Monday 31 May 2010
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 OMG by Usher.
The A-Team, directed by Joe Carnahan, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2010
while Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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Which were the important events of 31 May 2010 ?
- World No Tobacco Day.
- Syaday (Discordianism) (5th day of the season of Confusion, honors Apostle Sri Syadasti).
- Saint Gislemerio
- Saint Mechtilde of Diessen
- Saint Petronella.
- the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- The Godiva procession.
- IT Day.
Famous Birthdays:See famous people born on 31 May
- Louise Bourgeois: French artist, a contemporary representative of American sculpture.
- Brian Duffy: British photographer and film producer (Born 1933).
- William A Fraker: American cinematographer (Born 1923).
- Ruben Juarez: Argentine bandoneonist (Born 1947).
- Benjamin Lees: Chinese-American soldier and composer (d. 2010).
- Merata Mita: New Zealand director and producer (d. 2010)
- In the international waters, Shayetet 13 soldiers attacked with firearms to flotilla that wanted to break the blockade on Gaza Strip. During the armed aggression on the MV Mavi Marmara ship, a violent attack had started. 9 activists killed by soldiers on board, and lots of activist injured.
- Nine activists are killed in a clash with soldiers when Israeli Navy forces raid and capture a flotilla of ships attempting to break the Gaza blockade.ref name=quotedition.cnn.comquot
- 6 died, 7 ill after eating poisonous plants in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. (China Daily)
- Shanghai Expo receives over 8 million visitors in first month. (Xinhuanet)
- A mass grave containing between 20 and 25 bodies is found in an abandoned mine near Taxco, Guerrero, in Mexico. (BBC)
- German President Horst Köhler resigns after being criticized for some remarks about German military deployments. Pundits and opposition politicians call it an ampquotoverreactionampquot on his part. (''Der Spiegel'')
- Colombia's former Minister of National Defence, Juan Manuel Santos, wins the first round of the country's presidential election, but without the majority needed to avoid a June run-off with rival Antanas Mockus (Aljazeera)
- An undersea volcano erupts near Sarigan, Northern Mariana Islands, sending an eruption cloud 40,000 feet into the atmosphere, prompting Governor Benigno Fitial to declare a state of emergency. (''The Wall Street Journal'')
- French President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking at the launch of the 25th Africa-France summit in Nice, calls for Africa to be represented on the United Nations Security Council, and promises to back changes when France chairs the G8 and G-20 major economies groups in 2011. (BBC)
- The Sudanese army clashes with rebel groups, among them the Justice and Equality Movement, in the Um Sauna area in western Darfur. (Businessweek)
- In the International Atomic Energy Agency's report before the United Nations Security Council votes on sanctions against Iran, international nuclear inspectors state that Iran has now produced a stockpile of nuclear fuel that would be enough, with further enrichment, to make two nuclear weapons, and it appears to bolster the Obama administration’s case for a fourth round of economic sanctions against Iran. (''Washington Times'')
- Wildfires burn across Quebec, sending smoke as far away as Ottawa and Cape Cod. (CBC News)
- Afghan authorities suspend two Christian foreign aid groups, Church World Service and Norwegian Church Aid, on suspicion of proselytizing in the strictly Islamic republic and said a follow-up investigation would include whether other groups were trying to convert Muslims. (''USA Today'')
- Gaza flotilla clash:
- A number of Israeli warships follow the Gaza-bound international flotilla as it nears its destination and an aircraft flies overhead. (The Press Association)
- Three Israeli navy missile boats leave the Haifa naval base in northern Israel in a planned attempt to intercept the Gaza-bound international flotilla. (''The New York Times'')
- Nearly all Israeli unions announce a boycott of organized workers' trips to Turkey due to the country's support for the flotilla, with one saying that ampquotTurkey had been wiped off the workers unions' travel mapsampquot. (''The Jerusalem Post'')
- 50 injuries are reported. (Ynetnews)
- According to Israel's Defense minister, Ehud Barak, IDF chief of staff and Navy commander, the organisers are to blame for deaths from the Israeli attacks upon the flotilla, with Barak saying that the soldiers tried to board the ship peacefully but were forced to open fire to protect themselves. (Ynet)
- Pope Benedict XVI and child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church:
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