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Monday, May 31, 2010

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=edition.cnn.com{{cite news|url=//edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/05/31/gaza.protest/index.html?hpt=T1|title=Israeli assault on Gaza-bound flotilla leaves at least 9 dead|author=CNN Wire Staff|publisher=CNN|date=31 May 2010|accessdate=2 June 2010| archiveurl= //web.archive.org/web/20100603211209///edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/05/31/gaza.protest/index.html?hpt=T1| archivedate= 3 June 2010 !DASHBot| deadurl= no}}{{cite news|url=//www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-israel-flotilla-20100531,0,1839736.story|author=Edmund Sanders|title=Israel criticized over raid on Gaza flotilla|publisher=Los Angeles Times|date=June 1, 2010|accessdate=June 2, 2010| archiveurl= //web.archive.org/web/20100602005741///www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-israel-flotilla-20100531,0,1839736.story| archivedate= 2 June 2010 !DASHBot| deadurl= no}} {{Dead link|date=September 2010|bot=H3llBot}}

Sunday, May 31, 2009

At least 72 protesters are arrested after battling with the National Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea. //www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/05/113_45981.html ("The Korea Times")
At least 44 inmates escape from a prison in Bagua Grande, Peru. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8075641.stm (BBC)

Saturday, May 31, 2003

Eric Rudolph, suspected in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in 1996, is captured in Murphy, North Carolina.
The 29th G8 summit opens in Évian-les-Bains, France, to tight security and tens of thousands of protesters.
Eric Robert Rudolph, a suspect in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics and other bombings in the Atlanta, Georgia area, is arrested behind a grocery store in North Carolina //story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=storycid=519e=2u=/ap/eric_rudolph
The People\'s Republic of China begins filling the lake behind the massive Three Gorges Dam, raising the water level near the dam over 100 metres.
United States President George W. Bush visits the location of the former death c at Auschwitz. He is only the second president to do so, after Gerald Ford toured the c in 1975.

Friday, May 31, 2002

June 30 ndash the 2002 FIFA World Cup is held in South Korea and Japan.
The United States Department of State issues a travel warning advising all Americans except for essential diplomatic personnel (about 60,000 people) to leave India because conditions along India's border with Pakistan and in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have deteriorated.

Saturday, May 31, 1997

The 13-kilometer Confederation Bridge, the world's longest bridge spanning ice covered waters, opens between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, Canada.
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi military escorts on board an UNSCOM helicopter try to physically prevent the UNSCOM pilot from flying the helicopter in the direction of its planned destination, threatening the safety of the aircraft and their crews.

Friday, May 31, 1996

June ndash Iraq disarmament crisis: As Iraq continues to refuse inspectors access to a number of sites, the U.S. fails in its attempt to build support for military action against Iraq in the UN Security Council.
FIFA decides to give the FIFA World Cup 2002, the first World Cup in Asia, to Japan and South Korea, becoming the first World Cup with co-host countries in the history of the event.

Tuesday, May 31, 1988

U.S. President Ronald Reagan addresses 600 Moscow State University students, during his visit to the Soviet Union.

Saturday, May 31, 1986

The 1986 FIFA World Cup begins in Mexico.

Friday, May 31, 1985

Forty-one tornadoes hit in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, killing 76.

Thursday, May 31, 1984

Mecklenburg Correctional Center - 6 inmates - including James and Linwood Briley escape from a death row facility, the first and only occasion this has ever happened in the US.

Monday, May 31, 1976

Syria intervenes in the Lebanese Civil War in opposition to the Palestine Liberation Organization, whom it had previously supported.

Monday, May 31, 1971

The birth of Bangladesh is declared by the government in exile, in territory formerly part of Pakistan.
June ndash Massachusetts passes its Chapter 766 laws enacting Special Education.

Tuesday, May 31, 1966

The Philippines reestablishes diplomatic relations with Malaysia.

Monday, May 31, 1965

A coal mine explosion in Fukuoka, Japan kills 237.
Racing driver Jim Clark wins the Indianapolis 500, and later wins the Formula One world driving chionship in the same year.

Thursday, May 31, 1962

Nazi Adolf Eichmann is hanged at a prison in Ramla, Israel. His body is cremated and his ashes are spread in the Mediterranean.

Friday, May 31, 1946

A Greek referendum supports the return of the monarchy.

Wednesday, May 31, 1944

WWII: Destroyer escort \'\'England\'\' sinks the 6th Japanese submarine in two weeks. This anti-submarine warfare performance remained unmatched through the twentieth century.
WWII: Destroyer escort "England" sinks the 6th Japanese submarine in two weeks. This anti-submarine warfare performance remained unmatched through the twentieth century.
June ndash German V-2 rockets on test from Peenemünde become the first man-made objects to enter space.

Monday, May 31, 1943

The "Zoot Suit Riots" erupt between military personnel and Mexican American youths in East Los Angeles.

Sunday, May 31, 1942

June 1 ndash WWII: Attack on Sydney Harbour: Japanese submarines infiltrate Sydney Harbour in an attempt to attack Allied warships.
The Grand Coulee Dam is finished on the Columbia River.
WWII: Mexico declares war on Germany, Italy and Japan.

Saturday, May 31, 1941

Anglo-Iraqi War: British troops complete the re-occupation of the Kingdom of Iraq, returning Prince 'Abd al-Ilah to power as regent for Faisal II.
Four thousand Chongqing residents are asphyxiated in a bomb shelter during the Bombing of Chongqing.
A Serbian ammunition depot explodes at Smederevo on the outskirts of Belgrade, Serbia, killing 2,500, and injuring over 4,500.
Anglo-Iraqi War: British troops complete the re-occupation of the Kingdom of Iraq, returning Prince 'Abd al-Ilah to power as regent for Faisal II.

Friday, May 31, 1935

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan, killing 40,000.

Friday, May 31, 1929

The British general election returns a hung parliament yet again the Liberals will determine who has power.

Wednesday, May 31, 1916

June 1 ndash Battle of Jutland: The Royal Navy and the German Navy battle to a draw.

Wednesday, May 31, 1911

The hull of the RMS Titanic is launched.

Tuesday, May 31, 1910

The Union of South Africa is created.

Saturday, May 31, 1902

Thursday, May 31, 1900

Boxer Rebellion: Peacekeepers from various European countries arrive in China where they join with Japanese forces.

Wednesday, May 31, 1899

The launch of the Harriman Alaska Expedition.

Sunday, May 31, 1891

.S. (May 19 O.S.) ndash In the Kuperovskaya district of Vladivostok, a grand ceremonial inauguration of construction work on the Trans-Siberian Railway is carried out by the Tsesarevich Nikolay Alexandrovich and a religious service held.

Saturday, May 31, 1890

The 5-story skylight Arcade opens in Cleveland, Ohio.

Sunday, May 31, 1863

The first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe horse race is held.

Tuesday, May 31, 1859

The Great Clock at the Palace of Westminster, London was started, and its bells ring for the very first time.

Friday, May 31, 1793

Regular troops under François Hanriot demand that the Girondins be expelled from the national convention.
June ndash The Macartney Embassy, a British diplomatic mission to China led by George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, reaches Canton, but will be rebuffed by the Qianlong Emperor.ref name=The People's Chronology{{cite book|chapter=1793|title=The People's Chronology|editor=Everett, Jason M.|publisher=Thomson Gale|year=2006}}

Tuesday, May 31, 1740

Frederick II comes to power in Prussia upon the death of his father, Frederick William I.

Saturday, May 31, 1727

The Royal Bank of Scotland is founded by Royal Charter in Edinburgh.ref name=The People's Chronology{{cite book|chapter=1727|title=The People's Chronology|editor=Everett, Jason M.|publisher=Thomson Gale|year=2006}}

Thursday, May 31, 1696

John Salomonsz is elected chief of Saint-Eustatius.

Tuesday, May 31, 1689

Leisler\\\'s Rebellion: Calvinist Jacob Leisler deposes lieutenant governor Francis Nicholson and assumes control of the Province of New York.
Leisler's Rebellion: Calvinist Jacob Leisler deposes lieutenant governor Francis Nicholson and assumes control of the Province of New York.

Monday, May 31, 1677

Danish ships clash with Swedish ships under Niels Juel between Fehmarn and Warnemünde the Danish defeat the Swedish and capture a number of ships.

Sunday, May 31, 1676

June ndash Bacon's Rebellion begins in the Virginia Colony.
The Massachusetts Council finally decides to move the Christian Indians from Deer Island to Cambridge, Massachusetts (approximate date).

Friday, May 31, 1669

Samuel Pepys stops writing his diary.

Saturday, May 31, 1659

The Netherlands, England, and France sign the Treaty of The Hague.

Wednesday, May 21, 1578 (Julianian calendar)

Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool's gold, used to pave streets in London.
Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool's gold, used to pave streets in London.

Thursday, May 22, 1494 (Julianian calendar)

First Battle of Acentejo: Natives of the island of Tenerife, known as Guanches, defeat the invading Spanish forces.

Wednesday, May 23, 1380 (Julianian calendar)

Grand Duke of Lithuania Jogaila signs the secret Treaty of Dovydiškės with the Teutonic Knights. This sparks a civil war with his uncle Kęstutis.

Wednesday, May 24, 1223 (Julianian calendar)

Battle of the Kalka River: The Mongol armies of Genghis Khan defeat the Russian warriors.

Monday, May 30, 455 (Julianian calendar)

Maximus is stoned to death by an angry mob while fleeing Rome. A widespread panic occurs when many citizens heard the news that the Vandals were plundering the Italian mainland.
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