Thursday 12 May 2011
It was Thursday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of May people in US were listening to E.T. by Katy Perry.
Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011
while Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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- Saint Epiphanius
- Saint Domitilla
- Day of Finnishness in Finland; Commemoration day of J. V. Snellman.
- International Nurses Day
- Saint Modoald
- Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Thailand - Visakha Bucha. (2006) 
- Israel - Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Israeli Independence Day) for 2005: the observed date of this national holiday is determined by the Jewish Calendar.
- Blessed Imelda
- Saint Pancras (died 304), second of the Ice Saints
- Feast day of the following saints in the Roman Catholic Church: Saints Achilleus and Nereus
- Saint Joan of Portugal
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- The Syrian military continues to crack down on protesters, with students in the city of Aleppo the latest target. (Al Jazeera)
- Two anti-government protesters are killed by Yemeni security forces. (AP via Google News)
- 2011 Libyan civil war:
- Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi appears on state television for the first time in two weeks. (IOL)
- The North Korean embassy in Tripoli is reportedly damaged in a NATO air raid. (Xinhua)
- The Gaddafi compound is hit again in airstrikes. (BBC)
- Nigerian soldiers raid suspected militant camps in the Niger Delta in a new offensive. (Reuters)
- Police in Uganda open fire on a crowd as it attacks a car carrying Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in the capital Kampala, killing one person. (''Vanguard Nigeria'')
- ITV axes the Scottish police drama ''Taggart'' after 28 years, citing poor viewing figures in other parts of the UK. (BBC)
- The BBC is to broadcast its political debate programme ''Question Time'' from inside a prison for the first time next Thursday. Ten members of staff and ten prisoners from London's Wormwood Scrubs prison are to join 100 other audience members, while panelists are to include Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke and former Home Secretary Jack Straw. (BBC)
- The Brazilian Senate approves a plan to triple payments to Paraguay for the use of excess electricity generated at the jointly-run Itaipu Dam. (''The Wall Street Journal'')
- The Australian airline Qantas is fined NZ$6.5 million for breaches of the Commerce Act in New Zealand, the biggest penalty for price fixing in the history of that country. (''The New Zealand Herald'')
- News sources report that a long-planned offering of a portion of the U.S. Treasury's equity interest in giant insurance company American International Group may be indefinitely postponed because the price of AIG stock has fallen to near the Treasury's break-even point. (Reuters)
- Plans are cancelled to install prismatic glass on the bottom base of One World Trade Center due to technical problems.
- Flooding along the Mississippi River in the United States threatens $2-4 billion estimated damages. ( WWL TV)
- The International Criminal Court asks the United Nations Security Council to take action over Djibouti's failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who was indicted by the court on charges of war crimes. (Reuters)
- Thousands of asylum seekers from Ethiopia and Somalia are stranded in camps in northern Mozambique after measures adopted by the government to restrict their movements. (IRIN)
- A former Cambodian prosecutor is jailed for 19 years on charges of corruption in the first case brought by the country's new anti-corruption unit. (''Taiwan News'')
- Indonesia deports an alleged people smuggler to Australia to face charges in connection to the death of 48 asylum seekers at Christmas Island last year. (AAP via NineMSN)
- John Demjanjuk is convicted by a German court of killing over 28,000 Jews in Nazi Germany. (Deutsche Welle)
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