said four Russian military personnel were killed in
fighting in Syria's Deir al-Zor province after several groups of
rebels attacked an artillery battery of the Syrian army. The
Ministry said 43 rebels had been killed in the same fighting. This
appeared to be the same incident as the May 23 IS attack reported
(Reuters, 5/27/18)(AFP, 5/27/18)
2018 May 27, South Korean
7-member boyband phenomenon BTS became the first K-Pop group to rise
to the top of the US album charts, a vivid illustration of the
genre's growing global appeal.
2018 May 27, In Syria a pair of
IS assaults overnight killed at least 11 pro-regime forces in Deir
2018 May 27, A Venezuelan
lawyer said two generals were among a group of people arrested last
week for allegedly plotting against the country's President Nicolas
2018 May 27, Yemeni officials
said heavy fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels
has killed more than 150 people in the last four days.
2019 May 27, President Donald
Trump said he is not "personally" bothered by recent short-range
North Korean missile tests and doesn't believe they violated UN
Security Council resolutions, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on a four-day state visit
full of pageantry and pomp.
2019 May 27, In Ohio at least
eight tornadoes spun across the state leaving tens of thousands
without power or water. One person was killed and more than 140
injured. This marked the 12th straight day that at least eight
tornadoes were reported to the National Weather Service.
(SFC, 5/30/19, p.A10)
2019 May 27, In Afghanistan 18
policemen and pro-government militiamen were killed and seven were
wounded in hours-long gunbattle with insurgents near Feroz Koh, Ghor
province. In eastern Logar province insurgents overran an army
checkpoint in the district of Baraki Barak, killing five soldiers.
The Taliban captured four other soldiers.
2019 May 27, Austria's
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz lost a no-confidence vote in parliament
over a corruption scandal that brought down his coalition
government. This made him Austria’s shortest-serving chancellor, as
well as the first in post-war Austrian history to be removed in this
(AFP, 5/27/19)(SFC, 5/28/19, p.A2)
2019 May 27, China began
five-day Confucian culture immersion courses for religious leaders
in the sage's hometown as part of a campaign to extend government
control over faith communities through a process of sinicization.
2019 May 27, Greek markets
reacted positively to PM Alexis Tsipras' call for snap general
elections following a resounding defeat of his left-wing Syriza
party in European and local elections.
2019 May 27, Indonesian police
said they have arrested six people suspected of plotting to
assassinate four state officials during a wave of civil unrest in
Jakarta last week.
2019 May 27, A Baghdad court
sentenced another former French fighter with the Islamic State group
to death, the fourth Frenchman to get the capital punishment so far
in Iraq, and postponed the verdict for a fifth man after he
testified to being tortured in detention. Seven French citizens
accused of supporting the Islamic State were given the death
sentence this week in seven trials over four days.
(AP, 5/27/19)(SFC, 5/30/19, p.A4)
2019 May 27, Italy’s Deputy PM
Matteo Salvini said Victory for Italy's League in European elections
gives the far-right party a mandate to push through tax cuts and
fight for changes to the EU's budgetary rules.
2019 May 27, In France workers
at a northern factory that makes a quarter of the world's Nutella
began striking for more pay. The Villers-Ecalles factory is
privately-owned Italian confectionery giant Ferrero.
2019 May 27, Fiat Chrysler
proposed to merge with France's Renault to create the world's
third-biggest automaker and combine their investments in the race to
make new electric and autonomous vehicles. Renault welcomed the
2019 May 27, In Kuwait eight
people were killed early today and one person was in critical
condition after a car accident in an area just outside Kuwait City.
2019 May 27, In Libya heavy
clashes neared the center of Tripoli as forces loyal to Khalifa
Hifter battled to seize power.
(SFC, 5/28/19, p.A2)
2019 May 27, Madagascar held
parliamentary elections in what was being seen as the latest round
of a bitter feud between President Andry Rajoelina and his
longstanding rival Marc Ravalomanana.
2019 May 27, Malaysia's last
surviving male Sumatran rhino died, leaving behind only one female
in the country and pushing the critically-endangered species closer
2019 May 27, Mexican
authorities froze the bank accounts of Emilio Lozoya, the former
head of Mexico's state-owned oil company. Lozoya has been mentioned,
but not charged, in corruption scandals involving Brazilian
construction giant Odebrecht.
2019 May 27, Nasdaq Nordic,
which owns most stock exchanges in the Nordic-Baltic region,
withdrew its offer to acquire Norway's main exchange, saying " under
the current circumstances the minimum acceptance condition for
completion" cannot be satisfied. This paved the way for rival
Netherlands-based Euronext to proceed with its buyout.
2019 May 27, North Korea called
US National Security Adviser John Bolton a "war monger" and "human
defect" after he described its recent tests of short-range missiles
as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
2019 May 27, Pakistani police
arrested a veterinarian from the country's tiny minority Hindu
community on charges of desecrating Islam's holy book in southern
2019 May 27, Pakistani troops
exchanged fire with protesters when they assaulted a security post
in the northwest. The ethnic minority Pashtun protesters were
complaining about the mistreatment of a woman by soldiers.
2019 May 27, Paraguay’s weather
bureau said heavy flooding has displaced 70,000 families and is
threatening to further inundate the capital Asuncion in the coming
2019 May 27, A Romanian court
upheld a 3½ year jail sentence for the powerful head of the ruling
Social Democrats, Liviu Dragnea, meaning he now has 24 hours to
report to police to begin his sentence.
2019 May 27, Russia rebuffed a
call by an international maritime tribunal for it to release 24
Ukrainian sailors, saying the court had no jurisdiction over the
strait where Russian security forces captured them on Nov. 25, 2018.
2019 May 27, In Syria Sam
Goodwin (30) was apprehended by regime troops in Qamishli. The
Christian travel blogger was trying to travel to every country in
the world and only had 10 of 193 left. Mr. Goodwin was released back
to his family in July after nearly two months in detention.
(The Telegraph, 7/26/19)
2019 May 27, Syrian government
air raids killed at least nine people after hitting a crowded
residential area in Ariha, Idlib province.
(SFC, 5/28/19, p.A2)
2019 May 27, In Tunisia Nabil
Karoui (50), the controversial founder of a major private television
channel, said he will run for the presidency in November polls.
2019 May 27, Turkey's military
launched an operation with commandos, backed by artillery and air
strikes, against Kurdish militants in a mountainous area of northern
2019 May 27, In Ukraine dozens
of inmates in a prison rioted, set a fire and took guards and nurses
hostage in an hours-long standoff in Odessa that left four guards
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