Monday 21 May 2012
It was Monday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of May people in US were listening to Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye.
Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2012
while Fifty Shades Freed by E L James was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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- Saint Constantine the Great
- Saints Constantine and Helena
- Saint Mireille
- Saint Charles-EugFne de Mazenod
- Dia de la Afrocolombianidad marks the abolition of slavery in Colombia.
- Navy Day (Dfa de las Glorias Navales) in Chile.
- Saint Goderik
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- A suicide bomber attacks soldiers rehearsing for the annual Unity Day parade in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, killing at least 120 people and injuring more than 350 others. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claims responsibility. (''Yemen Post'')
- FARC rebels kill 12 Colombian soldiers and wound four more in an ambush near the Colombian border with Venezuela. (AP)
- Two people are killed in ongoing clashes in the Lebanese capital Beirut between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (''Ya Libnan'')
- Australian airline Qantas announces cuts to 500 maintenance jobs. (News Limited)
- At least 13 people ndash most of them students ndash are killed and 22 others are injured after a bus plunges off a cliff in Albania. (BBC)
- Four climbers from Canada, China, Germany and South Korea die whilst returning from the summit of Mount Everest a Nepalese guide is missing. (''The Himalayan Times'')
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Yukiya Amano begins talks in Tehran aimed at convincing the Iranian government to co-operate with the agency. (Al Jazeera)
- US President Barack Obama speaks at a NATO summit concerning the future of war-ravaged Afghanistan. (BBC)
- Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the case concerning the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, is buried in a private ceremony in a western suburb of Tripoli, having died of cancer aged 60. (Al Jazeera)
- Dharun Ravi, the U.S. student who secretly filmed the sexual activities of his gay room-mate Tyler Clementi, who later committed suicide when the film was exposed, is sentenced to 30 days in prison by a New Jersey judge. Ravi avoids the maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment. (Al Jazeera)
- Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka is freed from prison with a pardon from President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (''Times of India'')
- The criminal trial of Rajat Gupta on charges of insider trading begins in a federal courtroom in New York. (Reuters)
- The Acting President of Mali, Dioncounda Traoré, is taken to hospital after an angry encounter with demonstrators who object to a deal for the 70-year-old to remain in office for a year. (BBC)
- Greek leftist politician Alexis Tsipras, head of the Coalition of the Radical Left, begins a tour of European capitals. (Reuters)
- A rare annular solar eclipse occurs, visible from East Asia, the North Pacific, and the Western United States. (BBC)
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